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2023-2024 Academic Calendar

Management Advanced Certificate

Location(s): Online

The Advanced Certificate in Management is designed for current managers, volunteers and other individuals who are interested in developing their leadership skills while they are working. To supplement existing education and work experience, the program addresses management concepts such as accounting, business law, entrepreneurship, human resource management, and project management. The curriculum is relevant across a wide variety of employment sectors, public, private, and non-profit.

Career Prospects

The objective of this program is to enhance skills and employment opportunities for graduates interested in advanced management positions. Relevant fields include childcare or resource program administration, educational administration, executive coaching, human resource management, municipal or provincial governance, natural resource management, and trades management.




30 credits (450 hours), minimum.

This is a one year program taken over three semesters including one course (minimum) in Intersession.  Part-time studies will take longer. Students in this program select course loads and course schedules that fit their needs and course availability. Registration is completed semester-by-semester.  

Estimated Program Fees

Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.

Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Year 1$ 3,581.40$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 3,731.16

International Fees

 TuitionStudent FeesInstruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Medical Insurance
Year 1$ 11,580.00$ 149.76$ 0.00$ 828.00$ 12,557.76

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Admission Requirements

English Requirement

For applicants from countries that practice Standard Written English, one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)

For all other applicants, one of the following:

  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76
  • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) 69 plus NLC’s Writing Assessment
  • A post-secondary level credential with equivalent English language requirements
  • Two years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada and completion of English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent with a minimum grade of B.
  • Completion of the Citation in English for Academic Purposes Level 060

The General Academic English Language Proficiency Requirements outline more details of the academic English requirements.

Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099 with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Additional Requirements

One of:

  1. Graduation from a post-secondary certificate, diploma, or degree program
  2. Certification from a Red Seal Trades program or equivalent
  3. Two years of management or leadership work experience as demonstrated by a resume with two professional references
  4. Two current professional letters of reference written and dated within a year of application outlining the applicant’s suitability and readiness for the program


Elective courses may have specific prerequisites. Meeting entrance requirements for the program does not ensure course prerequisites have been met for all available courses.

Important Notes

  1. The program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit Student Aid BC to apply for financial assistance online.
  2. Students are required to have a computer (laptop or other mobile device) with minimum computer requirements.
  3. Course transfer agreements allow students to receive course-by-course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.

Program Requirements

Residency Requirement50% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); D grade (50%) minimum in all courses

Semester One

All of:

Semester Two

All of:

Semester Three

All of:

Management Electives

Electives can be chosen in any combination, however, students can add a focus to this program by selecting courses from the following groupings.

Entrepreneurial focus

Choose two of:

Managerial focus

Choose two of:

Non-Profit Managerial focus

Choose two of:


Advanced Certificate in Management