Advanced Certificate in Business

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An Advanced Certificate in Business from Focus College can get you ready to jump into a career or enter a partner university. Get started today!

Get the Skills for a Business Career
in 12 Months*

Business and administration skills are present in almost every office position you hold. In this 1-year* full-time program… More persuasive intro copy here…

Career Opportunities

The Advanced Certificate in Business will prepare candidates for a wide range of positions that include:

  • Administration Supervisor
  • Office Manager
  • Business Manager
  • Assistant Manager
  • Banking Advisor
  • Personal Assistant
  • Planning Officer
  • Business Development Assistant
  • Sales Coordinator
  • Customer Service Coordinator
  • Finance Assistant
  • Trainee Manager
  • and more!

Who Will Benefit from the Program?

Actually, most people have a lot to gain from taking this program. Former students returning to school, anyone who wants to pursue higher education, adult learners with families, working individuals who wish to enhance their career prospects, and people who wish to start their own businesses.

University Progression

The Advanced Diploma in Business can provide advanced entry to degree-level study or a Master’s degree program. Visit this page for information on the institutions that will consider advanced entry with Focus College’s diploma qualifications.

The Advanced Certificate in Business provides current insight into the main aspects of local and international business with a focus on business management and human resource management. It covers business culture and strategy, managing people in small and large organizations and in different departments such as marketing, economics, accounting, business law, and IT.

The specific aims of the program are to:

  • Develop suitable competencies to enter a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions
  • Prepare students for progression to degree courses delivered by partner universities in different countries
  • Develop skills for independent, lifelong learning and working with others
  • Develop and enhance transferable skills in planning, organizing, critical and evaluative thinking, and enable students to investigate business issues and problems in depth
  • Develop intra-/interpersonal skills relevant to a range of administrative, commercial or managerial positions in business organizations
  • Develop communication and presentation skills
  • Enable students to adopt an innovative, creative approach to their work and respond quickly to challenges posed by changes in the business environment
  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification OR relevant experience or mature students
  • In the case of students from non-English-speaking countries/territories, students will have to demonstrate their English proficiency at minimum IELTS Band level 6.0 OR equivalent. (In a case where a prospective student has no proof of English proficiency or an English proficiency level below IELTS Band 6.0, that student will be required to take the Focus College ESL “Crash Course”).

Managing People and Organizations
This course is designed to enable students to learn to work in a business setting. It provides tools to effectively work in and manage various roles in business, commercial and administration, in order to build an effective organization.

Marketing: An Introduction
This course provides students the knowledge and understanding of marketing and its importance in organizations. This unit is also designed to develop candidates’ understanding of the marketing mix in the context of products and services. This is an introductory unit which can be used by students who may wish to progress to more specialized marketing units.

Economic Issues: An Introduction
Students are introduced to the fundamental issues in economics with an emphasis on the business environment. Students will learn about the basic economic problem and how the consumer and other economic agents address this problem. Students will be introduced to the operation of markets and actions that can be taken to help avoid market failure. The unit introduces the theory of National Income and the circular flow of income model.

Business Accounting
Students can develop their knowledge and understanding in the preparation and use of accounting information within a business organization. Students will develop the skills required to prepare basic financial and management accounting reports. In addition, students will also develop the skills, knowledge and understanding to  interpret and use financial information for decision making.

Communication: Business Communication
Students will develop skills in analyzing, summarizing, evaluating, and producing complex written business information. It also develops skills in presenting and responding to complex oral business information.

The unit can be taken as part of a Group Award or as a stand-alone unit for the purposes of continued professional development. Work undertaken for the unit will be in a context appropriate to the learner’s Group Award or relevant to an individual’s vocational area/discipline.


IT in Business: Spreadsheets
This unit is designed to allow candidates to develop an understanding of spreadsheet design and how to use spreadsheet features and functions for practical and effective use. It is relevant to candidates wishing to develop their knowledge of spreadsheets as a tool to help provide solutions to common business problems.

Information Technology: Application Software 1
Students will learn to use Information Technology (IT) systems and applications independently to support a range of information processing activities.  The unit is designed to develop a broad knowledge of the theoretical concepts, principles, boundaries and scope of IT applications.  These activities will be centered on using software applications packages to meet complex information requirements while paying attention to security and the needs of other users.

Creating a Culture of Customer Care
Students will learn to recognize and evaluate effective customer care within a relevant work environment. It allows candidates to analyze factors affecting customer care and to judge the effectiveness of a customer care strategy by applying them to the workplace. The unit emphasizes that customer care is important and valuable to organizations and is critical to the work of all employees.

Human Resource Management: Introduction
This unit is designed to develop knowledge of the role of Human Resource Management as a key function within organizations and to develop understanding of the background to the development of the discipline of Human Resource Management. It introduces candidates to the activities that make up Human Resource Management and how these activities contribute to the success of an organization.

Presentation Skills
This unit is designed to develop the skills required for the advanced use of presentation software, including a range of multimedia, and to apply these skills to deliver effective presentations. It would be suitable for candidates involved in preparing and delivering presentations.

Personal Development Planning
This unit helps students take responsibility for their own learning and development. It provides a framework for the development of the personal and general skills and qualities which employers seek in the workplace and which are increasingly recognized as underpinning success in personal life, in citizenship and in lifelong learning. The contexts of progression to employment, or from college to university, or developing core skills, can be used.

Business: Graded Unit
This graded unit is designed to provide evidence that students have met the goals of the program:

  • Provide the competencies required by employers of those engaged in entry level administrative, managerial or commercial positions in organizations
  • Develop and apply a range of vocational knowledge and skills in an integrated manner to the analysis of business situations
  • Build on previously acquired transferable skills
  • Adopt an innovative and creative approach to their work and be able to respond quickly to the challenges posed by changes in the business environment

Review our program pricing for full details.

Scholarships and other financing options are available for qualified candidates.

  • This program is offered at the Kelowna and Surrey campuses
  • Students are required to maintain 80% attendance throughout the program
  • Approximately 10-15 hours/week is required from students to be successful in this program
  • In order to graduate, students must pass all units through the program with a grade of C or higher

Is Employment-Focused Training for a Career in Business Right for You?
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If you’re interested in exploring whether Focus College’s training programs and career opportunities in Business are right for you, or you want to learn more about how you can transfer credits to one of our many international university partners, fill out the form on this page and we’ll get you some more information.

A helpful Focus College Admissions Representative will be happy to answer any questions you have and can help with everything from determining the right career path for you to discussing financial aid options.

*Program length when completed in normal time.