How to Pick a Reputable Business Certification Training Provider
Whatever industry you’re in, it can be a challenge to find a good business certification training provider. There are lots of options out there, but how can you find the best? What are the factors to be considered?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.
Many people will tell you they had the best course ever without even having something to compare it with. Not having had similar training in the past, how can they claim it’s the best? If they took a lot of courses with the same training provider, how can we ensure that their opinion is objective? People who’ve completed the same or similar courses from different providers are the best sources of referrals.
Take a good look at their website.
Even a one-man-band can make himself look Fortune 500 just by having an exquisite. But when someone has a bad website, that’s a completely different story. Nobody, even the humblest trader, will want a bad website. A bad website is one with substandard quality images, a general email address (Yahoo, Gmail, etc.) and a mobile phone number as “corporate information,” broken links and spelling and grammar errors. Training providers, being in the education business, have no right to be less than excellent in their literacy skills.
Find out about accreditation.
All training courses can have three types of accreditation – external accreditation, trade body approval and in-house certification from an independent training provider. External accreditation may seem to be the “highest” of all three types, but remember that accreditation type by itself does not indicate credibility. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation should not be considered a guarantee of any kind.
Check the price.
When you talk about business training certification courses, the price counts. If you’re attracted to a drastically cheaper provider, remember that the only way they can profit is by cutting their costs. Fortunately, it doesn’t work the other way around. Regardless of the provider’s brand name or reputation, you don’t have to spend more than necessary.
Know their trainers.
Not all geniuses are great teachers. That’s why you have to look beyond technical expertise and consider teaching experience as well.
Speak to the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. You’ve researched them and now what’s next? Give them a call. You’ll be have a much better feel for them by actually talking to them than just reading about them on the Internet. Lastly trust your instincts. If you sense some hesitation or if there’s even the slightest sign of bluffing, forget it and proceed to your next prospect.