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 many choices out there, but how do you pick the best? What are the factors to be considered?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Choose the people you ask referrals from.
People can brag about having received the best training een with zero frame reference. 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.
Any one-man team can look like a Fortune 500 company with an attractive website. But when someone has a bad website, that’s a completely different story. No one, not even the lowliest 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 are in the business of education and have no excuse to have questionable 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 seem like external accreditation is the “highest” of the three, but take note that accreditation type alone does not indicate credibility. You should also consider the training provider’s quality assurance systems. External accreditation is no guarantee.
Check the price.
When you talk about business training certification courses, the price counts. If you’re drawn to a dramatically cheaper provider, always remember that they will be cutting costs in order to make profit. But good thing it doesn’t work conversely. A provider’s brand name or reputation does not justify spending more than you have to.
Know their trainers.
A very intelligent person isn’t automatically a very good teacher. Besides technical expertise, you also need to look into a trainer’s teaching experience.
Speak to the provider.
By now, you should have come down to your last two or three prospects. After researching them, what’s the next step? Give them a ring. You’ll feel them better when you actually speak to them instead of just learning about them from their website. Lastly trust your instincts. If they hesitate while answering your questions or you think even for a second that they are bluffing, move on to your next prospect.