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Business and Trades Certificate for International Students

The Business and Trade Certificate program provides students with the opportunity to develop technical trades skill along with applied business skills and knowledge. This program is designed to broaden employment opportunities including self-employment. As a one-year program, international students will comply with the special provisions for employment related to education. The Business and Trades Certificate will normally take 38-44 weeks to complete depending on the trades certification students choose.

Program Outline

Trades Portion: Students must complete one of the following entry-level training programs:

  • Carpentry/Joinery Option: Fall & Winter semesters: 30-week Carpentry/Joinery Program from the Construction Trades Department (followed by Summer Session I & II: Business Portion).

  • Residential Construction Option: Fall & Winter semesters: 30-week Residential Construction Program from the Construction Trades Department (followed by Summer Session I & II: Business Portion).

  • Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Option: Winter & Summer semesters: 24-week Electrician Pre-Apprenticeship Program from the Electro Mechanical Building Trades Department (followed by Fall Semester: Business Portion).

  • Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Option: Fall & Winter semesters: 24-week Plumbing Pre-Apprenticeship Program from the Electro Mechanical Building Trades Department (followed by Summer Session I & II: Business Portion).

Business Portion: Students must complete a minimum of twelve (12) credits in Business Administration courses from the following list:
BUAD 111 Financial Accounting I
BUAD 116 Marketing
BUAD 123 Management Principles
BUAD 128 Computer Applications I
BUAD 195 Financial Management
BUAD 209 Business Law
BUAD 262 Organizational Behaviour
BUAD 269 Human Resources Management

Admission Requirements

  • B.C. Secondary School graduation or equivalent; or mature student status (at least 19 years of age and out of full-time high school for at least one year prior to the start of classes).

  • Satisfactory standing in basic mathematics and reading tests consistent with the Business Administration Diploma program admission requirements.

  • Secondary School graduation can be waived for mature applicants (defined as at least 19 years of age and out of full time high school study for at least one year).

  • Consistent with Okanagan College International Student Admission policy, applicants whose first language is not English can meet the admission requirement by submitting documentary evidence of a TOEFL score of at least 550 (paper based), 213 (computer based), or 79 (internet based); a band score of 6.5 on the academic version of IELTS, a score exceeding level 6 on the Okanagan College English Language Assessment (OCELA), or by the other procedures outlined in the Okanagan College Calendar.

Graduation Requirements

Students must complete twelve (12) credits of selected Business Administration courses with a minimum graduating grade average of 60% and must complete the selected Trades program with a minimum passing grade per component of 70%.


This program is not currently offered

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Okanagan College Calendar: Printed 04/28/2017