Business Administration Certificate

Learn the fundamentals of accounting, marketing, economics, computer applications and business writing in a supportive environment. Flexible, online or classroom-based options allow you to explore the learning style that suits you best.

Where: Comox Valley, Online
Starts: September, January
Length: 1 year
Tuition: $2,965 approx

My favorite thing about NIC was the support of my instructors who were there for me whenever help was needed. Their overall energy and passion for teaching motivated me to learn and gave me confidence to pursue my career.

Seinead Lynch, Business Administration certificate graduate

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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-116 Essay Writing and Indigenous Perspectives or ENG-117 Academic Writing

Admission Requirements

  1. C+ in one of Provincial English 12, English Studies 12, English First Peoples 12, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090 or equivalent; or English assessment; and
  2. C+ in one of Foundations of Math 11 or NIC MAT-055; 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.

International students must meet NIC international admission requirements.

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

Ali Mayboudi

Ali Mayboudi

Department Chair

Business Administration

MA, Economics (Simon Fraser University, 2013)

Ali.Mayboudi@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5209 | Location TYE - 216

Anita Budisa-Bonneau

Anita Budisa-Bonneau

Anita.Budisa@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5007 | Location DIS - 117
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Alan Chapelle

Alan Chapelle

Faculty

Business Administration

PhD, Marketing, (UBC), Completed two years

MBA, Marketing & Labour Relations, (UBC)

B.Sc., Applied Mathematics, (UBC)

Subjects: Business
alan.chapelle@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4261 | Location VLG - F4
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Ron Davis

Ron Davis

Faculty

Business Administration

MBA, (University of Saskatchewan)

Bachelor of Commerce (Honours), (University of Saskatchewan)

Subjects: Business
ron.davis@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4603 | Location VLG - F-4

Harley Elias

Harley Elias

Faculty

Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

MBA, Strategic Planning and Marketing (University of Washington)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
harley.elias@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4014 | Location TTB - 114

Murray Erickson

Murray Erickson

Faculty

Business Administration, Tourism & Hospitality Mgmt

Bachelor of Business Administration (Simon Fraser University)
Chartered Accountant designation (CPA Canada)

Subjects: Business, Tourism & Hospitaly Mgmt
murray.erickson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4032 | Location TTB - 114

Kim Gibson

Kim Gibson

Faculty

Business Administration

M.Sc., Accountancy (San Diego State University)

CPA, CA

Subjects: Business
kim.gibson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4154 | Location TYE - 217


Linda Jay

Linda Jay

Faculty

Business Administration

M.Ed. in Administrative Leadership (Simon Fraser University)

Diploma, Public Sector Management (University of Victoria)

B.Comm. (University of Saskatchewan)

Subjects: Business
Linda.Jay@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9773 | Location CWG - 229
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Kolawole Lawal

Kolawole Lawal

Faculty

Business Administration

MBA/M.Sc. International Management (Vancouver Island University) 

B.Sc. Economics (Bells University of Technology)

Subjects: Economics

Frank Lu

Frank Lu

Faculty

Business Administration, Computer Science Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics-Science

MSc (Business Admin) in Management Info Systems (UBC, 1992)

Subjects: Business, Info Tech & Comp Science, Interactive Media, Mathematics
frank.lu@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Judith Marriott

Judith Marriott

CPA, CA

B.Comm., honours (UBC)

judith.marriott@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5031 | Location TTB - 117
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9761

Gordon Mason

Gordon Mason

Faculty

Business Administration

MBA (University of Athabasca)

Advanced Graduate Degree in Management (University of Athabasca)

 

Subjects: Business
Gordon.Mason@nic.bc.ca
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700 ext. 7844 | Location CWG - 204
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Lynn Moseley

Lynn Moseley

Faculty

Business Administration, Continuing Ed & Training

MBA (Royal Roads University)

Subjects: Business
Lynn.Moseley@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4065 | Location VLG - A-WS2
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Darren Paproski

Darren Paproski

Faculty

Business Administration

PhD in Chinese Consumer Behaviour (University of Hertfordshire)

Subjects: Business
Darren.Paproski@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000

Bill Parkinson

Bill Parkinson

Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Adult Education (Athabasca University, 2005)

Subjects: Business
bill.parkinson@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4245 | Location DIS - 216
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9700

Norma Pelletier

Norma Pelletier

Faculty

Business Administration

Chartered Professional Accountant, CPA-CGA

Subjects: Business
norma.pelletier@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4156 | Location TYE - 215

Cynthia Zhao

Cynthia Zhao

Faculty

Business Administration

MA in Political Economics (Northeast Normal University, 2000)

Subjects: Business
Cynthia.Zhao@nic.bc.ca
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4082

Program Highlights

Through either an online or classroom-based curriculum, you will develop a fundamental knowledge of administrative principles, financial accounting, economics, and organizational writing. Explore marketing for public, private and not-for-profit sectors, with particular emphasis placed on assessing dynamic marketing environments and developing a marketing strategy. Learn 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. 

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, 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 our tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $2,965
NISU Fees $130
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Total $4,780
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,984
NISU Fees $120
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Total $14,789
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application 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 ($275).