Family Business Accreditation Advisor Program

Comprehensive education program leading to accreditation as a family business advisor.

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Dates: See Course Timetables

Duration: 8 week program and 2 week assessment period

Cost: $2,995 per course

Location: Online

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  • Overview

    Family Business Australia (FBA) has partnered with the University of Adelaide’s Family Business Education and Research Group (FBERG) to bring you a world class education program to ensure that as an FBA Accredited Advisor you are well equipped to assist families in business to harness their opportunities and deal with the challenges they face.

    Developed from cutting-edge research and extensive practitioner expertise, this practical, grounded program is designed to equip you with the knowledge and skills you need to enhance your practice in advising families in business.

    To achieve Accredited Advisor status, you need to complete two courses – Advising Business Families – Part 1 and Part 2.

  • Course topics

    Advising Business Families - Part 1

    It is essential to have a sound understanding of family businesses to be an effective advisor to such firms. This course develops an understanding of the nature, uniqueness and significance of family businesses as well as the distinctive issues faced when advising such organisations. This course also provides the foundations for Advising Business Families – Part 2.

    Topics include:

    • Family Business: different and significant – what advisors need to know
    • Crossing generations: the evolution of family enterprise
    • Family Enterprise challenges and opportunities (part 1) – strategy and governance
    • Family Enterprise challenges and opportunities (part 2) – succession and entrepreneurial renewal
    Advising Business Families - Part 2

    Building on the foundation developed in Advising Business Families - Part 1, this course focuses on the additional skills and practices that advisors require in order to be effective in addressing the unique issues business family clients encounter.

    Topics include:

    • Understanding family dynamics
    • Assessing the family enterprise system
    • Family consulting engagement
    • Resolving family conflict
  • Delivery

    Each course runs for 8 weeks and is delivered fully online, providing you with the flexibility to work around your busy consulting schedule.

    Throughout each course you will be challenged to rethink your views on family business advising through the expertise of your facilitators and the sharing of experiences and learnings by your peers.

    You will demonstrate your increased knowledge and expertise through practical assessment tasks designed to further develop your skills in applying tools which will add value to your practice.

    The final assessment piece at the conclusion of Advising Business Families – Part 2 will consist of a case study analysis. You will have 2 weeks from the end of the course to submit this assessment.

  • Who is this program for?

    Family Business Advisor members looking to take a leading role in guiding the family business through the many unique challenges and opportunities family businesses face.

  • Commitments

    Each course will require approximately 3.5 hours per week time commitment which is made up of:

    • 4 fortnightly modules
    • 1 hour online lecture per module fortnight (self-paced)
    • 3 Online Workshops (5 hours total)
    • Discussion board activity
    • 8 readings.
  • Dates

      Advising Business Families – Part 1 (2021) Advising Business Families - Part 2 (2022) Format
    Online Learning Platform access 11 August 16 February Online Self-paced
    Orientation 18 August 10:00am – 11:30am AEST 23 February 12.00pm – 1:30pm AEDT Zoom meeting
    Workshop 1 15 September 10:00am – 12:00pm AEST 2 March 12.00pm – 2:00pm AEDT Zoom meeting
    Workshop 2 6 October 10:00am – 11:30am AEST 23 March 12.00pm – 1:00pm AEDT Zoom meeting
    Workshop 3 N/A 13 April 12.00pm – 2:00pm AEST Zoom meeting
    Final project due date N/A 4 May Submit via online platform
    Project feedback returned N/A 18 May