Business Fundamentals Program with Co-op

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The Sprott Shaw College Business Fundamentals diploma program is designed to provide the essential skills necessary to work in an office environment. This program is well suited for an individual that is looking for the shortest training to develop the core set of skills necessary to work in an office environment. People entering this program often have experience in another field or are entering the workforce for the first time.

People planning to work in this competitive field require strong interpersonal, communication and organizational skills. Those who have developed skills in these areas will be better prepared to compete for jobs. With additional experience or training, progression to management positions is possible.

Learning Objectives

Business Fundamentals graduates are able to:

  • Productively use MS Office including Word and Excel
  • Communicate effectively using various communication channels
  • Provide professional and efficient customer service
  • Perform accounting activities and analyze financial statements

This program includes a co-op placement. This experience within a workplace enables Instructional staff to observe the student in a practice situation while providing the student with the opportunity to gain direct exposure to the chosen career field.

Diploma Program

Total Program Hours:
640 Hours
Full-Time Program Length:
32 Weeks
(Includes holidays and professional days)
Program content is subject to change.

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Career Opportunities

Accounting Assistant
Administrative Officer
Customer Service Representative
Data Entry Clerk
Office Assistant
Receptionist
Admission Requirements:

Grade 12 / GED or mature student status (all transcripts must be “true certified copies” or originals). Applicants must successfully complete the admissions interview and entrance assessments with a minimum score of 20/40 in the English Assessment and a minimum score of 20/40 in the Math Assessment (with a minimum composite score of 42/80).

Domestic Students:

Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of English 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the English Entrance Assessment. Domestic students that can provide a Canadian transcript showing completion of Math 10, 11 or 12 (or equivalent) with a passing grade of ‘C’, will be exempt from having to write the Math Entrance Assessment.

International Students:

International students can meet the Math Entrance Assessment requirement by providing an equivalent to Canadian High School Math 10, 11 or 12 with a passing grade of ‘C’. The credential must be evaluated and verified. International students can meet the English requirement by completing or demonstrating one of the following three options: Sprott Shaw’s English Language Assessment, OR Minimum IELTS Score 5.5 overall or iBT TOFEL Score of 46, OR Completion of an ESL program from one of SSC’s partnered ESL schools.

* Business Fundamentals Program with Co-op was reviewed and approved by the registrar of the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills & Training.

Students can expect to complete one to three hours of homework per day.

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Courses List

This 32 week Diploma program requires the student to complete the following courses.

  • Theory & practice of double-entry bookkeeping
  • Complete the Accounting Cycle to closing (GL, AP, AR, Payroll, Year End)
  • Prepare Financial and Business Reports

  • MS Office Certification
  • MS Office Word editing, layout, templates, styles and
    sections, mail merge, tables, charts and desktop publishing

  • MS Office Certification
  • Plan, edit and manage worksheets (formulas/functions)

  • Mandatory schedule of alternating class sessions and work terms
  • Adherence to the program scheduling format is mandatory and is designed to provide the prospective candidate with valuable exposure to language usage in a work setting
  • The alternating classroom sessions allow the student to maximize the lessons taught within the curriculum

  • Computer basics/file management
  • Goal setting, note-taking, problem-solving, teamwork
  • Overview of policies & procedures
  • Demonstrate the ability to use MS Word and MS PowerPoint

  • Research, prepare and deliver presentations
  • Apply proper use of grammar principles
  • Overview of processes of communication in the workplace
  • Use MS Office PowerPoint

  • Importance of written communication within the
    business environment
  • Memos, email, letters and reports

  • Interview techniques
  • Create a Career Development Marketing Plan
  • Apply aspects of professionalism
  • Identify target markets and employment resources

  • Effective customer service and support
  • Problem-solving theory and applications

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