Length of Program: 1 YearProgram Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)Fall 2019

Business Management Certificate

"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

Olds College Business Management Student

What can you expect from the program?

This one year certificate covers the same comprehensive range of business fundamentals that you would find in a first year degree program. You will develop business management, marketing, and accounting skills. You will be taught micro and macroeconomic fundamentals along with accounting and finance concepts.

You will learn the self-management and formal communication skills needed in a professional role. The Business Management Certificate teaches you how to manage resources (people, money, time and materials) and to reach organizational goals in today’s technologically complex and competitive environment.

What will you learn?

In the Business Management Certificate program, students will get an introduction to business processes and operating a business, including:

  • Business analysis
  • Business communications skills
  • Ethical and professional standards
  • Marketing processes
  • Project management principles
  • Strategic leadership

Program at a glance

Credential: Certificate

Length of Program: 1 Year

Method of Delivery: On-Campus

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: October 1 for Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details.

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,470 / Books & Supplies: $1,500

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

What do I need to apply?

Admission Requirements: 

  • 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 (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam)

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 Option: 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 (e.g.: 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*

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. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?


CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

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I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.



Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when you 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 with the following technology:

  • A device capable of running Microsoft Office, preferably a laptop

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 portal.office.com
  • 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.


Materials & Supplies:

Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.


Other Important Information:

  • 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.
  • 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.