A search threw up 382 threads relating to this, and with the best will in the world I don't have time to read them, so please bear with me....
It has come time to book my DSC1. I appreciate there are a few providers on here so cannot expect too much impartial advice on the 'best' and from what I have read on threads there are as much positive as negative on each provider. I am not wishing to start a slanging match of which is better than the other, just what to consider.
So, what is it I need to consider to choose my training provider?
Length? I see some are 2 days, some 3 and some 4. How can there be so much difference in length?
Days? Most seem to be a weekend with a Fri or Mon, or Sat, Sun, Sat - the latter won't work for me as I have few spare weekends but I might be able to get a Fri off work to do one of those. Does anyone do a full midweek course?
Material? Some seem to come in a CD, some a book and some online. I have a mac so the BDS stuff won't work for me or have they solved that yet?
Reputation? I am doing this as a precursor to hopefully joining a specialist stalking scheme (Defence Deer Management) and am awaiting word back as to which course providers they will 'accept' - I have found an old document that states (this must be a BDS or British Association for Shooting and Conservation(BASC) affiliated course) - so not sure what they will accept.
Is there anything else to consider, again I am not wishing to start a slanging match of which is better than the other, just what to consider.