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Professional Certificates

Skills-focused Business Certificates in Marketing and Advertising, Project Management, and Business Management.

Explore business concepts and apply your English skills to team projects and case studies in three main business subjects.

Learn from experienced teachers, local business leaders and new entrepreneurs as they share their experience and insight of the business world. The Professional Certificates are for students with an upper-intermediate level of English who want to learn business skills in an American setting, build professional networks and gain a Certificate to enhance their professional resume.


TIP: Taken together with the career preparation activity, you can receive a professional certificate and a reference letter from an American company.


  • Develop your English communication skills in authentic business situations
  • Speak with American business people in their companies or during company visits to your school
  • Learn from experienced business teachers
  • Practice team-work and presentation skills necessary to succeed in any business
  • Network and make international contacts
  • Add projects to your resume and personal on-line profiles to boost your career.

*Stafford House is accredited by ACCET and part of the Cambridge Education Group


  • A Professional Certificate from Stafford House
  • Final business presentation and project
  • Experience working in a multi-cultural team
  • Networking skills and new international contacts

*Stafford House is accredited by ACCET and part of the Cambridge Education Group

Who is it for?

  • Working professionals or university and college students with an upper intermediate level of English who want an introduction to three key business subjects.
  • Working professionals or students who want to further develop their professional skills portfolio and practice speaking English while doing a short-term business course.
  • Job seekers who want to advance in their career by adding a Business Certificate onto their resume.

*Stafford House is accredited by ACCET and part of the Cambridge Education Group

Professional Certificate Course Information

Tip: Add a Career Preparation Activity for a Professional Pathway that includes experience in an American Company

Start dates and duration

San Diego & Boston: 
2018: 2 Jan, 2 Apr, 2 July, 1 Oct
San Francisco & Chicago:
2018: 29 Jan, 30 Apr, 30 Jul, 29 Oct
Duration: 5 Weeks


Learning the skills necessary for evaluating, developing, and delivering a marketing plan, using a heavy emphasis on the problem-solving approach.

What you will learn

The essential parts of customeroriented marketing strategies, market selection, product development,lifecycle, planning and pricing as well as promotional decision making.

How you will learn

Students will learn up-to-date Marketing & Advertising concepts by classroom work, a team project, and a company visit.

Case studies

Oreos; Procter & Gamble; Walgreens; Hubway: Boston’s Online Bike-Sharing System; Pepsi Cola; Samsung; Chobani Greek Yogurt; Costco; and more.

Marketing & Advertising

Start dates and duration

San Diego & Boston:
2018: 5 Feb, 7 May, 6 Aug, 5 Nov
San Francisco & Chicago:
2018: 5 Mar, 4 Jun, 4 Sept, 3 Dec
Duration: 4 Weeks


Learning a comprehensive overview of project and general management skills and all the necessary steps from initiating a plan to executing a project.

What you will learn

Managing schedules, budgets and risks.
How to build a business case.
How to analyze new projects.
How to track and communicate progress.
How to plan and execute a project.

How you will learn

Students will learn a comprehensive overview of Project Management by classroom work, case studies, and a team project.

Case studies

Baldwin Water Works; Colorado Parade, Denver Runaway, New Zealand Wind Farm, China Telecom, Marriott Bedding; and more.

Project Management

Start dates and duration:

San Diego & Boston:
2018: 5 Mar, 4 Jun, 4 Sept, 3 Dec
San Francisco & Chicago: 
2018: 2 Jan, 2 Apr, 2 Jul, 1 Oct
Duration: 4 Weeks


Learning current management practices within an application environment. Students will draw upon prior learning and working experience and become familiar with success strategies for managing not just a business, but also people.

What you will learn

The role of management and leadership within an organization.
How to develop your own leadership.
How to develop professional relationships

How you will learn

Students will learn a comprehensive overview of Business Management by classroom work, case studies, and a team project.

Case studies

Trader Joe’s; HP; Dyson; Microsoft; State Farm Bank; Ethics in Action; Starbucks; GE; and more

Business Management

Course features

Lecture-style classes
Experienced teachers introduce business concepts in lectures featuring business case studies

Team projects
Learn communication, presentation and team-working skills essential for a successful career. Have experiences that reflect the real workplace as you collaborate with other international students on final team projects.

Company visits and Guest Speakers
Each certificate includes an American company visit, networking event or a guest speaker to Stafford House. Local start-ups, successful entrepreneurs and established business leaders give inspiring talks and answer questions about a specific business topic such as how their business overcomes challenges and what it takes to succeed in the current business climate.

*Add other English modules such as Career Preparation Activity, Business English or Exam
Preparation for a Standard or Intensive course

Course facts

Tourist Visa or F1 Visa
Upper Intermediate

20 Professional Skills lessons

20 Professional Skills lessons
+ 5 module lessons*

20 Professional Skills lessons
+ 10 module lessons*


Meet our students

  • Akin



  • Arthur



  • Beril



  • Fabiola



  • Jill



    I still keep in touch with my friends from San Diego every day and I really want to go back to America.

  • Kazune



  • Malai



    I didn’t have any knowledge about Project Management so I was really nervous before I studied in this class. But I realized that the teacher and classmates help me a lot. The class was really pleasant and it was not only useful for my career path and daily life but also it was a good chance to work with other international students. I practiced how to present in public places, how to do a project, how to communicate, etc. Moreover, the friendships that I have made with staff, teachers, and other students from Stafford House make them my lovely family in the United States.

  • Nikki


    Macedonia, The Former Yugoslav Republic of

    As part of the Project Management Program not only did I enjoy the course and the challenges it posed, but the program has significantly increased my knowledge and in turn my confidence. Studying in a multicultural environment has enhanced my communication skills, enriched my life experience, reinforcing my personal growth. Every class, professor and classmate has contributed to my rich education. I am thankful for what Stafford house stands for and I have no hesitation in recommending this course to others considering undertaking it.


Sample timetable

  Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday
8:45am - 10:15am Professional Certificate Core Course
10:30am - 12:00pm Group work: Project plan
12:00pm - 12:45pm Lunch
12:45pm - 4:15pm *Module Lessons including Career Preparation Activity Free afternoon

*Add other English modules such as Career Preparation Activity, Business English or Exam Preparation for a Standard or Intensive course

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