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Professional Communication Essentials certificate

This three course (9 credit) certificate is designed for students in programs or in workplace environments that require good communication skills. The certificate focuses on the communication essentials of business writing and public speaking. The writing includes direct, indirect, and persuasive messages, document/webpage design, and emails, memos, letters, and reports. Public speaking includes running meetings, giving oral presentations, and working in teams.

This certificate is given as a completion credential. Any student successfully completing the three courses is eligible for the certificate. Some students might complete the certificate while enrolled in their current programs, while others may be admitted to UFV for the purpose of taking the certificate.

Entrance requirements

New students should apply to the Arts Studies program path. Students will be required to meet the admissions requirements for Arts Studies, as well as meet CMNS course prerequisites.

Students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are required to meet only the course prerequisites.

Program requirements

Students are required to have a completion GPA of at least 2.5 in the three courses to be eligible for the certificate, with a minimum of a C grade in any individual course.

Students can apply and be eligible for the certificate retroactively to Fall 2005. All three courses must be completed within a 10 year time period.


Students are required to take all three courses through UFV (a 100% residency requirement). This is to ensure that all three courses are taken as designed and intended. Students with transfer credit for one or more of the courses would not be eligible for the certificate, as their course outcomes and skills might not completely match those obtained through the UFV courses.

Fees and additional costs

See the Fees and Other Costs section. Other than the $25 graduation fee, there are no additional fees for the certificate. Students will be eligible for financial aid if they take all three courses in the summer.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
CMNS 125 Business Communication  
 or CMNS 155 Communication for Human Services 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
CMNS 235 Oral Communication 3

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section. All Communications courses (except CSM 104, CSM 108 and CMNS 115) require some proficiency with email, web-based research, and word-processing packages. CMNS 125, 155, 251, 325, and 360 are offered online, as well as in classroom format.