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Course Description

Do you have strong business skills? Can you analyze information and construct a recommendation on a course of action? Do you have good communication, observation and character analysis abilities? Then you could be a good candidate to provide business consulting services.

Organizations of all types – commercial, nonprofit and government – seek outside assistance to enhance their performances. A business consultant can uncover issues, solve problems and determine new opportunities on behalf of your clients. In this course you can learn if this fast-paced, exciting and financially rewarding industry is for you.

We discuss specialized consulting and comprehensive management consulting. You'll learn who the major firms are and how you can become a part of those companies. This course will provide guidance on qualifications and certifications that are required to become a consultant with an existing firm. And we'll show you what you need to start a consulting business.

We'll give you insight into the six phases of problem solving and introduce you to Root Cause Analysis. Included in the course are a discussion of data analysis and an examination of qualitative and quantitative strategies. You will also learn how to conduct a SWOT (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) analysis.

Finally, we'll cover some important steps to consider when opening a consulting business, and how to attract and retain good paying accounts.

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Course Lessons

  • Lesson 1: Becoming a Consultant

    Consultants are hired by companies, government entities, and nonprofit organizations to help assess their problems, plan their future, or improve operational efficiency and profits.
  • Lesson 2: Client Relations

    To be successful in your role, you will need to bring more than just your business knowledge or technical expertise to the job; you need to be a master of persuasion.
  • Lesson 3: Understanding Personal Dynamics

    Your ability to influence the decision-makers and solve problems will be greatly enhanced by your ability to uncover how the organization's interpersonal relationships are conducted.
  • Lesson 4: Consulting Professions

    A consultant can specialize in a particular field or offer expertise that is needed across industry lines.
  • Lesson 5: Management Consulting

    Management consulting is a comprehensive approach to improving an organization's performance.
  • Lesson 6: Qualifications and Certifications

    Generally, a college degree likely will be required by most consulting agencies, but it is not always demanded if you possess certain skills that are applicable to the project.
  • Lesson 7: Problem Solving

    One of the key components to successfully completing a consulting project is problem solving. Problem solving is a tool, a skill, and a process.
  • Lesson 8: SWOT Analysis

    One of the most used analysis techniques is a model called Strengths, Weaknesses, Opportunities, and Threats Analysis (SWOT). SWOT is a tool for auditing an organization and its environment.
  • Lesson 9: Qualitative Analysis

    Data analysis is a practice in which raw data is ordered and organized so that useful information can be extracted from it.
  • Lesson 10: Quantitative Analysis

    Quantitative Analysis is a business or financial analysis technique that seeks to understand a client's behavior by using mathematical and statistical modeling, measurement, and research.
  • Lesson 11: Starting a Consulting Business

    Often a small business owner must coordinate the marketing, planning, financial and management duties, along with the workload of an engagement.
  • Lesson 12: Getting Accounts

    Even with the expertise and experience in your chosen field, promoting your consulting business is essential to success.
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Course Title: Business Consulting 101
Course Number: 8900052
Languages: English - United States, Canada, United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, and other English speaking countries
Course Type: Professional Development
CEU Value: 1.1 IACET CEUs (Continuing Education Units)
CE Accreditation: Universal Class, Inc. has been accredited as an Authorized Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET).
Grading Policy: Earn a final grade of 70% or higher to receive an online/downloadable CEU Certification documenting CEUs earned
Assessment Method: Lesson assignments and review exams
Instructor: John Chouinard
Syllabus: View Syllabus
Duration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!
Course Fee: $45.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $70.00

Learning Outcomes

By successfully completing this course, students will be able to:
  • Define what a consultant does and why a company may need one.
  • Describe the major skills needed to be a successful business consultant.
  • Summarize the various types of consultants out there and determine which type you are.
  • Define management consulting and describe the necessary qualifications and certifications.
  • Define the SWOT analysis and how to use it to audit an organization.
  • Define qualitative analysis.
  • Define quantitative analysis.
  • Describe the processes involved in creating a consulting business and landing new client accounts, and
  • Demonstrate mastery of lesson content at levels of 70% or higher.
An IntroductionAssignment5
Lesson 1, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 1: Becoming a ConsultantExam8
Lesson 2, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 2: Client RelationsExam9
Lesson 3, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 3: Understanding Personal DynamicsExam9
Lesson 4, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 4: Consulting ProfessionsExam9
Lesson 5, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 5: Management ConsultingExam9
Lesson 6, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 6: Qualifications & CertificationsExam10
Lesson 7, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 7: Problem SolvingExam10
Lesson 8, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 8: SWOT AnalysisExam10
Lesson 9, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 9: Qualitative AnalysisExam10
Lesson 10, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 10: Quantitative AnalysisExam9
Lesson 11, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 11: Starting a Consulting BusinessExam10
Lesson 12, Assignment 1Assignment20
Lesson 12: Getting AccountsExam9
The Final ExamExam330
Total Points:687

Student Testimonials

  • "Great, Great. Thank You...It gave me structure, because I already consult with businesses, and it helped with today's economy." -- Joann B.
  • "All parts of the course were very helpful. The feedback from Instructor is very helpful, let's you know the areas you have missed." -- Catherine M.

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