Part of your preparation for a new career means obtaining your certification in radon measurement and mitigation. While there are plenty of training courses out there, you want to ensure that what you invest time and money in will truly help you obtain your radon certification on the first try. To that end, make sure whatever training program you enter possesses the following qualities.
In Compliance With National Standards
There are certain standards that you will have to meet in order to obtain your certification. One way to get off on the right foot is to ensure that whatever courses you take are in full compliance with the standards set by the National Radon Proficiency Program. Developed by the National Environmental Health Association, the NRPP is considered the ideal way for future radon professionals to prepare.
You’ll find that courses meeting these standards are easily identifiable. Information about the NRPP will be found as part of the materials presentation. If it’s not present, make it a point to ask before signing up for anything. If there’s any effort to steer the conversation in a different direction, take that as a sign to look at a difference course.
Comprehensive Study Materials
The quality of the study materials is also something to keep in mind. Ideally, the should be up to date, easy for people to comprehend, and arranged in a way that allows you to learn new facts in a logical manner.
Take the time to investigate what others think about the course materials. As is true with many products and services today, you will find reviews left by those who have taken the courses in the past. When most of them indicate the materials are high in quality and made a big difference in the ability to secure certification, then that course is likely a good fit for you.
You Can Complete the Course at Your Own Pace
You don’t have the luxury of concentrating on your studies full time. That means working a job during the day and taking course work at night. For this reason, you will need some extra time to successfully complete the course. Make sure there is no misunderstanding about what sort of time limits apply to individual sessions and the course overall.
Your ultimate goal is to complete the course and then move on to securing your radon certification. As long as there’s enough time to properly absorb the information and put it to good use, you’ll be prepared to take the exam and reach the goal.
The Cost is Within Your Means
Paying for the course is another factor that deserves close scrutiny. Do you have to pay the entire amount up front or can you pay it off in increments? Assuming it’s the former, can you arrange financing that will allow you to pay for the course and then pay off the loan without putting a lot of stress on your budget?
You may qualify for some type of financial aid. There are also lenders who are willing to provide financing. Look into all your options before deciding too much expense is involved. There may be a solution that fits nearly into what you can afford. Choose wisely when it comes to your choice of training. What you learn and how relevant it is will make a big difference in what happens on exam day. With the right decisions, you will find that obtaining the certification will be simpler than you thought possible.