Effective communication skills can help you go places.

If you believe that effective business communication is a vital part of the workplace and you’re looking to excel in it, the Professional Development Certificate in Business Communication can get you there in no time! This versatile program provides practical information and easily applied strategies to help you become a confident communicator in any industry. With a focus on developing self-assurance, you’ll learn to foster trust, provide clarity and direction, create better relationships and promote team building as you go places in your career.

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Program description

The Professional Development Certificate in Business Communication is designed to sharpen communication skills by providing easily applied strategies for continued growth and improved productivity. The program's practical approach focuses on developing the specific skills required to communicate effectively in the workplace and the self-confidence to successfully apply those skills. You'll gain an understanding of the interpersonal communication skills necessary to build constructive relationships in a diverse workplace, and discover practical tools to strengthen inclusivity and develop your own cultural competencies. 

Program features

  • Versatile – regardless of your industry or stage of career, you’ll gain knowledge and skills that are applicable across all industries
  • Relevant – learn critical skills relevant to today’s world
  • Manageable – a manageable workload that allows you to continue working, and to pursue your personal interests, while you study
  • Flexible – you decide when and where to study, to suit your busy schedule
  • Recognizable – earn a professional development certificate from a well-respected and recognized university

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Through the StrongerBC future skills grant, students may be eligible to receive funding for this program from Sept. 1 - Dec. 31, 2023.
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Program outcomes

Upon completing the program, graduates will be able to:

  • Understand theory and context for communication as individuals, in groups, and as part of an organization
  • Recognize and reproduce a repeatable writing process that can be applied to most business communication
  • Develop planning, organizational and editing strategies for specific types of written business messages
  • Understand cultural differences and their impact on intercultural communication
  • Develop cultural competencies to communicate effectively across diverse cultures
  • Apply this knowledge in a professional context

Who is this program for?

The Business Communication program will appeal to those who:

  • believe effective business communication is vital to the workplace and want to become better at it 
  • want to build on their communication skills in a flexible and affordable way 
  • want to add a credential to their portfolio in a short period of time

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Sales Representative
  • Facilitator
  • Manager
  • Administrative Support
  • Customer Service
  • Team Lead/Project Manager


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Courses and fees

The Professional Development Certificate in Business Communication requires the following three courses: 

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Course 1 tuition $595.00
Course 2 tuition $595.00
Course 3 tuition $595.00
Program fee $20.00
Estimated Total $1,805.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

Students in these courses are expected to have obtained graduation from secondary school. Mature applicants who do not meet this requirement may also register on the basis of minimum five years' work experience.

Business and Management courses and programs require the following English proficiency levels:

  • IELTS (academic) 6.0 overall (no sub-score less than 5.5)
  • TOEFL PBT 550
  • TOEFL IBT 79-80 (no sub-score less than 17)
  • UVic ELC level ELPI 570
  • UVic ELC English Proficiency Test: B2+ or higher
  • Approved English partner pathway level (contact our office for details)

How to apply

No application is necessary, simply select any of the three courses required for the professional development certificate and register for them independently. When registering, you will have the option to purchase the PDC in Business Communication Program Fee at an additional cost of $20. You are only required to select this when registering for one of the three courses. 

Once you have completed your third course, your certificate will be automatically issued and sent to you. Certificates will be sent approximately one month after the completion of your third course. 

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