Professional Communication Essentials associate certificate
Note: Students who were in the process of completing this program prior to September 2018 may elect to complete it as a certificate instead of an associate certificate until August 2019.
This three course, nine credit associate certificate is designed for students in programs
or in workplace environments that require good communication skills. The
program 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
This associate certificate is given as a completion credential. Any student successfully
completing the three courses is eligible for the associate certificate. Some students
might complete theassociate certificate while enrolled in their current programs, while
others may be admitted to UFV for the purpose of taking the certificate.
New students should apply to Qualifying Studies. Students will be
required to meet the admissions requirements for the university, as well as meet
CMNS course prerequisites.
Students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are required to meet
only the course prerequisites.
Fees and additional costs
See the Fees and Other Costs section. Other than the $25 graduation fee, there are no additional fees for the
associate certificate. Students will be eligible for financial aid if they take all three
courses in the summer.
Professional Report Writing
Plus one of:
Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
Writing for the Internet
Students are required to take two of the three courses at UFV.
Students are required to have a completion GPA of at least 2.50 in the three
courses to be eligible for the associate certificate, with a minimum of a C grade in any
Students can apply and be eligible for the associate certificate retroactively to Fall
2005. All three courses must be completed within a 10 year time period.
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, 251, 325, 351, and 360 are offered online, as well as in classroom format.