Academic Calendar Winter/Summer 2019


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 teams.

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.

Entrance requirements

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.

Program requirements

Course Title Credits
CMNS 235 Public Speaking 3
CMNS 251 Professional Report Writing 3
Plus one of: 3
CMNS 125 Communicating Professionally to Academic and Workplace Audiences
CMNS 175 Writing for the Internet


Students are required to take two of the three courses at UFV.

Graduation requirements

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 individual course.

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.

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, 251, 325, 351, and 360 are offered online, as well as in classroom format.

Current Students