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Business Management Certificate

Business Management Certificate

Lay the groundwork for a successful business career with the Business Management certificate.

This one-year program will provide you with the foundational business concepts that will prepare you for an entry level business position or act as springboard for completing your Business Management diploma.

Through industry focused instruction, you will develop business management, marketing, and accounting skills that will help you manage valuable resources, such as people, money, time and materials, and reach organizational goals in today’s technologically complex and competitive business environment.

Graduates of the Business Management certificate have the option of enrolling into the Business Management Diploma - General Management Major program.


Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a certificate in Business Management.

Program Details

  • Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA)

    • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
    • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
    • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement 

    Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

    Alternate Admission: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. To be considered under Alternate Admission Status, applicants will be asked to provide the following:

    1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
    2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
      • Introduce yourself
      • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
      • Elaborate on your career goals
      • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
    3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
    4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
    5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

    *Submitting Alternate Admission material does not guarantee admission*

    Transfer Options: Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

    Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

    International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

  • Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

    Tuition, Fees & Payments

    Scholarships & Student Awards

    Olds College of Agriculture & Technology offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

    For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards.

    Entrance Awards Available!

    Entrance awards range from $250 - $1,500 for students applying for the upcoming academic year and have paid the tuition deposit by the deadline.

    Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
    Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance. Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

    Student Funding

    For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

  • For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

    Academic Calendar: Business Management Certificate

    Term 1
    • Completed the following:
      • ACT1011 - Accounting Principles I (3-1-0 hrs)
      • BUS1050 - Business Mathematics (3-0-1 hrs)
      • COM1020 - Workplace Communication (3-0-0 hrs)
      • ECN1010 - Microeconomics (3-1-0 hrs)
      • MGT1000 - Principles of Management (3-0-0 hrs)
    Term 2
    • Complete all of the following
      • ACT1012 - Accounting Principles II (3-1-0 hrs)
      • CMP1100 - Computer Applications I (3-0-0 hrs)
      • ECN1020 - Macroeconomics (3-1-0 hrs)
      • MKG1021 - Marketing Principles (3-0-0 hrs)
    • Completed at least 1 of the following:
      • MGT1200 - Organizational Behaviour (3-0-0 hrs)
      • COM1030 - Workplace Professionalism (3-0-0 hrs)
  • Olds College of Agriculture & Technology has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

    • Accounting
    • Marketing
    • Sales
    • Consultation and management duties
    • Event management
    • Entrepreneurship

    Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

    ALIS Occupational Profiles

  • Program Dates

    Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

    Class Registration

    You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

    Technology Recommendation

    It is strongly recommended that you come to Olds College of Agriculture & Technology with the following technology:

    • A laptop capable of running Microsoft Office is mandatory for this program, as students will be using Excel and other Microsoft Office programs extensively in lectures and classes.
    • A T1 graphing calculator with time value of money (TVM) applications or approved business calculator. An independent calculating device. No phone or computerized applications are to be permitted.

    As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

    • Go to
    • Enter your Olds College email address and password
    • Once logged in, there is a button on the right that says “Install Office Apps”
    This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

    Other Important Information

    • Dress Code: Most students prefer to wear casual clothing to class. It is recommended that you bring semi-formal clothing with you so that you are prepared for employment interviews and other industry opportunities that may present themselves.
    • Time Requirements: The role of a student in the Business Management program is a challenging full-time job. You should anticipate, on average, three hours of class time plus approximately seven hours of additional study and homework for each class each week.

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"The best part about the business program at Olds College are the small class sizes. This gives each student the unique opportunity to get to know others in the program and be able to receive help from instructors, all while having access to the same resources a larger university provides. The program also utilizes real world professionals, this ensures that the students not only receive all the necessary knowledge, but obtain skills on how to succeed after graduation as well. The campus also puts an emphasis on student wellness and success, which is reflected in the support and opportunities given to every student. I would recommend this program because of the support given to the students by not only the instructors, but the institution as a whole."

Kenzie Mucciarone

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Program at a Glance

Length: One Year

Delivery Method: On-Campus

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September start)

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October

Program Status: Open