Business Administration Certificate

The Business Administration Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to study in a variety of areas within the business world, including Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resources Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management and Management and Marketing. Designed to give students a broad scope of classwork and hands-on experience, this 30-credit certificate encourages students to gain a diverse business foundation. 

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  • Kelowna
  • Vernon
  • Penticton
  • Salmon Arm
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  • Full program offered
  • Partial program offered



Delivery options

Full-Time, Part-Time

Tuition and fees

2023-24: $5,948.24

  • Fees listed are for ten courses (30 credits). Depending on the campus of study and the courses selected fees may vary.

  • Fees include all mandatory fees: Activity fee, Health & Dental, Student Association fee, Education Technology fee, Development fee.

  • This program is student loan eligible. View Financial Aid & Awards

  • All amounts are approximate and are subject to change.

  • Detailed domestic tuition and fees information

Program details

The Business Administration Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to study areas of business such as Accounting, Financial Services, Human Resources Management, Hospitality and Tourism Management, Management and Marketing. Students completing the Business Administration Certificate are able to apply their completed course work towards the Business Administration Diploma and/or the Bachelor of Business Administration Degree. Some courses are available by distance education.

Please contact an Education Advisor or a Business Advisor to find out which options are available at the Salmon Arm and Vernon campuses.

Campus Start date Schedule
Kelowna Jan. 08, 2024
Kelowna Sep. 04, 2024
Kelowna Jan. 06, 2025
Penticton Sep. 04, 2024
Salmon Arm Sep. 04, 2024

Vernon Jan. 08, 2024
Vernon Sep. 04, 2024
Vernon Jan. 06, 2025

Admission requirements

Regular Applicants

  • B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent.

  • Students graduating from secondary school in or prior to 2012: Principles of Mathematics 11, or an equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course; or a minimum grade of 70% in Introductory Mathematics 11; or a minimum grade of 60% in Applications of Mathematics 11.

    Students entering Grade 10 in or after 2010 and/or completing the new mathematics curriculum: A minimum of 60% in one of Pre-calculus Grade 11, Foundations of Mathematics Grade 11, or Apprenticeship and Workplace Mathematics Grade 11, Workplace Mathematics 11, or the equivalent Advanced Level Adult Basic Education mathematics course.

  • English 12 with minimum 60% or alternatives.

  • Senior secondary students who enter the Business Administration diploma program with a minimum grade of 73% in Accounting 12 may receive credit for BUAD 111.

Mature Applicants

  • Mature applicants are at least 19 years of age and have been out of full-time senior secondary study for at least one year. Senior secondary graduation will be waived for mature applicants.

Prior Learning Assessment:

  • Where a student has prior learning in the following courses BUAD 111, 116, 121, 128, 176 and 293, credit may be awarded if the student successfully passes a challenge exam. Contact the Business Administration department for more information.

Selective Admission Process:

  • Admission of regular senior secondary applicants will be based on the grade average (GA) on English 12, Mathematics 11 and two other of the student's highest provincially recognized Grade 12 courses.

Qualifying status:

  • Applicants who ultimately fail to satisfy the specific English and/or math entrance requirements may be granted admission to and be allowed to remain enrolled in the business program as qualifying students subject to the availability of space after the admission and registration of qualified applicants. Qualifying students may concurrently register in a maximum of three first-year business courses, any three for which they satisfy the prerequisites. Qualifying first-year business students will not be considered to be continuing students and will, therefore, be allowed to continue in the program after the qualifying year only if all outstanding course entrance requirements have been successfully completed.

Co-operative Education:

  • Entry into the co-operative education option is a student's choice, and subject to completion of all first-year courses and an overall grade average of 65%.

Program outline

Required Academic Courses

12 credits of Business courses at any level
12 credits of Business courses numbered 200 or higher
Six (6) credits of Business or non-Business courses numbered 100 or higher


Business courses include all BUAD courses except BUAD 100 and BUAD 107 which cannot be used for credit in this program.
Non-Business courses must be from a diploma or degree program. COSC 122, MATH 111, MATH 120 and MATH 160 cannot be used in this program.
Students admitted to other Business Administration programs who decide to meet the requirements for the Business Administration Certificate instead, must request a program change before completing 18 credits.

Successful completion of the prescribed and elective courses as listed in the program outline with a minimum graduating grade average of 60%.

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