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Enjoy these Benefits and Get the Skills and Knowledge to Start a Successful Business!

  • Know how to see the big picture and set your plans accordingly
  • Learn how to develop a risk management strategy
  • Learn how to measure your progress accurately through the use of Key Performance Indicators
  • Know how to practice financial literacy and its importance in business
  • Learn how to mitigate and handle risks through proven strategies
  • Develop critical thinking and how you can make better decisions with this skill
  • The importance of business acumen in management
  • Learn about the different key financial levers

Business Acumen Online Certificate Course

Elevate your business skills and unlock your potential with our comprehensive Business Acumen Course. This online training program is designed to help you understand the key aspects of running a successful organization, make informed business decisions, and drive better business results.

Our business acumen training covers a wide range of topics, including financial management, business strategy, and risk management strategy. By enrolling in our business acumen online course, you'll gain valuable insights into building business acumen and developing the strategic thinking needed to excel in today's competitive business environment.

The Business Acumen Online Certificate course helps you improve your judgement and decisiveness skills. The course enables you to see the big picture and recognize that all decisions no matter how small can have an effect on the bottom line.

Our Business Acumen Online courses will help you recognize learning events, manage risk better, and increase your critical thinking. Business Acumen has the ability to influence your whole organization and provide that additional edge that will lead to success.

One of the key aspects of our business acumen courses is teaching you how to analyze financial statements, such as balance sheets, income statements, and cash flows. You'll learn the importance of financial literacy and how to use key financial performance levers to inform business decisions and drive success.

In addition to mastering the art of financial management, our course covers essential business leadership skills, such as strategic management, competitive strategy, and change management. These skills will complement your newfound business acumen skill and help you create a competitive advantage for your organization.


To complete this course, a student must:

      Have access to the internet and the necessary technical skills to navigate the online learning resources

      Have access to any mobile device with internet connectivity (laptop, desktop, tablet)

      Be a self-directed learner

      Possess sound language and literacy skills

Quick Course Facts
  1. Course content is structured for easy comprehension

  2. Approximately 8 hours of study is needed to complete the course

  3. Registered students gain unrestricted lifetime access to the Business Acumen Online course

  4. All course material is available online 24/7 and can be accessed using any device

  5. Study online from anywhere in your own time at your own pace

  6. All students who complete the course will be awarded with a certificate of completion 

Why study business with CFS? 

Our online courses offer flexible learning options, allowing you to complete the training course at your own pace. We provide a wide range of certificate courses and professional development programs that cater to different learning preferences and career development needs.

By choosing our Business Acumen Course, you're not only investing in your personal development but also gaining a valuable skill set that can be applied across various industries. Whether you're involved in project management, sales prospecting, or human resource management, our business acumen training will provide you with the expertise needed to excel in your chosen field.

This course also focuses on improving your critical thinking, employee development, and talent development strategies. You'll learn how to recognize learning events, apply acumen learning techniques, and develop onboarding processes for new hires. Our online program covers key business concepts like asset management, business operations, and business model development.

Don't miss this opportunity to enhance your understanding of how a successful organization runs and make informed decisions that drive success. Enroll in our Business Acumen Course today and start reaping the benefits of improved decision-making, strategic thinking, and a deeper understanding of key business operations.

Business Acumen Online Certificate Course - Outline

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Seeing the Big Picture

In this module you will get an overview of what business acumen requires. This can include an understanding of finance, strategy, and decision making.

Short and Long Term Interactions

Interactions can have a direct effect on business operations. Failure to cultivate relationships happen when there is a lack of communication.

Recognize Growth Opportunities

People with a strong business acumen are able to recognize growth opportunities which are essential for long term success. However, identifying these opportunities does not come easy. In this part of the course we will discuss some of the steps for recognizing growth opportunities which include:

      Identify market trends: Monitor changes in the market such as technological advancements.

      Actively research customer needs: Conduct market research and anticipate customer needs, which you will fulfill.

      Pay attention to competitors: Take advantage of a competitor’s weakness and learn from their strengths.

Mindfulness of Decisions

It is easy to make decisions based on emotions or external pressure. A strong business acumen helps you make decisions carefully and mindfully. Mindful decision making combines reason with intuition to come up with decisions that are based in the present. To make mindful decisions we will discuss these steps.

      Be in the moment

      Be clear

      Make a choice

Everything is Related

Looking at the big picture lets you see how everything is related. In business operations, each person is expected to perform specific roles and functions. In order to understand how everything is related, we take a look at some tips on how to relate:

      Be comprehensive

      Be balanced

      Be incorporated

Module Three - KPI's (Key Performance Indicators)

Key Performance Indicators are metrics that show when goals are met. Business acumen requires that people are able to understand when goals are reached, and this is only possible with Key Performance Indicators. Creating and managing KPIs will not only improve the success of your business but also strengthen your business acumen.


In order to be decisive, you have to understand which performances need to be measured and how it should be measured. We will discuss tips on how to be decisive in our KPIs:

      Define areas to monitor

      Identify criteria

      Define the measurements


Flexibility allows you to make changes when the goals change. KPIs can constantly be changed and improved to reflect changing business needs. Some degree of flexibility in terms of allowing different departments to adjust KPIs is recommended to allow employees to understand and embrace them.

Strong Initiative

Initiative is the ability to take charge of a new or unknown situation. This allows employees to be proactive and allow them to use their problem-solving skills. Mistakes happen but what is more important is what we can learn from them.

Being Intuitive

Dashboards allow you to focus in operational goals rather than strategic goals. The dashboard offers an intuitive and useful information to users. This can be used to guide and coach employees. A strong business acumen dictates that these metrics should be used to encourage employees to be successful and not a tool for admonishing them when goals are not met.

Module Four - Risk Management Strategies

In this part of the course, we will learn the different risk management strategies. This is another critical skill for developing a strong business acumen.

Continuous Assessment

Risk assessment helps you identify possible dangers and opportunities you may encounter. There are several types of risk assessment that can be implement according to the specific objective. In this part of the course, we take a closer look at the different risk assessment steps:

      Recognize Objectives

      Identify Potential Events

      Identify Risk Tolerance

Internal and External Factors

Risk management involves identifying internal and external factors that can affect the company. Key risk factors that a company may face include:

      Financial risk

      Strategic risk

      Operational risk

      Hazard risk

Making Adjustments and Corrections

Risk management requires constant monitoring and assessment. Information gathered through KPIs and other tools are used to monitor progress. By tracking progress, you are able to adjust strategies to improve performance as necessary.

Knowing When to Pull the Trigger or Plug

Risk management enables you to identify any possible risks. But business acumen tells you when the risks are too great that the best option is to simply pull the plug.

Opportunity Cost

Opportunity costs are defined as the monetary and cost of value of an alternative decision. When determining opportunity costs, it is important to remember that this should be based on projected costs.

Module Five - Recognizing Learning Events

Each day brings an opportunity to learn something new. A person with a strong business acumen should be able to recognize and take advantage of these opportunities. It this module, you will learn how to improve your decision making process and how to use business acumen to benefit you and the organization.

Develop a Sense of Always Learning

This refers to your ability to recognize learning events and how not to overlook learning opportunities. Some of the ways to develop this include:

      Imitation: We learn from observing and imitating others such as instructors or respected mentors.

      Reception/Transmission: Reception is the experience that requires you receive a transmitted message. It may be written or verbal, and it can include values as well as academic understanding.

      Exercise: Actions and practice create learning experiences. These can occur in any action that you practice such as writing, meditation, or computer programs.

Evaluate Past Decisions

Past decisions and experiences help influence our current actions. It is important that you don’t only consider those that resulted to successful results but also unsuccessful decisions.

Problems Are Learning Opportunities

Learn to accept problems and mistakes are opportunities for learning. Once a problem is identified, consider the different solution and opportunities that each bring.

Recognize Your Blind Spots

Blind spots are parts of our personalities that are hidden from us. Recognizing your blind spots and doing something with it can help you improve your business acumen. To help you become aware of these blind spots here are a few tips:

      Requesting feedback



Module Six - You Need to Know These Answers and More

In this part of the Business Acumen Online Certificate course, you will learn how to guide your company to success. How to look at the big picture in your business and know the answers to some basic financial questions.

What Makes My Company Money?

Making a profit is the bottom line of any business. When determining what makes money for your company, you should take into consideration all the different products and services.

What Were Sales Last Year?

Comparing year on year sales can help you get an idea where your business is going and its competitiveness.

What is Our Profit Margin?

This number indicates how well a business is running. A high profit margin is a sign that the business is running efficiently.

What Were Our Costs?

Costs affect all financial aspects of a business. Some companies may opt to cut costs to increase profits. Below are some of the costs we will be considering:

      Cost of goods sold

      Operating expenses

      Interest and other expenses


Module Seven - Financial Literacy (Part 1)

Financial literacy is a must to develop your business acumen. This module will help you develop your financial literacy and provide you with key financial concepts.


This refers to anything of value to the company that creates a profit or improve revenue. Assets can include buildings or products that are listed on a balance sheet.

Financial Ratios

Financial ratios are numbers that provide information on the company’s status. This includes data on trends, liquidity, profitability, assets, and financial leverage. Some of the important financial rations include:

      Return on Assets

      Inventory Turnover

      Revenue Sales Growth

      Earnings Per Share Growth


These are money that your company owes. Liabilities include mortgages or credit balances.


Assets and liabilities are factored in when determining equity. This figure gives you a good idea of what type of business risk you are.

Module Eight - Business Acumen in Management

Employees represent one of the most important resources in any organization. Business acumen enables you to effectively manage these resources by using talent management, change management, asset management, and organizational management skills.

Talent Management

This skill refers to a manager’s ability to develop individual employee talents to benefit the organization. Some of the strategies we will learn about include:





Change Management

Some individuals may not be as open to change as others. As a manager, you should be able to seamlessly implement change to reduce lost productivity and improve workplace culture. The process of change management involves:




Asset Management

This is a management plan that helps you define assets and who they are used. In this part of the course, we will discuss the steps involved in asset management.

Organizational Management

In organizational management, each employee is needs to be part of the plan. It starts with a wide-scale plan down to the individual employee level.

Module Nine - Critical Thinking in Business

Information is a valuable commodity in business. Business acumen requires you to be effective in absorbing information.

Ask the Right Questions

Critical thinking requires constantly asking the right questions. These can include:

      Identify assumptions

      Explore perspectives

      Examine the evidence

      Attempt to understand

      Consider different implications

Organize Data

Organizing data makes it easier for you to analyze. This can be done by grouping data or following certain patterns.

Evaluate the Information

Evaluating involves differentiating between fact and opinion by asking the right question.

Make the Decision

Critical thinking is a must when making decisions. After asking the right questions and evaluating answers, you are now ready to make that decision.

Module Ten - Key Financial Levers

In this module, you will learn about the different key financial levers to help you improve business acumen.

Investing in People

People are a key financial lever in any business. These include customers and employees. Several ways of investing in your employees can include:



      Fair salary


      Opportunity for advancement

Effective Communication

Having a strong business acumen should be complemented with effective communication. Some of the techniques to improve communication include being honest and concise, being clear, and polite.

Process Improvement

This is used for analyzing business processes. It can be used to introduce a new process or make changes to an existing one.

Goal Alignment

Goal alignment is the synching of manager and employee goals with the business. This is done to improve business efficiency and productivity.

Module Eleven - Wrapping Up

Recognition & Accreditation

Upon successful completion of this course and achieving a passing score for the assessment, you will be issued with an international continuing education credit (CEU) certificate.

This Certificate is applicable worldwide, which demonstrates your commitment to learning new skills. You can share the certificate with your friends, relatives, co-workers, and potential employers. Also, include it in your resume/CV, professional social media profiles and job applications.

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Units of Study

Module One - Getting Started

Module Two - Seeing the Big Picture

  • Short and long term interactions
  • Recognize growth opportunities
  • Mindfulness of decisions
  • Everything is related

Module Three - KPI's (Key Performance Indicators)

  • Decisiveness
  • Flexible
  • Strong initiative
  • Being intuitive

Module Four - Risk Management Strategies

  • Continuous assessment
  • Internal and external factors
  • Making adjustments and corrections
  • Knowing when to pull the trigger or plug

Module Five - Recognizing Learning Events

  • Develop a sense of always learning
  • Evaluate past decisions
  • Problems are learning opportunities
  • Recognize your blind spots

Module Six - You Need to Know These Answers and More

  • What makes my company money?
  • What were sales last year?
  • What is our profit margin?
  • What were our costs?

Module Seven - Financial Literacy (Part 1)

  • Assets
  • Financial Ratios
  • Liabilities
  • Equity

Module Eight - Financial Literacy (Part 2)

  • Income statement
  • Balance sheet
  • Cash flow statement
  • Read, read and read

Module Nine - Business Acumen in Management

  • Talent management
  • Change management
  • Asset management
  • Organisational management

Module Ten - Critical Thinking in Business

  • Ask the right questions
  • Organise data
  • Evalute the information
  • Make the decision

Module Eleven - Key Financial Levers

  • Investing in people
  • Effective communication
  • Process improvement
  • Goal alignment

Module Twelve - Wrapping Up


Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


Microsoft Windows XP, or laterModern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


OSX/iOS 6 or laterModern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or fasterFlash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

Adobe Acrobat Reader


Entry requirements:

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education:

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Device requirements:

Students will need access to a computer/any device and the internet.


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