2.5 credits

Continuing Ed:
2.5 CEUs

25 Hours


Course Type:

25 PDUs with PMI®

Program Description

Entrepreneurs can grow their seedling ideas into fully-fledged businesses. Some think it's magic, while others understand that entrepreneurial practices and philosophies can be learned. This course teaches anyone with an adventurous spirit how to navigate the waters of entrepreneurship, from ideology to business planning.

This online certificate program introduces key issues in entrepreneurship for those looking to start a business on their own. What does it take to build and grow a business from scratch? What personal characteristics are shared by successful entrepreneurs? What types of resources are available to budding entrepreneurs, and where can you find them? Learners who complete this program will have the answers to those questions and others that are essential to the success of their businesses. This certificate is suitable for new business owners, as well as anyone considering the challenges of entrepreneurship.

Students can access the course and its materials for a period of 90 days starting from the enrollment date.

Program Benefits

  • Describe the characteristics of a successful entrepreneur
  • Outline the eight stages of the entrepreneurial process
  • Explain the discovery stage
  • Describe the evaluation of the market for a new venture
  • Outline ways to structure the venture
  • Discuss the strategic planning process for an entrepreneur
  • Describe the operational and financial planning needed for a new venture
  • Outline how an entrepreneur develops and employs a business plan
  • Describe the options for funding the new venture
  • Discuss issues in implementing the plans for a new venture
  • Recognize the ethical issues faced by entrepreneurs

Certificate Requirements

The Entrepreneurship certificate is conferred upon the minimum completion of four courses with a grade point average of 'C' or better. Learners must achieve an average test score of at least 70% to meet the minimum successful completion requirement and qualify to receive IACET CEUs.

Refund Policy

You may request a refund for up to five days from the purchase date. The registration fee will only be refunded if less than 10% of each course in the suite has been completed. The completion percentage can be viewed on the course progress page within each course.

Program Sequence

Introduction to Entrepreneurship

Business Law for Entrepreneurs

Strategic Marketing for Entrepreneurs

Leadership and Management for Entrepreneurs

Accounting and Finance for Entrepreneurs

Who Should Attend

This program is designed for entrepreneurs seeing funding for their start-up, people who have an original or disruptive idea, or novice investors. 

Program Structure

All courses embed an "Ask the Expert" feature to bring Oregon State University learning support to your learning. A subject matter expert will provide guidance or point you to additional resources for the topics you’re studying. Questions are answered as quickly as possible and usually within 24 hours.


Program Design Key Features

  • Expert-supported
  • Mobile friendly
  • Accessible
  • Badge and credit-awarding
  • Games and flashcards
  • Video content
  • Real-world case studies
  • Audio-enabled in application