- January 08 2018
- May 03 2018
- August 30 2018
- January 07 2019
- Any-time Online
- In Class
Tuition & Fees
Domestic: CAD $5,064
International: CAD $14,802
In-class course registration is not available for spring term (online only).
A full course load is 5 courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however, it will take longer to complete the program.
The Business Administration Certificate examines general business concepts and focuses on developing introductory skills in accounting principles, management, organizational behaviour, and marketing. With a well-rounded business education, learners can apply their knowledge and skills to a variety of industries. Graduates are qualified for entry level positions in the areas of accounting, office administration, retail services, marketing, and sales.
This is a one-year (two terms/30 weeks total) certificate program. A full course load is five courses per term. Students may elect to take fewer courses each term; however it will take longer to complete the program.
The Business Administration Certificate program is also available online. This gives you the flexibility to study at home. Your instructor is available to provide support and feedback through email.
Plan the sequence of your courses!
- Credit in English 30-1 or minimum 65% in English 30-2 or equivalent
- Credit in Math 30-1 or Math 30-2 or equivalent
Successful completion of the General Educational Development (GED) testthat consists of five tests with a minimum score in the following sections:
- Interpreting Literature and Art: 520 minimum standard score
- Writing Skills: 520 minimum standard score
- Math Test: 520 minimum score
Satisfactory results on the Bow Valley College Admissions Test
Additional admission requirements
Applicants should also be aware that many employers require completion of a high school diploma for consideration for employment.
English language proficiency requirements
For applicants whose first language is not English, please review English language proficiency requirements.
"I loved that my instructors were not only knowledgeable, but they were also passionate about the courses they taught. It made for very interesting and insightful classes."
Business Administration Certificate Graduate 2016
Curriculum subject to change.
In the business environment, accounting and financial information are essential for internal and external decision-making. Therefore, understanding the basics of accounting and financial statements are important for every business graduate. This course provides an introduction to the fundamental principles and concepts of accounting with an emphasis on decision-makers' objectives and use of financial information. Key concepts explored include accounting principles and standards, the complete accounting cycle, recording and reporting business transactions, and preparing and analyzing financial statements.
Note: Learners with prior credit in ACCT1101 and ACCT1102 cannot take ACCT1103.
The study of what people think, feel, and do in and around organizations is key to the search for best practice methods and organizational effectiveness. Throughout this course, we will focus on human behavior from an individual, group, and organization perspective while analyzing key elements which influence human behavior and thinking. In addition to the theory component, students will also have an opportunity to develop critical thinking skills through group work, discussion, research, and personal reflection.
This course focusses on the importance of aligning human resource practices with organizational strategies and employment legislative acts. Through an exploration of workforce planning, recruitment, selection, orientation, learning and development, performance management, total rewards and recognition, learners reflect on the process of recruiting and retaining employees to achieve an engaged workforce. Trend analysis includes discussion on workplace health and safety.
Learners are introduced to concepts, terms, and theories which provide an understanding of the principles of management. Key functions of management, including planning, organizing, leading, and controlling, are addressed. The exploration of key functional areas assists learners in developing their own managerial practice. Learners are informed of the vital role a manager plays in an organization.
Corporate social responsibility (CSR) articulates an organization's purpose, values, and concerns for society. This course examines concepts and practical approaches successful companies use to integrate CSR strategies with the needs of business and how they evolve their strategies as business needs change.
This course covers the theory and practice of effective communication. The course will emphasize class participation through discussion boards, professional conduct, problem-solving and critical thinking as it relates to the communication process. Topics covered will include the importance of psychological factors of communication, clear and concise communication in the workplace, multicultural and nonverbal communication, effective listening and feedback, speaking effectively and efficiently, and the role of conflict management.
Economics is concerned with human behavior, and the improvement of society. The relationship between supply and demand and the scarcity of resources forces consumers to make choices. How do individuals make the best choices to maximize their satisfaction? Microeconomics is about choices and tradeoffs, and how firms and individuals interact in markets. How do we make sense of those interactions for our own use in business or as wage earners?
A basic understanding of key elements of the law is an essential factor in successful business management. Learners apply legal fundamentals useful in today's fast-paced, rapidly changing business environment.
This course is only available online.
This course will provide learners with the tools necessary to retrieve and analyze macroeconomic information for evidence-based decision-making. Learners will explore personal and business contextual knowledge on how to critically evaluate day-to-day topics such as Gross Domestic Product (GDP), Consumer Price Index (CPI), interest rates, government budget, exchange rates, and fiscal and monetary policy.
Learners are introduced to concepts aimed at providing a solid foundation of marketing principles and the role marketing plays in business. Emphasizing a holistic approach, learners have the opportunity to analyze and apply the marketing mix. Key concepts include product, price, placement, and promotion (4Ps), the Integrated Marketing Communications Mix (IMC), market research, and consumer behaviour.
Work Experience Courses
Through research, self-exploration, and participation learners explore and use various communication strategies to prepare for professional employment opportunities.
ADMN 9998 Employment Preparation is optional and non-credit, but is a requirement for ADMN 9999 Work Experience. It is important to note that this course is not covered by student loans, as it is non-credit.
Prerequisite: Completion of 15 program credits
Through experiential learning, this course bridges classroom study with the Calgary workplace. Representing Bow Valley College, learners will have opportunity to use their new technical skills; observe and integrate into office culture; work on soft skills/communication skills; network with industry colleagues; gain reference(s); add experience to their resume; possibly gain extended employment or referral; and receive evaluation from Employer. Open communication is maintained throughout the work term between Learners, Hosts and Student Engagement Officers.
- Completion and passing grades in all required program courses
- Completion of ADMN9998 Employment Preparation (non-credit)
- Completion of TOWES
- Minimum B- in Communication Fundamentals, Business Communications or Legal Office Communications
- Minimum program GPA of 2.60
- Commitment (attendance, punctuality, professionalism), as determined jointly by Program Coordinator, Instructors and Student Engagement Officers
If you enjoy math and like working with numbers, the Business Administration Certificate may be for you.
With job opportunities in small business, accounting and bookkeeping firms, this certificate will give you the background to calculate, prepare and issue bills; develop inventory reports; reconcile transactions such as accounts receivables/payables; and work in payroll.
Upon graduation, some of the positions that you will be qualified for include accounting technician, accounting assistant, accounts payable/clerk and receivable clerk, administrative clerk, and payroll/benefits assistant.
The accounting and financial management profession requires you to be highly analytical and very detail oriented, with the ability to concentrate for long periods of time. You must also have good communication skills and be able to work independently.
The Alberta Government provides up-to-date information on Alberta’s occupational profiles including wage and salary information. Click on the link to find out more. Alberta Learning Information Services: Occupational Profile
Graduates of this program may be granted credits towards the following:
- Bow Valley College – Business Administration Diploma
Note: Transfer credits are reviewed and accepted on an individual basis by the institution you are applying to.
The four-week work experience at the end of the program is optional. The work experience component provides you with Canadian work experience while exposing you to opportunities within various business departments. Our student engagement officers will collaborate with you in order to secure a work placement.
Work Experience gives you the chance to use your new skills in the workplace. You'll receive strong mentorship, gain valuable experience, and enjoy networking opportunities.
Work experience is an unpaid, non-credit job placement within Calgary. It's scheduled right after you've completed your required courses and lasts 4-6 weeks, depending on your program. Work Experience is competitive and final acceptance for placement is subject to departmental approval.
- You must apply in the first semester of your program. You'll get approval once you meet all prerequisites.
- You'll have to write the Test of Workplace Essential Skills (TOWES) during your first term. The TOWES credential is one prerequisite for Work Experience eligibility.
- You also have to pay for and successfully complete the Employment Preparation course ADMN9998 beforehand. The course fee is $150, and is not covered by student loans.
- Once you have a Work Experience placement (ADMN9999) in Calgary, you'll complete the full-time work over 4 to 6 weeks. Work experience is scheduled immediately after the completion of all the required program courses. You cannot register for ADMN9999 after graduation. Course fee is $200 and is not covered by student loans.
Planning your course schedule according to availability and prerequisites requires some consideration.
Plan the sequence of your courses with this 2081/19 schedule.
Once you are a registered student in a program at the Chiu School of Business, our student engagement officers can also assist you with planning.
Please visit the full-time course credits pages for details for each program.
If you are taking an online course, you should make sure your computer has the following applications:
- Reliable internet access – DSL or cable connections are highly recommended.
- We recommend Windows 7 or 10 (preferred) or Mac OS software; Microsoft Office 2013 (minimum); Adobe Acrobat Reader; and a media player such as Adobe Flash Player, QuickTime, or Windows Media Player.
- Some courses might require additional software or applications packages. You will be given this information before starting the course.
- We recommend Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome, and Safari as browsers. D2L does not work well with Internet Explorer.
The approximate cost of textbooks and other supplies is estimated at $750 per term.
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