Many companies provide training to their employees, and this training will vary dramatically depending on the job requirements and responsibilities. While these companies may all offer different online courses, they all have one thing in common: they want their employees to be undertaking the best possible relevant course available. 

These days, there are numerous different online course providers, all offering what seem to be incredibly similar courses, and it can be challenging to choose which provider is best. Understandably, you will want to ensure you’re not wasting your money or your employee’s time by selecting an inadequate course. So, below are a few things that all companies should consider when choosing an online course provider. 

Are their courses approved?

Ultimately, anyone can start selling online courses, and one of the quickest and easiest ways to find out how good a course is is to see if it has been approved. In short, a course won’t be approved if it isn’t up to the highest standards, so always check this before buying any courses. 

How long have they been providing online courses?

While experience isn’t essential, it is undeniably beneficial. Also, if a company has been providing online courses for many years, then it is likely that it has returning customers and a good client base to keep it in business, meaning its courses are worthwhile undertakings. 

Do they offer a breakdown of the modules?

Look at how an online course is advertised and how much information is provided. Ideally, you should be able to see a breakdown of the course modules before buying the course. You can then confirm that it meets your needs before spending your money. 

What are the course objectives?

Along with a breakdown of modules, finding out the course objectives will help you determine whether it is right for your employees. All good online course providers should clearly highlight their course objectives. 

Can you try any of their courses for free?

You may find that if an online course provider is confident in the quality of its courses, it allows you to try them for free. This is a good sign; after all, it wouldn’t allow this if it knew the standard of the course was poor. If you can, trying before you buy can be helpful. 

What do the online courses require you to have?

It would be best to consider what an online course provider requires of you before you pay. Make sure you look into requirements such as memory and download speed. This allows you to ensure you can actually undertake the course once you have paid for it. 

Who are their courses aimed at? 

In addition to checking that you have everything required for the course, you should also ensure that the course is aimed at someone of your ability. Target audiences will differ from company to company and course to course, so it is imperative not to overlook this. 

How many courses do they provide?

While not all online course providers offer a wide variety of courses, it is beneficial to look at everything they offer. Not only will this tell you more about the company, but it may also be helpful if you need more than one course for your employees. 

Are their online courses fairly/realistically priced?

Price isn’t always everything, and you don’t want to hunt around for the cheapest price. However, you do want to ensure you’re considering the price and checking that any online courses are realistically priced; if they’re not, this could be a red flag. 

Choosing an online course provider

Hopefully, after considering everything mentioned above, you will find it much easier to narrow down the many different course providers and choose the very best provider available. You can guarantee that you will thank yourself and your staff for taking the time to carefully consider which online course provider you use. It can make a huge difference to the outcome of the course undertaken. 

When searching for an experienced online course provider, please visit the Phoenix STS website. We provide a range of online courses, from first aid to fire safety training, all of which are professional, informative and accurate. You can rest assured that relevant companies, charities and bodies always approve all our courses. If you would like to speak to us about any of our online courses in more detail, don’t hesitate to reach out to a member of the Phoenix STS team; we’re happy to help.

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