Being Careful About Selecting Online Purchasing Training Not All Online Classes Are Created Equal

PurchTips edition #15


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What To Look Out For...

Not all online purchasing classes are created equal. But, unless you've tried the online classes of several different providers, it may be difficult to tell the differences between the training available. This document will help you determine some key differences between classes. After reading this document, you will be able to ask the right questions and make the most informed training decisions.

First, not all online classes offer students the ability to ask questions of the instructor. A key component of high-quality training is the ability to interact with a subject matter expert. Every student's situation is unique.

In many cases, in order to learn how to apply the material to your particular situation, you need to discuss the material with an instructor.

All of Next Level Purchasing, Inc.'s full-length online purchasing classes offer a feature called "Ask an NLPA Instructor!" This feature allows you to send a message to an instructor who will then respond to your question by email within 24 hours.

Second, not all online classes offer students the ability to print the class material for future reference. Some training providers use Flash software to create their classes. While this creates a pretty appearance for their classes, you will not be able to print the material. If you want to remember a topic, you either need to commit it to memory or write it down.

All of Next Level Purchasing, Inc.'s online classes have the course material displayed in HTML - the language that Web browsers were designed to read. For you, this means that you can print as much of the course material as you want. Nothing has to be committed to memory. No note taking is required.

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