Business Valuation Certification

business valuation

In simplest terms, a business valuation is like an appraisal on a home and is an estimate of what the business should be able to sell for. While companies with listed stocks have the benefit of being continuously valued by traders, small businesses are usually closely held as sole proprietorships and therefore do not have an established market for the stock of these small companies.

Both large and small business owners may need a professional valuation for a variety of reasons. Retirement could mean that the owner stops working and cashes out the value of the business built up through their labor over time. The greatest asset of many businesses is the time and effort the owner has devoted to it over the years. To unlock this value, they may decide to sell the business and both parties to this type of transaction, both buyer and seller, will want an independent valuation performed. Valuing the business requires an independent determination of what the assets are worth and how much earning power the business will have as a going concern.


Who Should Attend?

  • Certified Public Accountants (CPAs) and financial consultants seeking to specialize in a non-seasonal consulting niche
  • Employees of organizations whose business plan includes growth or change via acquisitions and/or divestitures
  • Anyone who engages with business value during his or her work


Next Program Begins September 27, 2021

Registration opening soon.

  • 40

    hours of instruction

  • $3,250

    cost of program covers instruction, meals, parking, CVA certification exam and study guide, and Mercer certificate of completion

Program Details


The Business Valuation Certification program will be offered in-person on Mercer’s Atlanta campus.


Program cost is $3,250 per person. Registration fee covers program materials, 40 hours of instruction, breakfast, lunch, and snacks during the program, free parking, CVA certification exam and study guide, and a Mercer certificate of completion. Special pricing is available for groups of three or more registering from the same organization and for current Mercer University students, faculty and staff, and alumni. Registration opening soon.

Course Outline

Mercer's Business Valuation Certification program will develop the skills essential to valuing a business from beginning to end. Learn more about specific course sessions and the program outline.
Dr. Nik Volkov

Meet the Instructor

Dr. Nik Volkov is an Assistant Professor of Finance and the Director of the Master of Science in Business Analytics program at Mercer University, where he teaches classes in corporate finance, financial analytics, international finance, investments, mergers and acquisitions, capital budgeting, and venture funding at the undergraduate and graduate levels.
Dr. Volkov holds a Certified Valuation Analyst and a Master Analyst in Financial Forensics certifications by the National Association of Certified Valuators and Analysts.

Key Takeaways

Foundational Skills

Learn the fundamental steps to valuing a business, from beginning to end

Practical Methods to Take Action

Discover valuation approaches and learn how to determine which method to use for different purposes

Identify Key Value Drivers

Learn the foundations of the business valuation analysis process and the value drivers that support a subject company’s value

Master Standards of Value

Recognize the differences in the various standards of value for businesses and the nuances of their application in a business valuation engagement

Coronavirus (COVID-19) Update

To help protect the health of our program participants and visitors, we have implemented enhanced cleaning and sanitizing of campus facilities along with a number of new operating procedures. Read more about Mercer University’s COVID-19 policies.