Academic Calendar 2023/24

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. Graduates are in high demand, and employers often ask specifically for ABT graduates. ABT is offered as a full-time or part-time program; details are available at

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 or equivalent, or minimum 19 years of age before the first day of classes.
  2. Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology assessment, which will be used to help determine suitability to the program. The assessment covers foundational digital literacy concepts to ensure applicants have the skills necessary for success in the program.
  3. Applicants must meet the Entry-level English language proficiency requirement. For details on how this requirement may be met, see the English language proficiency requirement 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 for entrance to the Fall and Winter semesters. 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.
    • Official transcripts (or interim transcripts) showing grade/course achievement as per entrance requirements. To be considered official, transcripts must be sent directly to UFV from the originating institution; see the Transfer Credit section for details.
    • For students 19 years of age or older, a record of their secondary school or upgrading marks.
  2. Applicants will be advised of the date of the next assessment.
  3. After the assessment, applicants will either be placed on the intake list or referred for upgrading and later reassessment.
  4. When a seat is available, applicants will be notified.

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. In addition to tuition fees, students should be prepared to spend approximately $800 on books, supplies, etc. Financial aid may be available through the Financial Aid and Awards office at any UFV campus.


The program is located at the Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford.

Program outline

Course Title Credits
ABT 110 Database Management 1.5
ABT 111 Office Practices and Management 1.5
ABT 131 Adaptive Technologies and 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
or ABT 187 Capstone  


At the end of the program, a three-week practicum with a local employer gives students an opportunity to apply their skills in an office environment before they graduate.

Undergraduate continuance

Students enrolled in undergraduate courses (courses numbered 100 or higher) 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 repetition

Students may not register for a course more than twice without written permission from the Dean. Where a course has been repeated, only the higher grade is counted in the GPA calculation.

Course listings

For complete details on courses see the course descriptions section.

For more information

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

Current Students