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Prepare for a career in sales, marketing or customer service

Business Fundamentals Ontario College Certificate program

Build a solid foundation in business. Explore different areas from finance to HR and more! Graduate career-ready or pursue pathways to further your studies.

Program code BSFN
Duration 1 Year
Credential Ontario College Certificate
Program Delivery Full-time +
Part-time, Online
Program delivery method(s) Online What does this mean?

Program information

Program description

Students develop the skills and knowledge appropriate for an entry-level position in business. Completion of the program provides students with a solid business foundation, while exposure to core business courses allows them to understand the different areas of business and better choose an area of focus. After successful completion of the program, students are eligible to enrol in a number of Georgian’s Business diploma programs.

Intake information

Start dateCampus
Fall 2024 Barrie, Midland, Muskoka, Orangeville, Orillia, Owen Sound, South Georgian Bay

Tuition and fees

What are the admission requirements for the Business Fundamentals program?

Business Fundamentals admission requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • any Grade 111 or 12 Mathematics (C, M, or U)

Minimum of 60% in Grade 11 College or University level Mathematics (MBF3C or MCF3M) 

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/academic-regulations/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit for Prior Learning website for details:

What career paths can I take in business?

Your Business Fundamentals certificate gives you many career opportunities

Career opportunities may include, but are not limited to, sales, marketing and customer service. Employers may include banks, finance, trust and insurance companies, computer firms, government ministries and agencies, producers of consumer and industrial products, wholesalers, retailers, private companies and non-profit.

Flex MORE. Study Business Fundamentals part-time

Benefits of studying part-time:

  • Register on a course-by-course basis, paying as you go!
  • MORE choices. We are always adding more flexible delivery programs and courses.


Turn your BSFN certificate into a business diploma in just one year!

You’ll be eligible to start in year two of the Accounting, Entrepreneurship or General Business diploma programs at Georgian.

You can do this second year fully online, fully in person at Georgian’s Barrie Campus, or through a mix of online and in-person learning.

What courses are included in the Business Fundamentals certificate program?

Course overview

9 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
1 General Education Course

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Business Fundamentals program outline.

  • ACCT 1000 – Financial Accounting Principles 1
  • BUSI 1001 – Introduction to Organizational Behaviour
  • COMP 1003 – Microcomputer Applications
  • MATH 1002 – Mathematics of Finance
  • MKTG 1000 – Introduction to Marketing
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

Your course delivery method(s)


This program is delivered online. You’ll learn remotely and won’t be required to come to campus. Online learning can be synchronous – you’ll meet with your professor for online classes at scheduled times – or asynchronous – you’ll complete online learning modules on your own.

Please note, delivery methods are based on planning for the upcoming semester and are subject to change.

Do you have questions about Business Fundamentals? Contact us!

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