Business Administration Certificate

The Business Administration certificate opens the door to highly sought-after jobs and opportunities to grow in companies while providing job security and opportunities to work in many diverse workplaces. Take an additional year to earn your diploma in either accounting or management.

What makes us different?
Our programs uniquely prepare students by allocating more instructional hours for the application of concepts that the big schools simply don't have time for. This program is offered face-to-face at the Cold Lake and Lac La Biche Campuses. Our small class sizes, individual attention, and additional instructional hours, all contribute to student success and employability post-graduation.

This program is available to International Students onsite, face-to-face delivery. Our Designated Learning Institute (DLI) number is 0111010246767.

    Keally McDermott - Success Story

    It all began with Upgrading and a certificate in Business Administration. "I never thought I was going to have a Degree," says Keally. Thanks to a partnership with NAIT, she now has a BBA in Management and is working full-time as a Manager in Saddle Lake.

    NAIT Degree

    More international students are choosing Portage College to start or complete their studies because of the personal attention they receive and the high standard of instruction.

    Career Potential
    Graduates of the program will be able to perform entry-level functions in accounting or administration in business, industry and government. They have been hired in the tourism industry, health, education and social services fields, band or settlement offices, retail businesses, and oil and gas industries.

    Credential
    Certificate

    Admission Requirements
    Grade 12 or equivalent with:

    • English 30-2 or equivalent
    • Math 30-2 or equivalent or
    • Students who do not meet admission requirements can contact student services regarding opportunities for placement testing. * Students will need to submit an application to the program to start the process.

    Use this chart to check Provincial high school equivalencies accepted at Portage College. Note: This is just a guide.

    English Language Proficiency Information

    Transferability
    Portage College Diploma in either Accounting or Managements or as a 30 credit block to many other institutions throughout Alberta including:

    • NAIT
    • SAIT
    • Bow Valley College
    • Red Deer Polytechnic
    • Northern Lakes College
    • Lakeland College
    • Medicine Hat College
    • Lethbridge College
    • Northewestern Polytechnic
    • Athabasca University
    • Keyano College
    • Norquest College
    • Olds College

    Credit may also be obtained from other institutions across Canada on a course-by-course basis.

    Program Start/End Date
    Fall - August 29, 2024 - April 25, 2025

    Application Deadline 
    Domestic Student: August 15, 2024
    International Student: June 30, 2024 (Applications will be considered if you can obtain a study permit and all the relevant documents before July 15, 2024)

    Locations
    Blended Delivery - Domestic
    Cold Lake Campus
    Lac La Biche Campus

    Domestic Student Fees
    Application Fee $53.50

    Fall Term
    Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2023

    Tuition $2358.60
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $2,612.58

    Winter Term
    Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2023

    Tuition $2358.60
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $2,612.58

    Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $5,225.16

    Part-time Fees
    Tuition is calculated using “cost-per-credit” one credit is $157. Calculate the cost by multiplying the number of credits per course by $157.

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    Tuition Deposit: $100 (non-refundable for oversubscribed programs)

    Need help funding your education? Check out our  funding options.

    International Student Fees
    Application Fee $160.00
    Tuition Deposit $3500.00 (non-refundable)

    Fall Term
    Fee payment deadline: August 15, 2023

    Tuition $7,678.05
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $7,932.03

    Winter Term
    Fee payment deadline: December 15, 2023

    Tuition $7,075.80
    Student Association $116.70
    Technology Fee $82.71
    Recreation Fee $54.57
    Total $7,329.78

    Total tuition & mandatory fees for year: $15,261.81

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    Other purchases may be necessary in order for students to complete their courses/program.

    Students will need regular access to a computer and an internet connection. High speed broadband access is highly recommended for the optimal learning experience.

    For technical requirements, visit our Moodle page.

    Business Administration Certificate

    • COMMUNICATIONS I

      Course ID: COMM121

      Name: COMMUNICATIONS I

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      Exceptional communication skills are vital to success in business. In this course, students will learn to apply effective business writing techniques and strategies. These include critical thinking, problem determination, scholarly research, and proper documentation. Students will produce a formal, informational research report and deliver an engaging oral presentation based on their report. Students will use business productivity software to create professional reports and presentations.
       
      Note: Students taking a reduced course load should take this course as one of their first courses. The concepts and skills you will learn in this course are required in all of your other business courses.
    • BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

      Course ID: MATH117

      Name: BUSINESS MATHEMATICS

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      This course is designed to provide students with knowledge of the fundamental principles and concepts of business mathematics and to develop their abilities to apply these principles and concepts to solve practical business problems, particularly in marketing and finance. This course includes a lab component to analyze business math problems with spreadsheets. Prerequisites – Math 30-2

    • BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE

      Course ID: CMIS101

      Name: BUSINESS PRODUCTIVITY SOFTWARE

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      This course introduces business productivity software programs required to develop skills in word processing, presentations, spreadsheets, and databases. The project-based course allows students to create, maintain, and enhance their skills using office productivity software programs. These skills are required by all other business courses and by industry to support information sharing and enhance decision making.

      Prerequisites – Math 30-2, English 30-2

    • MICROECONOMICS

      Course ID: ECON186

      Name: MICROECONOMICS

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      The question of how individuals and firms use their resources to attain certain economic goals is examined. The central problem of scarcity is introduced. A brief study of how different economic systems try to solve this problem is undertaken. The market system is investigated as to how supply, demand, and price determine what and how much is produced. Effective decision-making in the marketplace is also examined. Prerequisites: Math 30-2

    • PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

      Course ID: MGMT120

      Name: PRINCIPLES OF MANAGEMENT

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      Learners will develop a solid foundation for best management practices within an organization. The four fundamental principles of management (planning, organizing, leading, and controlling) are examined.  Learners will be exposed to the process of strategic analysis and learn ways to integrate these principles. This course incorporates various learning activities, discussions, and case studies.

      Prerequisites – English 30-2

    • BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

      Course ID: COMM131

      Name: BUSINESS COMMUNICATIONS II

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      Students will add to their knowledge of the communication process and its typical business applications by applying the techniques learned in COMM 121, with a focus on business reports. Emphasis will be placed on research skills, problem determination, critical thinking, and source documentation. Word processing and other computer software will be used to compose, edit, revise, and enhance assignments with visual elements. Presentation skills learned in COMM 121 will be expanded upon and applied to a longer business presentation. Job search skills will detail competitive strategies for finding work, with a focus on how to produce a targeted resume and cover letter, and how to prepare for a job interview. Prerequisites: COMM 121

    • INTRODUCTORY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

      Course ID: ACCT115

      Name: INTRODUCTORY FINANCIAL ACCOUNTING

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      This introductory course in financial accounting will expose students to how transactions are reported by business and how this information is presented to users outside the organization. The first part of the course focuses on the accounting cycle for a business. Concepts of revenue recognition and inventory valuation for a merchandising type of organization are analyzed. Various assets, liabilities, and equity accounts presented on the balance sheet are thoroughly examined to determine what values should be presented on the financial statements. Finally, financial statement analysis is carried out to help students understand the overall health of a business.

      Prerequisites – Math 30-2

    • MACROECONOMICS

      Course ID: ECON187

      Name: MACROECONOMICS

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      The overall health of the economy is the prime focus of this course. Gross domestic product, unemployment rates, inflation rates, interest rates, the balance of payments and exchange rates, and the money supply as measures of economic health are studied. This provides a framework for analyzing government monetary and fiscal policies. International economic issues including free trade and foreign investment are also examined. Wherever appropriate, applications to current events are introduced. PREREQUISITES: MATH 30 (Not Math 30-3) or 60% on the Business Math test and ENG 30, strongly recommended ECON 186

    • MARKETING

      Course ID: MARK166

      Name: MARKETING

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      This is an introductory course covering the fundamental principles and concepts of marketing. Major emphasis is placed on the marketing mix and its strategic application to an increasingly complex business environment. In particular, the areas of product, promotion, price, and distribution are examined as they relate to the achievement of company objectives.

      Prerequisites: ELA 30-2 or COMM 121

    • ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

      Course ID: ORGB193

      Name: ORGANIZATIONAL BEHAVIOR

      Hours: 64

      Credits: 3

      Organizational Behaviour is the study of what people think, feel and do in and around organizations. Organizational Behaviour is not just for managers; the concepts explored in this course are useful to anyone who works. This course builds student knowledge starting at an individual level, moving on to a team level, and finally finishing at the organizational level. Students will develop an understanding of how Organizational Behaviour concepts affect themselves and others, and how those impact the organization's bottom line.

      Prerequisites: ELA 30-2

    We acknowledge that Portage College’s service region is on the traditional lands of First Nation Peoples, the owners of Treaty 6, 8 and 10, which are also homelands to the Métis people. We honour the history and culture of all people who first lived and gathered in these lands.
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