In recognition of the great role and contribution of small and medium enterprises (SMEs) in the economic and social development (GDP, employment, and export) in the region and the world; Developers for Training and Consultancy -DTC- ( has joined forces with the Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants ( to promote the prestigious and internationally-recognized AASBC professional membership and training workshops in Middle East and North Africa countries including: Bahrain, Cyprus, Egypt, Iran, Iraq, Jordan, Kuwait, Lebanon, Libya, Oman, Palestine, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Syria,Turkey, United Arab Emirates, and Yemen (Applicable Countries).

 DTC teams up with donors, SMEs credit departments in major banks, NGOs, and governments' initiatives to offer the best support system to SMEs in the applicable countries above. In addition, with the world-class know how, international certification and membership with AASBC (DTC partners), DTC also aims to offer a great new possibility to those individuals, in the applicable countries, who are already in the consultancy field and need to bench mark and re-brand themselves to improve their business and also to those individuals who contemplate starting a new career as SMEs consultants.

 The Association of Accredited Small Business Consultants® (AASBC) is the only global association specializing in training and certification of small business and SME consultants. The AASBC membership and certifications are designed to enable members to demonstrate proficiency in small business and SME consulting. Accredited SME Consultants have the knowledge and credibility to assist clients in improving operational efficiency leading to increased profitability and business value.


AASBC Certifications

 AASBC offers two international certifications for SME Consultants:

The Accredited SME Consultant™ (ASMEC is the designation for international members that is equivalent to AASBC designation within USA) is awarded after the successful passing of the basic exam. It signifies that:

  • You have demonstrated your expertise in the area of small business and SME consulting.
  • You can assist clients improve operational performance and achieve higher profits.
  • You are prepared to accept small business and SME consulting engagements.

The Master ASMEC™ (designation for international members that is equivalent to Master ASBC within USA) is awarded to individuals who: 

  • Hold the basic ASMEC certification,
  • Have completed at least four approved small business or SME consulting engagements, and
  • Have passed the Master level exam, which is a higher-level exam and more detailed than the basic certification exam.


AASBC/DTC Training Workshops

 To effectively launch the AASBC certifications in the MENA, DTC and AASBC will organize and deliver training workshops in the Applicable Counties to:

  •  Coach you in understanding and mastering usage of SEMP Approach (Simplified Examination to Maximize Profit) that focuses on all core competencies necessary to successfully consult with SME clients; and
  • Complement your existing business knowledge and experience; or
  • Enable you enter the professional field of SME consulting with newly discovered knowledge.

Workshops will be managed by AASBC qualified trainers, and when available by AASBC Chief Executive Officer; Professor Richard L. Weinberger. Attending the training workshop is recommend, but not mandatory; interested candidates may register for AASBC membership and take the examination online without attending the training workshops.


AASBC Materials and Examination in Arabic language

 The AASBC training materials and certification examinations are in English. AASBC has authorized DTC to translate the training materials and examinations into Arabic for the benefit of the Arabic-speaking SME consultants and concerned institutions (SMEs credit departments, governments, Donors and Funds supporting SMEs, NGOs and others). Arabic training materials and examinations will be available at the DTC-organized training workshops soon.

The training materials provide a step-by-step methodology on how to consult with small businesses and SMEs to increase operational efficiency and maximize profits. They include:

  • A simplified approach segmented into easy, manageable units guided by a plan and checklists.
  • One comprehensive manual encompassing all aspects of small business and SME consulting.
  • All aspects of small business and SME consulting with an easy-to-follow, logical, concise, systems approach
  • Practice aides (checklists) to guide and support you
  • Approaches to teach you how to think "out of the box"
  • How to fit your skill level and needs of your client


The SEMP Approach training manual includes:

  • Questions to ask clients
  • Recommendations
  • Consulting tips
  • How to promote your small business and SME consulting practice

Individual training modules include:

  • Small Business and SME Today
  • General financial statement review
  • Revenue and expense review
  • Asset and liability review
  • Ratio analysis
  • SWOT analysis
  • Operations management
  • Strategic planning
  • Budgets and forecasts
  • Internal controls
  • Marketing and branding
  • Business organizations
  • Financing
  • Risk assessment and fraud deterrence
  • Marketing your consulting practice


How to register?

The process to become an Accredited SME Consultant involves three steps: (1) become a member, (2) prepare for the exam, and (3) pass the exam. It's easy to join - just complete the short, online application and pay with a credit or debit card through AASBC secure system. Next, prepare for the certification exam by studying the SEMP Approach training manual and watch the 40 video SEMP Approach lecture series. And then, pass the ASMEC exam. Complete these three steps, become an Accredited SME Consultant, and watch your professional career soar!

To register, please click the following link

Alternatively, as a special path for candidates from Applicable Countries, you may register to AASBC/DTC-organized training workshop and DTC will process your registration.

Dates of upcoming workshops and exams will be posted on AASBC and DTC web sites. Feel free to contact DTC to organize training workshops in your country or in your institution. Tailor made programs and corporate deals exist. To contact us, please click the following link: