Thompson Rivers University
Thompson Rivers University

Certificate in Business Skills

The Certificate in Business Skills program can help you to develop the basic skills required to gain entry-level employment in business.

The program counts for full credit toward the Achievement in Business Competencies (Blue Seal) program. If you are a certified tradesperson, you may use this program as an option when applying for Blue Seal certification.

What Can You Do With This Credential?

While operating her own fly-fishing guiding company, April Vokey graduated with a Certificate in Business Skills and plans to ladder this credential into a degree in business. Vokey has taken many of the strategies that she learned in her classes and has applied them to her business, with great success.

“I took a business management class, and it really helped me to relate to the people who work with me and for me.”
—April Vokey

This certificate can lead to the Certificate in Management Studies, providing a pathway to the Diploma in Management Studies program, which can ladder into the Bachelor of Commerce.

 Program Requirements

Admission Requirements

Open admission

If you plan to complete this or another Open Learning credential program, please fill out the Program Admission Form and send it to OL Admissions.

Residency Requirements

A minimum of 6 TRU credits (distance or on-campus)

Certificate Requirements

15 credits total, with a GPA of 2.00 or higher over all courses required to complete this credential, as follows:

Core Knowledge Requirements (6 credits)

CMNS 1811, Business, Professional and Academic Composition (3)
MIST 2611, Management Information Systems (3)

Elective Requirements (9 credits)

9 credits of 1000- or 2000-level courses, normally selected from ACCT, BLAW, BUSN, ECON, ENTR, FNCE, HRMN, MIST, MKTG, MNGT, ORGB, SCMN, CMNS 1291, Introduction to Professional Writing, MATH 1091, Business Mathematics, MATH 1101, Finite Mathematics and/or STAT 1201, Introduction to Probability and Statistics

Other similar courses are considered on an individual basis.

Supervisory Option (9 credits)

You are awarded this option if you complete the following electives:

MNGT 1111, Supervision (3)
MNGT 2131, Motivation and Productivity (3)
HRMN 2821, Human Resource Management (3)

Student Responsibility

Consult with your Program Advisor to ensure that the courses you select can be applied toward the program requirements of your chosen credential.

Also, before you register in a course not listed on the OL website, you must apply for a Letter of Permission (LOP).

If you proceed otherwise, you may find that either course credits cannot be applied to your program or you must pay a transcript reassessment fee.


Please see Tuition and Fees for details.


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