Agribusiness Finance Certificate

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What can you expect from this program/course?

Upgrade your management skills and improve your financial assessment skills. Whether you are a rural business owner or an agricultural lender, this online program will assist you in promoting better business practices within conventional and non-conventional agriculture. Students wishing to enroll in the on-campus Agricultural Management Diploma program at Olds College, are eligible to apply for Recognition of Prior Learning to receive transfer credit for the applicable courses completed online.

What will you learn?

The Agribusiness Finance Certificate is designed for the rural business person. A heavily agri-related online education, this certificate is ideal if you're looking to upgrade your management skills and improve your financial assessment abilities.

Courses include: 

  • Agricultural Management Principles
  • Agribusiness Financial Management
  • Commodity Marketing Fundamentals
  • Principles of Marketing
  • Agribusiness Accounting
  • Agribusiness Planning & Management

Program at a glance

Certification: Agribusiness Finance Certificate

Intake: Courses offered January 21 - May 3 & September 4 - December 14

Delivery Method: Online

Dates: January 21 - May 3

  • Agricultural Management Principles
  • Agribusiness Financial Management
  • Commodity Marketing Fundamentals

Dates: September 3 - December 13

  • Principles of Marketing
  • Agribusiness Accounting
  • Agribusiness Planning & Management

Application Deadline: 2-weeks prior to course start date

Costs: Tuition - $799 per course plus textbook costs

Length of Program: Each course is 15 weeks in duration

Selection Process for Admission: First qualified, first accepted

Admission Requirements: No previous college education necessary

Course Details


Agricultural Business Management Principles | January 20 - May 1, 2020

The learner develops fundamental concepts of business management within the context of agriculture. These basic tools will provide the foundation for sound business decisions as they relate to all aspects and functional areas of the organization.

Registration Deadline: January 5

Required Text & Materials: Introduction to Agricultural Economics (Student Value Edition); 7th Edition, Penson, J., et al. Approximate Cost: $225.

Note that textbooks and software are the responsibility of the student. Please wait until 1-week prior to the course start date to purchase materials, as the courses will be cancelled if minimum enrolment is not received. All textbooks can be purchased through our campus bookstore.


Agribusiness Accounting | September 3 - December 13, 2019

The learner generates financial records and statements, using generally accepted accounting principles, for agribusinesses. Industry software is used and attention to unique industry issues is emphasized.

Registration Deadline: August 17

Required Text & Materials: Fundamental Accounting Principles With Working Papers; 15th edition; Larson & Jenson; McGraw Hill. Approximate Cost: $168.95.

AgExpert Software: Students require a recent version of the software. Approximate Cost: Student Price. $374.25 (Full Price. $499)

Note that textbooks and software are the responsibility of the student. Please wait until 1-week prior to the course start date to purchase materials, as the courses will be cancelled if minimum enrolment is not received. All textbooks can be purchased through our campus bookstore.

Ag Expert Software can be purchased once a student registered and the course is confirmed. Students will receive an email from the online coordinator and can then email Farm Credit Canada at coagexpertadmin@fcc-fac.ca to request the student edition of AgExpert with the information below. FCC will then send the software and bill accordingly.

Please include your name, mailing address, phone, college & program, student ID (located in your confirmation email) and email address.


Agribusiness Financial Management | January 20 - May 1, 2020

This is a course on business management practices and processes for decision making. The impact of money management on business performance is examined through the application of selected budgeting processes and business risk assessments.

Registration Deadline: January 5

Required Text & Materials: Online ebook, purchased in class. Approximate Cost: $22 

Note that textbooks and software are the responsibility of the student. Please wait until 1-week prior to the course start date to purchase materials, as the courses will be cancelled if minimum enrolment is not received. All textbooks can be purchased through our campus bookstore.


Marketing Principles | September 3 - December 13, 2019

This course develops an understanding of marketing concepts, principles and practices. Topics examined include the influence of environment factors on the marketing process, marketing strategy development, marketing mix formulation and adjustment for pricing, promoting and distributing appropriate products and services to selected markets.

Registration Deadline: August 17

Required Text & Materials: Marketing; 10th Canadian Edition; Crane, F., Kerin, R., Hartley, S., Rudelius, W. ISBN 978-1-259-27090-1. Approximate Cost: $140.95 print, $90 online.

Note that textbooks and software are the responsibility of the student. Please wait until 1-week prior to the course start date to purchase materials, as the courses will be cancelled if minimum enrolment is not received.  All textbooks can be purchased through our campus bookstore.


Electives

Agribusiness Planning and Management | September 3 - December 13, 2019

This course allows the learner to integrate concepts from other agricultural management courses in the preparation and presentation of a business plan related to an agri-business or agri-value venture.

Textbook: Canadian Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management, 10th Ed., Balderson, W.
Approximate Textbook Cost:  $149
Registration Deadline: August 17

Note that textbooks and software are the responsibility of the student. Please wait until 1-week prior to the course start date to purchase materials, as the courses will be cancelled if minimum enrolment is not received. All textbooks can be purchased through our campus bookstore.

  

Commodity Marketing Fundamentals | January 20 - May 1, 2019

This course will prepare a learner to create and apply a portfolio of selected marketing strategies for their commodity production. Learners will investigate current price risk management choices, within their chosen sector, specific to potential performance and overall outcomes. A "Solution Based Philosophy" will be emphasized as part of the portfolio creation and this will involve learning how to use the right terminology as well as how to critique/rank various pricing/delivery solutions specific to the goals of their business.

Textbooks: None
Registration Deadline: January 7, 2019