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 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.
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.
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 Saskatchewan, University of Lethbridge, Athabasca University and University Canada West.
Part-time Business Certificate Students
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.
|Sample Job Title||NOC Classification1||Earning Potential2|
|Management Trainee||Banking, Credit and Other Investment Managers (122)||$52,800 - $138,100|
|Financial Officer||Accounting Technicians and Bookkeepers (1311)||$27,100 - $72,100|
|Accounting Clerk||Accounting and Related Clerks (1431)||$27,100 - $61,300|
Below is a list of skills (with examples) that are important in this line of work. This section is based on the Essential Skills Profiles developed and available through the Government of Canada.Reading
Note: Computer experience using a Windows application is recommended
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.
Continuing Education Students: Contact Registration Services
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 Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit from or to another college or university. Learn more about Transfer Credit.
Transfer credit options vary over time; this information is subject to change. Transfer credit options for this program include:
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.