Earn a business certificate - 2020/2021

The Fanshawe Business Fundamentals will give you a taste of the business world, introducing you to skills needed for future success.

Business certificate program

This business certificate program will cover basic principles of business organization, business communications, business mathematics, accounting, and marketing. In the first semester, you’ll take courses in customer service and business communication while improving your computer and math skills. This business certificate program will provide a solid foundation for those looking to enter the business world or continue on to other academic business programs. Available in a traditional in-class format with September, January, or May admissions.

There are options to transfer directly into the second semester of any business diploma program. Or, you can enter the workforce in various entry-level positions.

Admission Requirements - 2020/2021

Admission Requirements

OSSD with courses from the College (C), University (U),
University/College (M), or Open (O) stream
Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE)
Ontario High School Equivalency Certificate (GED)
Mature Applicant with appropriate preparation

English Language Requirements

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to demonstrate proficiency in English by one of the following methods:

  • A Grade 12 College Stream or University Stream English credit from an Ontario Secondary School, or equivalent, depending on the program's Admission Requirements 
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) test with a minimum score of 61 for the Internet-based test (iBT), with test results within the last two years
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) Academic test with an overall score of 5.5 with no score less than 5.0 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years. SDS Program Requirements.
  • Canadian Academic English Language (CAEL) test with an overall score of 50 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands, with test results within the last two years
  • Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE) with a minimum score of 47, with test results within the last two years
  • A Cambridge English Test (FCE/CAE/CPE) with an overall score on the Cambridge English Scale of 162 with no language skill less than 154, with test results within the last two years
  • An English Language Evaluation (ELE) at Fanshawe College with a minimum score of 65% in all sections of the test, with test results within the last two years
  • Fanshawe College ESL4/GAP5 students: Minimum grade of 70% in ESL4/GAP5 Level 8

Advanced Standing

  • Applicants may apply for advanced standing on the basis of previous academic achievement at another institution and/or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). Advanced standing qualifies the applicant for direct entry into the equivalent of a second level of the program.

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements


Business Fundamentals-2020/2021

Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
BUSI-1082College Orientation & Success3
This course presents and helps to develop the skills required to achieve academic and career success. Areas of focus include college resources, study skills, time management, academic integrity, as well as emotional self-awareness and social skills development.
BUSI-1066Customer Service3
This course covers the concepts and skills needed for success in today's business environment including verbal and non-verbal communication, listening skills, and interpersonal skills. Emphasis is placed on dealing with customer service problems, how to handle conflicts, stress and service expectations in a diverse culture, and effective custom service management.
BUSI-1084Talking Business3
This course provides students with the oral communication skills necessary for entry-level positions in the retail and services sectors. Emphasis is placed on the practical application of oral communication techniques for a variety of business contexts and audiences: conversation, interviews, customer service interactions, meetings and presentations. The curriculum also addresses communication within a diverse workplace, ethical communications and non-verbal communication.
COMP-1332Information Management3
An introduction to computer applications is undertaken in its relation to general business practices. Topics include an overview of information technology using computers and printers, file management, and utilizing the Internet for research. Specific applications include Microsoft OneNote, Word, Excel and PowerPoint. The contents of lessons and projects simulate situations encountered in general business processes.
MATH-1168Mathematics Fundamentals3
This course is a preparatory mathematics course. It is designed to help students acquire the skill and understanding of fundamental mathematics and introductory algebra necessary for success in the subsequent course - Math 1052. The course includes basic arithmetic operations, fundamental operations and equations, and is intended to strengthen basic arithmetic skills within problem-solving contexts. Additional topics covered are: fractions and decimals, exponents, ratio, proportion and percent, and an introduction to algebra. Use of the calculator is integrated into the course content.
WRIT-1032Reason & Writing Business 13
This course will introduce business students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.

Level 2
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
ACCT-1100Principles of Accounting 13
This course introduces the student to the Principles of Accounting, and includes an exploration of the underlying concepts that guide the preparation of accounts for individuals and organizations. It is designed to teach the student, regardless of program destination, an essential life skill - an understanding of Net Worth, and its importance to business success and the financial well being of the individual.
BUSI-1005Introduction to Business Processes3
This course explores the various functional areas of business in Canada and demonstrates the interrelationship among these areas. Students are introduced to many concepts, including major business trends, the role of government in business, marketing, operations, employee-management issues, financial resources management, business ethics and social responsibility.
MATH-1052Business Math3
This course provides a review of basic arithmetic and algebra as well as providing students with mathematical tools and concepts needed for other college courses and in future employment. This course is to prepare students for later courses in Marketing, Business, Financial Planning, Accounting, Purchasing and Insurance.
MKTG-1012Principles of Marketing 13
This course is designed to provide an overview of the decisions that face Marketers in today's fast-paced and competitive business environment. Students will learn that marketing is not only advertising but a broad set of activities designed to satisfy consumer needs and wants. Students examine the information Marketers require for effective decision-making and learn the basic elements of the marketing planning process.
COMM-1100Written Communication for Business3
COMM 1100 develops students' professional communication skills and furthers their knowledge of grammar, sentence structure, vocabulary, and composition skills. Students plan appropriate responses based on analysis of program-related problems and text. These responses include summarizing or rewording information and ideas, editing existing text, and composing responses. Assignments and tasks are based on program-related topics and include various business documents like emails, memos, and letters. A computer lab is used for writing assignments in a simulated work environment.

Program Residency
Students Must Complete a Minimum of 9 credits in this
program at Fanshawe College to meet the Program Residency
requirement and graduate from this program

Careers - 2020/2021

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the Business Fundamentals program are prepared to enter the workforce in a variety of different sectors including, but not limited to, in the retail, hospitality and service sectors. Graduates are suited to a variety of entry-level positions, ranging from sales associates, to customer service representatives to trainee positions. 

More Information - 2020/2021

A One-Year Ontario College Certificate Program

Program Code: BFS2
Campus Code: LC (LC - London)

September/January/May Admission
15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290

Program Code: BFS2C
Campus Code: GD (GD - Goderich)

15 week terms
Academic Calendars available at www.fanshawec.ca/academicdates
Lawrence Kinlin School of Business: 519-452-4290

Program Description

Business Fundamentals is a one-year Ontario College Certificate program. This program is designed to build fundamental business skills. This program is ideal for students who want to strengthen their foundational skills (math, writing, communication) before entering a two-year business diploma program; mature students who are preparing to re-enter the workforce; and international students. In the first level, students will take courses in customer service and business communication while improving their computer and math skills. Because the second level of Business Fundamentals is predominantly the common first level shared by all two-year diploma programs in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business, graduates may choose to transfer directly into the second level of any business diploma program; alternatively, they may enter the workforce in various entry-level positions.

Other Information

  • Upon successful completion of the Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate (minimum 2.0 GPA), students may apply for admission to Level 2 of any two-year business program in the Lawrence Kinlin School of Business at Fanshawe College in order to complete the requirements for an Ontario College diploma. 
  • Students must complete an "Application for Program Transfer" form available from the Office of the Registrar, Room E1012. 
  • Graduates of the Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program who meet the admission requirements can also apply to Level 1 of a program offered by the School of Information Technology and be granted one to three internal credits depending on program choice.

Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. identify factors that have an impact on an organization’s business opportunities.

2. explain the impact of corporate sustainability*, corporate social responsibility and ethics on an organization’s business initiatives.

3. use current technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.

4. apply basic research skills to support business decision making.

5. perform basic accounting procedures and financial calculations to support the operations of an organization.

6. describe marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.

7. develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.

8. outline the functional areas of a business and their inter-relationships.

Program Pathways

For information about Program Pathways visit www.fanshawec.ca/programpathways.

Program Details

More details

Canadian Students

Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2021 September
2021 September
Goderich - Online
2022 January
2022 May

International Students

Start Dates
2021 September
2021 September
Goderich - Online
2022 January
2022 May
Program Code

Business certificate program coordinator:

Penny Parker

Day Time
Preparatory Program
Ontario College Certificate
30 weeks