Advanced Business Certificate

Our Advanced Certificate in Business is designed to get you working faster.

About Our Business Certificate

Advanced qualifications provide practical skills and theoretical business knowledge employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities nationally and internationally.

The Advanced Certificate (AC) in Business provides current insight into the main aspects of international business with a focus on business management and human resource management. It covers business culture and strategy, managing people in different sizes of organizations, marketing, economic issues, accounting, business law, and IT.

Our 1-year program will allow you to develop advanced qualifications and will provide you with the practical skills and theoretical business knowledge employers need. They allow advanced entry to universities nationally and internationally.

The AC in Business will provide a breadth of competencies.

Upon completion of this program students:

  • Will have developed suitable competencies to enter a range of administrative, commercial, or managerial positions.
  • Will have developed competencies to support their career aspirations.
  • will be prepared for progression to degree courses delivered by partner universities in different countries.
  • Will have developed skills for independent, life-long learning.
  • will have developed and enhanced transferable skills for employability and Core Skills.
  • Will have developed and enhanced transferable skills in planning, organizing, and critical and evaluative thinking and will be able to investigate business issues and problems in depth.
  • will have developed intrapersonal and interpersonal skills relevant to a range of administrative, commercial, or managerial positions in business organizations.
  • Will have developed communication and presentation skills.
  • will be able to adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to challenges posed by changes in the business environment.
  • Will have developed the ability to work flexibly and co-operatively with others.

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

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Career Opportunities for Business Certificate Graduates

The AC in Business will prepare candidates for entry to a wide range of positions. Respondents to employer consultation named the following as posts for which Advanced Business graduates would typically be recruited:

  • Administrative Officer
  • Manufacturing Distribution
  • Administration Supervisor
  • Office Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Personal Assistant
  • Banking Advisor
  • Planning Officer
  • Business Development Assistant
  • Purchasing Officer
  • Business Manager
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Team Leader
  • Finance Assistant
  • Trainee Manager, etc.

The AC in Business has a managerial focus which enables candidates to progress more quickly to supervisory/management roles. In addition, AC in Business candidates, through their choice of options, will be able to prepare for a career (or further studies) in a number of specialist areas, for example, Human Resource Management, Marketing, and Financial Services.

The Advanced Certificate allows students to work towards a diploma after graduating with a certificate!

Business Certificate Prerequisites

Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification.

If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an IELTS level 6.0OR equivalent (in case of other testing standards) to be admitted to the course.

If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of an IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies.

Students must have access to high-speed internet to access online classes with software like Zoom.

This business certificate comes with approximately 10-15 hours per week in homework. It is a fast-paced program that sets students up for success.

Business Certificate Tuition Breakdown

Domestic Students International Students
Tuition: $12,500.00 Tuition: $12,500.00
Application Fee: $250.00 Application Fee: $200.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00 Assessment Fee: $250.00
Professional Fee: $1,000.00 Professional Fee: $1,000.00
Materials and Lab Fee: $600.00 Materials and Lab Fee: $600.00
Administration Fee: $100.00 Administration Fee: $100.00
Archive Fee: $30.00 Archive Fee: $30.00
Total: $14,730.00* Total: $15,480.00

*Local students may qualify for one of Focus College's many scholarships. To find out more, please go to the program financing page to find out if you qualify.

Business Certificate Program Details

Hours of instruction: 1200

Full-time duration: 40 weeks

Full-time hours: instructional time of 20 or more hours per week, or if the program leads to employment in a career occupation regulated by Transport Canada, instructional time is 15 or more hours per week.

Attendance Expectations: Students are required to maintain their attendance as per the FC attendance policy.

Graduation Requirements: To graduate, students must pass the AC program at a minimum Grade of C.

University Progression: The Advanced Business Certificate can provide advanced entry to an undergraduate degree-level study or a masters level degree program.

The Advanced Certificate in Business can also provide advanced entry to the University of the Fraser Valley. Please contact an Admissions Advisor for further information.

Program Organization: Advanced business certificate consists of one year.

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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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