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Program Overview

Business encompasses many disciplines. Opportunities are plentiful, but you need to understand the concepts, principles and terminology of accounting, economics, marketing and more. Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Business certificate program gives you this solid foundation.

It takes personal initiative to succeed in the business world; self-starters are always in demand. You’ll also need good organizational and people skills, the ability to think on your feet and a willingness to take on leadership challenges.

The one-year Business certificate program prepares you for a wide variety of entry-level positions. It is offered full time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon campuses.

You can also take the courses through Continuing Education. If you take courses through Continuing Education, you are not required to apply for admission or meet the requirements. Once you have successfully completed all the courses in the program, simply apply to graduate.

The program provides a well-rounded business foundation. You'll learn core business concepts, including accounting, finance, management, computers, marketing, human resources, insurance and more.

Job-Ready at Graduation

Your Saskatchewan Polytechnic classroom mirrors a business environment. Business attire is expected. You'll work individually and in teams. You'll turn classroom friendships into a professional network. You'll learn by doing. This means, for example, that you'll learn about Microsoft Office by using it in class, about business communications by writing reports and about marketing by developing a marketing plan.

1 Year to a Diploma

The generalist Business certificate program gives you the skills you need to jump into the workforce. You also have the option of taking one more year to earn a specialized Business diploma in accountancy, financial services, human resources, insurance, management or marketing.

You can apply to transfer some of your Business courses to degree programs at Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Regina, University of Lethbridge and University Canada West.

Part-time Business Certificate Students 

  • You must take one of the following two accounting electives: ACCT 125 or ACCT 225
    • If you wish to pursue the Business Accountancy specialty diploma, you must take ACCT 125 in order to meet pre-requisites for most second year Accountancy courses
  • You must take one of the following three business electives: ACCT 136, FIN 100 or INS 100
    • If you wish to pursue the Business Accountancy specialty diploma, you must take ACCT 136 in order to graduate

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

A Saskatchewan Polytechnic Business certificate opens many doors. Explore entry-level opportunities in banking, retail, real estate, human resources, insurance, marketing and more. Work for a small business, large corporation, government department or non-profit organization. Start your own business or take the family business to the next level. Entry-level positions include management trainees, administrative assistants, financial officers and sales representatives.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
Management TraineeBanking, Credit and Other Investment Managers (122)$52,800 - $134,500
Financial OfficerFinancial and Investment Analysts (1112)$53,400 - $111,000
Accounting ClerkAccounting and Related Clerks (1431)$27,100 - $57,800

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):

September - Moose Jaw, Prince Albert and Saskatoon (full-time)
January - Moose Jaw (full-time)
Varies - Continuing Education



Length: 32 weeks (full-time); 11 courses (Continuing Education)

Locations

  • Prince Albert
  • Saskatoon
  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with any 30-level math, or successful completion of three (3) courses, of at least 3 credit units each, from this Business certificate program or the Business diploma (year 1) program
  • English Language Requirement

Note

  • Computer experience using a Windows application is recommended

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.

ACCUPLACER©

  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 65 Elementary Algebra
  • 65 Reading
  • 65 Sentence

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.

 

$6,500

Continuing Education Students: Contact Registration Services

International Students

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Courses

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Note:

  • Business certificate students must take one of the following two accounting electives: ACCT 125 or ACCT 225
    • Students who wish to pursue the Business Accountancy specialty diploma must take ACCT 125 in order to meet pre-requisites for most second year Accountancy courses
  • Business certificate students must take one of the following three business electives: ACCT 136, FIN 100 or INS 100
    • Students who wish to pursue the Business Accountancy specialty diploma must take ACCT 136 in order to graduate

PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

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Part-Time Delivery

Students do not apply to this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate (pdf) once all courses are completed.

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