Overview on this Certification


Today’s workplace increasingly requires a fundamental understanding of how business works, in addition to the knowledge and skills to be successful in one’s job. Employees must be equipped to meet this new demand. The Business Acumen Certificate offers both tactical and strategic content, providing participants a deeper understanding of practical business concepts.

Designed For

This certificate is designed for individuals who have moved or aspire to move, into roles within their organization requiring a broader and deeper view of the business environment. All supervisors, project or product mangers or anyone without a formal background in business will benefit from the seminars in this series.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate is made of twelve (12) seminars, seven core seminars, three from Financial and Communication Acumen categories and two seminars of participants’ choice listed under either the Optional or Acumen categories. To request your certificate or for more details, please contact Registration at 800.884.1328 or email registration@EmployersCouncil.org

Please note that you must complete both the Required Core Classes and the Elective Classes down below to receive this certification.


Required Core Classes

  • Business Essentials

    This class covers organizational strategy, structure, functions, systems, and how people work together to create value in response to customer needs. Course ID MGMT154

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  • Business Results: Measuring the Value of HR

    This class teaches the HR function how to show the value of various HR programs and initiatives. Course ID SUPV122

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  • Collaboration Skills: A Radical Approach to Problem Solving and Conflict Resolution

    Radical Collaboration® is a powerful interactive experience that guides participants in building effective partnerships. Participants learn how to use these skills in this class. Course ID TEAM112

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  • Harvard Business Series: Real-World Case Studies

    Explore the issues and solutions experienced by high-profile organizations and engage in an interactive learning experience. Course ID SPEC927

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  • Organizational Excellence: LEAN Tools

    This class is designed to build or re-build the organizational knowledge your people need to meet the challenges of a LEAN work environment. Course ID MGMT156 

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  • Problem Solving Skills

    This class explores a four-part problem-solving model to help generate alternatives and implement the best soution. Course ID PBSLV103

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  • Project Management Foundations

    This Project Management class use a realistic case study and exercises to provide hands-on use of the tools and techniques. Course ID PROJ101

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Classes You Can Choose From

Financial Acumen

You need to choose one of these classes in addition to the required classes above to complete your certification.


Accounting for Non-Accountants

This class helps anyone who seeks a more solid foundation in accounting principles as they relate to business operations. Course ID ACCT105

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Accounting for Non-Profits

Learn how to read and understand the financial reports for your nonprofit. Course ID ACCT109

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Accounting for Supervisors

This class focuses on accounting for internal reporting. Managers can improve their decision making by using the data that is already within their organizations. Course ID ACCT106

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Understanding the Accountant's Reports

This class is for managers and investors who want to analyze information available in published financial statements. Course ID ACCT107

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Financial Foundations for HR

This class provides a foundation for understanding the Income Statement, Balance Sheet, and Cash Flow statements and how human capital and business decisions affect those statements. Course ID HR171

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Written Communication Acumen

You need to choose one of these classes in addition to the required classes above to complete your certification.


Business Writing for Managers

In this class, participants develop skills in planning, writing, and reviewing a variety of writing projects from email to short reports. Course ID WRTG03

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Business Writing for Support Staff

This class shows how to develop writing skills from preparation to proofreading. Course ID WRTG106

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Grant Writing Essentials

This class provides the critical tools needed to identify potential funders and write successful grant proposals or applications. Course ID WRTG109

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Writing Proposals That Win

This class shows participants how to write logical, complete proposals in a time-effective, process-oriented manner. Course ID WRTG108

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Verbal Communication Acumen

You need to choose one of these classes in addition to the required classes above to complete your certification.


Communication: A Solution-Focused Approach

This class uses the Solution Focused Method to quickly defines the desired outcome, detailing what will be happening when the agreed upon goal is complete. Course ID SUPV124

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Developing Interpersonal Communication Skills

This class examines the essentials of the communication process. Course ID COMM108

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Optional Seminars

You need to complete two of these additional classes , or two additional from the Financial and Communication Acumen categories listed above to complete your certification.


An Additional Harvard Business Series Case Study

Explore the issues and solutions experienced by high-profile organizations and engage in an interactive learning experience. Course ID SPEC927

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Change Management: Building Resiliency

In this class, participants learn to differentiate between change and transition, use a three-phase transition model, and learn the action steps accompanying each phase of the model. Course ID MGMT114

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Email: Write for Results

This class teaches participants how to write emails and other web content that are easy to understand. Course ID WRTG110

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Innovation in the Workplace

This class teaches the four dimensions of creativity: fluency, flexibility, elaboration, and originality. Course ID CREAT101

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Managing Effective Meetings

This class shows how to structure, design, and hold effective meetings. Course ID PDEV106

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Negotiation for Win/Win Results

This class explores all phases of the negotiation process. Course ID CONF106

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Project Management Intermediate

This class is designed to provide tools and techniques to help participants with Project Mangament. Course ID PROJ102

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Sales: The Mind-Set of Success

This class teaches effective sales skills needed in today’s world: consulting, problem solving, educating, and negotiating. Course ID SALES103

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Succession Planning: Are You Prepared?

This class addresses some of the most important aspects of succession planning. Course ID HR160

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Supervision: The Accountability Experience

Discover the powerful personal and organizational benefits of individual accountability. Course ID MGMT157

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Workforce Planning

In this class participants learn how to assess future human capital needs for a workforce plan. Course ID HR124

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