How the courses work

After you register, look for an email with instructions on how to log into your online classroom, using your email address and a password.

What you will do for each unit

  • Access the online readings
  • Listen to the audio presentation for the Unit and view the slides
  • Take a self-quiz to see how much you have learned
  • Engage in written online discussion with your instructor and other participants

For best learning, you should make one or more comments at 2-3 different times each day.

The content (readings, audio lectures, slides) and self-quizzes are accessible for the entire course, so you can work ahead, or go back and review again, at your convenience.

Participate when you want

Log in when it’s convenient for you! The online classroom is open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. There are no live real-time requirements or meetings.


The Discussion for each Unit lasts one week. All comments are made in writing any time you are able to log in.

Your instructor will log in at least once a day and answer questions, make comments, and respond to what has been posted.

To complete the Bookkeeping Certificate, courses must be taken in the below order (the classes build off each other):
  1. Understanding Debits and Credits
  2. General Ledger and Month End Procedures
  3. Closing Procedures and Financial Statements
How do you manage the finances of a business? Whether you are an entrepreneur, running a family business, or just looking to advance your career and add to your skill set, this Bookkeeping Certificate will provide you with the knowledge needed to measure, and manage, the financial health of your business. This program focuses on cash basis accounting. No one will care more about the financial health of your business than you! It’s imperative that you understand how the process works and are able to complete the accounting cycle accurately and in a timely fashion. Even if you plan to outsource your bookkeeping needs, you should still understand how the process works. No one should be clueless when it comes to the finances of their business. Click here to learn about the instructor, Sharon deFonteny. $495 for all 3 courses
To complete the Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non Financial Managers, courses must be taken in the below order (the classes build off each other):
  1. Accounting and Finance for Non Financial Managers
  2. Financial Analysis and Planning for Non Financial Managers
  3. Cash is King
Every successful person in the workplace utilizes financial information to aid effective decision making. The Certificate in Accounting and Finance for Non-Financial Managers explains the financial concepts and accounting processes used in most businesses and will provide practical techniques that will increase your effectiveness and career. First, get a foundation to understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Come away with the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance. Then find out what you need to know about cash. Cash is the non-financial manager who really makes a difference in the day-to-day cash activities. Discover how to maximize cash flow, learn the importance of cash and find out your role in cash flow success. Finally, acquire advanced knowledge on the financial information that drives your organization. See how business reports are assessed and analyzed. An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence. Click here to learn about the instructors: Jodie Trana and Sharon deFonteny. $495 for all 3 courses

To complete the Certificate in Data Analysis, courses must be taken in the below order (the classes build off each other):

  1. Introduction
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. Add a whole new skill set to your portfolio, and make a big difference in the success of your organization by acquiring data analysis skills.

Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.

Students need to have Microsoft Excel to complete this certificate.

Click here to learn about the instructors, Jeff Kritzer, John Rutledge, and Mary Dereshiwsky

$495 for all 3 courses


A must-have skill to succeed in business, whether an entrepreneur or a valued employee, is the ability to create, edit and manage spreadsheets. Microsoft Excel is the most used spreadsheet tool in the world.

Begin with learning how an Excel worksheet is constructed, populated with content, and edited for delivery. Discover how various menu items, commands, settings and processes affects the look of your Excel worksheets and workbooks.  
Then, increase your efficiency by learning how to organize, display and calculate your data into useful information. Identify different types of data and how data can be best visually represented or formatted, by using different data tool techniques.  
Finally, you’ll learn a variety of Excel’s most powerful features to analyze data quickly and easily. This Certificate will help you discover how to attractively visualize your data into meaningful information with confidence.
Students must have Microsoft Excel to complete this certificate. 

Click here to learn about the instructors: Betsy Flanagan, Amy Klous, and John Rutledge

$495 for all 3 courses


To complete the Certificate in Project Management, courses must be taken in the following order (the classes build off each other):

  1. Introduction to Project Management
  2. Project Management Processes
  3. Project Management Knowledge Areas

In today’s business environment, there is a need for good project management. Project management provides visibility of project health to the business and the customer. Through continuous monitoring, early detection of variations to plan, schedule, and budget can be communicated to stakeholders for quick resolution, including project cancelation.

Project management is one of the fastest paths to promotion by increasing your network through greater exposure.

First, gain the skills, tools and templates to confidently develop and maintain a project. An overview of salaries, certification costs, education and experience requirements are provided.

Then acquire a well-rounded knowledge of the five Project Management Processes relating to the Project Management Body of Knowledge Guide. This basic information will assist you in learning the beginnings of Project Management, whether you are interested in project management, in a project management field, or in any line of work.

Finally, learn the ten Project management Knowledge Areas and their support role and relationships to the five Project Management Processes.

Click here to learn about the instructors: Jermaine Dykes, John D. Fitzgerald Jr & Gail Singleton

$495 for all 3 courses

To complete the Graphic Design Software Essentials Certificate, you must complete
  1. Adobe InDesign Essentials
  2. Adobe Illustrator Essentials
  3. Adobe Photoshop Essentials
The Adobe software tools are the leading software for graphic design. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web.
Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page-layout program that works with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop seamlessly. InDesign allows you to create simple to complex multi-page documents such as brochures, flyers, books and magazines. Use Adobe Photoshop to effectively work with selection and editing tools, layers, and masks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images or create your own composite digital art work. Access to the Adobe software tools required.
Software Requirements: 
For all online Adobe classes, students are responsible for purchasing their own software for their course. Trial versions of Adobe software are sometimes available on the Adobe company website.
If you’re taking the entire “Graphic Design certificate” you’ll need Adobe Illustrator, Adobe Photoshop and Adobe InDesign. Otherwise you may sign up for a single software.
There is no school discount through LERN. More information on Adobe Creative Cloud software can be found at
Learn about the instructor: Andy Helmi.
$545 for all 3 courses

To complete the Management Certificate, all 3 courses must be taken :

  1. Management Boot Camp
  2. Collaborative Management
  3. Managing Generations in the Workplace

Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness.

Then you will explore the principles of collaborative management and gain insight on how to expand your collaborative skills for success of your team or organization.

Finally, get the keys to manage different generations in your workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value.

Click to learn more about the instructors: Sally Klauss, Kassia Dellabough & William Draves.

$595 for all 3 courses


To complete the Power BI Certificate, courses must be taken in the below order (the classes build off each other):

  1. Introduction
  2. Intermediate
  3. Advanced

Gain insights into your data using business intelligence software – Power Business Intelligence. Power BI is a widely used business analytics service offered by Microsoft. Power BI Desktop is a complete data analysis and report creation tool that you install for free.

Discover the process of creating interactive reports. Integrate financial, marketing, or any other source data in your accounting system, Excel, or on the Web. Streamline the data to what is needed using Power Query. Create charts, maps, and other visuals to see your data in real time.
Delve further into Power Query to ETL (Extract, Transform and Load) your data. Build the Data Model using relationships and DAX (Data Analysis Expressions). Utilize Time Intelligence functions to view YoY or YTD reports. Add user friendly features to enhance your reports and analyze your results.
This certificate will enhance your skills in data analysis, giving you greater insight into your organization’s performance and allowing you to make more informed decisions.
Click here to learn more about the instructor, Marion Williams
$495 for all 3 courses.

To complete the Social Media for Business Certificate, all three courses must be taken and Introduction to Social Media must be taken first.

  1. Introduction to Social Media
  2. Marketing Using Social Media
  3. Integrating Social Media in Your Organization

Get in on this exciting and growing way to communicate, market and serve your customers and clients. For businesses, nonprofits, government, and other organizations. From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn, and more, discover the new principles of communication that apply across all networks and how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization.

Learn how social networks are used to develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization. Then find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing.

Whether you are new to social networks or already involved, you will come away with both an understanding of social networks and practical, how-to techniques to integrate social networks into your organization or business. Your instructors are outstanding practitioners who also speak, write, and train others on social networks.

Learn more about the instructors: Jo-Carolyn Goode, Melissa Torres, & Travette Webster

$495 for all 3 courses


Your employees are your most valuable resources. Ensuring the efficiency of your team is the key to your success and is your most important responsibility. Get practical, easy to understand, and insightful methods for new and even experienced supervisors and managers.

Learn about effective delegation, performance management, and writing performance reviews. Discuss the specifics of the supervisor’s role and responsibilities, and strategies for improving your overall effectiveness as a leader.
Take home practical information along with tips and techniques that can be applied at your job immediately.

Learn more about the instructor, Sally Klauss