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  • Includes 8 total courses to earn Business Essentials certificate
  • Self-paced & 100% online
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Bundle Overview

Our Business Essentials bundle will teach you Microsoft Excel, Word, and PowerPoint skills, as well as business communication skills, data visualization skills, and an understanding of corporate strategy. Whether you’re an analyst, salesperson, consultant, or manager, these courses will prepare you with the essentials to take the next step in your career.

Program Overview

8 courses

8 Required Courses

40 - 50 Hours

Average completion time

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Your Road to a Business Essentials Certificate

This specialization consists of hands-on courses delivering practical, real-world data analysis and visualization skills using the latest tools and techniques

8 Required Courses

This comprehensive bundle consists of 8 courses to deliver practical, real-world business skills.

Excel Fundamentals - Formulas for Finance
4.9 (5,241 Ratings)
Level 2
3.5 hours
Microsoft Word Tutorial - Business Documents
4.9 (95 Ratings)
Level 1
2.5 hours
PowerPoint & Pitchbooks
5 (851 Ratings)
Level 2
7.5 hours
Power BI Fundamentals
4.9 (174 Ratings)
Level 3
6 hours
Dashboards & Data Visualization
5 (890 Ratings)
Level 2
6 hours
Effective Business Writing
5 (48 Ratings)
Level 2
2.5 hours
Corporate & Business Strategy
5 (809 Ratings)
Level 3
7.5 hours
Professional Ethics
4.9 (4,990 Ratings)
Level 1
3 hours
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CFI’s course bundles are designed to build your skills in a wide range of tools and topics that cut across many industries.Business Essentials will help build your business acumen and prepare you for faster professional growth.

Business Essentials Learning Objectives

Microsoft Excel

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  • Apply tips, tricks, shortcuts, functions, and formulas you need to become an Excel power user
  • Build a strong foundation in Excel for any industry and professional career path
  • Familiarize yourself with industry-leading Excel best practices

Microsoft Word

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  • Utilize the most important functions and tools for document structure and design
  • Create clean, simple, and professional Word documents
  • Understand the design principles you should apply to different types of business documents

Microsoft PowerPoint

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  • Practice using functions and tools that will make you a distinguished PowerPoint user
  • Create measures and metrics that help quantify the most important trends
  • Visualize concepts with Microsoft PowerPoint

Business Communication

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  • Capture attention with proper business writing best practices
  • Deliver messages with clear, concise, and clean communication
  • Improve the chances of your recommendations being accepted

Data Visualization

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  • Focus your readers attention, tell stories, and drive narratives with data
  • Implement design principles into your charts and graphs
  • Build dashboards and visualize data in Microsoft Excel and Power BI

Strategy

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  • Understand strategic analysis and how it helps decision-makers identify optimal strategic alternatives
  • Perform external analysis by examining the forces affecting a company and internal analysis by understanding a company’s core competencies and competitive advantages
  • Explore tools used by decision-makers to evaluate and select optimal strategic alternatives
  • Describe the elements of business ethics
  • Apply professional ethics and the moral principles of integrity
  • Use an ethical decision making framework

Taught by Industry Experts

Tim Vipond

Tim is the Chair of the Board of CFI Education with an extensive background in entrepreneurship, financial analysis, and investment banking.

Lisa Dorian

Lisa Dorian is Co-Founder, and formerly Chief Risk Officer and Managing Director, of CFI. As a finance executive, she gained extensive experience in governance, risk, and compliance, as well as business process and strategy.

Victor Ho

Victor is a Senior Financial Analyst at CFI. He graduated with an honors degree in finance, has earned his FMVA®, and is pursuing his CFA designation. He has worked in both the private sector for a large natural resources producer and the public sector for government agencies.

Kyle Peterdy

Kyle is VP, Commercial Banking & Credit with CFI. Kyle’s background is in commercial lending, including real estate transactions and construction project financing, where he spent significant time assessing physical environmental risks.

Advance your career

  • Sales Skills

    Improve your communication and presentation skills to develop better pitches to clients and win more business
  • Relationship Management Skills

    Communicate more effectively with clients and be more efficient in delivering presentations and reports
  • Consulting & Advisory Skills

    Master spreadsheet functionality; design and deliver better presentations and written reports
  • Business Analysis Skills

    Work with data more effectively in order to identify trends and actionable insights
  • People Management Skills

    Improve your understanding of business strategy and the role of ethical decision making in your organization

What Our Students Say


I highly appreciated the steps and demonstration in building a either corporate or business strategy.

Aly Diallo


The course is focusing on the most important skills that are needed in real life and they open up the mind to understand the world of strategic analysis.

Daniel Munyangeri


The Monic case study demonstrated a clear and practical way to apply the theoretical concepts of strategy to a business.

Dwight Duplessis


I liked how the Instructor spoke slowly, and clearly, and articulately. Really gave time to absorb everything throughout the interaction.

Jennifer Essandoh

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Frequently Asked Questions

Admission Requirements

The Business Essentials bundle is open to learners and professionals in various industries and levels of experience. To take the courses and complete the exercises, learners will only need access to a PC and/or Mac, Microsoft Suite (2016 or newer), and a stable internet connection.

How much time do I have to complete the courses?

It takes an average of 40-50 hours to complete all the courses in the bundle. However, there is no specific timeframe required to complete any of the courses and you are free to complete it at your own pace.

Can I download and edit the course material and templates?

Yes! You can download the resources included in your courses. All of the files needed in a course are available for download, however, lecture videos are only available online due to copyright infringement issues.

How are the exams conducted?

Learners are required to complete an online assessment (MCQ’s, Fill-in-the-Blanks, and Excel Questions) at the end of each course. You can take the assessments at your own schedule and will need to earn at least 80% to pass the course and earn your certificate of course completion. The course assessments can be repeated as many times as you need.

How do I earn my certificates?

You need to complete all the video lessons, quizzes, and final assessments in each course to earn your course completion certificates.

What currency are your courses priced in?

All of our online courses and programs are priced in USD.

What payment methods do you accept?

We accept all major credit and debit cards including Visa, MasterCard, and American Express.

Are there any additional fees or costs?

None! The program tuition includes everything and there are no additional fees required to earn your digital certification.

More Questions?

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