Free Courses for Council Members

Free Staff Training Online: Training takes a pivotal role in every organisation since it plays a key role in shaping up an employee to the standards of the company. The International Trade Council, in partnership with major universities and the World Bank, now offer various free online courses suitable for both yourself and your staff.

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Public Private Procurement

CPPP provides the learners with an opportunity to enhance domain knowledge benefit from peer review submissions and get a certificate on successful completion of the course. The course, a blend of e-learning, self-study and social learning is offered completely online. CPPP will have eight units in three main modules of:

  • Introduction to Procurement and Public procurement (including Management Concepts and Techniques)
  • Public Procurement Operations
  • Public Procurement and Good Governance.

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Business- Introduction To Accounting & Finance

Perfect for Business, Accounting, or Finance majors, or anyone interested in improving business and bookkeeping knowledge.

This course is an introduction to accounting and financial concepts and the communication of financial information to external consumers. It examines the accounting process, asset and equity accounting, financial statement analysis, an analysis of financial markets, and overview of related topics. This course is designed to enhance student understanding of accounting and finance by discussing related fundamental principles and theories.

Sample Lesson List

  • How to Value a Company’s Stock
  • How to Interpret a Balance Sheet
  • How to Analyze a Cash Flow Statement
  • …and More! 12 free lessons in total

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  • Courses are free for Council members.
  • No limit to the number of students per member.
  • Students can take more than one course at a time.
  • Course language is UK English so there may be very minor spelling and grammar differences between US English language.
  • Courses require approximately 2-4 hours study per week, but can vary depending on the student. All courses are 4 weeks in length (except Public Private Procurement which is 13 weeks).
  • Course videos are approximately 4-5 hours in total.

How Courses Work

  • Everything you need to complete the course, including videos, further readings, assessments, quizzes, transcripts and your classmates are accessed in a single, easy-to-use online classroom.
  • Within the classroom for each course, you can see a run-down of the topics covered in each of the four modules. All of the content will be available from the moment the course begins, with one assessment opening each week, for the four weeks.


  • You need an overall grade average of at least 60 percent to pass the course. Even if you miss an assessment, you’ll still pass the course if your average of the four assessments is 60 percent or above.

Certificates of Achievement

  • If your average score for a course is at least 60 percent, you’ll receive a Certificate of Achievement once the course finishes.

Benefits of free online courses for your organisation

Providing your employees with free online training can improve business performance, profit and staff morale. Advantages to your business include:

  • Training your staff can result in better customer service, better work safety practices and productivity improvements.
  • Training increases efficiency in processes, resulting in financial gain.
  • You demonstrate to your workforce that you value them enough to invest in them, improving loyalty and staff retention. In turn, retention is a saving to you.
  • Providing free training is seen as a huge employee benefit, particularly when your organization is compared to others who do not offer this service.

Benefits of free online courses your employees

Training has many benefits for your staff:

  • They acquire new skills, increasing their contribution to the business and building their self-esteem
  • The training they do can take them into other positions within the organization – positions with better prospects and/or better pay
  • They’re upskilled to do new and different tasks, which keeps them motivated and fresh
  • Because they’re being trained on your time, they see that you value them enough to invest in them. A good organization is seen as one that retrains rather than churns.