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Applied Business Technology certificate

Office Administration

Launch a career as an office professional

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

This intensive six-month program equips you with the hands-on office skills you need to succeed in today’s workplace. A three-week practicum 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.

Credential: Certificate

Format: Full time

Duration: 24 weeks

Days and times: Mon-Thu, classes; Fri, lab; 9 am-2:30 pm

Location: Abbotsford — Clearbrook Centre

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Program eligible for financial aid

Practicum available? Yes

Start dates: January, September

Application deadline:
Continuous intake: Qualified applicants are considered for the next intake in which there is space.

Employment facts

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. The rapid growth of industry in the Fraser Valley has resulted in a continuing demand for well-trained employees. Our graduates are in high demand and employers often ask specifically for UFV grads.

This intensive program can be an excellent addition to your diploma or degree, providing you with skills you can leverage to kick-start your career and land that first job in your field of choice.

Many of our 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 Integrated Studies.

Entrance requirements

View the ABT entrance requirements in the UFV Academic Calendar

Program outline


Courses include the following:

  • ABT 110 Database Management
  • ABT 111 Office Practices and Management
  • ABT 131 Keyboarding
  • ABT 133 Word Processing
  • ABT 135 Business English and Communications
  • ABT 137 Spreadsheets
  • ABT 143 Bookkeeping
  • ABT 160 Web-based Business Communications
  • ABT 187 Work Experience

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The UFV grads we've hired at MNP have made a very positive impression and are excellent representatives of graduates from the Applied Business Technology program. Their technical skills are impressive, and they surpass expectations with the quality of work they produce. They continually demonstrate the value of the ABT program.
  • – Joan Wild
  •    Regional Human Capital Advisor, MNP

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