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Certificate In Strategic Planning Online Course

Learn How To Strategize A Solid Plan For Your Business

Learn How To Strategize A Solid Plan For Your Business

A solid strategic plan is essential for business success. It should outline your values, mission, vision, strategy, and your plan for getting there.

If you and the people who work with you don’t understand where the company is going, they may all develop their own priorities and actually prevent you from getting where you need to be. Part of getting everyone on board is creating a strategic plan complete with the organization’s values, vision, and mission. Then, there’s the challenge of bringing these principles to life in a meaningful way that people can relate to. This course will help you describe what you want to do and get people where you want to go.

A good strategic plan describes what the owners want the business to do and how to get there. This course will help you identify all the pieces of a strategic plan and how to put them together to create something meaningful.

After you complete this Strategic Planning course, you will be able to:

  • Identify the values that support the company.
  • Define the vision for the company. 
  • Write a mission statement that explains what the company’s purpose is.
  • Complete meaningful SWOT analyses.
  • Apply tools and techniques to create a strategic plan that directs the organization from the executive to the front line.
  • Implement, evaluate, and review a strategic plan.
  • Identify how related tools, such as the strategy map and balanced scorecard, can help you develop a strategic plan.

Course Fast Facts:

  1. Easy to follow and understand
  2. Only 6 to 8 hours of study is required
  3. Unlimited, lifetime access to online course
  4. Delivered 100% on-line and accessible 24/7 from any computer or smartphone
  5. You can study from home or at work, at your own pace, in your own time
  6. Certificate of Completion

Course Delivery

Courses are accessed online via our learning management system by any device including PC, MAC, tablet or Smart Phone.

Recognition & Accreditation

The courses offered by Courses For Success are unique as they are taught in a step by step process enabling students to complete them quickly and easily, so that you can obtain your qualification sooner. All students who complete the course receive a certificate of completion. Courses For Success is committed to high completion rates and therefore 100% student satisfaction.

Session 1: Course Overview

  •     Learning Objectives
  •     Pre-Assignment

Session 2: Understanding Strategic Planning

  •     Understanding Strategic Planning
  •     Understanding Your Stakeholders
  •     Getting Focused
  •     Making Connections
  •     Pyramid Structure

Session 3: Identifying Our Values

  •     Pre-Assignment Review
  •     Option B
  •     Creating Value Statements
  •     Making Connections

Session 4: Designing Our Vision

  •     The Vision Process
  •     Case Study
  •     Moving Forward
  •     Moving Forward
  •     Defining Your Vision

Session 5: On a Mission

  •     Defining Your Mission Statement
  •     Examples
  •     Designing a Mission Statement

Session 6: Performing a SWOT Analysis

  •     What is a SWOT Analysis?
  •     SWOT Matrix
  •     SWOT Checklist
  •     Individual Analyses
  •     SWOT Ratings
  •     Part Two: Reflection

Session 7: Setting Goals

  •     Fitting into the Plan
  •     The Four Perspectives
  •     Timeline for Your Plan
  •     Goals with SPIRIT
  •     Getting Into It

Session 8: Assigning Roles, Responsibilities, and Accountabilities

  •     Who Does What and When?
  •     Making Connections
  •     Establishing Priorities
  •     Types of Decisions
  •     Rephrase the Problem
  •     Rephrase the Problem
  •     Expose and Challenge Assumptions
  •     Use Facts
  •     Grow Your Thinking
  •     Shrink Your Environment Temporarily
  •     Practice Multiple Perspectives
  •     Turn it Upside Down
  •     Frame the Problem Purposely and Positively
  •     Summary
  •     Problem Solving in Action

Session 9: The Full Picture

  •     Strategic Planning Snapshot

Session 10: Gathering Support

  •     Introduction
  •     Accountabilities
  •     Complete
  •     Putting It Into Practice

Session 11: Making the Change

  •     Getting Ready
  •     Case Study
  •     Making Connections
  •     The Three Phases
  •     Endings
  •     Transitions/Neutral Zone
  •     Insights
  •     Control and Change

Session 12: How Does It Look?

  •     Presenting Your Ideas
  •     Infographics
  •     Presentations
  •     Creative Considerations

Session 13: Getting There

  •     Planning for Problems
  •     Security Considerations
  •     Making it Great
  •     Sample Strategy Map
  •     Sample Strategy Map
  •     Sample Balanced Scorecard

Session 14: Mocking Up the Process

  •     Case Study
  •     SWOT Analysis 1
  •     SWOT Analysis 2
  •     Strategic Planning Framework

A Personal Action Plan

  •         Starting Point
  •         Where I Want to Go
  •         How I Will Get There

Entry requirements

Students must have basic literacy and numeracy skills.

Minimum education

Open entry. Previous schooling and academic achievements are not required for entry into this course.

Computer requirements

Students will need access to a computer and the internet.

Minimum specifications for the computer are:


  • Microsoft Windows XP, or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Internet Explorer 8 or later, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)


  • OSX/iOS 6 or later
  • Modern and up to date Browser (Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

All systems

  • Internet bandwidth of 1Mb or faster
  • Flash player or a browser with HTML5 video capabilities(Currently Internet Explorer 9, Firefox, Chrome, Safari)

Students will also need access the following applications:

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Course Summary

Course ID No.: 002SPOC
Delivery Mode: Online
Course Access: Lifetime Course Access
Time required: Study at your own pace
Course Duration: 6 - 8 Hours
Assessments: Yes
Qualification: Certificate