1. Decide specifically who your participants will be, and list the things you want them to be able to do by the end of their learning process. This is much more useful as a basis for discussion and planning than simply a course or subject title.
2. Choose between three and five providers for an initial approach by telephone. A word of mouth recommendation from a colleague or associate is a good way to source providers, or of course you can research a few websites. Ask about their experience in delivering this type of training, and about fees. You can also ask them to send you sample programme outlines.
3. Interview two or three “shortlisted” providers personally, and ask how they can build and deliver the learning outcomes you want how long it will take, and how much it will cost. This will give you more relevant information, and will be a better test of the providers’ experience and capabilities, than simply asking them to “come and present what they can do”. Ask for a written proposal.