Applied Business Technology (ABT)

Launch a career as an office professional

Launch a career as an office professional

Add to your résumé the office administration expertise and advanced software skills that are highly prized by local employers in business, government, and industry.

UFV's intensive six-month Applied Business Technology certificate equips you with the hands-on office administration skills you need to succeed in today’s workplace. Learn about administrative best practices, word processing, business communications, keyboarding, spreadsheets, database management, bookkeeping, and the business application of social media to prepare for the demands and responsibilities of a career in office administration. 

A three-week practicum with a local company gives you the opportunity to apply what you have learned in an office setting, gain experience, and build your network.

When you graduate, you are ready to enter the workforce as an office professional, or to pursue a specialization as a legal administrative assistant, records management professional, public relations specialist, and more.

Career outlook for office administration

Once you have completed the Applied Business Technology (ABT) six-month program, you will have the business, computer, and office skills necessary to be successful in any office environment. Offices in business, government, and industry offer many opportunities for employment in office administration. The rapid growth of industry in the Fraser Valley has resulted in a continuing demand for well-trained administrative assistants. ABT graduates are in high demand and employers often ask specifically for ABT grads.

This intensive program is an excellent addition to a diploma or bachelor's degree, providing practical office administration skills to advance your career.

ABT graduates also use the skills gained from the program to successfully complete further education. At UFV, you can use the credits earned through your Applied Business Technology certificate towards earning a Bachelor of General Studies.