About the program

This program is intended for students who wish to develop a basic level of competence in business. Students will study the principles of business organization, accounting, marketing, operations management, and business communications. Completion of the program will assist students to confirm their intentions and to define the business discipline they wish to study should they choose to continue with one of Conestoga's business or business administration programs.

Upon completion of the program students will be able to transfer directly into the second semester of Business diploma programs: Business, Business Administration Management, Accounting and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Alternatively, students will receive up to 7 transfer credits towards other Business diploma programs. Students who achieve over 75% in their first semester can apply for an early transfer to Level 1 of Business or a Business Administration program should they choose to.

Program information

All courses must be successfully completed within 5 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or 19 years of age or older with mature student status (See Mature Student definition for details.)

Note re: admission requirements

  • Mature students must demonstrate their potential to work at the post-secondary level in one of two ways:
    • by successfully completing equivalency testing in English; or
    • by completing Conestoga College Preparatory Communications (COMM1545)

Admission procedures

  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

This program is designed for entry-level workforce positions and to assist graduates in further academic pursuits by providing students an opportunity to gain a firm grounding in business fundamentals. Upon completion of the program students will be able to transfer directly into the second semester of Business diploma programs: Business, Business Administration Management, Accounting and Supply Chain and Operations Management. Alternatively, students will receive up to 7 transfer credits towards other Business diploma programs. Students who achieve over 75% in their first semester can apply for an early transfer to Level 1 of Business or a Business Administration program should they choose to.

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Program outcomes

  • Identify factors that have an impact on an organization's business opportunities.
  • Explain the impact of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics on an organization's business initiatives.
  • Use current technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
  • Apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
  • Perform basic accounting procedures and financial calculations to support the operations of an organization.
  • Describe marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
  • Develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance.
  • Outline the functional areas of a business and their inter-relationships.
  • Apply basic operations management principles and techniques to support the operation of an organization.

Program related resources

Program contact

Continuing Education
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Winter registration: Opens November 28, 2022
Spring registration: Opens February 27, 2023