As you may have learned while pursuing your first professional certification, not all training providers and courses are the same. In fact, even seemingly small differences can end up affecting your overall career – which is why it’s essential you exercise care throughout the selection process. Here are five important things to consider before selecting continued education training.
1. What Techniques are Taught?
Before selecting continuing education training, consider what massage techniques a particular training provider teaches. Make sure they offer continuing education courses in your chosen specialization area and if you’ve decided not to specialize in one specific area, think about whether you’d really be interested in the techniques taught or if they’d be useful to you later on in your career.
2. Does the Course Offer Hands-On Experience?
While classroom learning is extremely valuable, there’s no substitute for hands-on training. Before deciding on continuing education training, check and make sure that the training provider or course you’re considering offers a balanced mix of the two. Seminars for Health is a firm believer in proving all its students with the valuable hands-on experience they need.
3. What About the Instructor?
The type of instructor leading the course can make a massive difference to the outcome. Be sure to ask and inquire about who exactly is teaching a particular course and what education or expertise they themselves have in the field. You can also look into what kind of continuing education training providers have in place for their own instructors.
4. Are Course Materials Provided?
Most training providers will require you to provide a massage table, massage oils, pillows, and towels; however, large equipment like massage tables and chairs can be provided (depending on the facility). Seminars for Health provides massage tables at its Canadian Calgary and Edmonton locations. Continuing education providers might also require you to bring along or purchase additional extras, so be sure you know exactly what’s provided and what’s not before deciding on a particular course and provider.
5. Are the Courses Accredited by Recognized Organizations?
Although not mandatory, accredited courses enable you to chase your goals as a massage therapist further, while allowing you to associate yourself with nationally recognized associations. A wide variety of national associations recognizes the vast majority of courses offered by Seminars for Health and provide students with the necessary continuing education credits.
When choosing continuing education training, it’s important to ask such questions to training providers. Do they take the time to explain and make sure you’ve fully understood? Or do they ignore you after the first couple of questions? The way they react and answer your questions often serves as a clear indication of how they treat their students.
If you’re looking to further your career as a massage therapist, get in touch with Seminars for Health today.
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This post was written by Linda Hoppe