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Applied Business Technology

Applied Business Technology certificate

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

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

1. B.C. secondary school graduation.

2. Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology assessment, which will be used to help determine suitability to the program.

3. Keyboarding speed of 20 net words per minute.

4. 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.

When to apply

Applications are accepted on a continuous basis throughout the year. Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space. See Continuous application process for more information.

How to apply

1. Submit the application fee along with your UFV application for admission form to the Admissions and Records (A&R) office. You can apply online or download an application form at ufv.ca/ar/admissions/apply. Application forms are also available from any A&R or Student Services office.

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 $1,100 on books, supplies, printing, parking, etc. Financial aid may be available through the Financial Aid and Awards office at any UFV campus.


The Applied Business Technology program is offered at the Marshall Road Annex in Abbotsford. This includes students taking the program through the Career Technical Centre.

Course repetition

No course may be taken more than twice without written permission of the Dean.

Program outline

The Applied Business Technology program is a full-time, 24-week program, which includes the three-week work experience course. There are two intakes a year. Students may start the program in either September or 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 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.