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80,000 Emails: Since we launched our business, we have sent and received over 80,000 emails. Among those 80,000 emails, we have found that 20-30 questions come up over and over again. We have created this page of our website with questions and answers to help you easily and quickly learn all about our certification programs.

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   1) When do your training programs start?
   2) When are the exams offered?
   3) How long does it take to complete a course?
   4) How do I schedule my examination?
   5) How much does tuition cost?
   6) What are the benefits of completing your certification programs?
   7) When and where do I take the exam?
   8) What if I have questions about the course material?
   9) When will I get my test results?
  10) How can I utilize the “author status” position I have earned as alumni?
  11) Why should I consider hiring someone who has completed one of your certifications?
  12) Do you offer tuition scholarships?
  13) Why should I pay for my employees to complete one of your certifications?
  14) What makes the certification programs offered at different?
  15) What can I add to my resume or business card after passing the exam?
  16) I live outside of the United States, can I still earn one of your business certifications?
  17) How do I register for the program?
  18) What happens if I do not pass the exam?
  19) Is tuition refundable?
  20) Can I change my examination date?
  21) Where can I get the required books?
  22) Can I take two programs at once?
  23) Are there any program prerequisites?
  24) What score do I need to pass the examination?
  25) Do I need to pass each module of the test to pass the whole exam?
  26) I am currently a student. What are the benefits of earning one of your certification programs for me?
  27) What methods of payment are accepted for the tuition?
  28)  How much will it cost to complete two of your certification programs over the next year?

When do your training programs start?

Registration for programs is open on a rolling basis, allowing you to join and begin our certification programs at any time. You can complete the program in 1-2 months or over 12+ months, studying just 45 minutes a week, or 8 hours a week. Since our programs are based on required readings, a study guide, and video modules, it can be completed at your own pace and on your own schedule.


When are the tests for programs offered here at
Our exams are held  on the 10th of every month. No custom examination dates are offered. We do not and cannot allow any exceptions to this due to the volume of email inquiries and participants we work with.  Once registered for our programs, you will complete the course project (further explained in each program study guide). After completing the program project and submitting it for grading, you will be able to choose your exam date from the twelve offered each year.

Please send in the completed project and notify us of your exam date at least 2 weeks before the scheduled date. You can schedule your examination and send in the completed project with our scheduling form here.

How long does it take to complete a program?
All of the programs offered at the Business Training Institute are 100% online and self-study, meaning you get to set your own schedule. We recommend ~100 hours of studying to prepare for an exam, but that can vary greatly depending on your past expertise and how you prepare. There are no deadlines to completing a program, and you can take as long as you need.

How do I schedule my examination?

Examinations must be scheduled at least 2 weeks before your desired examination date, the strategic project must be submitted in conjunction with an examination date request. No examinations can be scheduled without a project submission.

Examination dates and deadlines to schedule your examination can be seen here. To schedule your examination, please use the scheduling form here.


What is the tuition due for each program?

Registration for each program costs a flat fee of $397 for one program. Our Master’s Certification provides the most benefits and is the most cost effective way to advance your career prospects. View our Master’s Certification benefits here. There are no technology fees, testing fees, travel costs, or special software to buy. Tuition covers access to: all online materials, the examination, grading fee, and the certificate when you pass. The only fees not included, as with most programs, is that of the text books. All of the books required for our programs can be found at, Barnes & Noble, Chapters, etc.

If you cannot afford tuition paid in full, we have payment plans available.

We also offer the opportunity to apply for a needs-based tuition scholarship. To do so, please submit our business scholarship application.

What are the benefits of completing your certification programs?

Our certification programs can help you:

– Quickly gain additional specialized knowledge within highly valuable business niches
– Enhance your credibility, resume, and total value in the marketplace
– Complete our training programs in just 2-4 months from anywhere in the world

When and where do I take the exam?
Our programs are offered 100% online. Examinations are held on the 10th of every month, giving you 12 options each year to complete your required examination(s). There are no testing centers, and no set time that you need to take your exam on the date of your examination, but you will only have 2 hours to complete the online test. You will be timed through our testing software online, and you will only be allowed to login once. Be sure you’re ready to begin your exam before you login! You will also need a stable Internet connection.

Your login and password for the exam will be made available to you the night before your scheduled exam. You will then have 24 hours to access the exam as of 12am on the date of your exam; again once the exam is accessed you will have 2 hours to then complete it. (This is based on Eastern Standard Time [GMT -5].) Please do not sign in until you are ready to complete the exam. To schedule your examination, please send your completed project and examination date request at least two weeks before the scheduled examination date.

What if I have questions about the materials before the examination?

If you have specific questions about your program, please visit the study guide and syllabus located on the program homepage and login page. If the study guide does not help, please review the rest of our FAQ here, or email our team at and we will help answer your question.

We have experts assigned to each program we offer who helped choose the books, create the study guide, and record the video modules for each of our programs. If you have specific content questions, we will be happy to have our program experts assist you.

How long will it take to receive my grade after I have completed the examination?

Grading begins after you have completed your exam, and results will be sent to all participants approximately 2 weeks after the date of your examination. For example, if your exam was taken on January 10th, you will get your graded project and examination score on  approximately January 24th, 2 weeks later.

When you pass, you will be issued a PDF certificate, a hard copy can also be ordered as well.  Further details regarding certificate options will be provided with your passing exam grade.

If you do not pass, you are welcome to re-take the exam for $127. You can register to re-take the exam with us over the phone, with our form here, or by email at

How can I utilize the “author status” position I have earned as alumni?

Please take a look at the websites that we run as seen at the bottom footer of our free resources website at this URL: Review the sites within our network and then write a 100% original piece of advice, best practices, an email based interview, or a book review related to one of those topics. Our team will then review the piece and if it fits the goals of the site it will be published with your byline or link back to your personal website, profile online (like, or elsewhere. To submit an article, please email us at

Why should I consider hiring someone who has completed one of your certification programs?

Some professionals are pro-active and take their level of knowledge and career seriously. They constantly re-invest in themselves and improve how efficiently and effectively they can produce results for their employers. However some other professionals are very slick talkers and marketers of themselves and they can sometimes outshine the genuine hard working and well trained professionals who would help your company make more money. The certification programs we offer are the most challenging in the business world and if someone has completed one or several of these it is because they have dedicated hundreds of hours in studying these concepts and best practices and at some level have mastered them.

Do you offer tuition scholarships for those who can’t afford tuition?

If you would like to apply for a needs-based scholarship discount please submit our business scholarship application.

Why should I pay for my employees to complete one of your certification programs?

Our programs are built based on what is practical and used in the marketplace today. We do not use traditional textbooks or even professors in most cases; instead, we rely on expert interviews, what really works in the real world, and case studies. Our programs can help select members of your company or whole teams move up the learning curve in just 2-4 months within several high value niches that can pay dividends back to your company in more effective, efficient, creative, and motivated employees. If you pay for an employee or set of employees to complete our program and they do not receive valuable best practices, tips, and valuable strategies you may email us and request your full tuition refund during the first 7 weeks of your registration. We are dedicated to making our programs worth not just $397/each, but at least $3,970 each – our goal is to create programs which are worth at least 10x more than the tuition paid for them.

What makes the certification programs offered at different from other professional designations? 

There are three main differences which include focus, application, and price.

– Our programs are some of the most challenging business designation and certification programs.
– The certification programs we offer are not mandated by a university, not based on theory, and do not slog through slow moving 400 page textbooks. Our programs are built based on what is practical, considered a best practice, and is valuable today in the real business world.
– The business designation and certification programs we offer all cost $397 each (when registering for just one program), less than a typical 3 credit course at a university – yet you receive more practical knowledge and training and you are able to add this third party verification of your specialized knowledge to your resume.

 What will I be able to add to my resume after completing this program? What tangible benefit will I receive from the Business Training Institute? In terms of positioning my knowledge and skills against others competing for similar jobs, how can these certifications help?

Participants who complete our program and pass our challenging examination should add a new entry to their resume or online business profile along with three bullet points which describe the new tactics, abilities, and strategies the participant has picked up within the program. Please login to Business after you have registered to view suggestions on what may be added to your resume once you have completed the specific program you have signed up for.  A Master’s Certification looks best on your resume, the benefits of this program can be seen here.

I live outside of the United States, can I still earn one of your business certifications?

Yes, we have crafted the designation programs that we offer so that you may take the test online from anywhere in the world. By using a dual layered IP tracking and password system, and by making the exam timed we allow participants to complete the examination from their place of work or home anywhere in the world. In the past 18 months alone we have had participants complete our program from the UK, Switzerland, China, India, Australia, South Africa, Canada, Mexico, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Japan, Russia, Brazil and more than 75 additional countries.

I know that I want to earn one of the Business Training Institute’s certifications. How do I register for the program? 

Registration is now open on a rolling admissions basis meaning that while space is limited you can register now for the program if you wish and choose from any of our examination dates that line up well with your schedule so that you can complete the full program in 2-3 months or 8-12+ months if that fits your needs better.

I have read that your certification programs are very challenging and rigorous, what happens if I do not pass the exam? Can I take it again? 

Yes, anyone who has failed one of our programs may take it a second or third time. Also if you miss your examination date this is considered a failing grade as well. If you miss your scheduled exam date or fail the exam there is a $127 fee to re-take the exam, complete this form by clicking here.

What if I register for a program and then change my mind. Can I get a full refund for the cost of the program?

Yes, you may receive a full refund if you decide not to complete the program. We provide a 100% no questions asked refund within the first 7 weeks regardless of the reason. This allows you to evaluate our study guide, required readings, and the industry tools and educational video content provided to you within and the BT Business Association as part of your membership. To cancel your registration, please send us your request via email to

I would like to change my scheduled exam date. Am I able to do so?

Of course! Just send an email at least 2 weeks before your scheduled exam. Please send this email to our team or your program director (found on the program’s homepage or syllabus) and we can update our roster accordingly. Since we offer on-going registrations and the option to set your exam after you feel you have had sufficient time to prepare, you may not need to change your exam date except in the case of an emergency or schedule-change.

Please be sure to let us know if you need to move your scheduled exam at least 2 weeks before your scheduled exam.If you do not change your exam date at least 2 weeks before your scheduled examination and you miss your exam, you will be required to pay the $127 re-take fee. You can do that and complete the retake form here. This is the same fee paid by those who fail the exam, and to avoid this fee, please contact us in a timely manner. This policy had to be put in place as we now serve 1,000’s of participants and alumni, this means last minute changes are no longer possible.

Where can I buy the books that are required to study for the designation programs you offer? 

First register for a program and then login to to gain access to the resource hub for this program. There you find will the multimedia resources, list of required readings, study guide, and tips for completing that specific certification program.

Right now, every one of our required books are available on websites such as,, and, and if you are based within the United States over 80% of these books may be obtained for free from your public library.

Is it possible to complete two certification programs at one time?

You are welcome to complete as many courses as you’d like! If you are working full-time or completing other coursework, we would recommend that you complete no more than two certification programs simultaneously, but you get to set your own personal limit. There is no deadline, and if you find you need to complete one at a time, you are able to do so.  This is why it is most advantageous to register for our Master’s Certification, you can take as long as you need to complete (5) programs of your choosing.

Our programs are each structured to be 2-4 months long, but you can decide to complete them in 12 months (or more) if necessary. Regardless of the number of programs you have registered for, you are permitted to take as long as you need.

What are the prerequisites for completing your certification programs?

Each of our programs are built as continuing education and professional self-improvement programs, but there are no prerequisites to join at this time.

What score do I need to pass the examinations offered within your programs?

To pass you must earn a grade of 80% or higher between your examination and project. While the exam is designed to be rigorous and thorough most individuals who have read the required readings and invested a significant amount of time studying for the test should do well. The exam is offered 100% online so you may complete it from your place of work or from home if you wish. The exam uses a dual layered IP tracking and password system to prevent abuse and it has successfully been used with over 2,000 program participants in the past.

Your grade will be averaged from your examination score and project score, which are each worth 100 points. You must earn at least 160 of the 200 available points.

Do I need to pass each module of the test to pass the whole exam?

Just an overall grade of 80% is all that is required to pass the exam. These points can be earned in any section of the exam.  The Strategic Project is 50% of your grade and the Examination is the remaining 50%.

I am currently a student. What are the benefits of earning one of your certifications for me?

Our programs have been designed for experienced business professionals and students alike. As a student, you will gain critical knowledge needed to compete in the area of business you prefer to work in.  Our programs can also assist in obtaining internships; our team provides networking, resume construction, resume templates, and internship video advice resources. Starting your career with this knowledge base can save you years of job experimentation within various roles.  As a Business Training Institute certification holder, you have an advantage over others with the same degree. Employers seek those who have taken the initiative to gain additional knowledge relevant to their career.

What methods of payment are accepted for the tuition?

To ensure that everyone can register for our programs, we offer a number of ways to pay for tuition. We accept web or fax-based credit card and debit card orders, payment by check, Western Union payments, or Paypal.  You can also call our offices during normal business hours to register for our programs over the phone. Please feel free to call our office at (503) 922-2752 , Monday through Friday, from 7am-4pm PST.

To register for our programs online with our registration form, please click here.

How many hours should I study the required readings and audio/video resources before I take the examination?

Most professionals take ~75-100 hours to prepare for our exams. The specific program and your past experience and/or education can affect this, however, by reducing or adding an additional 25 hours to these estimates. We have built our programs to be the most challenging business certifications available. They are not easy and take consistent studying, reading, and reviewing to complete. This lack of ease helps to build credibility and respect for those holding these professional designations. Programs that are easy to pass, not challenging, and low quality, do not increase or improve one’s professionalism.

How much would a Master’s Certificate cost to complete and what do I actually get for that?

Each of our programs costs a flat fee of $397 when paid for separately. Our program fees cover tuition, registration, access to our online video, audio, and document resources. It also covers the examination fee, grading fee, and designation fee, as well as the certificate when you pass.

  • Certification Programs
  • Exam Fee Included
  • Detailed Study Guide
  • Practice Exam
  • Expert Audio Interviews (10+ Hours)
  • 12+ Hours of Educational and Instructional Video Content
  • PDF Digital Certificate
  • Printed Certificate in Leatherette Diploma Holder
  • 3 Personalized Business Niche Resume and Cover Letter Templates
  • LinkedIn and Social Media Feedback
  • Job Search Assistance


Single Program
  • 1
  • Additional Fee


Two Programs
  • 2
  • Additional Fee


Three Programs
  • 3
  • Additional Fee


Four Programs
  • 3
  • Additional Fee


Master's Certificate5 Training Programs
  • 5

The only fee you may incur may come from needing to retake an examination if you failed the first time. There is a $127 fee to reschedule and retake an examination.

You are welcome to complete as many of our certification programs as you would like. We recommend completing one or two programs at a time if you are also working or completing coursework elsewhere, but you get to set your personal limit. Five training programs within our platform can be taken for just $1,475 and will earn you a Master’s Certificate.

Thank you again for visiting us here at The Business Training Institute. If you can’t find an answer to your questions above please try our click to chat service, email us at or call us at (503)-922-2752 .

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