Business – Trades

Program Information

This innovative and provincially-collaborative initiative is a fully online Ontario College Diploma program providing tradespersons who possess their Certificate of Qualification within their trade with the opportunity to develop business-related skills necessary to plan and manage a business. Small businesses continue to show growth in today’s economy providing tradespeople possessing a combination of trade and business knowledge opportunities in this expanding area. The personal development in these areas is achieved through the cultivation of business competencies in preparation for roles in the areas of leadership, entrepreneurship and management. This innovative program recognizes the prior learning and practical experience of qualified tradespersons and reflects core business curriculum informing trades business management including the basics of finance, marketing, operations and human resources as well as legal, ethical and planning considerations. Laddering opportunities exist for those possessing College Certificates in Trades Management, Trades Leadership or Trades Entrepreneurship. This is a Provincial collaboration between Ontario Community Colleges.

Graduates of this program may find employment opportunities in numerous areas. Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs) are one of the fastest growing sectors of the economy, locally and internationally. Graduates are well positioned to start their own trades-related business, to manage a small to medium-sized trades-related business, or use their newly developed skills and knowledge to improve their existing business. Employment may also exist in both the private and public sectors where strong leadership, management and entrepreneurship skills and the ability to adapt to change are highly desired. Those currently involved in a family-related business would be well positioned to lead or manage such enterprises.

Credentials Ontario College Diploma

Residency Students must complete a minimum number of credits in this program with their registering college to meet the Program Residency requirement to graduate from the program.

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

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Delivery Part-time fully online

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