Certified Business Advisor® Program

The Certified Business Advisor® (CBA) is an on-demand, self-paced eLearning program specially designed for professionals who advise small business owners. 

Learn more about the program courses, guidelines, and resources

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Quality Matters Program Design and Recognized Courses:

Quality MattersTM (QM) Recognition via the peer review process means that the Certified Business Advisor® program and online courses have met rigorous, research-based standards for quality online course design. Kent State University proudly announces that the CBA has both QM Recognized Courses and QM Program Design.


*Please note that registration is open from the 15th-25th of each month except December. December registration is open from the 12th-19th for a January 1 start.

Register today by selecting the form below that best fits your situation. 

For BUSINESS PROFESSIONALS, use the Individual Registration Form (PDF)

  • Pay by credit card or by check/money order with the registration form above
  • If eligible for a 10% military veterans discount, pay here

For SBDC EMPLOYEES, use the SBDC Employee Registration Form (PDF)

For EMPLOYEES OF SPECIFIC ORGANIZATIONS, use the Employees of Specific Organizations Registration Form (PDF)

  • Specific organizations are defined as and are exclusively limited to: 
    • Export Assistance Network (EAN)
    • Entrepreneurial Services Provider Program (ESP)
    • Minority Business Assistance Program (MBAC)
    • Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP)
    • Procurement Technical Assistance Centers (PTAC)
  • Pay by credit card or by check/money order with the registration form above
  • If eligible for a 10% military veterans discount, pay here
  • Looking for one specific course only? Look at the course listing

For registration questions and information on course veteran discounts, please contact 330-672-3100 or email continuinged@kent.edu.

To maintain CBA certification, a minimum of 20 hours per calendar year of continuing education must be completed and documented. For more information on how to retain your certification, please contact Domini Hunt at domini.hunt@development.ohio.gov.

Cancellations and Refund Policy:
All cancellations and requests must be made, in writing, before the date on which an individual registrant's access to CBA courses begins; it will be listed in the confirmation letter. After this date, no cancellations, refunds, substitutions, or transfers of fees will be processed. Requests should be sent to the Office of Continuing  Education using one of the following:
Email: continuinged@kent.edu 
Mail: Office of Continuing Education
Administration Services Building, 1500 Horning Road
PO Box 5190
Kent, OH 44242-0001

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