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Applied Business Technology

Applied Business Technology

Applications are open for Fall 2023 (September start).

Learning format: ABT’s full-time Fall 2023 intake will be delivered via a combination of online and hyflex classes running Monday–Friday. The mix of online and hyflex will be finalized later in the spring.

Note: ABT will be offering a part-time, on-line, asynchronous program starting Fall 2023. Details to follow soon.



24 weeks

Full time

How to apply

Start date:
January, September 

Clearbrook Centre



  • Practicum provides work experience and industry contacts
  • Trained with experienced instructors on the latest Microsoft Office software
  • Many Fraser Valley employers hire ABT grads over other applicants


Today’s office administration professionals need to be computer-savvy and proficient with the latest technology.

UFV’s six-month Applied Business Technology (ABT) program teaches you up-to-date office skills in:

  • Word processing
  • Keyboarding
  • Excel spreadsheets
  • Database management
  • Bookkeeping
  • Business communications
  • Office procedures and social media

Read Applied Business Technology's course descriptions.

This program is perfect if:

  • You're just entering the workforce and need a solid set of office skills to land a job in office administration.
  • You already have a degree or diploma, but want to add some hands-on office administration skills to your portfolio.
  • You’ve been working in an office environment for some time, but would like to refresh your skills to become proficient with new office technology.


At the end of the program, a three-week practicum with a local employer gives you an opportunity to apply your skills in an office environment before you graduate. UFV’s ABT program has a solid reputation for teaching office practices along with the latest software, so you’re job ready.

Other opportunities

Applied Business Technology training prepares you to pursue a specialization as a legal administrative assistant, medical or dental office assistant, records management professional, and more.

ABT graduates can also use the skills gained from the program to complete a diploma or a bachelor’s degree. At UFV, you can use the credits earned through your Applied Business Technology certificate towards earning diploma of General Studies or a Bachelor of Integrated Studies.


Delivery format for winter 2023

The ABT program will be delivered in an online/face-to-face mix using both synchronous and asynchronous formats. Students should expect to work on coursework the equivalent of Monday to Friday, 9 am–2:30 pm; synchronous classes will be held daily 10 am–noon and 1–2 pm, Monday–Friday. For in-person classes, the ABT program runs out of UFV’s Clearbrook Centre in Abbotsford.


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. Companies 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 Applied Business Technology program is an excellent addition to a diploma or bachelor's degree, providing practical office administration skills to advance your career.


View Applied Business Technology's entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar


Christine Nehring
Phone: 604-504-7441, ext. 4731
Toll free: 1-888-504-7441, ext. 4731
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