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Certification Preparation

The CBE Exam focuses on six content areas which applicants will be tested: Applied Econometrics, Economic Measurement, Macroeconomics, Microeconomics, Statistics and Data Analytics, and Strategy and Managerial Decision Making.

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Certified Information Systems Auditor (CISA)
The Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA) offers the CISA designation. Taking the exam requires having a minimum of five years of professional work experience. This experience can be substituted with a completed degree and work experience.

Certified Information Systems Security Professional (CISSP)
The CISSP is available through the International Information System Security Certification Consortium. Being eligible for this designation requires having five years of professional work experience. Candidates with a bachelor's degree can waive one year of the experience requirement.

Cisco Certified Network Associate (CCNA) Routing and Switching
If you're interested in working with computer networks, the CCNA Routing and Switching credential demonstrates that you can handle medium-sized networks that utilize routing and switching. You can choose to take either one accelerated exam or two separate exams to gain certification. You're required to know how to install and configure networks, identify and fix networking problems and manage networks. You'll also need an understanding of network addressing, services and protocols.

Certified Financial Planner (CFP)
The CFP certification process, administered by CFP Board, identifies to the public that those individuals who have been authorized to use the CFP certification marks in the U.S. have met rigorous professional standards and have agreed to adhere to the principles of integrity, objectivity, competence, fairness, confidentiality, professionalism and diligence when dealing with clients.

Top Finance Certifications
Simple Learn offers a quick look at some certifications that can help boost your resume and get you on the right foot to begin your career.

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Certified Legal Manager (CLM)

ALA's Certified Legal Manager (CLM) program provides the opportunity to demonstrate you have mastered the knowledge, skills, and abilities to operate at a high level of expertise in the field of legal management.

Certified Legal Professional and Professional Legal Secretary (CLP and PLS)
PLS and/or CLP is the designation for lawyer’s assistants who want to be identified as exceptional. Certification is received after passing a one-day, four-part examination which demonstrates not only dedication to professionalism but acceptance of the challenge to be exceptional.

Certified Paralegal (CP)
Organized into five separate sections, passing the CP Exam grants the credential of Paralegal or Legal Assistant and is valid over a period of five years. Of which to maintain the certification one must submit proof of participation for a minimum of 50 hours of continuing legal work.



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Udemy for Business, Business Law or Marketing
We’re the world’s online learning marketplace, where 10 million+ students are taking courses in everything from programming to yoga to photography–and much, much more. The three links above will guide you to Udemy's pages in Business, Business Law or Marketing. There you can navigate through courses to help re-fresh your skills or learn a new skills to help stay ahead in the industry.

Women on Business Blog
Established in 2007, Women on Business, is an award-winning online destination for the news and information women need to be successful in the business world from an international team of contributors. Business women can be a powerful network online. The goal of Women on Business is to see that power grow and to broaden the online discussion between today’s male and female business thought leaders.

Smart Business Trends
SmartBusinessTrends is a platform for business owners, entrepreneurs, corporate gurus and tech-savvy people. This online publication is dedicated to bringing the best business news and events, updates from the corporate and entrepreneurial world, articles on finance, marketing and management, as well as some of the best productivity LifeHacks to its audience.

Harvard Business Review
Harvard Business Publishing (HBP) was founded in 1994 as a not-for-profit, wholly-owned subsidiary of Harvard University, reporting into Harvard Business School. Our mission is to improve the practice of management in a changing world. This mission influences how we approach what we do here and what we believe is important.

Business Insider
Business Insider is a fast-growing business site with deep financial, media, tech, and other industry verticals. Launched in 2007 by former top-ranked Wall Street analyst Henry Blodget and DoubleClick executives Dwight Merriman and Kevin Ryan, the site is now the largest business news site on the web.

Yahoo! Finance
Yahoo! Finance is a media property that is part of Yahoo!'s network. It provides financial news, data and commentary including stock quotes, press releases, financial reports, and original programming. It also offers some online tools for personal finance management.

Wall Street Journal Business
Follow breaking news and headlines worldwide from the world’s most prominent companies. Browse top stories, photos, videos, detailed analysis and in-depth interviews.

Market Watch
MarketWatch, published by Dow Jones & Co., tracks the pulse of markets for engaged investors with more than 16 million visitors per month. The site is a leading innovator in business news, personal finance information, real-time commentary and investment tools and data, with dedicated journalists generating hundreds of headlines, stories, videos and market briefs a day from 10 bureaus in the U.S., Europe and Asia.

Bloomberg Business Week
Bloomberg Businessweek delivers the business information you need: surprising and timely perspectives on the most important issues of today and unique stories you won't find anywhere else. With Bloomberg Businessweek you'll have the insights you need to take advantage of the new reality and thrive in today's complex global economy. 

Forbes is an American business magazine. It features original articles on finance, industry, investing, and marketing topics. Forbes also reports on related subjects such as technology, communications, science, and law

ABA Journal is the website of the flagship magazine of the American Bar Association. The site features: Breaking legal news, updated as it happens by our staff of reporters throughout every business day. Analysis from more than 4,000 legal blogs, written by lawyers who are experts in their fields. Stories that go beyond the headlines, from the pages of the nation’s most-read and most-respected legal affairs magazine.

Wall Street Journal Law Book
Law Blog covers the legal arena’s most important and interesting cases, the people behind them, and emerging trends in the broader industry. It’s brought to you by lead writer Jacob Gershman with contributions from across The Wall Street Journal’s staff.

National Center for State Courts

The National Center for State Courts is an independent, nonprofit court improvement organization founded at the urging of Chief Justice of the Supreme Court Warren E. Burger. All of NCSC's services — research, information services, education, consulting — are focused on helping courts plan, make decisions, and implement improvements that save time and money, while ensuring judicial administration that supports fair and impartial decision-making.

Legal Services Corporation
LSC is the single largest funder of civil legal aid for low-income Americans in the nation. Established in 1974, LSC operates as an independent 501(c)(3) nonprofit corporation that promotes equal access to justice and provides grants for high-quality civil legal assistance to low-income Americans. LSC distributes more than 90% of its funding to 134 independent nonprofit legal aid programs with more than 800 offices


Associations and Organizations

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Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO)
The Entrepreneurs' Organization (EO) is a Global business network of 11,000+ leading entrepreneurs in 157 chapters and 48 countries. Founded in 1987 by a group of young entrepreneurs, EO enables business owners to learn from each other, leading to greater business success and an enriched personal life. We educate, we transform, we inspire and we offer invaluable resources in the form of global events, leadership-development programs, an online entrepreneur forum and executive education opportunities, among other offerings designed for personal and professional growth.

National Business Association (NBA)
The NBA’s mission is to bring together the small business community and the self-employed in the free enterprise system.

Small Business Administration (SBA)
The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation. We recognize that small business is critical to our economic recovery and strength, to building America's future, and to helping the United States compete in today's global marketplace.

Business Network International (BNI)
BNI is the world's largest business networking, referrals and word of mouth marketing organization. This website provides information on BNI international news, as well as a database of BNI's worldwide chapters and listing of Directors, information on how to join and much, much more!


American Economic Association (AEA)
Once composed primarily of college and university professors in economics, the American Economic Association (AEA) now attracts 20,000+ members from academe, business, government, and consulting groups within diverse disciplines from multi-cultural backgrounds. All are professionals or graduate-level students dedicated to economics research and teaching ABA
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National Association for Business Economics (NABE)
NABE is the premier professional association for business economists and others who use economics in the workplace. Since 1959, NABE has attracted the most prominent figures in economics, business, and academia to its membership with highly-regarded conferences, educational and career development offerings, industry surveys, and its unrivaled networking opportunities.


American Bankers Association (ABA)
The American Bankers Association is the united voice of America’s hometown bankers—small, regional and large banks that together employ more than 2 million people, hold more than $16 trillion in assets, safeguard $12 trillion in deposits and extend more than $8 trillion in loans. Through a broad array of information, training, staff expertise and other resources, ABA supports America’s hometown bankers as they perform their critical role as drivers of America’s economic growth and job creation.

Association of Financial Professionals (AFP)
The Association for Financial Professionals (AFP) is the professional society that represents finance executives globally. AFP established and administers the Certified Treasury Professional and Certified Corporate FP&A Professional credentials, which set standards of excellence in finance. The quarterly AFP Corporate Cash Indicators serve as a bellwether of economic growth. The AFP Annual Conference is the largest networking event for corporate finance professionals in the world

Financial Planning Association (FPA)
The Financial Planning Association (FPA) is the principal professional organization for Certified Financial Planner (CFP) professionals, educators, financial services providers and students who seek advancement in a growing, dynamic profession. ​FPA supports high standards of professional competence, ethical conduct and clear, complete disclosure when serving clients. FPA’s One Connection for professional development, business success, advocacy and community at the national and chapter levels is truly indispensable in the advancement of today’s CFP professionals.

Independent Community Bankers of America (ICBA)
The Independent Community Bankers of America, the nation’s voice for more than 6,000 community banks of all sizes and charter types, is dedicated exclusively to representing the interests of the community banking industry and its membership through effective advocacy, best-in-class education and high-quality products and services.

Independent Insurance Agents and Brokers of America (IIABA)
The Independent Insurance Agents & Brokers of America (Big "I") is a national alliance of more than a quarter million business owners and their employees who offer all types of insurance and financial services products. Unlike company-employed agents, Big "I" independent insurance agents and insurance brokers represent more than one insurance company, so they can offer clients a wider choice of auto, home, business, life, health coverages as well as retirement and employee-benefit products.

National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA)
The National Association of Personal Financial Advisors (NAPFA) is the country’s leading professional association of Fee-Only financial advisors—highly trained professionals who are committed to working in the best interests of those they serve. Our Rich History began in 1983 when a group of advisors simply wanted to serve their clients without muddling the relationship with commissions. Since then we have developed high standards in the field and each advisor must sign and renew a Fiduciary Oath yearly and subscribe to our Code of Ethics. It's all a part of the mission of NAPFA.



American Management Association (AMA)
American Management Association is a recognized leader in professional development—and becoming an AMA Member is a great way to take advantage of our world-class seminars and many valuable resources. AMA Membership plans offer you a wide range of exclusive benefits, including preferred pricing on seminars and up-to-date management and business information to help you keep your professional development ongoing and promote management excellence for all employees

Association for Talent Development(ATD)
The Association for Talent Development (ATD) is a professional membership organization supporting those who develop the knowledge and skills of employees in organizations around the world. The association was previously known as the American Society for Training & Development (ASTD).

Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM)
The Society for Human Resource Management (SHRM) is the world’s largest HR professional society, representing 285,000 members in more than 165 countries. For nearly seven decades, the Society has been the leading provider of resources serving the needs of HR professionals and advancing the practice of human resource management. SHRM has more than 575 affiliated chapters within the United States and subsidiary offices in China, India and United Arab Emirates.


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Association for Computing Machinery (ACM)
ACM, the world's largest educational and scientific computing society, delivers resources that advance computing as a science and a profession. ACM provides the computing field's premier Digital Library and serves its members and the computing profession with leading-edge publications, conferences, and career resources.

Association of Information Technology Professionals (AITP)
Founded in 1951 as NMAA and later known as DPMA, the name Association of Information Technology Professionals, AITP, was adopted in 1996. In individual chapters and as a national association, AITP seeks to advance the IT Profession through professional development, support of IT education, and national policies on IT that improve society as a whole.

Information Systems Audit and Control Association (ISACA)
As an independent, nonprofit, global association, ISACA engages in the development, adoption and use of globally accepted, industry-leading knowledge and practices for information systems. Previously known as the Information Systems Audit and Control Association, ISACA now goes by its acronym only, to reflect the broad range of IT governance professionals it serves.

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American Advertising Federation (AAF)
Established in 1905, the American Advertising Federation (AAF) is the only organization that includes members across all disciplines and career levels in advertising. Whether you're new to the fast-paced world of advertising or a seasoned professional, the AAF is for you. We're here to help you advance your career, build your connections and celebrate this ever-changing, amazing industry we work in.

American Marketing Association
AMA leads an unparalleled discussion on marketing excellence. Continuing in the tradition of Borden and so many others, the AMA offers differentiated content that focuses on the tension between Best Versus Next Practices™. With content coming from unrivaled scholarly journals, like the Journal of Marketing, and award-winning publications, like Marketing News, the AMA offers a robust perspective that understands marketer are expected to provide both solutions for today and solutions for tomorrow. No other organization provides more ways for marketers and academics to connect with the people and resources they need to be successful.

Direct Marketing Association (DMA)
The largest organization for innovators, artists, creators, writers, analysts, strategists, and makers of all things related to marketing and powered by data.

Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS)
The Society for Marketing Professional Services (SMPS) is a community of marketing and business development professionals working to secure profitable business relationships for their A/E/C companies. Through networking, business intelligence, and research, SMPS members gain a competitive advantage in positioning their firms successfully in the marketplace. SMPS offers members professional development, leadership opportunities, and marketing resources to advance their careers.


American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE)
Recognizing the need to increase and improve access to the legal system, the American Association for Paralegal Education (AAfPE) promotes quality paralegal education, develops educational standards and encourages professional growth, in order to prepare graduates to perform a significant role in the delivery of legal services

National Federation of Paralegal Associations (NFPA)
Founded in 1974, NFPA was the first national paralegal association. Created as a non-profit federation, NFPA is an issues-driven, policy-oriented professional association directed by its membership. It is comprised of more than 50 member associations and represents over 9,000 individual members reflecting a broad range of experience, education and diversity. NFPA prides itself on the professionalism of its members and routinely monitors legislation, case law, proposed changes to the rules of responsibility and ethics opinions that affect the paralegal profession

National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA)
NALA is the leading paralegal association in the U.S. Its mission is to provide continuing education and professional development programs to all paralegals. NALA provides current information about the profession, continuing education programs (publications, courses and webinars), networking opportunities, professional certification programs, occupational survey reports, and publications to help paralegals excel in the workplace.

Law Office Administration

Association of Legal Administrators (ALA)
The Association of Legal Administrators is the undisputed leader in the business of law and law practice management. ALA provides members with advice, resources, expert guidance and connections for all aspects of legal management. ALA was founded in 1971 to provide support to professionals involved in the management of law firms, corporate legal departments and government legal agencies.

Association for Legal Career Professionals (NALP)
NALP is an association of over 2,500 legal career professionals who advise law students, lawyers, law offices, and law schools in North America and beyond. NALP believes in fairness, facts and the power of a diverse community. We work every day to be the best career services, recruitment, and professional development organization in the world because we want the lawyers and law students we serve to have an ethical recruiting system, employment data they can trust, and expert advisers to guide and support them in every stage of their careers.



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