Watch out for anything that sounds like this:
“We will put you in touch with a specialist company that provides trades training courses for individuals.”
Be aware that some providers are not regulated or approved to offer qualifications, but will sub-contract others to offer these on your behalf.
You may also see statements such as this, which show that a third party is involved in your training:
Statements about third parties may also be hidden within the terms and conditions small print, for instance:
We’d recommend you contract directly with the training provider who is actually delivering the training and qualification.
Make sure they are regulated by an Awarding Organisation that offers industry-approved qualifications, such as City & Guilds, EAL or LCL Awards. Going through a third party may cost you more and if things go wrong, it will be more difficult to take action because your contract is not actually with the provider.