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Business Fundamentals

Business Fundamentals

Gain the essential skills you need to enter the business field.

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Start Date:
Typical Length:
1 Year
$3,515 (Domestic) • $11,350 (International)
Tuition is valid for the 2020-21 academic year. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional.
+Locations & Availability

September 2020
Campus/Location DeliveryIn-class – Complete your program through courses that are held at a campus.

Online – All program courses are delivered online.

Blended – Complete your program through a combination of online and in-class courses (some courses are delivered 100% online). In-class courses are held at a campus.

Collaborative – program is delivered virtually on campus
Annapolis Valley Campus • Middleton Full time • In-class Seats available


Learn the core skills and competencies to start a business career. This one-year certificate gets you workforce-ready by giving you the knowledge and training you need to:

  • Resolve organizational conflicts
  • Understand the roles and responsibilities of business in Canada
  • Strategically market products and services to targeted customers
  • Create spreadsheets for analysis, payroll and bookkeeping
  • Edit and format documents using the most current tools and technologies
  • Communicate clearly and effectively in the workplace

Admission requirements

  • High School Diploma or equivalent
    • International students – High school diploma equivalency and English language requirements vary by country. View details

Program requirements

  • Portfolio Development – As part of your studies at NSCC, you develop a portfolio of your work; the portfolio captures your achievements and profiles your skills to employers.

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to annual tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, health and dental plans, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that tuition values on these pages are for 2019/20 and are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Work experience

  • Field experience (work placement) is a mandatory credit course completed at the end of your program. It provides you with the opportunity to apply your knowledge and skills outside the classroom.
  • Opportunities are typically unpaid and last approximately 5 weeks.
  • Transportation, accommodations and other costs related to work placements are your responsibility.
  • For more information visit Work Experience Opportunities.

Career options

  • Graduates are prepared to start careers in a range of business sectors as administrative officers, administrative assistants and clerks in banking, payroll and insurance.

Choose NSCC

  • This program offers you an excellent way to quickly enter the business field as you explore a variety of career paths.
  • You experience hands-on learning and real-world business environments through our on-campus business centres, simulations, project-based learning, applied learning, service learning, collaborative learning and mentorship activities.
  • This program has deep connections to the local business community.
  • Students who complete the Business Fundamentals certificate may apply for second-year entry into Business Administration at another NSCC campus location, where you can specialize in one of these concentrations:

Courses may include

Course descriptions
Code Course
ACTG 1000   Financial Accounting I
BUSI 1015   The Business Environment
COMP 1105   Business Computer Technology
COMP 2105   Database I
COMP 2110   Spreadsheets I
COMP 2125   Word Processing I
ECON 2015   The Economic and Global Environment
MATH 2500   Applied Business Mathematics
MGMT 1010   Organizational Behaviour
MGMT 2025   Management Principles
MKTG 1010   Marketing I
SAFE 1000   Introduction to WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems)
SAFE 1001   Introduction to NS OH&S Act
    In addition to their required courses, learners will complete two (2) units (120 hours) of open elective credit that are consistent with the goals outlined in their portfolios.

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