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What is the Entrepreneurship and Small Business Certification (ESB)? ESB is the first in the new Certiport® Business Fundamentals Certification Program, which will also include certification exams in business disciplines such as Digital Marketing, and Finance. The ESB exam is intended for use primarily in academic settings including secondary schools, vocational schools, community colleges, and technical colleges.
Candidates for ESB certification will be expected to have key conceptual knowledge of entrepreneurial and small business principles, although it is not required for students to have had real-
Successful completion of this certification will validate skills and knowledge for those students interested in working in a middle-
Why should students study and seek certification in ESB? Whether it is a beauty salon in a large metropolitan city, a taco shop in a booming resort location, or a car repair garage in the suburbs, an incredible number of small businesses can be found almost everywhere. In fact, in a recent report from Business.com, "every minute a new business is started in the U.S. and according to some, more than 50% of all workers will be self-
ESB certification engages and prepares students who will pursue additional postsecondary training or those who elect to enter the small business sector immediately upon high school graduation. The entrepreneurial concepts validated by this certification ensure that these students are college and career ready.
Positive Student Outcomes the U.S. Department of Labour and the National
Foundation for Teaching Entrepreneurship (NFTE) both cite statistics that underscore the benefits of entrepreneurship education. These benefits include improved academic performance, school attendance interest in attending college, an increase in occupational aspirations, as well as leadership behavior. (Encouraging Future Innovation: Youth Entrepreneurship Education, US Department of Labour.) A study by Grunwald Associates further suggests that when certification is added to curriculum, statistics such as academic
Performance, attendance, dropout rates, and grade point averages also improve. (Grunwald Associates LLC. (2012). Tracing Student Performance in Career and Professional Education: Technology Coursework Related to Better Attendance, Higher GPAs in Florida)
The new Certiport Entrepreneurship and Small Business (ESB) certification, practice tests, and supporting curriculum are anticipated to release in early 2017. Exams will be available as single vouchers, voucher/retake exam combinations, or as secondary school or higher education campus site licenses.
ESB Certification Exam Objectives:
The ESB certification exam is a 50 minute exam with 45 questions covering the following objectives: