National Business Development Service Provider (BDSP) Accreditation Programme

BDSP accreditation programme

National Business Development Service Provider (BDSP) Accreditation Programme

About the programme

Strengthening the MSME sector for rapid economic growth & development

The National Framework for the accreditation and certification of Business Development Service Providers (BDSPs) aims to set the benchmark standard for Business Development interventions by providing the mark of quality for the delivery of Business Development Services (BDS) to the Micro Small & Medium (MSME) in Nigeria. The accreditation endeavours to promote the quality of BDSPs and their added value to MSMEs.
The successful implementation of a regulatory policy framework for the accreditation of high calibre BDSPs will help raise the profile of MSMEs. This improved access will ultimately lead to higher growth and improved MSME performance. The Accreditation framework includes the development of capacity, recognition and regula- tion of the practice of BDS in Nigeria. Certified Business Development Providers (BDSPs) are pow- erful agents for driving firm growth and enterprise value of MSMEs in Nigeria. The National certi- fied BDSPs would have demonstrated a thorough understanding of the BD provision and portray technical MSME capacity-building skills. BDSPs assist in strategy, performance, competitiveness and facilitate access to finance therefore directly contributing to the country’s economic develop- ment. Nationally accredited BDS Providers are to be listed on the SMEDAN website and will be given a 3 year renewable Practicing License and a Seal to authenticate their professional services to MSMEs when necessary.
About the programme






Accreditation Objectives

At the end of the certification training, prospective BDSPs should be able to:

Demonstrate technical knowledge relevant to the effective delivery of the business development service provision to MSMEs.

Demonstrate thorough understanding of MSME industry challenge.

Use effective facilitation skills to support MSMEs in overcoming their challenges.

Apply relevant diagnostic tools in assessing the MSME business and provide necessary support based on information derived from same.

Display advisory skills in improving MSME growth.

Identify key diagnostic tools relevant to each MSME business growth stage.

Define the scope of support required for specific MSME growth barriers.

Examine the pillars necessary to being an effective and excellent BDSP.

Assess skills necessary for effective leadership and personal development.

KBS 13

Programme Design

This accreditation programme is a result of a 3 year project designed by globally acclaimed BDS experts based on a well-researched and validated accreditation framework. The training part of the programme will typically run for 6 days and participants are expected to free themselves of all ancillary duties to concentrate fully on the programme.


Days of training