Business Consulting 101
with CEU Certificate*
Course DescriptionDo 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.
Universal Class, Inc. has been approved as an Accredited Provider by the International Association for Continuing Education and Training (IACET). In obtaining this approval, Universal Class, Inc. has demonstrated that it complies with the ANSI/IACET Standard which is widely recognized as the Standard of good practice internationally. As a result of their Accredited Provider status, Universal Class, Inc. is authorized to offer IACET CEUs for its courses that qualify under the ANSI/IACET Standard.
- Completely Online
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- IACET CEUs
- 6 Months to Complete
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- Start Anytime
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Lesson 1: Becoming a ConsultantConsultants 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 RelationsTo 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 DynamicsYour 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 ProfessionsA consultant can specialize in a particular field or offer expertise that is needed across industry lines.
Lesson 5: Management ConsultingManagement consulting is a comprehensive approach to improving an organization's performance.
Lesson 6: Qualifications and CertificationsGenerally, 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 SolvingOne 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 AnalysisOne 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 AnalysisData analysis is a practice in which raw data is ordered and organized so that useful information can be extracted from it.
Lesson 10: Quantitative AnalysisQuantitative 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 BusinessOften a small business owner must coordinate the marketing, planning, financial and management duties, along with the workload of an engagement.
Lesson 12: Getting AccountsEven with the expertise and experience in your chosen field, promoting your consulting business is essential to success.
Additional Course Information
- Document Your Lifelong Learning Achievements
- Earn an Official Certificate Documenting Course Hours and CEUs
- Verify Your Certificate with a Unique Serial Number Online
Course Title: Business Consulting 101Course Number: 8900052Languages: English - United States, Canada and other English speaking countriesCourse Type: Professional DevelopmentCEU 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 earnedAssessment Method: Lesson assignments and review examsCourse URL: businessconsulting.onlineclasses.comSyllabus: View SyllabusDuration: Continuous: Enroll anytime!Requirements: View Technical RequirementsCourse Fee: $50.00 (no CEU Certification) || with CEU Certification: $75.00
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Learning OutcomesBy 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 Introduction Assignment 5 Lesson 1, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 1: Becoming a Consultant Exam 8 Lesson 2, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 2: Client Relations Exam 9 Lesson 3, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 3: Understanding Personal Dynamics Exam 9 Lesson 4, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 4: Consulting Professions Exam 9 Lesson 5, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 5: Management Consulting Exam 9 Lesson 6, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 6: Qualifications & Certifications Exam 10 Lesson 7, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 7: Problem Solving Exam 10 Lesson 8, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 8: SWOT Analysis Exam 10 Lesson 9, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 9: Qualitative Analysis Exam 10 Lesson 10, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 10: Quantitative Analysis Exam 9 Lesson 11, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 11: Starting a Consulting Business Exam 10 Lesson 12, Assignment 1 Assignment 20 Lesson 12: Getting Accounts Exam 9 The Final Exam Exam 330 Total Points: 687
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- "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.