Bob Gaglardi School of Business and Economics

Business Foundations Certificate

The Business Foundations Certificate is a one-year program that focuses on students who can only attend classes for a short period of time or want to earn a business credential quickly to help them secure an entry-level accounting or administrative position or advance at work. It is expected that most graduates will continue their studies or return to school at a later date to complete a business diploma or degree either on campus or online.

Learning objectives

Upon completion of this program, students are able to:

  1. Prepare effective business documents including memorandums and short reports.
  2. Solve business problems using basic quantitative techniques.
  3. Describe the environment that businesses operate in, the functions of management, and the role of different management disciplines.
  4. Maintain the financial records of a small business using computerized accounting software.
  5. Utilize spreadsheet and other application software in day-to-day work activities.
  6. Explain how effective management information systems can contribute to an organization’s success.
  7. Discuss how human and interpersonal behaviour theory can be applied to maximize organizational efficiency.

Admission requirements

Students will not apply directly to the Business Foundations Certificate but will apply to the Accounting Technician Diploma or the Management Diploma. Students who complete the common first year of these diplomas may apply to be awarded a Business Foundation Certificate.

  1. B.C. Grade 12 or mature student status
  2. Foundations Math 12 or Pre-Calculus Math 12 with a minimum C+ or equivalent
  3. English 12/English 12 First Peoples with a minimum of 73% or equivalent

Students may commence their studies while they upgrade their English and mathematics.

Program requirements

First semester
MATH 1070
MATH 1100
Mathematics for Business and Economics (recommended) or
Finite Mathematics with Applications
ENGL 1100 Introduction to University Writing
MNGT 1710 Introduction to Business
ECON 1220
ECON 1900
Introduction to Basic Economics or
Principles of Microeconomics (recommended)
ACCT 2210 Financial Accounting
Second semester
ECON 1900
ECON 1950
Principles of Microeconomics or
Principles of Macroeconomics (recommended)
CMNS 1290 Introduction to Professional Writing
ACCT 2280 Accounting Software Systems
MIST 2610 Management Information Systems
ORGB 2810 Organizational Behaviour

Students must achieve a grade of C- or higher in all courses to graduate. Those who plan on pursuing the Bachelor of Business Administration are recommended to take MATH 1070, ECON 1900, and ECON 1950.