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Business Administration Certificate

One-year certificate

Where: Comox Valley, Online
Starts: September, January
  • Learn the fundamentals of accounting, management, marketing, economics, computer applications and business writing in a supportive environment.
  • Be in demand. More than 35 per cent of the projected 935,000 job openings in BC by 2024 are business and related occupations, most of which will require a post-secondary education.
  • Earn transfer credit toward diploma and degree programs at NIC and transfer throughout the province.
  • Flexible, online or classroom-based delivery options allow you to explore the learning style that suits you best.

Career possibilities: With a well-rounded business education, you will qualify for a variety of entry-level opportunities in virtually any industry. Employment may include administrative assistant positions in marketing, finance and human resources.

Why Choose North Island College?

  • More flexibility, better access. Classes are offered online or in the traditional classroom format. Choose what works best for you - online, around your lifestyle; in a classroom according to a set schedule; or a mix of both. Either way, you'll get the widely-recognized skills and training employers value in NIC business graduates. 
  • Give yourself an edge. With a certificate in business administration, you’ll have the knowledge to support your art, trade or science background in the business world.
  • Want to go further? The certificate ladders directly into both the Business Administration diploma and Bachelor of Business Administration degree at NIC. It may also provide transfer credit, in part or in full, toward other programs throughout the province.

Program Highlights

Through either an online or classroom-based curriculum, you are given a fundamental knowledge of administrative principles, financial accounting, economics and organizational writing. Marketing for public, private and not-for-profit sectors is explored, with particular emphasis placed on assessing dynamic marketing environments and developing a marketing strategy. You will be introduced to software widely used in business administration and learn how to use presentation software in a supportive, hands-on environment.

Career Opportunities

The Business Administration certificate program opens the door to a wide range of entry level positions. Career positions may include, but would not be limited to, office employee, banking and financial assistant or accounting assistant.

The Online Experience

The online Business Administration certificate is an interactive, mixed-media program designed specifically for online users and NIC's Blackboard online learning environment. It offers the same course curriculum as our traditional business certificate program, with the same quality and standards expected of North Island College, yet gives you the flexibility to learn at the time and in the place that's best for you.

The program begins with an online orientation, where you'll be introduced to your classmates, instructors and staff and receive training on how to use the online learning tools. Courses have a mix of group and individual assignments, in addition to online study groups. You will gain experience working independently and as part of a group, while getting to know each other. You will be able to move through the course material as quickly as you wish or take your time to review and repeat concepts as needed. Either way, you will stay on track and connected throughout the program. 

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090 or equivalent; or English assessment; and
  2. C+ in Foundations of Math 11; or C in one of Principles of Math 11, Pre-Calculus 11, Applications of Math 12, or NIC MAT-053; or Math assessment;
  3. Or, permission of the department.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

Transfer Credit & Credit For Prior Learning

The NIC business administration program accepts course transfer credit from a wide range of post secondary institutions and professional organizations. Detailed course transfer information for BC institutions may be found by accessing the BC Transfer Guide. Students possessing other applicable prior learning may request prerequisite waivers for selected courses.

To Be Successful

  • Basic computer skills in word processing and file management are required.
  • You should have access to a computer and a high speed internet connection.
  • Consult with a business administration instructor if you are unsure of your level of math preparedness for any of the business courses

Program Requirements

Students must successfully complete the following 30 credits of course work.

  • BUS-100 Financial Accounting Fundamentals
  • BUS-132 Mathematics of Finance
  • BUS-150 Administrative Principles
  • BUS-152 Entrepreneurship & Small Business Management
  • BUS-162 Basic Marketing Principles & Practices
  • BUS-170 Computer Applications for Business
  • ECO-110 Principles of Microeconomics
  • ECO-111 Principles of Macroeconomics
  • ENG-160 Effective Organizational Writing
  • ENG-115 Essay Writing and Critical Analysis or ENG-117 Academic Writing

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2016, Winter, Spring & Summer 2017

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,850
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $4,895
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,480
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,500
Learner Resource $150
Health and Dental $275
Total $14,525
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee and the $280 Accommodation Placement fee (optional).
Tuition is based on 3 - 5 courses per term.
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan.

Bill Parkinson

Bill Parkinson

Department Chair, Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Adult Education, Athabasca University (2005)

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4245 | Location DIS - 216

Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson


Business Administration

MSc, Accountancy, San Diego State University

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4154 | Location TYE - 217

Ali Mayboudi

Ali Mayboudi


Business Administration

MA, Economics, Simon Fraser University, 2013

Subjects: Business, Economics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4157 | Location TYE - 216

Norma Pelletier

Norma Pelletier


Business Administration

Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA-CGA

Subjects: Business
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4156 | Location TYE - 215

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