Trades Management (Concentration)


Winter 2023: Currently accepting applications

Summer 2023: Currently accepting applications

Fall 2023: Applications open Oct. 3, 2022


Combine your trades experience with essential business skills such as accounting, finance, economics, marketing, writing and critical thinking with the Trades Management concentration. You’ll get to choose from a variety of upper-level business courses that will meet your career needs. 

Get credit for your work experience 

If you have completed 4,000 hours of provincially recognized trades training and/or work experience, you can receive 48 credits in recognition of your previous learning. That means you can get your BBA in Management with a Trades Management concentration in two and a half years instead of four.  

Get certified 

Once you have completed two management courses, you can apply for a Blue Seal (if you hold a provincial or interprovincial trades certificate). After completing your BBA Management, you can also apply for education equivalence credit with the Chartered Management Program to receive the Certified in Management (CIM) designation

Jobs, jobs, jobs 

This program opens career growth opportunities for those already working in the trades. You’ll graduate ready to take on managerial roles in construction, transportation, production, utilities and more. According to WorkBC, there will be 3,770 senior management job openings in trades from now until 2029. Plus, the median salary for senior management positions is $102,862 per year

Admissions Requirements

The Trades Management Concentration is only available for students enrolled in the BBA Management program. Applicants must have the following admission requirements:

  • Obtained a provincial or interprovincial trade certificate of qualification in a trade AND
  • Completed, in the last ten years, a minimum of 4000 hours of:
    • Trades training (i.e., knowledge and/or skills education in a classroom or workshop setting) in the trade for which they hold the certificate of qualification or
    • Work experience in the trade for which they hold the certificate or
    • A combination of trades training (i.e., knowledge and/or skills education in a classroom or workshop setting) and work experience in the trade for which they
      hold the certificate.

All students wanting to pursue this concentration must:

  • First, be admitted to the BBA Management program, and
  • Next, declare this concentration by submitting a Program Declaration form to Enrolment Services along with evidence of the admissions requirements listed above.


You can get an average cost for your program - tuition and student fees, books, uniforms, lab fees etc - on the Program Cost page. 

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Program Requirements

Curriculum Framework

Concentration in Trades Management:

  • A minimum GPA of 2.0 in all core concentration courses
  • This concentration is only available for students enrolled in the BBA Management program.
  • Students seeking a BBA Management with a Concentration in Trades Management, who meet the admissions criteria, will receive the following credits for their work experience and/or prior training:  
    • Up to 9 lower level credits towards the Trades Management Concentration and;
    • 39 credits towards the BBA "Open Electives" requirements (24 lower level credits and 15 upper level credits).
  • Concentrations are not noted on the credential but will be noted on the transcript.
  • To obtain a BBA in Management, students admitted to the Trades Management Concentration must ensure that they take all required courses included in the BBA Management program.

Remaining Course Requirements for This Concentration:

Course Number Course Title Credits

CBA Electives (see notes)

Four upper level courses (3000-4000 level) from ACCT, BLAW, BUSN, CSIS, COBA, ECON, FINC, HOSP, MARK, CMNS 1104, CMNS 1125, CMNS 1210, CMNS 1216, CMNS 1217, CMNS 2115, CMNS 2125, CMNS 2317, or CMNS 3316


Total Credits




1. For those students interested in receiving a finance- or management-related industry credential, the following Management Concentrations meet the training requirements for industry credentials and the courses in them would also satisfy the CBA elective requirement for this concentration. Please note that some of the training requirements for these credentials would require more than 12 credits. Credits over and above the 12 required upper level credits for this concentration would not be applied to this credential or the BBA in Management:

2. Students interested in other areas, such as accounting, business law, computing studies, or economics, or in breadth in their studies can explore other courses and program offerings in Commerce and Business Administration in the Douglas College catalogue.


Program Guidelines

Program Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this program and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the program, consider the previous version as the applicable version.