Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019

Applied Business Technology

Applied Business Technology certificate

The Applied Business Technology (ABT) program prepares students for employment in today’s office by providing them with business and computer skills. ABT is a full-time, 24-week program that includes a three-week work experience practicum. Graduates are in high demand, and employers often ask specifically for ABT grads.

Employment opportunities

Widespread use of technology has resulted in the administrative employee assuming more of the high-level skill responsibilities traditionally done by managers and executives, thereby creating a new office professional.

Offices in business, government, and non-profit offer many opportunities for employment. The expansion of office staff, placement of workers in new positions, and growth of industry in the Fraser Valley result in a continuing demand for well-trained administrative 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 (19 years of age or older) without high school graduation may be admitted on the basis of the Applied Business Technology assessment.
  5. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirements section of the calendar.

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. Apply online at

    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 19 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, you will either be placed on the intake list or referred for upgrading and later reassessment.
  4. When a seat is available, you will be notified.

For more information, contact the program head at 604-504-7441, ext. 4731.

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, 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 Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford. This includes students taking the program through Abbotsford Career Programs.

Course repetition

No course may be taken more than twice without written permission from 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 1.5
ABT 111 Office Practices and Management 1.5
ABT 131 Keyboarding 3
ABT 133 Word Processing 4.5
ABT 135 Business English and Communications 3
ABT 137 Spreadsheets 3
ABT 143 Bookkeeping 3
ABT 160 Web-based Business Communications 1.5
ABT 187 Work Experience 3
Total 24

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or above) must maintain an undergraduate Cumulative Grade Point Average (CGPA) of at least 2.00 to remain enrolled in Good Academic Standing at UFV. Students in Good Academic Standing will have no registration limits placed on them. Failure to meet the minimum CGPA requirement will result in restrictions on registration and may eventually lead to academic suspension from undergraduate studies at UFV. Students on Academic Warning or Academic Probation are limited to registering in 10 credits. For further details, see the Academic standing and undergraduate continuance section of the academic calendar. Academic standing is governed by UFV’s Undergraduate Continuance policy (92).

Course listings

For complete details on courses, see the courses section of the ABT website, or the course descriptions section of the calendar.

Contact the program head for more information at 604-504-7441, ext. 4731.

Current Students