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Applied Business Technology

Applied Business Technology certificate

Entrance requirements

• B.C. secondary school graduation and
• Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology assessment, which will be used to help determine suitability to the program.
• Keyboarding speed of 20 net words per minute.
• Mature applicants (23 years of age or older) without high school graduation may be admitted on the basis of the Applied Business Technology assessment.

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

How to apply

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 Program Charts for a complete list of application dates and general information.

Additional documents required for a complete application:
• proof of B.C. secondary school graduation or equivalent
• transcript (or interim transcript) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements
• if you are 23 years of age or older, a record of your high school or upgrading marks

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).

Basis for admission decision

Applicants who meet the entrance requirements will be admitted in order of their application date. This date is set when an application, all required documentation, and the application fee have been submitted.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section.

Be prepared to spend an additional $650 on books, supplies, printing, parking fare, etc. Financial aid may be available through the Financial Aid and Awards 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.

Course Title Credits
ABT 110 Database Management: Access 1.5
ABT 111 Office Procedures 1.5
ABT 131 Keyboarding 3
ABT 133 Word Processing: Word 4.5
ABT 135 Business English and Communications 4.5
ABT 137 Spreadsheets: Excel 3
ABT 143 Bookkeeping 1 3
ABT 187 Work Experience 3
Total   24

After completing the 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 enrolment meets minimum class size requirements.

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

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

Contact the program head for more information at 604-854-4559.

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