Professional Certificate in Business Development

Professional Certificate Programme

Professional Certificate in Business Development

Learn how to build relationships, create opportunities and make businesses grow.

  • Duration: 3 months
  • Cost: 
  • Discounts: Save up to 50% (click to claim discount)
  • Course Start Date: January 29th, 2022
  • Learning Mode: Physical or Online

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Every business needs senior salespeople who create opportunities for the organisation’s growth. Business development managers make growth happen. They find new partners, plan new opportunities, bring in new customers and persuade existing ones to buy extra services. If you’re interested in sales and building relationships then you will make a good business development manager.

Course Overview

The Professional Certificate in Business Development is a hands-on, innovative and dynamic programme that focuses on the strategic elements of sales and marketing, activation, partnership & franchise, distribution & logistics, relationship management, business communication, and brand management.

Graduates from the course will leave CIAPS with a very clear understanding of the essential features of developing and promoting business in new sectors and locations.

Who is this course for?

  • New graduates interested in starting a career in business development
  • Experienced professionals seeking to improve their skills and bear more work responsibilities
  • Candidates with plans and ambitions to help grow new or on-going businesses.
Registration fee


Course fees


Save up to 50%: Read "Discounts" section below to learn more.

Flexible Payment Method

30% Down Payment

*Spread the balance over the duration of the course

Course Content

  • Introduction to Business Development
  • Essential Elements of Marketing
  • Franchising Management
  • Distribution and Logistics
  • Brand and Product Activation
  • Essential Elements of Sales
  • Partnership and Negotiations
  • Business Communication
  • Digital Marketing
  • Relationship Management
  • Brand Management

How will you be assessed?

This Professional Certificate Programme consists of four modules made up of twelve units. You will be offered the opportunity to combine practice in real workplace situations with learning in our Centre. It is a very interactive programme and each module can have both formative and summative assessment. These assessments can be written, verbal and based on observations. There are two options for learning:

  • Classroom at the Centre
  • Distance Learning and Online

In both cases, final assessments will be marked in England.

The CIAPS Advantage

Learn from the best

Our faculty are top professionals in the field of business development.

Flexible study times

You can choose to have your classes on weekdays (Monday to Friday) or weekends (Saturday and Sunday).

Develop practical skills

During the programme, you will experience different areas of business roles and projects that help you build skills.

Career support

We have a team of competent and passionate professionals available to assist you with career guidance, CV preparations and registrations with international professional bodies.

Enabling learning environment and friendly staff

Learn and grow in a comfortable learning environment with great welfare services.

Earn an international certificate

CIAPS is an internationally recognised professional graduate school. Earning our certificate makes you competitive locally and globally.

  • Registration Fee:

  • Programme fee per participant:

Includes: Tuition Fees, Learning Material, and Ancillary Facilities.

Flexible payments:

    • You can register now and pay your course fees later
    • Installment payment plans available for course fees

If you qualify for all discounts, you can pay as little as


  • Early bird Discount (15% of tuition fee): Complete 50% of the tuition fee before course start date to be eligible for this discount.
  • Referral Discount (15% of tuition fee): If a former CIAPS student referred you to CIAPS, you can include his/her CIAPS student number as the discount code in the registration form to be eligible for this discount.
  • Unemployment Discount (20% of tuition fee): This discount is available to applicants who are unemployed.

You can claim any or all of these discounts in the Registration Form when applying for the course.

Applicants for this course should have a first degree or equivalent (Bachelors, HND). Having a good grade is a major advantage. Applicants without such qualifications may apply, but their applications will be subject to a more complex process and they will be required to demonstrate their ability to successfully follow the programme.

In all cases, applicants will be tested by CIAPS through written assessments and verbal interviews. Applicants will be deemed successful only if they are judged to possess a good mix of:

  • Imagination and creative thinking
  • Written and verbal communication skills
  • Ability and willingness to learn
  • Sense of responsibility and ability to work in a team
  • Resilience and stability
  • Integrity and respect for others

*Applicants are highly advised to have access to a laptop or equivalent

At CIAPS, students combine theory with practice to gain real-life, workplace and entrepreneurial skills. 

  • In *2018, business development students developed and launched an organic drink product as part of their learnings.
  • Israel Adesokan started and presented his company,, an eCommerce platform in Nigeria as his final project.
Business Development students presenting organic drink

Business Development students presenting organic drink

Business Development Student, Isreal Adesokan-

Business Development Student, Isreal Adesokan-

This course has been designed with the clear objective of training passionate, dedicated professionals who will be capable of covering leading roles in commercial and industrial organisations. Depending on your experience and interests, you will graduate from the programme with the required competency and confidence to work in a variety of businesses and organisations as:

  • Business Development Managers
  • Country Managers
  • Marketing Managers
  • Franchise Executive
  • Sales and Activation Managers
  • Partnership Manager
  • Relationship Manager
  • Area Manager
  • Product or Brand Representative
  • Trade Marketing Manager

What our students have to say

This course improved my analytical skills, made me more productive and increased my business Orientation.

Williams Churchill Chukwunonso

Williams Churchill Chukwunonso

Professional Certificate in Business Development

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