The National Framework for the accreditation and certification of Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs) aims to set the benchmark standard for Business Development interventions by providing the mark of quality for the delivery of Business Development Services (BDS) to the Micro Small & Medium (MSME) in Nigeria.
The accreditation endeavors to promote the quality of BDSPs and their added value to MSMEs. The successful implementation of a regulatory policy framework for the accreditation of high caliber BDSPs will help raise the pro le of MSMEs. This improved access will ultimately lead to higher growth and improved MSME performance. The Accreditation framework includes the development of capacity, recognition, and regulation of the practice of BDS in Nigeria.
Certified Business Development Providers (BDSPs) are powerful agents for driving firm growth and the enterprise value of MSMEs in Nigeria. The National certified BDSPs would have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the Business Development provision and portray technical MSME capacity-building skills.
WE SPECIALLY AND CAREFULLY DESIGNED THIS PROGRAM FOR:
This accreditation program is a result of a 3-year project designed by globally acclaimed BDS experts based on a well-researched and validated accreditation framework. The training part of the program will typically run for 6 days and participants are expected to free themselves of all ancillary duties to concentrate fully on the program.
Participants will be introduced to a lot of new concepts and diagnostic tools that will require real-life applications to bring full meaning to the intended objectives in the light of MSME management. Participants will have to take some assignment home, work in teams and engage with real MSMEs on a face to face basis.
At the end of the program, a case-based examination will be administered and a pass is required to obtain the certification. Due to the tensions associated with examinations, every cohort will be given the option of a one-week interval to prepare for the examination or writing the examination on the last day of the training.
Successful candidates will be given a license by the board. The license will be accompanied by an official seal that will be recognized by all the relevant stakeholders in the MSME sector.
WHY A BDSP SHOULD BE ACCREDITED
BDSPs assist in strategy, performance, competitiveness and facilitate access to finance therefore directly contributing to the country’s economic development. Nationally accredited BDS Providers are to be listed on the SMEDAN website and will be given a 3-year renewable Practicing License and a Seal to authenticate their professional services to MSMEs when necessary.
INVESTMENT IN KNOWLEDGE
An investment of N150,000.00 (One Hundred and Fifty Thousand Naira) will be required for the training which covers the expert tuition, course materials, and meals during the duration of the training. Successful candidates at the associate level will pay a fee for the Practicing License and Seal, this will be advised by the Governing Board.
At the end of the certification training, prospective BDSP's should be able to;
- Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the effective delivery of the business
development service provision to MSMEs.
- Demonstrate a thorough understanding of MSME industry challenge.
- Use effective facilitation skills to support MSMEs in overcoming their challenges.
- Apply relevant diagnostic tools in assessing the MSME business and provide necessary support based on information derived from the same.
- Display advisory skills in improving MSME growth.
- Identify key diagnostic tools relevant to each MSME business growth stage 5.
- Determine the scope of support required for specific MSME growth barriers.
- Examine the pillars necessary to being an effective and excellent BDSP.
- Assess the skills necessary for effective leadership and personal development.
HOW TO APPLY FOR ACCREDITATION
All forms should be submitted to the coordinator BDSP Accreditation Programme at the Institute
KADUNA BUSINESS SCHOOL (KBS)
No. 17 Gobarau Road, Opp. NNPC Zonal Office,
U/Rimi G.R.A., Kaduna.
National Merit Award House (NNMA),
22 Aguiyi Ironsi Way,
Maitama District, Abuja.
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ROLE OF THE BOARD
In view of the seriousness attached to the accreditation process, a board made up of reputable Nigerians with an enviable track record in the public and private sectors have been established to oversee the implementation of the BDSP accreditation policy.
The Board shall prepare a special security seal to be applied on all licenses emanating from it and has the power to issue licenses to all BDSPs that are qualified on the basis of their having passed through the approved certification and accreditation process at the Kaduna Business School or the Enterprise Development Center, Pan Atlantic University in Lagos.