Business & Information Technology

Business & Information Technology

Dean: Karen Evans, BAdmin (Athabasca), MIR (Queen’s)

Phone: 604-854-4518

Administrative Assistant: Jo-Anne Trevelyan

Phone: 604-854-4541



The Applied Business Technology program prepares students for employment in today’s office by providing them with business and computer skills.

The Applied Business Technology program is offered at the Abbotsford campus and the Career Technical Centre (see the Career Technical Centre section in Introduction and General Information). Some courses are also available online in partnership with other post-secondary institutions in B.C. (see UCFV Online in the Introduction and General Information section or visit

Employment opportunities

Widespread use of technology has resulted in the office worker assuming more of the higher level skill responsibilities traditionally done by managers and executives, thereby creating a new office “professional”.

Offices in business, government, and industry offer many opportunities for employment. The expansion of office staff, placement of workers in new positions, and the growth of industry in the Fraser Valley result in a continuing demand for well-trained employees.

Entrance requirements

Note: This is a rigorous program. Students need to be physically, emotionally, and financially prepared before beginning.

How to apply

You may apply any time

1. Submit the application fee along with your UCFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. Application forms are available from any A&R or Student Services office. You can also print an application form from our website at, or you can apply directly through the internet at See the Admissions chart for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:

2. You will be advised of the date of the next assessment.

3. After the assessment, either your name will be placed on the wait list, or you will be referred for upgrading and later reassessment.

4. When a seat is available, you will be notified.

For more information, contact the program head at 604-854-4559 (Abbotsford), or

604-792-0025, local 4559 (Chilliwack).

Fees and additional costs

Fees stated are in effect for 2003/04 and are subject to change for 2004/05.

Fee for the program is $4,900 for tuition, plus $300 in ancillary fees.

Be prepared to spend an additional $600 on books, supplies, printing, parking fare, etc. Financial aid may be available through the Financial Aid office at any UCFV campus.

Program outline

The Applied Business Technology program is a full-time, 24-week program, which includes three weeks of work experience. It is anticipated that there will be two intakes a year, probably September and January.

Applied Business Technology certificate




ABT 110

 Database Management: Access


ABT 111

 Office Procedures


ABT 131



ABT 133

 Word Processing: Word


ABT 135

 Business English and Communications


ABT 137

 Spreadsheets: Excel


ABT 143

 Bookkeeping 1


ABT 187

 Work Experience





After completing the basic Applied Business Technology certificate, students may choose one of the eight-week specialty certificate options to enhance their job skills/marketability. Courses will run only if enrollment meets minimum class size requirements.

These options (Word Processing Specialist or Bookeeping Specialist) are available for an additional fee after the basic Applied Business Technology certificate has been completed. Call the program head for details at 604-854-4559..

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the Course descriptions section. Some of the courses are offered online. Contact the program head for more information at 604-854-4559.


Maureen Kiner, BEd (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC), Program Head

Bonnie Anderson, BA (Sask), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC),

Jane Dean, BComm (UBC), Prof. Teaching Cert. (BC)

Kathie Ramsay, Instructor’s Diploma (UBC)

Program Advisory committee

To ensure that program content and development are relevant to the needs of potential employers, the Applied Business Technology department receives assistance and advice from an advisory committee. Current members are:

B. Adams, First Heritage Savings Credit Union
B. Beatty, Human Resources Development Canada
B. Bompas, UCFV
P. Stec, Anglo-American Cedar Products
C. Ewen, SD #75
R. Klassen, KPMG
A. Mann, Mann and company
A. Rode, Corrections Canada
J. Smith, UCFV

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