How to Pick a Reputable Business Certification Training Provider
Finding a business certification training provider can be a feat, regardless of your industry. There are lots of options out there, but how can you find the best? What issues should you consider?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Choose the people you ask referrals from.
People can tell you they had the best course without having no frame of reference. If it’s their first course ever, how can they possibly say it’s the best? If they’ve taken several courses with the same training provider, how can that be considered an objective opinion? The best people to ask referrals from are those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with different providers.
Check their website.
Any one-man team can look like a Fortune 500 company with an attractive website. It’s totally different when you have someone with a bad website. Nobody, even the humblest trader, will want a bad website. A bad website is one where there are broken links, a mobile phone number and Yahoo/Gmail address for “company information”, poor quality images, and grammar and spelling 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. It may look like the “highest” among the three is external accreditation, but keep in mind that accreditation type on its own is not an indicator of credibility. Also important are the quality assurance systems the training provider has put in place. External accreditation is no guarantee.
Check the price.
Price does matter in terms of business training certification courses. If you’re drawn to a dramatically cheaper provider, always remember that they will be cutting costs in order to make profit. 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.
Research the trainers.
A very intelligent person isn’t automatically a very good teacher. That’s why you have to look beyond technical expertise and consider teaching experience as well.
Talk to the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. You’ve researched their background and all, now what? Call them. You’ll feel them better when you actually speak to them instead of just learning about them from their website. Finally, trust your gut. If you sense some hesitation or if there’s even the slightest sign of bluffing, forget it and proceed to your next prospect.