Depends on what you mean by a beginner. We have beginners that are youth lifters (17 & under) with no formal lifting experience. We have beginners that are high school and college athletes that have experience in Strength Training, but lack the specific flexibility or coordination necessary for Weightlifting. We have older athletes in their 30-40s that have been working out and lifting for many years but are new to Weightlifting and have several flexibility and preexisting injuries to work around.
For youth lifters we want them to show technical skill and proficiency before we push them to a Maximal Lift this may not be for 3-6 months of training. One to master the technical movements, second to develop the necessary position strength to safely execute the lifts through position.
For the high school and college athlete we again make sure that technical proficiency is learned. We may have a little more leeway with them because their strength levels should be higher than that of a Youth lifter. We will test them sooner in Position Specific Movements (For example: Snatch from Above the Knee, Jerk from behind the Neck, and Clean). If they are technically consistent and safe in segments but not the whole part of the lifts that is ok. This can happen after a short time 4-6 weeks of training. The whole time we are working them into a full lift progression and not just partial movements.
Lastly with the older athlete we need to stress flexibility and safety first. Their window of athletic opportunity and ability is smaller. The aspiration of ideal technique with this demographic must not be pushed too far. They will be chasing something they might never achieve and this will stunt their progression. We refer to this theory as “Is Good as It Gets”. That being sad I usually wait 4-8 weeks to test this group of individuals again it will be based on what limitations I feel they are having the most challenges with.
With all groups there are exceptions to the rule. This guidelines are what we follow with the majority. One method for everyone does not work. There are too many variables to consider. Unless you are always working with one particular group then you can form one methodology. Here at Performance One Advanced Sports Training we see a large and diverse demographic of athletes.