There are many courses and training providers and they all claim to be the best, the most comprehensive and offer the best value. They want you to choose their course so they will advertise in such a way to get you to believe that they do offer the best methods and highest quality courses, but how do you know which one really is the best?
Many people will make their choice based on the course provider that is local to them, or perhaps on the cost of the course or even based on whether the dates of the course are convenient. Although you do want to take these things into consideration, if you are investing your time, money and energy into your training, you may be disappointed if that is all you base your decision on.
To have success you will want to get the most out of your training course. The right training course provider can be the difference between mediocre success and reaching your full potential and having great success in your desired career or profession.
Before you choose a course or a particular training provider you should ask yourself the following questions:
- Will the course lead to an accreditation or nationally recognized qualification?
- Does the course provider offer help to find employment on completion of the course?
- How much are the fees for the course and what do you get for that cost?
- Does the training provider have a refund policy?
- What organisations are the training providers a member of?
- Does the training provider have any approval from a trade or professional body?
- Are there any specific entry requirements for the course?
- Is the time and place of the course convenient?
- What is the average and maximum number of delegates for a course?
- What is the type of learning environment for the course? Is it classroom learning, seminar work, online learning or workshops?
- What experience and qualifications does the teacher have?
- Are the training provider and the course up-to-date with current and future demands of its sector?
- Does the course have a test, exam or assessment that you will be graded on at the end and if so what is the pass rate?
- If you do not pass the final exam is it possible to take a retest and if so what are the extra charges for that?
When looking for a course you should contact the training provider to find the answers to these questions. Obtain any written course information that you can from the training provider. You can check for information on their website or contact them for an information pack. Often you will find the information pack or website will give answers to most of the above questions.
Many training providers will have Open Days where you can tour their facilities. If they do not have an Open Day you can always make an appointment to view their facilities.
You should make sure that the training provider or school is a registered training organisation and has relevant qualifications.
When looking for the right course and choosing between different training providers it is a good idea to read reviews and testimonials from other people. Training providers will often provide referees or testimonials if you request them. These testimonials will usually include past students or employers.
There are many websites on the internet that have course reviews or compare training sites. You can find some good forums where people will talk about their learning experiences and you can get some good opinions or recommendations about different training providers.
Choosing the right training provider is essential for your success. Most good training courses are not cheap and will require a significant investment of both time and money. You always want to be clear on what the course provider is offering for the price of the course. When you have all the required information and a good understanding of what different training providers offer then you can make an informed decision to choose the provider that offers the best value and best quality course to suit you.
When you are choosing a training course provider it is important to take a good look at what you will be getting for your money. Finding the answers to the questions above will help you to make the right decision. If there is something you are not sure about then contact the training provider for clarification. If a course provider is worth using then they will be more than happy to help you out.