Business and Career Essentials

No matter which career direction you’re working towards, learning fundamental business skills can help you to accomplish your goals.

No matter which career direction you’re working towards, learning fundamental business skills can help you to accomplish your goals. In these courses, you will create a strong framework of how to grow professionally by gaining important business knowledge. You will learn how to critically analyze problems, make strategic decisions, use effective negotiation tactics, manage projects and organize finances. You will also practice your technical skills by using different software applications in MS Office. Once you have the confidence in business essentials, you will become more efficient in the workplace and be able to turn your goals into reality.    

Business and Career Essentials programs

The Professional Development Certificate in Essential Soft Skills Training (ESST) will help you develop valuable soft skills such as problem solving, communication, creativity and self-awareness. You will learn how to combine all these skills together to work more effectively when faced with obstacles.

The Professional Development Certificate in Equity, Diversity, Inclusion and Accessibility (EDIA) in the Workplace is currently in development and will launch soon. This program will help you to build a welcoming work environment by practicing intercultural competencies. Join our email lists and we’ll let you know once details become available.

Business Administration programs

The certificate or diploma in Business Administration (CBA/DBA) will expand your knowledge on business administration, marketing, finances, business writing and computing. You will develop the practical skills and knowledge base needed to successfully reach your professional development goals.

Program information session

Join us for a free 30-minute Zoom information session where we will introduce you to the business administration program as a whole and outline the differences between the Certificate and the Diploma.

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PROGRAM Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) Diploma in Business Administration (DBA)
CREDENTIAL Certificate Diploma*
DAYTIME INTENSIVE COURSES    
EVENING COURSES    
ONLINE COURSES    
TIME TO COMPLETE 1-3 years 2-4 years
CORE COURSES 5 8*
ELECTIVE COURSES 3 6*
START DATES September, January and May September, January and May
ADMISSION NOTES High school graduation required. Best suited 2+ years work or University/College experience.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis.
High school graduation required. Best suited 2+ years work or University/College experience.
Applicants are considered on an individual basis.
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*The diploma options require completion of 14 courses, this includes eight that are part of the certificate program plus an additional six courses.

For a complete description of the format, program requirements, curriculum and admission requirements for our certificate and diploma programs, please view the individual program pages. For more details about requirements and policies, please visit our policies page.

 

International students

We also offer program options in Business, Management and Leadership for international students.

Individual business courses for professional development

The majority of courses listed below topic can be taken individually for professional development.

 

Courses open for registration

Business Courses Online

Are you looking for a fast way to upgrade your skills or add current and relevant training to your CV? We have a wide range of business courses offered in a convenient online delivery format.
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Courses open for registration

Administrative Technology

This micro-credential equips learners with the critical skills sought by employers to succeed in a computerized office—from software and database management to data analytics skills, cloud-based applications, digital communication and more.
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Business Administration – Accelerated

Earn a valuable university business credential in just nine months with our Diploma in Business Administration – Accelerated program. Get the skills and credentials you need to succeed in a career in today's global business marketplace.
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Business Administration – Aviation

This nine-month business diploma program is offered in partnership with the Victoria Flying Club and provides professional business training for those interested in becoming commercial airline pilots or charter flight operators.
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Business Administration – Certificate

The Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) is a flexible 13-week program designed to fit the needs of mid-career professionals, full-time employees and people looking for professional development. Learn about business administration, marketing, technology and more.
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Business Administration – Diploma

The Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) is a comprehensive business administration program designed to give you the practical knowledge and skills required for professional success. You'll learn business administration, business writing, management computing, financial accounting, marketing, small business management, international business and more.
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Business Administration – Fast Track

The CBA – Fast Track program gives you the business skills you need to get out into the field as soon as possible. Earn valuable business knowledge, management skills, real-world practical experience and a Certificate in Business Administration in just 12 weeks.
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Business Communication

Effective communication skills can help you go places. This versatile program provides practical information and easily applied strategies to help you become a confident communicator in any industry.
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Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

This professional development certificate provides you with the tools, plans and methods to help you give value and meaning to data, and guide you and your organization to success.
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Essential Soft Skills Training

The Essential Soft Skills Training (ESST) micro-credential is a new six-week, part-time, instructor-led online program that will build learners’ competencies in critical soft skills: organizational skills, communication skills, critical thinking, and team-building.
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General Studies

This flexible certificate program allows you to customize a course of study to meet your specific learning goals.
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Health Terminology Standards

The Health Terminology Standards professional certificate is a one-year, part-time, online non-credit program. After graduation of the program, you will be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.
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Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability

A six-week online program to help you become more proactive, rather than reactive, and to prepare your organization to withstand any crisis.
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Your study and work permit FAQs

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An international business program in the truest sense

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Jolene Kendzel, Program Assistant
Tel 250-721-8072
Email BMT@uvic.ca