Starting your own business? Learn the skills necessary to do so, including developing a business plan, business law and customer service. Choose electives from marketing, Simply Accounting, e-Marketing, international trade and supervision.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should have OSSD with Grade 12 English (or equivalents) as well as a good command of the English language.

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Certificate Requirements

Core Courses

Business Law


EAC 150 or COM101/COM111

Students are prepared for a business environment increasingly affected by laws. They learn how laws must be understood and applied by management in the conduct of business. They also learn how to analyze a business situation from a general legal perspective. Emphasis is placed on methods of dispute resolution, contracts, torts, employment law, methods of carrying on business, creditors' rights, sale of goods and marketing law.

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Innovation and Entrepreneurship

Innovation and entrepreneurship are increasingly relevant in our 21st century economy and society. This course will challenge students to think creatively and inspire entrepreneurship when working in an organization or starting your own business. Students will also gain an understanding of how to maximize Canada's world-class innovation and entrepreneurship support ecosystem.

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Building and Maintaining Customer Relationships

This course is intended to develop your understanding of customer service and the skills associated with understanding the needs of customers, meeting those needs and fostering an environment that encourage customers to return. It will be of interest to anyone who works with customers, either internal or external, on a daily basis.

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Electives (Select 3)

ACC219 OR ACC427
Quickbooks Introduction


Basic Computer Skills.

This course is an introduction to QuickBooks 2018. You will learn how to enter Accounts Receivable and Accounts Payable transactions, as well as various aspects of QuickBooks' banking functions including reconciliation. The course will also look at QuickBooks' reporting functions, the Chart of Accounts and how to work with Names and Lists within QuickBooks. The course relates QuickBooks functions to the sales and purchase cycles and the Accounting Equation.

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PC Applications and Accounting Software



This course is designed to develop the student's skill in the analysis and recording of financial accounting transactions using computerized accounting software - for example, Simply Accounting and/or QuickBooks. Students will create and maintain electronic accounting records and prepare financial reports for sole proprietorships and corporations in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles.

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Introduction to Business Administration


COM101/COM111 or equivalent

This course is designed to provide students with an introduction to the Canadian business environment, business issues and functions, and the major forces at work in the global economy. It provides students with a perspective of business firms as integrated organizations composed of a number of specialized functions.

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Marketing I


COM101/COM111 or equivalent. May be taken concurrently.

Marketing is an approach to business that puts the customer at the centre of its activities and focuses on satisfying customer needs and wants. While marketing is used by both profit and not-for-profit organizations to meet the demands of the market place, this course introduces students to the fundamental marketing concepts used by profit oriented business organizations.

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Essentials of E-Marketing

Students are introduced to e-marketing through on-line activities and web-based projects. The focus is on research and analysis of Internet business and marketing strategies. Students analyze and prepare e-marketing plans, proposal presentations and development of business website prototypes.

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Management Studies: Supervision

Present or beginning line or staff supervisor, first-line managers and junior administrators will be interested in current management concepts as they are applied to the day-to-day supervisory function. A variety of practical exercises, case studies, simulations and presentations are utilized. Students learn how to assess and develop their capabilities as supervisors, as team members interacting with others, and as communicators.

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Please note: The curriculum has changed for May 2021. For students who started the program prior to Fall 2020, please contact the Academic Program Manager to confirm program requirements.

Other courses may be considered as electives with permission from Program Coordinator prior to course enrolment.

Program Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Develop customer service strategies to meet the needs of internal and external customers.
  2. Prepare a comprehensive business plan for a venture of their own choice or guide others in planning for their ventures.
  3. Describe the basic structure of the Canadian legal system and how it applies to areas such as:  contracts and torts, and important legal considerations for business organizations.
  4. Apply creative problem-solving skills to address business problems and opportunities in contexts such as, profit-oriented business, foreign trade and e-commerce.
  5. Develop strategies for personal and professional development to enhance work performance and maximize career opportunities.
  6. Recognize the economic, social, political and cultural variables that impact on a business.
  7. Communicate business-related information persuasively and accurately in oral and written formats.

Credit for Prior Learning

Prior Learning Assessment

Earn college credits for what you already know!
Prior Learning Assessment is a method of assessing and recognizing learning that is equal to college level learning, but has been gained outside a traditional classroom (through work experience, volunteering, outside study, etc.). If you can prove that the knowledge you have gained meets the outcomes of a Seneca course, then credit will be awarded.

How does the PLA process work?
Prior Learning is demonstrated through a "challenge" process. The process measures learning through a variety of methods which may include tests, portfolio assessment, interviews, demonstrations, essays, and work samples. The method used will be determined in consultation with a Program Coordinator.
For more information and to determine if you are eligible for PLA, please call the Program Coordinator.

The process may take from 6 to 8 weeks.

Note: Not all courses can be challenged. For more information go to PLA website or contact your Program Coordinator.

Transfer Credit

Many students who enter Seneca College will have earned academic credits in post-secondary educational institutions which they may be able to apply toward completion of a Seneca College program.

Requests for Transfer Credit must be for a specific course and must be accompanied by an official transcript and course outline. A minimum grade of "C" (60 percent) is generally required for a course to be considered for Transfer Credit.

Download a Transfer Credit Request form. An official copy of your transcript and applicable detailed course outlines should be attached and submitted. Please note it may take 4 to 6 weeks for a Transfer Credit decision.

More Information

Please visit the Office of the Registrar.


This certificate can be completed online giving students more flexibility in their studying schedule. Please refer to Online Studies for full details regarding online study. Some of the courses are offered in traditional classroom format.


When you meet all program requirements and become eligible for a certificate, diploma, or degree, you must inform the Registrar by completing a Graduation Application form and paying the graduation and alumni fee. Certificates, diplomas, and applied degrees are issued twice a year in the Fall (October) and Spring (June).

For further information including deadlines and fees, please visit the  Convocation website or contact the Convocation Office at 416-491-5050 ext. 77461.

Minimum Performance for Graduation

A student will be eligible to graduate from a certificate, diploma, advanced diploma or graduate certificate program if they have achieved a minimum graduating GPA of 2.0.

A student will be eligible to graduate from a degree program if they have achieved a minimum graduating GPA of 2.5, which includes a minimum GPA of 2.5 in the courses in their main field of study and a minimum GPA of 2.0 in breadth courses.

Program Contacts

Belinda Becker
Program Assistant
416-491-5050 ext.22797

John Wong
Academic Program Manager
416-491-5050 ext.26630

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