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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 many choices out there, but how do you pick the best? What factors must you consider?
Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:
Choose the people you ask referrals from.
Many people will tell you they had the best course ever without even having something to compare it with. 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? People who’ve completed the same or similar courses from different providers are the best sources of referrals.
Explore 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. No one, not even the lowliest trader, will want a bad website. A bad website is one where contact information is a mobile phone number and a Yahoo/Gmail email address, a page leads to a 404 Error message, bad quality photos, and spelling and grammar errors abound. Training providers, being in the education business, have no right to be less than excellent in their literacy skills.
Ask 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 is not a guarantee.
Check the price.
Price does matter in terms of business training certification courses. If you have a drastically cheap provider, remember that there is no other for them to profit but to cut their corners. 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. That’s why you have to look beyond technical expertise and consider teaching experience as well.
Talk to the provider.
Your list should contain your last two or three potential business certification training providers by this time. You’ve researched their background and all, now what? Give them a ring. 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 they answer any of your questions with some hesitation or if you sense some bluffing going on, you know that’s a bad sign.