Certificate in SME Management


Professional / Short Course


10 Evenings & 5 Hours Mentoring per Learner

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Dublin Main Campus

NFQ Level


Certificate in SME Management

The overall aim of this practical programme is to equip owner/managers with the necessary management skills, tools and techniques to advance their own personal performance as managers and to more reliably inform and guide the development of their small/medium sized enterprise.

Why Study SME Management at Griffith College?

The Certificate in SME Management is at level 7 on the NQF and is a 10 credit Special Purpose Award, run with the support of the Irish Small and Medium Enterprises Association (ISME). Candidates for the programme are expected to be owner-managers or senior managers of an SME.

The programme is ideal for owner/managers of SMEs or those setting up a new enterprise who need practical management skills.

  • Gain a practical grounding in the skills vital to SME Management.
  • Learn according to a methodology which pays special attention to problem-based learning techniques.
  • Enjoy small class and group sizes that facilitate engagement by all participants.
  • Learn best practices from experienced professionals.
  • Develop a unique strategic plan you will be able to implement in the workplace.

The Certificate in SME Management is nationally accredited at level 7 (degree level) on Ireland’s National Framework of Qualifications with a credit volume of 10 ECTS (European Credit Transfer Scheme). Opportunities exist for managers who would like mentoring support with their business development plans. Managers seeking mentoring support should indicate their interest when they register. The college will seek to provide supports where possible subject to budget availability.

The supporting webinars and resources are available at the below links:

The webinars explore various aspects of management practice from a practical perspective, including setting goals to achieve change, developing a plan to assist you achieve your goals, practical financial support, giving priority to cash flow, best practice for internal and external communications and support to assist you to stay strong in business.

If you would like to register your interest, please complete the following form and we will be in touch with you shortly:

If you require any further information, please contact Geraldine McGing, Sinead O'Dea, Sean Martin and Anthony Brosnan or [email protected].

Dublin Main Campus Intake Dates

We run two intakes for this course commencing in Spring and Autumn.

  • September*
  • February*

*subject to a sufficient numbers

Please see the timetable section for course dates.

What our students say

"The support and guidance  we have received during this pandemic crisis was amazing and we enjoyed the live webinars and the true-life stories.  As a small local company, Kilkenny Salt Therapy, we felt were are alone in this, and were worried about reopening after the lock down.  During the webinars, the empowering stories of business owners and guest presenters from different sectors, motivated us to find the straight to move forward and to look at different opportunities and how we can adapt and change our Business Model.

Therefore, we became very organised for the reopening, not just following the HSE guidelines, but also having a new business plan, implementing new strategic and tactical changes and we also applied for grants and mentoring support. All speakers were very helpful, and we even followed up with some of them outside of the webinars, and we received great help and guidance.

Oana and Adina
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