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General Business (Certificate)

IMPORTANT NOTICE Students starting this program in the Fall 2019 semester or later will be required to have a program GPA of 2.00 or higher in order to graduate.
Faculty: Commerce & Business Administration
Department: Business
Credits: 30.0
Length: Two semesters
Campuses: Coquitlam, New Westminster
Credential: Certificate
Admission Type: Open Enrolment - General Admission Requirements
Learning Format: Full-time, Part-time
Offered: Fall, Winter, Summer
program overview
The General Business Certificate Program is intended for students with limited and/or specific business skill requirements. Students may select Commerce and Business Administration courses in their specific field of interest (and for which prerequisites have been met).
curriculum framework

Graduation Requirements

  • Successful completion of 30 credits
  • 25% (8 credits) of all coursework must be completed at Douglas College*
  • A minimum program GPA of 2.00 is required

*Effective for Summer 2017 graduation, a minimum of 50% of the required program courses must be taken at Douglas College. 

** A university transferable course is a course that transfer to one of the 5 Research Universities - SFU, UBC, UBCO, UNBC or UVIC – according to the BC Transfer Guide.

Course Requirements:

Course Number Course Title Credits

Select one course from the following three options:

CMNS 1111

Workplace Communications for Selected Programs


CMNS 1115

Practical Writing 



University Transferable** English


Required Courses:

CBA Electives

Select 24 credits (8 courses) from:




Select one College Level or Higher elective


Total Credits


career transfer pathways
Employment opportunities depend, in part, upon a student's course selection and the specific business job skills acquired. The General Business Certificate is often pursued by mature working students who wish to upgrade their education and skills to prepare for advancement. 
admission requirements

Applicants must meet the admission requirements listed below:

Note: Prerequisites to many courses offered by the Faculty of Commerce and Business Administration is:

  • Principles of Math 11 or Foundations of Math 11 or equivalent or Business Readiness Assessment

Therefore, it is strongly recommended that you check each individual course prerequisite and ensure that you have completed this Mathematic requirement prior to registration.

program cost

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

Only programs approved for student loan funding are listed on the Program Cost page. For all other programs, refer to the Tuition Fee page.

curriculum 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.