There are a few key items to consider before signing up for a training course, especially a firearms or specialty training. There are plenty of gimmicks out there and it’s getting harder to weed out the true, reliable sources among the fakes. If you are in need of specialty training such as firearms, tactical, driving, defense and more. Many may say the right things and sound great on paper but, you need to look a little deeper into what you are expecting and who the people are behind the courses.
First of all, know what your needs are and your skill level. What sort of training or educational needs are you looking for? Are you starting out at an entry-level knowledge base or are you seasoned and in need of a refresher? Be comfortable with what you know and what you don’t. List out your expectations for the course you are looking for and do the research to find one that meets all the criteria.
Once you are aware of what type of training course you should look for, begin your search. Take your time and find the training facility that will meet your needs as well as suit your personality. Atmosphere and surroundings play a key role in a persons ability to obtain and utilize the information presented to them. Do you learn more in a class setting or are you more hands-on, maybe you like a little of both? Don’t be afraid to call and ask a facility if you can have a tour or talk to an instructor. Your goal should be to get as much detail as you can to ensure you feel comfortable going there. Consider location, costs, course requirements, instructors, class size, training styles, etc. Look for reviews, visit any online profile they manage to research as much about them as you can. Ask around and get referrals. These types of training needs are very specific and quality cannot be lax in any department.
Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few facilities it’s time to check credentials and accreditations. Is the facility itself a registered business? Does it have accreditations or certifications that are up-to-date and relevant to the courses they offer? If you are in law enforcement, the military, or even special forces, it’s crucial you pick a facility who’s instructors are experienced in those fields. Anyone can talk a big game via their website or social media. They can sound great at a glance. But, you don’t want to find yourself in a class that very quickly shows it’s true colors and lack of knowledge in the field you need to be trained in. Research any facility members listed. Visit the facility and talk with them in person. Don’t hesitate to ask for their background and validating certifications to back it. Any trustworthy instructor will gladly provide critical information to any interested recruit. Utilize what you know to ask the right questions.
In the end, before you sign on the dotted line and put your money down, feel confident in your decision. Know you did your research, you know what to expect going into it, and you have a good feeling about the facility as a whole. Remember that safety is of the utmost importance if at any point you don’t feel comfortable with what’s being taught or an action required during the training, speak up! Take in all that you can during the course, utilize that time to the maximum potential and take away the knowledge and confidence you hoped to receive from it.