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What will I learn?

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

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 or a Bachelor of General Studies.


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.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Access and Continuing Education

Study options

Full Time (24 weeks)

Tuition fees
CAD$15,740.00 (US$ 11,588) per year
Fall or winter tuition: CAN $7,870 (12 credits) plus CAN $656 for every additional credit

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Application deadline

Expected September 2022

Start date

4 January 2023


Clearbrook Centre

32355 Veterans Way,


British Columbia (BC),

V2T 0B3, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

  • B.C. secondary school graduation.
  • Successful completion of the Applied Business Technology assessment, which will be used to help determine suitability to the program.
  • Keyboarding speed of 20 net words per minute.
  • Mature applicants (19 years of age or older) without high school graduation may be admitted on the basis of the Applied Business Technology assessment.

English Language Requirement:

  • IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 or higher with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • TOEFL - score of 88 or higher (iBT) with no section below 20
  • CAEL - score of 70
  • PTE - score of 61 with 60 in writing
  • MELAB - score of 85
  • DET (Duolingo English Test) - 110

Deadline - Fall semester: April 15; Winter semester: Sept. 15

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


About University of the Fraser Valley

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers

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