3 Questions to Ask When Choosing a Training Provider.
There comes a point in life where you will need to seek out a training provider; either for your own personal development, in order to advance your career or for members of your team. It’s true that we never stop learning. It’s just that we swap school for training programs. Unfortunately not every training provider is created equal. Here are 3 questions to ask when choosing a training provider.
1. Is the Trainer Still Actively Practicing?
Whether or not the trainer is still practicing their craft is particularly important when dealing with a technical field or any other field that requires you to be connected to the industry and learning new practices. Technology is changing all the time, and we are always discovering new and better ways to do things. That is why you must deal with a training provider that is active in their industry. Someone who has been training for ten years would only teach you the techniques they were using ten years ago, which are almost definitely out of date by now.
2. Is the Training Recognized or Accredited by an Independent Body?
The point of training is to come out of with some kind of degree or certification that says you are qualified in what your training provider was teaching you. Any training provider can offer you a certificate, but it doesn’t mean much if the training they offer has not been recognized or accredited by an independent competent body. This is less of an issue if you are studying something solely for personal advancement, but anyone looking to improve their job prospects must deal with a fully licensed and accredited training provider that can offer a traceable link to recognize training standards.
3. What will you Actually Do on the Course?
Never forget that training comes with a very simple purpose; to improve your competence in a field. That is to say, you go through training to learn how to do something better. Your training provider should put you on a course that actually helps to improve your competence. If you aren’t actually doing anything on your course – and it involves no practical work or participation – then it’s unlikely you are going to meet your development goals. You undergo training in order to improve competence; so get on a course that allows you to do just that.
Find a Competent Training Provider Today
You can receive training in just about any subject or field you can think of. Finding a training provider isn’t the hard part; it’s finding a competent trainer that you need to worry about. Check to see what accreditation, if any, the trainer has. Find a trainer that is active in their industry in some way or another, and has put together a great course that involves doing as well as learning, and you’re well on your way to training success!