If you are looking for online career schools, then the best place to start is on the Internet. By searching with Google, Yahoo! or Bing, you will quickly get a lot of career schools in your field. But you will probably want to verify a lot of other information before you settle on one particular course or program.
The main facts you need to verify are whether the institution has been accredited by the government or the relevant state authorities, whether they provide you with the specific courses that you need, how long the training will take and how much it will cost you.
Accredited or not?
It’s important to determine whether the institution you are interested in is accredited or not. The best place to find out this information is by asking your state board or authority for your particular field. They usually have a headquarters where you can travel or you can find out on the Internet where they are located. They will probably have a list of courses that are appropriate and will be able to verify whether it is accredited or not.
It’s important to use only accredited programs because otherwise you are literally wasting your money – the state board or authority will NOT give you your license once you have completed the education and you will need to return to another training facility to get ahead.
Do they teach what you need?
You also need to verify whether the training facility will educate you in the subjects that you need for your career progression. Ask your manager or human resources representative what the training requirements are for the senior position you are interested in and then make sure that the course you are thinking of meets these requirements. It also pays to find out whether it is likely that the requirements will change at any time soon so you don’t have to keep going back to school. If you are working with your human resources team to make this a reality, then you may also want to work out a contract with them about career progression.
Length of training
Another important factor is the length of the training. You need to know how many evenings and weekends you will be committing to this program and you need to make alternative arrangements with your other commitments.
Having said that, the cost will also be very important to you depending on your budget.