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Business Management & Finance Certificate

Business Management & Finance Certificate

The Certificate in Business Management & Finance 
will enable you to assess the value of strategic decisions by providing a broader understanding of finance and the interaction between business and financial strategies. You will learn the key functions at the heart of any organization to make better decisions and accelerate growth as a leader. Through this certificate, you'll gain a strong foundational understanding of business that can be immediately applied to work, whether you're just starting out, already established, or transitioning to a new career.

To complete the program, participants must earn 30 credits as outlined below. The certificate must be earned within 24 months of attending your first course. Participants must also pass an exam to show competency in the domain.

Certificate Tracker
Use this tracker to track your progress through the certificate program. Upon completion of the program, you will be asked to upload the tracker to verify completion of required courses.

Foundation Core Courses - (Optional) Foundation courses are introductory courses for those that are new to the subject area. These courses are optional for those with more experience in the field. Foundation courses do count towards your certificate.
Intermediate/Advanced Core Courses - (10 credits) Intermediate core courses offer the opportunity to deepen your understanding of industry best practices. Advanced core courses build upon knowledge gained, allowing participants to apply this knowledge to more complex concepts and industry-specific issues. These courses are required to receive your certificate. The certificate exam will focus on content from these courses.
Leadership – (2 credits) All participants are required to take Diversity & Inclusion in the Spirits Industry and one other Leadership elective. These courses are available in the Leadership domain and are linked below.
Responsibility – (1 credit) All participants are required to take Alcohol Responsibility. This course is available in the Leadership Domain and linked below.
Electives - The remaining required credits can be achieved through Elective courses. Electives allow participants to take a deeper dive into areas of interest, giving you the flexibility to specialize in topics relevant to your career.

Foundation Core Courses (Optional)
Introduction to Human Resources Compliance
Understanding Financial Statements and Cash Flow Management
Intro to Policies & Procedures

Intermediate/Advanced Core Courses (Required)
Employee Contracts & Rights
Flowing Work through TTB
Cost Accounting
Shipping and Receiving
Building Supply Chain Relationships
Budgeting & Forecasting, Strategic Year-end Financial Decision Making (Advanced)
How to Self Audit (Advanced)    
Advanced HR & Compliance (Advanced)
Management Process (Advanced)  

Organizational Structure, Job descriptions & Compensation
Where to Hire Consultants and When to keep Work In-House
Accounting Software Options and Selections
Capital Expenditures
Entering a New Market
Business Management Software
Retail Collection of Revenue
Exit Strategies
Policies and Procedures
Employee Privacy
Recordkeeping (OSHA, TTB Compliance, Worker's Compensation)
Getting a DSP
Cocktails to Go Webinar Part 1
Cocktails to Go Webinar Part 2
International Webinar Series: Regulations & Taxes
Distributor Selection
Maximizing Distributor Relations
How to Build a Local Marketing Fund
Social Media Do's & Don'ts
Privacy, Data & Consumer Protection

Alcohol Responsibility (Required)
Diversity & Inclusion in the Spirits Industry (Required)
Creating an Organizational Culture
Leading Change
Leadership Communication Styles
Management Processes

Certificate Application Process
In order to earn a domain certificate, applicants must complete the following steps:
  1. Fulfill the domain course requirements as outlined above.
  2. Complete and submit the tracking form below. Your tracking sheet will be reviewed by DISCUS Academy staff to ensure all courses meet the requirements. Upon successful review, applicants will be eligible to take the domain exam.
  3. Take the domain exam and receive a score of 70% or higher. Exam questions will be taken from Core Courses.
  4. Certificates will be available to download immediately after the exam is passed.