Franchise Schools, Training, and Certification Programs


Until recently, it was unheard of to have a formal education in franchising. Now, along with the growth of the industry, people are seeking advanced degrees and training in franchising. You can find franchising degrees and majors at many colleges and universities. Here is a look at some of the top franchise schools, training and certification programs.

2024 Franchise Schools and Training Programs

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Titus Center for Franchising

Palm Beach Atlantic University’s Titus Center for Franchising is a part of the university’s Rinker School of Business and offers academic courses, internships, job shadowing, and training at area franchises, including the global headquarters of United Franchise Group in West Palm Beach.

Babson College

The Tariq Farid Franchise Institute at Babson College (top photo) teaches students about franchising and its many opportunities. Started by a gift from Tariq Farid, CEO and founder of Edible Brands, the program combines the college’s business and entrepreneurial curricula to teach students about franchising and its opportunities.

The University of Louisville

In conjunction with its MBA program, the university offers an online franchise management certificate. Students complete six 1.5-credit-hour courses, which are designed for prospective franchisees or those who already are.

The university partnered with Yum! Brands and created a Center for Global Franchise Excellence. The center’s goal is to increase education and awareness of the industry to women and people of color.

Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies

Students at Georgetown University’s School of Continuing Studies can obtain a certificate in franchise management. These students can listen to various guest speakers, review case studies, work on interactive exercises, and more.

Northwood University

At Northwood University, located in Midland, Mich., the franchise management major allows students to understand the fundamentals of the industry. The courses that are offered include Entrepreneurial Marketing, Commercial and Real Estate Law, Principles of Franchising, and International Franchising.

University of Denver’s Liniger Center on Franchising 

The University of Denver’s Liniger Center on Franchising is located at the Daniels College of Business. To encourage entrepreneurship and create a hub for franchise education, Dave and Gail Liniger, co-founders of RE/MAX, gave the university a $3 million gift. The Liniger Center on Franchising, the first franchise organization program west of the Mississippi River, provides franchise owners and franchisors with resources, guidance, and more through education and networking. While attending courses at the center, students learn about conflict resolution, business planning, real estate, ethics, and more.


Certified Franchise Consultant (CFC) Training

The Certified Franchise Consultant (CFC) Training Program gives trainees the skills and knowledge needed for setting up and running a successful franchise consulting business. The four- to six-week program covers the ins and outs of franchising and is taught by some of the most respected and experienced leaders in the industry.

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