Many civil contractors and builders who had extra office space and did not know what to do with it, jumped into the IT training business. Their biggest motivation was to make hay while sun shines and ride another wave later. Many succeeded in making money, big money in a short duration. But all this lasted for a short time.
Soon around 2002, the shake-out happened, almost all training business models seemed worthless. Less than 1% of the training companies survived and some just did not want to continue.
Training business has never been the same. You do not see the same density of training centers that you saw a decade ago. However, one thing has not changed. Even today, those seeking training are still unsure about where to go. From the training customer's perspective, they are still at risk.
This was the motivation to write this piece. Whatever be the professional course you are trying to pursue, evaluate the training center using the following four criteria, for your own good:
1. Check expertise of the training provider in the domain. If it is a specialist skill, you may want to check if the training provider has continuous exposure to the constant changes in technology, tools and rules of the game.
2. Study if any academic institution, like a college or a university offering the same course has "real" practical experience in the domain. Most often such courses from colleges or universities tend to be pure theory and therefore not very usable during interviews and actually performing the job.
3. Verify if the latest technological aspects are discussed, new standards are explained and you get at least a peek into the future in the subject. This is not possible for training companies that are me too operators and for most academic institutions that do not have any practical experience of design and development.
4. Validate infrastructure but do not let this factor decide the selection of the training center. Remember, a builder can easily put up a fancy training center but will not have any domain expertise in the course to be taught. Don't let jazzed-up places fool you!
Apply the above four criteria when choosing a professional course. Be it Project Management, Instructional Design, Technical Writing, Video Shooting, Sound Editing, CISCO Certification, etc