Certificate in Business Essentials

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Program Overview

The purpose of this program is to prepare the students for business environment. Graduates of this certificate will be able to further their education in the field of business management by pursuing a diploma. Graduates will be able to work in entry level jobs in business organizations.

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Contact our admissions team today or request information on upcoming program start dates.

Start to work in entry level jobs in business organizations and further enhance your skills.

Job Opportunities

  • Customer Service Representative,
  • Marketing assistant, Accounting assistant


Earn up to $25 per hour as a Marketing Assistant

Program Admission Requirements

High school Diploma or Equivalent or Mature Student Status (19 years of age or more) and Proof of English Language Proficiency. 

For the English Language, Domestic Students need to have Grade 10 English or Successful Completion of English Language Proficiency Assessment Test conducted by College Authorities. 

International Students will need to submit proof of English Language Competency by any one of the following options: 

  • TOEFL (paper): 550 or
  • TOEFL (CBT): 210 or
  • TOEFL(IBT): 79 or
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Test (CLB): 6
  • PTE Academic: 50 or
  • Cambridge: CAE or equivalent
  • Has earned a Grade 12 graduation diploma from in a system in which English is the official language, or
  • Any other internationally accepted English language assessment test with an equivalent score, or
  • Successfully completed a pre-Intermediate certificate from a Language Canada accredited school or
  • Successfully complete the College’s English language proficiency assessment, or
  • Successful completion of the 24-week ESL program at the College.

Program Duration

320 hours (16 weeks)
Homework: 3-4 hours

Course Outline

Business Communication 80
Principles of Marketing 80
Computer Applications in Business 80
Accounting Fundamentals 80
Total Duration :  320 hours

Upon completion of this program the successful student will have reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  • Demonstrate a knowledge of day to day operations of a business ;
  • Demonstrate the knowledge of computer applications in a business:
  • Demonstrate and understanding of essentials of accounting
  • Identify the basic principles of marketing and sales.
  • Demonstrative effective communication skills and an understanding of communication in a business environment.
  • Apply the knowledge of computer applications for day to day business operations

Fee Structure

1 Application Fee $ 250 Domestic Students
2 Course Materials $ 200
3 Tuition Fee $ 2800
Total $ 3250
1 Application Fee $ 250 International Students
2 Course Materials $ 200
3 Tuition Fee $ 4110
Total $ 4560

This program has been approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training.

Financial Assistance

Western Community College offers a variety of financial aid opportunities to ease students’ stress and allow them to focus on their studies. If you need extra support, we have flexible funding to accommodate all our students, no matter their financial situation.

  • BC Student Loan
  • In-house Financing
  • Student Line of Credit
  • Scholarships

Our dedicated Financial Aid Officers will help you every step of the way.

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Why Study at Western Community College

  • Installment-based, low tuition fee.
  • 100% Practicum Placement
  • Weekday, weekend, and evening classes optionally available
  • Part-time or full-time class schedule
  • Free CLB preparation classes * Conditions Apply
  • Graduate employment rate: 97%

Admissions Contact Information

Mon – Sunday 9:00A.M. – 5:00P.M.

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