Note: This program is suspended, effective July 1, 2016.
Small business accounts for approximately 30 percent of all jobs and 98 percent of all businesses in Saskatchewan. Micro-businesses (one to three employees) account for 82 percent of all businesses.* Clearly, entrepreneurship and small business is alive and well in Saskatchewan.
If you want to join the ranks of successful entrepreneurs, small business owners and managers, explore Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Entrepreneurship and Small Business program. It’s an ideal short program for anyone who wants to launch their own business—store, restaurant, bed and breakfast, personal care business, you name it. In less than a year, you’ll have the entrepreneurial, managerial and ownership skills you need to start and operate your own business or manage someone else’s.
The one-year Entrepreneurship and Small Business certificate program is offered full-time at Saskatchewan Polytechnic, Prince Albert Campus, and some courses are offered part-time through distance education including the complete Business Planning applied certificate. It’s a practical education that emphasizes hands-on training, real-world case studies and mentoring from experienced business owners. You’ll develop knowledge and skills in:
You’ll have an opportunity to apply what you’ve learned during a four-week practicum in a small business.
When you start the program, you’ll bring an idea for a small business. It can be a general concept or a concrete outline. Throughout the year, you’ll use this idea as a focus in your courses. By the end of the program, you’ll have developed a comprehensive business plan based on your own idea. And by comprehensive, we mean a plan you can take to the bank, literally.
Graduates of the Entrepreneurship and Small Business certificate program are launching new businesses, growing existing businesses and being recruited by others to manage their business enterprises. The program is unique in that it’s not about preparing you for employment - it’s about preparing you to create employment and generate economic wealth in your community and province.
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.
NOTE: Mentors from the community are available to advise students.
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.
Many Saskatchewan Polytechnic students benefit from transferring credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. To learn more, visit our transfer credit web page.
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.