Previously I’ve said that I didn’t think it was necessary for VAs to have training – however with the evolution of the VA industry and so many new VAs coming from little to no experience in an office or admin environment, and others straight from school, getting training in running a business, or a specialist niche area, is probably advisable for some. However, not all trainers are alike. You have to do your homework and ensure you’re getting what you pay for! Do your research and ensure your trainer knows what they’re talking about! Check their background and credentials before you part with your money.
Remember: the VA industry is unregulated and there is no over-arching regulating/certifying body … therefore NO training can be “certified”. Getting a certificate at the end of a training isn’t the same as that training being certified. The articles I mention in the podcast are linked below:
- Kathie Thomas: VA Certified – or Certificate?
- Susan Mershon: VA Certification – Why You Don’t Need one
I also include reference to what I consider legitimate, valuable trainers and organisations. I’ve included links to those below:
- Sharon Williams – Online International VA Convention
- Craig Cannings – Freelance University
- Kathie Thomas – VA Trainer
- Tracey D’Aviero – CAVA and GAVA
- Tawnya Sutherland – VANetworking
- Rosie Shilo – Virtual Business Start Up Course
- Ingrid Bayer – The VA Institute
- Sharon Broughton – VA Graduate School
- Susan Mershon – The Techie Mentor
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This should be plenty to get you on the road to a successful VA practice!
History of the VA Industry infographic – find it here.
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