Choosing the Right Management Course

There are many reasons you may have decided to source a management course, such as:

  • practical know-how to support your management role
  • wanting to move into a management or supervisory role
  • seeking to expand your career options
  • requirement for a management certification

Whatever your reason, you’ll notice that there are many different options available. It can be tricky trying to decide on the right choice for your current needs.

Here is our quick guide to choosing the right management course for your training.

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Step 1: Get Clear About Why You’re Training

As mentioned above, there are many reasons to seek out a management course. Getting clear about your reasons for training will help you narrow down your search.

Step 2: Review What’s Most Important

Once you have an idea of the “why”, review what is most important to you in a management course.

Your reasons for training will come into play here, but you’ll most likely add a few more “have to have” and “nice to have” elements. Here are some examples:

  • Duration & schedule:

    Work out what kind of training will fit into your schedule. How long can you spend at training?

    It’s worth taking into account the fact that any training with a lasting impact will require some time investment.

  • Cost:

    There are so many excellent and affordable options available, so begin by realistically evaluating your training budget before you begin your research.

    Tip: While at first glance this may seem like the most important factor, it’s important not to compromise on quality and course content for the sake of cost.

    If you can’t find a suitable course that meets your goals, don’t compromise.

    Sign up for offers and news from the provider with your preferred course, contact them to discuss payment plans, or plan your training a little further out if possible.

  • Certification available:

    With plenty of different management certifications available, it can be difficult to know which is best.

    If “requirement for certification” was one of your reasons for training, you may already have a certification in mind.

    If not, it’s worth asking your employer if they have specific certification requirements or researching popular certifications in your sector.

Step 3: Time to Research

Once you’ve got your list of requirements, it’s time to see what’s out there. Begin researching courses available, taking time to review the course details and compare with your goals.

Here are some helpful guidelines for your research:

  • Who Is Delivering the Training?

    Take a few minutes to look into the course provider. You’ll usually find a clear outline of who they are and their credentials in an About Us page.

  • Check the Course Content

    The course outline will tell you a lot about whether a particular course will help you achieve your goals.

    You should be able to find course content on the provider’s website, or in a brochure.

  • Industry Specific?

    Unless you have a specific reason to do otherwise, it’s almost always better to choose a course that is not industry specific.

    You want your training and (where applicable) certification to remain useful throughout your career.

    A non-industry specific course will provide you with the versatile skills you need for any management role or situation.

  • Check Eligibility Requirements:

    It’s rare, but some management courses will have eligibility requirements, such as previous experience or a pre-existing qualification.

    Tip: None of our courses have any eligibility requirements.

  • There Are No Silly Questions

    Finally, it’s always a great idea to reach out and consult with the training provider before making a decision.

    Ask about anything you’re unsure of, anything you can’t find information about, and anything particular to your situation.

    Your training provider will welcome all questions and strive to answer them. It’s important to them that you are matching the right course to your needs.

3 Places to Begin

1. Looking for a Public Course?

You can begin getting a feel for what’s available by browsing through our most popular management courses.

Training for Your Team?

All of our management courses are available as customised, in-company courses.

We can tailor content to incorporate your team’s needs and deliver training on the dates that work best for your business calendar.

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If you would like advice on where to begin, our experienced management training consultants can help.

You can reach us by phone (Freephone 1800 910 810 or Dublin 01 861 0700) or online by using the Ask a Question button below:

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