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Choosing a Business Certification Training Provider

Choosing a business certification training provider can be a challenge, regardless of the industry you’re in. There are many choices out there, but how do you pick the best? What issues should you consider?

Here are tips that can shed light on the answers:

Seek referrals but be careful whom you ask.

People can tell you they had the best course without having no frame of reference. If they’ve never taken a similar course before, what makes them think it’s the best? If they’ve taken several courses with the same training provider, how can that be considered an objective opinion? Ask referrals from those who’ve taken the same or similar courses with various providers.

Check their website.

Even a one-man team can make himself look like a multinational company with a really glossy 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, 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 is no guarantee.

Check the price.

When it comes to business training certification courses, price does matter. 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. A provider’s brand name or reputation does not justify spending more than you have to.

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.

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? Call them. You’ll be have a much better feel for them by actually talking to them than just reading about them on the Internet. Finally, trust your intuition. If you sense some hesitation or if there’s even the slightest sign of bluffing, forget it and proceed to your next prospect.

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