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School of Communication

Professional Communication Essentials associate certificate



All courses must be completed within a 10 year time period.

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus

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  • Program eligible for financial aid


The Professional Communication Essentials associate certificate is a three course, nine-credit program that is perfect if you are in a program of study or workplace environment that requires exceptional communication skills. 

In today’s knowledge-based economy, smart communicators work in challenging and diverse roles — building relationships with clients, leading teams, and developing online communities to inform and engage.

UFV’s three-course Professional Communication Essentials associate certificate can help you launch or advance your career by boosting your business writing and public speaking skills. You will develop skills to speak confidently in meetings or in front of large groups, and you will learn how to produce quality corporate communications and to think critically in various situations.

You might complete the associate certificate while enrolled in your current program, or you may choose to complete the certificate on its own as part of a professional development opportunity.

Who will be teaching you?

Who knows about the written word and communications skills better than people who are in the communications industry? Not only does our faculty have high academic qualifications, but they are also current, successful practitioners of the ideas they will be sharing with you. They are committed instructors who are passionate about communicating their knowledge and cultivating enthusiasm in their students.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.


Professionals with strong public speaking and business writing skills are equipped to succeed in almost every industry or workplace environment. Good communication skills are essential for anyone entering into areas such as human resources, sales, customer services, hospitality, education, business, marketing, and more.

Highlighting a Professional Communications Essentials certificate on your résumé can be helpful if you are advancing to management positions within your organization.


New students should apply to Qualifying Studies. Students will be required to meet the admissions requirements for the university, as well as meet Communications course prerequisites.

Students currently enrolled in post-secondary programs are required to meet only the course prerequisites.


This program is open for international students


The certificate focuses on the communication essentials of business writing and public speaking. The writing includes direct, indirect, and persuasive messages, document/web page design, and emails, memos, letters, and reports. Public speaking includes running meetings, giving oral presentations, and working in teams.


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