Academy of Learning Career College BC

Business Essentials Co-Op


Program Objective

This program offers individuals the opportunity to acquire the skills required by companies that specialize in customer service and sales. The program develops general business and professional skills in students, as well as skills specific to sales, customer service, and support roles.

This program provides students with:
  • A foundation in basic principles of a business, retail, or call center environment, including current computer applications, marketing, and sales.

  • Professional skills in high demand from employers, including teamwork, communication, customer service, and problem-solving skills.

  • Proficiency in key Microsoft Office applications.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of the program may pursue a variety of positions, ranging from Inbound / Outbound Marketing and Order Desk Support to Reservations and Sales, Retail Sales Associate, and Call Centre Specialist.

Duties and Responsibilities

  • Requires an understanding of software applications
  • Excellent communication skills
  • General office / telephone skills

Personal Attributes Required

To be successful in a Business Administration career, individuals must possess the ability to:

  • Good customer / client skills
  • Well organized
  • Strong verbal and written communication skills
  • Aptitude to learn new software applications
  • Team worker


Upon completion of the program the participant must demonstrate the following core competencies:

  • Keyboarding
    Minimum 25 words per minute (WPM)
  • Operating Systems
    Basic level of proficiency with Windows OS
  • Word Processing
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Word
  • Spreadsheets
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Excel
  • Database Management
    Basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Access
  • Office Skills
    Personal Computer Fundamentals for End Users, basic level of proficiency in Microsoft Outlook and Internet Fundamentals
  • Help Desk & Call Centre Skills
    Business Verbal Skills, Telephone Communication Skills, Call Centre Telephone Sales, and Team Dynamics and Personal Development
  • Business & Sales Skills
    Career Options and Opportunities, Business Essentials, Customer Service, Marketing and Sales, and Business in the Digital Age
Program Type:

Anticipated salary:
$24,506 - $47,948
(Information from PayScale Canada)

Program Duration:
52 weeks

Program Notes:
Financial assistance may be available to those who qualify.

Program Category:

Admission Requirements

A British Columbia Secondary School Diploma or equivalent with prior education in English at grade 10 level or higher.


Mature students who pass an entrance evaluation demonstrating sufficient ability (i.e., English comprehension and math skills) to undertake the program.

All applicants must demonstrate English proficiency through one of the above requirements or through an English language assessment (IELTS 5.5 or equivalent).

Co-op Work Experience

In addition to the coursework, students are required to successfully complete 520 hours of co-op work experience to obtain a diploma. Co-op placements may be located throughout British Columbia.

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