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Centennial College's Pre-Business program will help you to discover your path in the business world. If you're looking to enter a program within The Business School but may not currently meet the admission requirements, you can apply directly to this business certificate program or it may be offered to you as a recommended alternative.
During the two-semester Pre-Business program, you'll work to build your fundamental business skills while exploring your career and educational options. As such, you'll complete courses in:
- Microsoft Office
- Canadian and international business practices
- Strategies for business success
- Accounting fundamentals
A supportive learning environment in small classes, with additional advising opportunities to learn about potential pathways for future success will ensure you're prepared for further education.
Upon successful completion of the Pre-Business program, you'll be eligible to transfer, with credits, to a diploma or advanced diploma program within The Business School. Among these programs are Accounting, Marketing, Business, Supply Chain and Operations and International Business. Additionally, you'll be able to take your newly acquired skills to entry-level positions in the workplace.
Career Options and Education Pathways
Career Options and Education PathwaysPrinter Friendly
- Class sizes are kept small so that you will receive more individualized attention.
- A carefully measured pace to the Pre-Business program's delivery will be facilitated by supportive and experienced Business School professors.
- Learning experiences will focus on the fundamentals of Canadian business practices and standards.
- Academic support is available in mathematics and English, which includes workshops at the Centre for Academic English, peer tutoring and MATH Learning Circles.
- Completion of the Pre-Business certificate can help you earn up to six course credits towards required business courses in other Business School programs, depending on achieved grade levels.
- Transfer to a Business diploma program
- Transfer to an advanced diploma Business program
- Preparation for a Business certificate program
- Customer service representative
- Business assistant
- Service supervisor
Successful completion of the Pre-Business/Business Foundations program, with submission of a signed transfer application by Week 3 of Semester 2 guarantees students entry to The Business School diploma or Advanced Diploma program of their choice. This agreement is subject to space and program availability.
Admission RequirementsPrinter Friendly
- Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
- English Grade 12 C or U, or equivalent or take the Centennial College English Skills Assessment for Admission
How to Apply
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1. Apply Online
If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.If you have previously attended a full-time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.
All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in-person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.
2. Submit Documents
Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.
Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.
If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).
For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.
3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission
Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.
You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.
You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.
When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.
4. Pay Fees
Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.
You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.
5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)
Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.
Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April
Your web-registration will not open if:
You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.
Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.
Tuition and Fees
Tuition and FeesPrinter Friendly
Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2021.
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