When considering enrollment in an online school for any purpose at all, please consider adding a check for accreditation status to your research list. Unless you are learning strictly for the fun of the subject, a school that doesn't meet the appropriate standards for education will likely be a poor investment of your time and your educational money.
And even when you are learning something strictly for the fun of the subject, you'll still want to ensure the validity of the online school before investing in it. It's just a wise thing to do.
Many traditional colleges and universities offer courses over the internet, making them legitimate online school options as well as traditional school options. When a well-known and well-respected school offers classes via the internet, it's a pretty sure bet their accreditation status is one of regulatory approval.
Many vocational online school options are similarly accredited, too. When considering this type school and you are familiar with it as a reputable educational facility, it's also a pretty safe bet that accreditation status is being maintained effectively.
In the event of uncertainty on the part of the perspective student, however, your state's board of education can take the guesswork out of the validity of any online school you are considering. Many states list accredited schools on their educational board's website and many others can provide this information over the telephone.
If you'll be needing financial assistance to obtain an education, you'll want to be especially careful with a background check of any online school under consideration. Almost all schools that meet the standards of the appropriate accrediting agency can offer federally guaranteed student loan packages. Those that are not accredited get no funding assistance from any government entity, at any level of government.
Enrolling in an online school is one of the most highly valued uses of the internet today. More and more schools and courses are being offered every day and more and more students are enrolling in them. Even so, it's never a bad idea to check the credentials of any school offering anything you want to learn, even it it's something you want to learn just for the fun of it.