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Business Fundamentals (Certificate)

Credential:
Ontario College Certificate
Code:
BFND

Ontario College Certificate

Program Description

Business Fundamentals is an Ontario College Certificate program that will help you identify which area of business suits your talents and interests for your future career! You will study all aspects of business, develop your skills and explore your options. Courses include accounting, business communications, human resources, marketing and supply chain management. A comprehensive study of each will help you discover your perfect career fit. This program also provides those already in the workforce with a foundation of business knowledge that can help them expand their career and business opportunities.

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U) OR
  • Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 11 Math (C, M or U)
  • Equivalent secondary school diploma from another province or territory in Canada (Please note: A recognized equivalent to an OSSD may be accepted if you meet the levels, subjects and overall averages required for admission to the college. Generally the requirement is successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma except in Quebec where the equivalent is Secondary V) or
  • Equivalent secondary school diploma from outside of Canada. Applicants who have been educated outside of Canada must have their documents evaluated by a credential assessment service (ICAS) and submit proof of educational qualifications in order to determine if their level of achievement is equivalent to an OSSD. To obtain a Credential Assessment Report visit either ICAS (1.800.321.6021) or WES (1.866.343.0070)
  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Admission

Please note: Due to the college closure, please do not send official transcripts by mail or fax. An electronic copy of your transcript can be emailed to us at ppl@durhamcollege.ca with your program admission form to get your application started until the college re-opens.

Students are required to complete and submit this form to indicate that the program's admission requirements have been met.

Click to access the Program Admission Form

This form must be submitted and an Admission Acceptance Letter received prior to registering for any courses.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning office at ppl@durhamcollege.ca or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

General Education Electives: This program requires the completion of General Education Elective (GNED) courses in addition to core program courses.

Click to access General Education Elective Course Options

IMPORTANT NOTE: Some programs may have restrictions on the specific GNED courses that students are able to take to fulfill their program requirements. For Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning students, these restrictions are identified on the link above. For those in full-time, day school programs, please consult your academic school for confirmation of any GNED restrictions for your program before registering.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Develop customer-service strategies to meet the needs of internal and external customers
  • Apply knowledge of the human resources function to the operation of an organization
  • Apply knowledge of the marketing function to the operation of an organization
  • Apply accounting and financial knowledge to the operation of an organization
  • Apply computer skills and knowledge of information technology to support the management of an organization
  • Work effectively with co-workers, supervisors, and others
  • Apply research skills to gather and interpret available information
  • Apply creative problem-solving skills to address business problems and opportunities
  • Apply time management and organizational skills to facilitate the completion of tasks and to meet deadlines in a business environment
  • Recognize the economic, social, political, and cultural variables which impact on a business

Career Options

As a graduate you will be prepared to pursue further studies in other business programs and/or qualify for entry-level positions in a variety of business-related industries.

Potential industry options may include:

  • Educational institutions
  • Government ministries and agencies
  • Health care facilities
  • Large and small businesses and corporations
  • Not-for-profit organizations
  • Financial Institutions

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Centre for Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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