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This qualification has been developed for persons aspiring to become Business Management Consultants. Imagine having a high paying career where executives turn to you for direction in running their businesses. As a business consultant you will help businesses and other organizations identify problems, and you will recommend solutions to those problems.

Business consultants are respected and relied upon in every industry in every country. Consultants are admired for both their expertise and their independence. As a business consultant (also known as a management consultant) you can choose to specialize in a variety of areas, including:

  • Communications Consulting
  • E-Business Consulting
  • Human Resources Consulting (HR Consulting)
  • Operations Consulting
  • Marketing Consulting
  • Organizational Development Consulting
  • Small Business Consulting
  • Strategic Planning Consulting
  • Technology Consulting (IT Consulting)
  • Any Other Areas Organizations Need Professional Advice

Based on SAQA’s Unit ID: 48874 , NQF Level 5, 137 Credits

 

DURATION

 

Designed for completion within 12 - 18 Weeks.  Self-study distance learning course.  Assignments and Examination for completion.

 

LEARNING CONTENT

 

 

  • Step-by-step overview of how to carry out a business consulting project (also known as an engagement), including:
        • Conducting a needs analysis (includes a list of sample questions to ask clients)
        • Determining project specifics including the scope of services to be provided, timeline, team, and budget
        • Conducting a gap analysis (to identify the gap between "where we are" and "where we want to be")
        • Identifying possible solutions
        • How to present your recommendations to the client (includes a sample presentation outline)
        • Implementation of your recommendations
        • Post-project review (includes a sample client feedback questionnaire)
  • How to use both quantitative and qualitative research and information-gathering techniques in your consulting projects, including:
        • Observation
        • Case studies
        • Interviews
        • Focus groups
        • Surveys (includes a sample survey)
  • How to conduct a SWOT Analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats) of a business situation
  • Samples of consulting assignments
  • How to develop the skills employers and clients are looking for in business consultants, including:
        • Critical thinking
        • Problem-solving
        • Communication skills
        • Project management
        • Leadership
        • Additional skills that can give you a competitive edge in getting hired
  • Traditional educational programs including the top MBA programs (plus tips and resources to help you apply and get accepted)
  • How to get educational credentials more quickly or conveniently through:
        • accelerated, executive, part-time, or mini MBAs
        • distance learning
        • business seminars
  • The best resources (books, periodicals, websites, etc.) to teach yourself business consulting
  • How to quickly get practical experience to build up your credentials and help you get hired as a consultant, including:
        • Internships (plus how to get an internship if you are not a student)
        • Volunteer opportunities
        • Consulting for your current employer
        • Other opportunities for hands-on experience
  • Links to many valuable resources you can use in business consulting including project management software
  • Information and resources on business ethics
  • How to identify emerging business trends that may affect your clients
  • Job titles and entry-level positions in consulting
  • Types of employers and how to find them:
        • Large firms (includes links to more than 30 top consulting firms)
        • Small firms or boutique firms
        • Internal consulting for corporations
        • Other types of organizations that hire management consultants
        • A type of employer that business consultants should beware of
  • How to find job openings
        • Where consulting jobs are advertised
        • On-campus recruitment
        • Finding job openings through referrals
        • How to create a consulting job with your current employer or a new employer
  • What you need to know about recruiters or employment agencies
  • How to write a winning resume including sample resumes for:
        • An experienced consultant
        • A career changer (this sample shows how to create an impressive resume without a business degree or previous paid consulting experience)
        • An internal consultant
  • How to prepare a cover letter including sample letters for applying to a consulting firm and a corporation
  • Advice to help you ace the interview
        • How to prepare for an interview (what to bring, what to wear, and more)
        • Samples of questions to expect
        • Advice and resources for succeeding in a case interview
        • Following up after a consulting job interview (includes a sample thank you letter)
  • Considering a job offer (includes resources with salary information to help in salary negotiations)
  • How to start a part-time or full-time consulting business for little or no money
  • Information about business matters affecting consultants including insurance, licenses, legal structures, etc.
  • Items to include in your business plan
  • Choosing a name for your consulting business
  • How to set up an office for your consulting business
  • Sources of start-up financing if you want to spend more on your consulting business (e.g. leasing an office instead of working from home)
  • Pricing your consulting services, with information on:
        • How to set your hourly rate
        • Daily rates
        • Per project fees
        • Monthly retainers
        • Pay for performance
        • How to invoice clients
        • Getting a deposit before you start a project
        • Getting reimbursed for expenses
  • What to include in a client contract or agreement
  • How to select strategic partners
  • Finding potential clients for your consulting business
  • How to market your consulting services effectively through
        • Advertising
        • Networking
        • Direct contact
        • Free promotional opportunities
  • What you need to know about preparing proposals for consulting work
  • How to make a sales presentation to prospective clients

 

 

FEES / ENROLMENT OPTIONS

 

We have the following payment options available for our student to choose from. Choose a payment option that best suits your style: NB: ALL OPTIONS INCLUDE EXAMINATION AND CERTIFICATION.

OPTION A: R2 690, 00

Includes Comprehensive training material, Certificate, Examination and Shipping of material as well as a CD containing business templates, supplementary readers and Audio E-Books.

 

OPTION B: R1 790, 00

WE ARE NOW GOING GREEN: This course is now available on CD which means that you will receive all your course content on CD and not as printed material.  Help us save the planet by choosing this option.   

OPTION C: R1 290, 00

Easy and convenient: Course content will be sent to you via email.

 

Kindly note:  There are no payment terms. Training material is released within 3 - 14 working days after payment has

been received as the cost is inclusive of all your training material, supplementary readers, assignments as well as the

courier charges so we need to ensure that all costs are covered prior to the release of training material.

 

 

ENROLMENT FOR THIS PROGRAMME

 

To enrol for this course, kindly contact (012) 376 4282 or email Julie at info@secretarialstudies.co.za