Short Courses


1. Becoming a Better Manager APPLY HERE

Master a process approach to management and move your organization forward. Effective management is essential for all teams and organizations to accomplish their goals. But all too often, managers today just don’t have the tools or processes to get the job done efficiently.

Becoming a Better Manager is an online course designed to elevate your managerial skills through a distinctive, hands-on approach to management. You will learn to identify, analyze, design, and influence critical organizational processes as a means of getting work done and achieving results. Working through real-world challenges faced by managers across a variety of industries, you’ll focus on four of the most essential processes for managers: decision-making, implementation, organizational learning, and change management.

Whether you’re new to management, a seasoned manager, or somewhere in-between, you’ll come away with tangible tools and techniques that you can readily apply in your organization to deliver on time, on budget, and at the highest quality.

By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Differentiatebetween the myths and realities of management
  • Recognizethe advantages of taking a “process perspective” towards managerial work
  • Influencethe context and environment in which decisions get made
  • Implementstrategies, plans, projects, and initiatives more effectively
  • Leadlearning initiatives so that your organization can improve and innovate
  • Manageand lead change in organizations of varying sizes
  • Design, direct, and shapevarious organizational processes to your advantage

Program Structure for Becoming a Better Manager

Becoming a Better Manager consists of 30 hours of material, developed by seasoned experts, delivered over an eight week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. You complete the coursework, which consists of a highly-engaging mix of short videos, multimedia cases, interactive learning exercises, and written reflections, on your own time while meeting regular deadlines.

The case protagonists in Becoming a Better Manager represent some of the best and brightest from the worlds of technology, pharma, the government, and more.

Topics covered in the program include:

  • Adopting a Process Perspective in Management
  • Shaping the Decision-Making Process
  • Implementing for the Present
  • Learning for the Future
  • Managing and Leading Change

Participants in Becoming a Better Manager are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from Riverford Business School. To earn the certificate, you must successfully complete all coursework by the stated deadlines and actively contribute to the vibrant Riverford learning community.

  • Length:   four Weeks
  • Program Dates:  as soon as application is complete
  • Cost: N50,000 APPLY HERE

Who Would Benefit From Becoming a Better Manager

Becoming a Better Manager is intended for individuals at all stages of their careers who would like to gain the tools and techniques necessary to become an effective manager. While people management experience is not necessary, experience with complex organizational projects and activities involving groups or teams (e.g., project management, product management, new product development) is expected.

2. Financial Accounting APPLY HERE

Discover what’s behind the numbers in financial statements

Financial statements can be intimidating, a seemingly inscrutable jumble of acronyms and jargon. Understanding the key concepts and principles of financial accounting, however, can illuminate financial statements and unlock critical insights into business performance and potential. This online course will demystify financial statements and teach you how managers, Wall Street analysts, and entrepreneurs use an understanding of accounting to drive strategic decision making.

Whether you’re preparing for an MBA, a career on the street of Port Harcourt, or just need to gain confidence in your ability to understand and communicate financial results, participating in Financial Accounting will allow you to:

  • Appreciate how the balance sheet, income statement, and cash flow statement are constructed—and how they interact
  • Evaluate the financial health of a business using financial statements
  • Prepare and evaluate financial forecasts used to make strategic decisions
  • Valuea venture, project, or investment opportunity and perform a sensitivity analysis

Program Structure: Financial Accounting

Financial Accounting consists of approximately 30 hours of material developed by qualified financial experts and delivered over an eight-week period with a flexible program structure. There is no set time to log in. You complete the coursework, which consists of a highly engaging mix of short videos, multimedia cases, interactive learning exercises, and written reflections, on your own time while meeting regular deadlines. All course material is delivered through the innovative RBS Online Portal. While there is no direct real-time interaction with the faculty built into the course, current and former participants may be invited to special events, both on and off-line, where RBS faculty are present.

Topics covered include:

  • Recording Transactions
  • Financial Statements
  • Analyzing Financial Statements
  • Forecasting & Valuation

Participants in Financial Accounting are eligible for a Certificate of Completion from RBS. To earn the certificate, you must successfully complete all coursework, including satisfactory performance on quizzes, by the stated deadlines and actively contribute to the vibrant RBS learning community.

Duration: Eight weeks

Cost: N50.000

3. Strategic Marketing Planning For Competitive Advantage APPLY HERE

Programme Overview

Riverford Business School welcomes you to the exciting world of Strategic Marketing Management. This course is focused on Strategic Marketing Planning. Participants develop skills and competencies needed for planning, developing and implementing strategies to gain a competitive advantage in a crowded marketplace.

Utilizing a practical approach to strategic market planning, participants will adopt a customer-centric method to understanding target markets and create value. Emphasis will be placed on the integrated nature of the planning process aligned with your organisation’s vision and adapted to the ever-changing business environment in order to meet and exceed customers’ expectations.

Our unique approach to Strategic Marketing Planning process will ultimately translate to increase in Top of Mind Awareness (TOMA), increase market share, revenue growth, and sustained business success.

Programme Outcome

The four-week course will focus on marketing planning and cover situation analysis. Competitive analysis, the planning process, implementation, and control in four modules. At the end of the course, participants will be able to:

  • Analyse the market environment to facilitate segmentation
  • Use segmentation to target specific population in advertising
  • Conduct a competitive analysis of a business utilizing SWOT analysis
  • Design a market plan and layout strategies for execution
  • Collect feedback on your solution to determine the effectiveness of your decision

Programme Curriculum

Module 1: Situation Analysis (Overview of customers, competitor, market, and environment)

Module 2: Segmentation, Targeting, and Positioning (STP)

Module 3: Competitive Analysis

Module 4: (i) Designing your market plan (ii) Monitoring and execution

Marketing is becoming more sophisticated and understanding strategic marketing planning will enable you to make the best of your marketing efforts. You will gain knowledge to help you navigate the competitive landscape and gain market share.

Duration: Four weeks

Cost: N50.000 APPLY HERE

4. Advanced Human Resources Management APPLY HERE

People Leadership and Organisational Brand Advantage

​For a long time HR struggled to get a seat in the boardroom of organisations. Today, the question is “What does HR bring into the room and what should HR bring”? Related to these are questions around how HR could more effectively demonstrate the huge value it makes and can make to deliver today’s result and perpetually in a rapidly changing world. The climate within the organisation is a major source of performance erosion and winning this strategic internal war is as crucial as winning the external competitive battles.

By understanding how to ensure internal translation and expression of their brand positioning so that there is an alignment between the culture within and their desired external perception of their brands, participants are prepared to better leverage the dynamic variables in the war, so that investments in Human Capital effectively complements the other crucial external competitive battles in the area of Brand Management, Marketing and Sales, supply chain and cost optimisation.

Programme Overview

The Engine of performance

  • Understanding Performance at three levels – Individual, Functional and Organisational Performance
  • The nature of the battle within. Causes and remedies of performance leakage in organisations
  • Developing, strengthening and leveraging your organisation’s Leadership Brand for competitive advantage
    HR Leadership and Functional Competencies
  • A strategic lens on the world; dealing with how PESTEL affects people as well as the Performance Engine
  • Understanding People Impact Assessment and how to use this for informed and proactive decision making when major business decisions are being made
  • Organisational Capability-Building
  • Being a credible custodian of the organisational climate
  • Leading Transformational Change
  • Leveraging Technology and Innovation for HR operational delivery
  • Understanding Behaviour
  • Essential attributes of an effective HR Professional

Key Learning Outcomes 

The programme will strengthen demonstrate the personal and functional attributes and competencies of effective HR functions and HR practitioners. Participants will strengthen their capacity to:

  • Develop and use strategic lenses to see the rapidly changing Political, Economic, Social, Technological, Environmental and Legal (PESTEL) contexts of their business
  • Develop and leverage a People Leadership Brand that ensure an internal translation and expression of their brand positioning in their culture and values
  • Use the insight from PESTEL scanning to inform strategic choices for resourcing the business, developing people and grow leaders.
  • Conduct People Impact Assessments for changes, innovations and initiatives that the organization wishes to embark upon for all major business development decisions.
  • Be credible and trusted custodians of the organisational climate, values and culture and provide demonstrably valuable support to make their business partners successful. That way HR support is gets to be sought and invited by business partners not imposed or at best accepted grudgingly.
  • Ensure that HR Systems and Processes are aligned to rapidly changing technology and innovation so that they remain cost effective, efficient and intuitive to evolving business and demographic needs

Target Audience 

  • Senior HR managers with functional responsibility for strategic parts of the HR function  such as Talent or Organisational Development
  • It would also benefit Senior Business Managers in General Management or going into it and wishing to know how to turn an organizations Human Capital into a source of competitive advantage.

Programme Duration: Four weeks

Programme Fee: N50.000 APPLY HERE

5. Procurement and Contract Management APPLY HERE



Typically, many businesses have always encouraged reactive procurement management which hurts corporate governance and profitability. Consequence of poor procurement management manifests in extensive delay, high cost and abandoned projects. Also, in most sectors of our economy, contract expenditures are in excess of 50% of company revenue and therefore cannot be ignored. Procurement therefore, is an arm of huge potential for cost savings.

Programme Overview

·         Understanding Customer and Business Requirements

·         Positioning for Strategic Procurement

·         Supply Management Analysis and Application

·         Strategic Sourcing Methods

·         Application of Sourcing Tools

·         Ethical Issues in Procurement

·         Bidding and Evaluations

·         Contract Management and Supplier Relationship

·         Legal Aspects of the Contracts

·         Negotiation in Contracting Context

·         Managing Supplier Relationships

·         E-Sourcing and Programme Management.

Key Learning Outcomes 

·         Learn  the skills and tools for efficient/effective procurement management

·         Apply the skills/tools to improve organization procurement

·         Learn to apply specific skills in different contexts.

Target Audience 

·         Managers involved in procurement/contracting.

·         Supply chain and Admin Managers of banks and those in the public sector.

Programme Duration: Four weeks

Programme Fee: N50.000 APPLY HERE

6. Logistics and Supply Chain Management APPLY HERE

​Logistics and supply chain management have been described as the planning and coordination of the activities necessary to achieve the desired levels of service at the lowest possible cost. This course explores the key managerial tasks that should be coordinated and controlled to achieve an efficient and effective logistics and supply chain programme for the organization. The course focuses on helping participants gain new insights into how the application of the tools can transform their competitive position.


Programme Overview

  • Understanding international logistics and supply chain concepts
  • Logistics customers service management
  • Developing logistics philosophy and planning
  • Procurement of goods and services within the supply chain
  • Legal issues in Logistics
  • Ethical issues in Logistics
  • Exploring the applications of the contracts of trade
  • Category Management within the context of domestic procurement.
  • Inventory Management
  • What are inventories?
  • How are they organized, managed.
  • Inventory roles in the supply chain
  • Warehouse concepts and application
  • Supply chain simulation and financial issues
  • Transportation/Haulage of goods
  • Financial considerations
  • IT application of people issue
  • IT applications to logistics/SC
  • People make Logistics happens
  • Performance Management

Key Learning Outcomes 

Acquisition and internalization of the skills and tools necessary to efficiently and effectively manage organisation’s logistics and supply chain especially during difficult times.

Target Audience

  • Logistics and supply chain Managers
  • Shipping and transport Managers
  • Maritime & Freight Forwarders
  • Warehousing Managers

Programme Duration: Four weeks

Programme Fee: N50.000 APPLY HERE


7. Diploma Course In Office Administration & Secretarial Studies APPLY HERE

Programme Overview

In any business, being professional is essential, but it is especially important as an office administrative and secretary because they are usually the first and the last people that clients come into contact with when they enter the organisation. Organisations have come to have very high standards in their expectation of employees, and that includes office assistants and secretaries. In the administrative profession, it has come to mean showing compassion, respect, and integrity towards clients. Office Administrators and Secretaries prepare meetings, organise office procedures, and deal with orders and invoices, compile factual and numerical data, check cash flow and maintain accounts. They are also responsible for coordinating office activities and operations to secure efficiency and compliance with company policies, supervising administrative staff and dividing responsibilities to ensure performance and managing agendas for upper management.

Diploma Course in Office Administration & Secretarial studies will prepare participants to be highly demanded career advancement. This diploma course is offered in a unique, fast-tracked format that gives participants the opportunity to achieve a career in less than a year. This Diploma Course in Office Administration & Secretarial studies will help participants cope with the demands of the role of an Office Administrator and Secretary. It will develop their ability in building professional working relationships, professional customer care skills, prioritising workloads, communication skills, questioning and answering skills, managing stress, and being an effective member of a team.

Course Benefits

At the end of this diploma course, you will be able to:

  • Coordinate office activities and operations to secure efficiency and compliance with company policies
  • Supervise administrative staff and divide responsibilities to ensure performance
  • Manage agendas/travel arrangements/appointments etc. for the upper management
  • Manage phone calls and correspondence (e-mail, letters, packages, )
  • Support budgeting and bookkeeping procedures
  • Create and update records and databases with personnel, financial and other data
  • Track stocks of office supplies and place orders when necessary
  • Submit timely reports and prepare presentations/proposals as assigned

Duration: Four weeks

Programme Fee: N50.000 APPLY HERE

8. Project Management APPLY HERE

Project management was traditionally a specialist skill area used primarily in large complex projects, such as those in construction, engineering and information technology. This skill area is now becoming increasingly in demand across most industries and job functions. Any set of tasks that are delimited in time, with a defined set of requirements, can be managed as a project. Having a tried and tested toolkit that is scalable to large and small projects alike, is becoming an essential requirement for most business professionals.

You will gain an understanding of the essential steps in the project life cycle and reflect on the techniques available to you and how they can be applied. You will have the opportunity to review, in the light of your new knowledge and experience, a project on which you have already worked. The topics covered include stakeholders, finance, risk, people, project administration and quality etc.

The Project Management  module from The Riverford Business school takes a broad approach to technological projects and will be relevant to project managers and those wishing to increase their knowledge about project management. The tools and techniques presented will be of use to project managers and team members in improving the effectiveness of their teams.

Upon completing the four weeks Professional Certificate, you would:

  • Have fulfilled the educational requirements of the Project Management Institute’s Project Management Professional (PMP)® credential, and be prepared to write & pass the PMP® exam
  • Receive a RBS issued Professional Certificate and 12 academic credits that may be applied toward a degree.
  • Be prepared to confidently direct project initiation, planning, and execution, and to apply proven project management tools at every stake of a project.

The PMP credential is the most important industry-recognized certification for project managers, and is highly valued by employers in every industry.


As a Professional Certificate learner, you’ll have access to premium services to help you succeed. Services include:

  • Instructor-led virtual sessions
  • Regular instructor communication via forums and email
  • Expert feedback on assignments
  • InsideTrack career coaching services

In this flexible, hands-on program, you’ll have the opportunity to attend instructor-led virtual sessions, receive expert feedback on projects, and access career coaching services.

Who is this Certificate for:

Professionals with 3-5 years of work experience, who are interested in pursuing careers in project management. Anyone who currently works on projects in a professional setting.

Duration: four weeks

Cost: N50.000 APPLY HERE

9. Online Advanced Diploma In Business Management And Leadership APPLY HERE

This course provides you with the knowledge and initiative to lead your company, your business or your team from the front and guide them to success.

You will learn pivotal attributes that will help you to recruit, train, shape and manage your teams and colleagues all the way to the top.

Who is this course for?

The Advanced Diploma in Business Management & Leadership is designed for Graduates looking to develop a senior management skill set, Business Owners, Business Managers, HR Managers, Church Leaders, Executives and Middle Level staff, Operations, Team Lead Etc.

What You Will Learn

  • Lead & Manage organizational change
  • Provide leadership across the organization
  • Develop and implement a business plan
  • Contribute to firms development
  • Manage human resources strategic planning
  • Communicate with influence

Duration: 6weeks

Tuition: N50.000 APPLY HERE