Advanced Certificate in Business

About the Program

The Advanced Certificate in Business will prepare you for a wide range of positions that include: Administration Supervisor, Assistant Manager, Personal Assistant, Banking Assistant, Business Development, Purchasing Coordinator, Sales, Customer Service, Financial Assistant and Trainee Manager.

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 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.  

The AC in Business will provide a breadth of competences.  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, 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.

Career Opportunities

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.  

Admission Requirements

Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification  

If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an IELTS level 6.0 OR 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 the 5 Star English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies.  


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  • 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.
  • Part time hours- instructional time of less than 20 hours per week, or• if the program leads to employment in a career occupation regulated by Transport Canada, instructional time of less than 15 hours per week.

Attendance Expectations: Students are required to maintain minimum 80% attendance throughout the program. 

Graduation Requirements: In order to graduate, students must pass the AC program at minimum Grade C. 

University Progression: The Advanced Certificate in Business 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.  

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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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