This course describes what a business plan is, why you use it, and its main ingredients – opportunity, solution, execution, and outcomes. It also explains how to prepare to create your plan by defining your purpose clearly, doing proper research, and establishing goals. In addition, the course offers guidelines on how to write and structure your plan effectively by, for example, paying particular attention to the executive summary, telling a compelling story, and making sure your idea fits the business need.

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This online course forms part of the SkillsNet short course suite.

Please note this course is only available to CPA Australia members.

Learning objectives

  • Examples of the four key elements of a business plan
  • Preparation steps in developing a business plan
  • Guidelines for creating an effective business plan
  • Distinguish between different parts of a business plan


Business leaders, professionals, and managers who want to gain or refine their skills for planning and developing strategic business plans

60 Minutes

365 Days