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Business Management Certificate

Business Management CertificateProgram Description

The Business Management program promotes conceptual and technical skill development in business through a one-year Certificate program, a two-year Diploma program, and a Post-Degree Diploma program.

Students can complete first- and second-year courses to earn an NLC credential, or to transfer to university or professional designation programs elsewhere. All Business Management programs may be completed on a full time or part time basis.

The Business Management Certificate comprises 30 credits of coursework. Completion of the Certificate qualifies a student for admission into the Diploma program.

Career Prospects

Graduates are prepared for positions of responsibility in areas such as finance, accounting, entrepreneurship, information technology, general management, marketing, and logistics, as well as for further educational opportunities.


Location: Fort St. John Campus, Dawson Creek Campus

Length: 30 weeks

Start: September, January, or May

Fees: Current Fee Schedule

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Admission Requirements

Admission requirements in the Business Management Program reflect the general requirements for University Arts and Sciences. To apply to the Business Management Program or to register for individual courses within the program:

* Prospective learners need to complete a College “Application for Admission” form. Admission forms can be obtained in person from Northern Lights College Student Services or downloaded in PDF format from nlc.bc.ca/pdfs/application.pdf. A one-time application fee is required.

* Depending on course selection, graduates from the Northern Lights College Applied Business Technology Certificate programs might receive credit for courses in the Business Management Certificate program. Refer to the section below on required courses for additional information.

* Where available, secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts should be provided to indicate that prerequisites for specific courses have been met.

* A. Domestic students must have official transcripts demonstrating the following English Requirement: One of the following with a "B" grade or higher: Grade 12 English, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, English 050, or English 099. Alternatively, any university-level English course with a "C" grade or higher. Students who do not meet one of the above English requirements must complete the NLC Writing Assessment for appropriate course placement.

* B. International students must have documentation demonstrating the following English Requirement: An IELTS with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 5.5. Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete English 099 with a "B" grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program. The necessity for upgrading can extend the length of the program.

* Applicants who do not have secondary school and/or post-secondary transcripts that provide documentation of prerequisites should speak with a Northern Lights College Admissions Officer. In these situations, entry-level skills may be evaluated as required through the Writing Assessment, the College and Career Preparation Math Assessment, or other assessments.

Additional considerations for Business Management students:

*At a minimum, the academic background for students pursuing the Certificate in Business Management should include successful completion of:
---English 12, English 12 First Peoples, ENGL 050: Provincial English, or ENGL 099: Foundational Writing.
---Principles of Math 11, Foundations of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, or MATH 040: Advanced Algebraic Mathematics.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. NLC courses may transfer individually to other colleges, universities, and institutes in British Columbia, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.
  3. NLC courses may transfer to professional associations such as the Certified General Accountants, Certified Management Accountants, Chartered Accountants, Aboriginal Financial Officers Association, Canadian Bankers Institute, and others. Students are responsible for confirming transferability of course credits to any external organization.
  4. Depending on course selection, graduates from NLC’s Applied Busi­ness Technology program will receive credit for the following courses:
    • CPSC101, for having completed: ABTC 119, ABTC121, ABTC133, ABTC153, ABTC161 and ABTC194.
    • ENGL110, for having completed: ABTC165 and ABTC195.
    • MGMT103, for having completed: ABTC111 and ABTC151.
  5. The information on this program page is a summary of the official Program Completion Guide approved by NLC’s Education Council. Download a PDF of the 2016 Program Completion Guide.  (Program Guide effective January 2017)

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Program Contact: Lisa Verbisky
Program Instructor: Faisal Rashid


An Economics component is a requirement of the certificate:

An Accounting component is also a requirement of the certificate:

Balance of Credits (3-9) from any of the Courses Listed Below:

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