How long is this program?

The ABT program is a ten month program offered over three semesters.

What is the cost of this program?

The cost of this ten-month program is approximately $4544, which includes tuition, the Student Activity Fee, and the Students' Union Fee.

What are the costs of books and supplies?

Books for the specialties vary, but are approximately $1360. Used books may be available through the VIU Campus Store.

Does this program qualify for student loans?

Yes, as long as you are taking an ABT course load of 60 percent or more. Information on financial aid is available at the Student Affairs Centre in Building 200 at the Nanaimo campus, 250-740-6423. Application should be made eight to ten weeks prior to the start of classes.

Is the cost of the program comparable to other programs of this type?

The tuition fees are similar to those of any other publicly-funded community college in British Columbia. However, the fees are much lower than those of private institutions with programs of similar duration and comprehensiveness.

What other expenses will I incur while I am taking this program?

Additional expenses include living and transportation costs. Pay parking is in effect 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Parking is limited and on a first-come, first-parked basis; alternative forms of transportation are encouraged. Visit VIU Parking for current fees.

Do I have to purchase a new wardrobe?

Although you are encouraged to wear businesslike attire in class, you are not expected to purchase a new wardrobe.

Are courses in this program transferable to other community colleges?

Yes, these courses have been articulated with all other Universities and Community Colleges in British Columbia for transferability purposes.

Is childcare available?

An excellent daycare is located on campus, but applications must be made early. For more information, call 250-753-6931.

What types of jobs are graduates prepared for?

Graduates will attain the skills that are asked for by today's office managers. Graduates will be able to perform computer-related applications work, such as word processing, spreadsheeting, and scheduling. VIU graduates find work all over the Island and the Lower Mainland with government ministries, medical facilities, professional offices, small businesses, legal firms, resource companies, municipalities, and service-sector employers.

Is further training necessary in order for me to enter the job market?

No. Students who successfully complete the ten-month program have acquired the necessary training for office employment.

What are the starting wages that a graduate might expect?

Generally, graduates have received starting wages from $12 to $20 per hour, depending on the type of workplace. Starting wages will be dependent on the student's experience and training, as well as the workplace.

Are many jobs available?

Many graduates find employment soon after graduation, although it may take several months for some graduates to find work. Many local employers contact the program directly when they have a job opening, resulting in graduates being sent to job interviews. Graduates are invited to subscribe to an email job posting notification system managed by the ABT program. As job posting are received, they are distributed to all graduates who subscribe to this FREE service. From time-to-time, job postings for part-time work are also sent to current students.

Will I have to travel to find employment in the field? If so, where would this be?

Many ABT graduates find work locally, in communities throughout Vancouver Island, or in larger urban areas like Vancouver and Victoria.

On average, what percentage of the class successfully completes the program?

On average, 90 percent of our students successfully complete the program.

On average, what percentage of the graduates get employment in the field?

Typically, approximately 85 percent of graduates find employment within a few months of graduation.

Is the program full-time?

The program is full-time study only to enable students to complete the program in ten months.

Can the program be done on a part-time basis?

Part-time schedules are possible but require consultation with the ABT Program Chair. Please email abt@viu.ca for more information. 

Courses must be completed within three years in order to be used towards an ABT certificate.  Certain courses (Math, English, Human Relations) may be considered if they have been completed within the last five years.  Please speak with the Program Chair for more information.

Are ABT courses available in the evening?

ABT offers no evening classes at the present time.

Are ABT courses available online?

ABT offers no online courses at this time.

How many hours of class time are there per week if I take full-time classes?

Full-time students attend scheduled classes from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily, for a total of approximately 25 hours per week. There are no classes on Fridays, which are designated as a study day for students.

What is the average class size?

Class sizes rarely exceed 22 students.

What is the typical weekly schedule?

Full-time students attend two scheduled classes each day, from 8:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Each class is 160 minutes long. Class schedules are distributed to students at the beginning of each new term.

Is there an attendance requirement?

The program is instructor-led. Most courses consist of instructor lectures and student assignments with definite due dates. Because students are being trained for the workplace, ABT has a student attendance requirement of 90%. Student who will not be attending class, for any reason, must contact the faculty secretary and students leaving during the day must report their absence and reason to their instructors.

How much homework should I expect if I am a full-time student?

Students should be prepared to do homework each night. The amount of time could vary from one-half hour to several hours per night.

If I don't have a computer at home, is a computer lab available for out-of-class work?

Students have generous access to computer labs after class. It is not necessary to have a home computer.

Does this program offer Prior Learning Assessment (PLA)?

Yes, some courses in the program are eligible for PLA. Please contact the Chair at abt@viu.ca for an appointment to determine eligibility.

What is the cost of Prior Learning Assessment?

The costs to PLA vary from $126 for a single course up to $300 for 3 or more courses.

Is work experience or practicum available in this program?

Students who have successfully completed a specialty (or specialties) and who demonstrate suitability and reliability may be eligible for a two-week work experience at the end of the specialty term. Internships and co-ops are not available.

How many intakes in the program are there per year?

The Nanaimo campus offers one intake of each of the three specialties (Legal, Accounting, Admin) starting in September.  The Cowichan campus in Duncan offers one intake of the Administrative Assistant certificate starting in February.  Please contact the program chair for more information: (250) 753-3245 Ext. 2386.

How many people usually apply for the program?

The number of applicants varies, however, waitlists are not uncommon.

How many students are admitted into the program each intake?

A maximum of 66 students will be admitted annually.

How are students usually selected for the program?

Students must meet the entrance requirement for the program.

What are the entrance requirements for ABT?

Students must provide transcripts with a minimum of a "C" in English 12 and Math 10 or their equivalent. If transcripts are not available, applicants can write assessment tests by contacting Student Affairs at 740-6416 to make an appointment.

What is the grading scale used?

The grading scale used to assign letter grades to course work in Applied Business Technology is:

 

A+  

97-100%

A    

93-96%

A-

90-92

B+  

87-89%

B    

83-86%

B-   

80-82%

C+  

77-79%

C    

73-76%

C-   

70-72%

F  

0-69%

I've been out of school for some time. Would this program be appropriate for me?

The program welcomes students of all ages. Time away from the learning environment should not hold anyone back.

If I have limited knowledge of computers, will I be able to be successful in the program?

While it is recommended that students have at least an introductory knowledge before entering the program, ABT does begin at an introductory level because of the varied experience of students. (Preparatory computer classes are available through VIU's Centre for Continuing Studies; call 250-740-6160 for information.)

Should I apply for the program if I do not meet all the prerequisites?

Students, including those who meet "mature student status," and who have successfully completed the assessment tests will be considered for admission.

What is the format of the ABT assessment tests?

Information about assessment testing is available through Student Affairs VIU Assessment and Exam Invigilation Services.

What is on the math assessment test?

The Learning Centre in Building 205, Room 204, will provide a list of topics covered in the assessment. You may bring a calculator for the math test.

Do I need to prepare for the entrance testing?

The Learning Centre in Building 205 provides study materials for the math and English assessments.

How do I book an assessment test?

Assessments are booked by calling the Assessment Centre at 250-740-6416.

How long is the assessment test?

The math and English assessment takes 1-1/2 to 2 hours.

May I write the assessment test more than once?

You would be able to retest, but you would be expected to upgrade in the area(s) of weakness before retesting.

If I don't get accepted into the program this year, can I apply again next year?

Yes. If you had not passed the assessment testing, you would be expected to upgrade in the area(s) of weakness before retesting.

If I am not admitted into the program this year or am waitlisted, can I take any classes that will give me credit in the program?

Comparable ABT courses taken in Applied Business Technology or Office Administration programs at other community colleges in British Columbia have been articulated for transferability.

What can I do to increase my chances of getting into this program?

Upgrade English and math skills, as needed.

When will I hear if I have been accepted?

VIU's Admissions office will notify you if you have met all entrance requirements and provide you with information on the next steps to take.

Are there scholarships and bursaries available?

Yes, please check the Financial Aid and Awards

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