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Business Certificate

Program Start: 4 September 2018
Application Deadline: 31 August 2018
Location: Tisdale
Credit Granting Institution: Sask Polytech
Length: 32 weeks


Business encompasses many disciplines. Opportunities are plentiful, but you need to understand the concepts, principles and terminology of accounting, finance, marketing and more. Sask Polytech’s Business certificate program gives you this solid foundation.

It takes personal initiative to succeed in the business world; self-starters are always in demand. You’ll also need good organizational and people skills, the ability to think on your feet and a willingness to take on leadership challenges.

The one-year Business certificate program prepares you for a wide variety of entry-level positions. The program provides a well-rounded business foundation. You'll learn core business concepts, including accounting, finance, management, computers, marketing, human resources, insurance and more.

Your Sask Polytech classroom mirrors a business environment. "Business dress" is expected. You'll work individually and in teams. You'll turn classroom friendships into a professional network. You'll learn by doing. This means, for example, that you'll learn about Microsoft Office by using it in class, about business communications by writing reports and about marketing by developing a marketing plan.

The generalist Business program gives you the skills you need to jump into the workforce. You also have the option of taking one more year to earn a specialized diploma. Choose Accountancy, Administration, Financial Services, Human Resources, Insurance or Marketing.  You can apply to transfer some of your Business courses to degree programs at Briercrest College and Seminary, the University of Regina, University of Lethbridge and University Canada West.


  • Grade 12 with a 30-level Math
  • Computer experience is recommended
  • English Language Requirement
Tuition: $4,000*
Books & Supplies: $2,550*
Student Fees: $75
Health & Dental Plan: $252*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


If you graduate from this program, and meet the University of Regina's entrance criteria, you may transfer in to the second year of the Bachelor of Business Administration degree at the University of Regina.


A Sask Polytech Business certificate opens many doors. Explore entry-level opportunities in banking, retail, real estate, human resources, insurance, marketing and more. Work for a small business, large corporation, government department or non-profit organization. Start your own business or take the family business to the next level. Entry-level positions include management trainees, administrative assistants, financial officers and sales representatives.

Business Certificate includes the following courses

Automated Accounting (ACCT 136)

Using an automated accounting software package, you will learn how to enter transactions into journals (general, purchase, payments, sales, cash receipts and payroll) and ledgers (general, accounts receivable, accounts payable and payroll), learn to account for inventory, and learn to prepare banking records. You will also prepare the initial automated accounting setup for use by a company.


ACCT 105

Business Communications (BCOM 105)

You will develop fundamental employability skills through study of the principles of communication and active listening techniques. The course content includes development of effective writing skills and formatting. You will apply the principles and skills by writing business messages for positive, negative and persuasive purposes. You will examine ways to apply communication skills to cross-cultural situations. You will learn to apply effective presentation skills when delivering oral presentations and conducting business meetings. You will write short reports.

Business Mathematics (MATH 139)

You will deal with business problems involving ratios, proportions and percent. You will study the mathematics of merchandizing by examining discounts and markups, You will deal with the concept of the time value of money and how it is applied to both simple and compound interest. You will study ordinary annuities and specifically how they relate to mortgages.


Equivalent Course is FIN 120

Commercial Law (LAW 220)

Your studies will focus on the field of commercial law. You will examine in detail the concepts of contract law and how these concepts are influenced by various legislative acts and common law. Particular attention will be focused on: tort law, negotiable instruments, secured transactions, insurance, bailments, agency, real property law, employment, sale of goods, and the various forms of business organizations.

Equivalent Course(s): ACP 170 LAW 240

Economics (ECON 100)

You will study the basics of microeconomics and macroeconomics. Your studies will include economic theory, problems and solutions. You will gain an understanding in scarcity, opportunity costs, demand and supply; as well as how various market structures determine output and price. From a macro perspective you will learn about the role of the government’s spending and taxation, the Canadian banking system, foreign trade and other key macroeconomic variables.

Information Systems I (COMP 120)

Your studies will focus on the practical use of Microsoft Word (word processing), Excel (spreadsheets), PowerPoint (presentation) and Access (database) software. You will be introduced to computer concepts including hardware, software, network basics, file management and Internet technology.

Introduction to Human Resource Management (HR 120 )

Your studies will focus on an overview of human resource management and practices. You will learn the impact of job analysis which includes the following: planning, recruiting, and selection processes; training, developing, and compensation considerations, and management performance and labour relations. Employee and organizational ethics are discussed throughout the course with an emphasis on using human resource management to achieve high organizational performance.


Equivalent Course is ADMN 222

Introductory Financial Accounting 1 (ACCT 122)

Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting designed to provide you with accounting skills to handle business transactions. The course will include bookkeeping techniques, accounting for a merchandising concern and control over cash and receivables. Accounting for payroll is also introduced in this course.


ACCT 122 is a companion to ACCT 125 (Introductory Financial Accounting 2) which continues the study of basic financial accounting.

Introductory Financial Accounting 2 (ACCT 125)

Your studies will focus on an introduction to financial accounting building on the skills you learned in ACCT 122 (Introductory Financial Accounting I). Your studies include these topics: accounting for property, plant and equipment assets, current and long-term liabilities, partnerships, and corporations. In addition, you will learn to prepare a cash flow statement and perform ratio analysis.


ACCT 122

Marketing (MKTG 120)

You will discover the dynamic field of marketing. You will explore what marketing is, how it works, and the effect it can have on consumers and on society Marketing concepts you will learn include: the strategic marketing planning process, segmentation, positioning, forecasting, consumer behaviour, and the marketing mix. This introductory course will provide you with a strong foundation should you choose more specialized study within the field of marketing.

Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 140

Organizational Behaviour (ADMN 220)

You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. The course content includes individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. All topics are dealt with in the context of diverse formal organizations.