Business Courses

Build your career in business at Harper College. Continuing Professional Education offers programs and courses in the key areas of business, including accounting, entrepreneurship, finance, real estate, substitute teaching, and commercial drivers license training.

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Whether you’re a business owner or someone who needs to know how to use QuickBooks in your employer's company or organization, this course will deliver the skills you need to perform. Learn how set up, backup and store company files; create custom reports and graphs; prepare budgets and payroll; and track changes in your financial accounts. Students should have knowledge of accounting and have taken LBS 8010, Intro to Accounting, or have approval from the College. Upon request, this course can be converted to College credit.

This course examines the benefits and burdens of entrepreneurship and helps you understand the process of converting your concept into a new venture. Shows you how to avoid common mistakes and focus on strategic management through developing your understanding of the various forms of business ownership and franchising, pricing strategies, financing, location selection, and human capital management. Discover the personal leadership traits helpful for successful entrepreneurship and assess your own entrepreneurial mindset.

Learn the fundamentals of payroll accounting including the preparation of payroll records and tax returns for old age benefits and employment insurance. Learn to construct a Quarterly Federal Tax Return, Employer’s Annual Unemployment Tax Return, and Illinois Employer’s Contribution Report. Upon request this course can be converted to college credit for course ACC155 and partially fulfills the requirement to earn the Accounting Bookkeeping Clerk Certificate for college credit. Prerequisite ACC100, ACC101, LBS8010, or LBS8011.

This course will review the many aspects of handling trade internationally. We will cover the basics of what trade is and how companies utilize it. The class will discuss the particulars of processes, legality, and oversight for import procedures. Also covered will be the ways that the whole company contributes to the international trade process. Students will also learn about export regulations and 19 Code of Federal Regulations requirements.
Prerequisites: None

This course is designed for HR professionals seeking HRCI SPHR or SHRM-SCP certification knowledge—from fundamentals to strategic concepts. During this comprehensive course, you will exhibit your leadership and strategic decision-making skills through real-world case scenarios allowing you to expand your human resources knowledge. You will be exposed to the “bigger picture” in understanding how human resources supports overarching strategy for implementation in such positions as chief human resources officer or chief people officer.

Prepares students for the NABCEP Associate Exam, an industry-recognized credential for solar professionals. Provides instruction on photovoltaic applications, safety, electricity basics, solar energy, system components, as well as photovoltaic systems electrical and mechanical design. Covers key topics for certification preparation and gives an in-depth introduction to the field of solar energy.

Teaches experienced project managers who desire to increase their project management skills how to apply a standards-based approach to project management. Offers a job-related approach to successful project management across application areas and industries. Prepares students for the Project Management Institute, Inc. Project Management Professional Certification. Recommended preparation: Project management experience. 

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The 160-hour CDL A license course meets all Illinois requirements. Includes permit test, pre-trip inspections, yard skills practice, highway driving and road tests. Students demonstrate the CDL laws, use of controls, safe driving techniques and defensive driving. Hazmat endorsement optional with additional $89.50 paid directly to vendor providing service. Successful completion allows individuals to sit for the Illinois CDL A exam. Courses start every Monday at one of our locations. Prerequisite: To enroll in this course, you must be pre-approved. To seek pre-approval, contact the Harper Continuing Professional Education Information Specialist, Diane, at 847.925.6757.


Real Estate

This introductory 60-hour course plus the 15-hour course, LRE8171, allows you to site for the Illinois Real Estate Broker license exam. All required topics are covered including license law, real property, federal law, advertising and technology, appraisal and comparative market analysis, financing, real estate calculations, contracts in real estate, transfer of title, and leasing and property management. Books are available the Harper Store. To sit for the licensing exam, you must be 18 years of age and have a GED or be a HS graduate.

This 15-hour course plus the 60-hour course, LRE8170m allows you to sit for the Illinois Real Estate license exam. Apply what you’ve learned in the introductory course through case studies, situational, and role-playing activities. All required topics are covered including listing presentations, buyer representations, designated agency disclosure; request writing purchase agreements; presenting, negotiating, countering offers; handling multiple offers and counteroffers; and managing assistants. There will be demonstration examples of a market analysis, seller net sheet, and buyer closing costs. To sit for the licensing exam, you must be 18 years of age and have a GED or be a HS graduate. Books are available at the Harper Store. Prerequisite: LRE8170

Volunteer Management

A day hardly goes by where we don’t hear about community emergencies. Fortunately, northern Illinois has been spared from recent local disasters but that may not always be the situation. Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) training prepares you to know what to do for your family, neighbors and community in the event of natural and manmade disasters. The program concludes with a mock disaster. Successful completion earns you a FEMA Certificate. Participants may qualify to volunteer as a Palatine Emergency Management Agency member. Includes all materials.


Last Updated: 7/28/22