Business Administrators Certification Program
The Business Administrators Certification Program (BACP) is a professional development initiative available to those who oversee, perform, and support business and financial operations for the University of Illinois System. Designed for business administrators, business managers, and support staff, the program provides broad, advanced knowledge for managing business processes and understanding policies, procedures, and resources.
The BACP is comprised of a series of courses that foster proficiency in performing business transactions and operations, saving time and money. Explore the list of courses and learning tracks below to discover training that can help you become proficient in fulfilling your business and finance duties.
Cash Handling Certificate Track
The courses in the Advanced Cash Handling Certificate Track follow a self-paced training model for all university employees about existing policies, compliance, and recommended practices for cash handling among the university’s approved Cash Handling Units (CHUs). Each course takes approximately 30 minutes to complete.
Each course is a prerequisite to the next level course. To obtain the Advanced Cash Handling Certificate, all three courses must be completed within 6 months.
Cash Handling Level II: Managing Change Funds Compliance Course
This compliance course is required for all Change Fund custodians and provides detailed information about managing change funds. This course is also the second course in the Cash Handling Certificate Track for those taking the full Certificate Track. Level I Cash Handling Fundamentals course is a one-time prerequisite to the Managing Change Funds Compliance Course.
This compliance course must be completed by all Change Fund custodians on an annual basis by the deadline of July 15.
Certified Business Administrator Path
The Certified Business Administrator (CBA) Path is a professional development initiative that provides broad, advanced knowledge for managing business processes and understanding policies, procedures, and resources. The CBA Path covers more than 25 individual topics dealing with a wide range of subjects that impact the jobs of business administrators at the University of Illinois System.
This certification path enhances understanding of the system's organization, processes, and fiscal administrative requirements. It establishes a more consistent and standardized fiscal approach that leads to more effective and efficient administration of the system's colleges, units, and departments.
The CBA Path is for university and system administrators, business managers, business and finance personnel, and those seeking a professional development opportunity. Applicants must have at least two years of on-the-job experience in a business and finance role within the University of Illinois System.
Department Card Manager Certification Track
The Department Card Manager (DCM) certification track follows a self-paced model and is designed to provide training on system purchasing and travel policies. Completion of the certification is mandatory for all newly designated DCMs.
FABweb Unit Rep Certificate Course
In this certificate course, you will learn what equipment is and how to manage it. This course will introduce you to the equipment management lifecycle. You will learn about roles, responsibilities, and systems involved in processing property records. You will also learn about the codes and labels used to classify and identify equipment.
Completion of the Unit Rep certificate course is required before assigning new FABweb Unit Rep roles through your USC. The Security Application will automatically check for training completion and will not allow a request to be submitted if the course has not been completed.
Inviting and Onboarding Foreign Nationals Track
The Inviting and Onboarding Foreign Nationals track is structured as a cohort and reviews regulations, procedures, and resources to help you navigate hiring and paying foreign nationals both within and outside the U.S.
Journal Voucher Processing Certificate Track
This track will demonstrate how to prepare, process, and review journal vouchers. You will also gain an understanding of best practices to follow when creating a journal voucher and where to find resources related to journal voucher transactions.
Purchasing Card (PCard) Course
The University of Illinois System PCard Course is a charge card issued to simplify system authorized small-dollar purchases of supplies and small equipment. Before an employee can be issued a P-Card, this course must be completed and a score of 100% is required on the assessment. In this course, you will learn about the PCard program guidelines, along with the associated policies and procedures.
Service Activity Basics Certificate Course
The Service Activity Basics Certificate Course follows a self-paced model and is designed to provide information and training related to the actual performance of service and storeroom rate calculations. The course moves beyond the Introduction to Self-Supporting Funds and Managing Self-Supporting Funds training courses. You will also learn about specific rate components and considerations related to service rates.
Service Activity Advanced Certificate Track
This five-session track over Zoom will demonstrate how to apply appropriate cost accounting methods to perform accurate rate calculations for service activities and will describe best practices to ensure accurate financial reporting and compliance throughout the University of Illinois System.
Service Activity Basics is a prerequisite to this course and must be completed first. Web-based, instructor-let
We will begin accepting applications in March for the April 2023 cohort.
Time Reporting Certification Track
The Time Reporting Certification Track consists of three self-paced, online courses that familiarize you with the components of the time reporting process, procedures and practices to effectively and efficiently report time, and common audit issues and errors to avoid.
Travel Card (TCard) Course
The University of Illinois System TCard is a charge card issued to system employees to purchase qualified travel expenses, business meals and/or refreshments for specific events. Before an employee can be issued a T-Card, this course must be completed and a score of 100% is required on the assessment. In this course, you will learn about the Travel Card (TCard) program guidelines, along with the associated policies and procedures.