Toronto School of Management
22 College Street Suite 300 Toronto M5G 1K2 Toronto

Certificate in Business Essentials Co-op

This is a 31-week program that includes 12 weeks of co-op placement. This program will prepare students for a position within any organization that requires them to effectively deal with an increasingly complex business environment.

Students in this program will:

  • Examine various concepts related to organizational structures, functions and behaviors in order to have a better understanding of the functioning of a business entity.
  • Acquire skills to access financial resources and use financial information for vital decision making.
  • Explore various terminologies and tools used in sales and marketing for a better understanding of marketing principles.
  • Enhance their business communication skills.


Academic: 12 weeks in-class with 12 weeks co-op
Total length: 31 weeks including scheduled breaks

Start DateJanuary, March, May, July, September, November

Fees$10,000 CAD
Final Price (Special Promotion)*
$4,995 CAD international students (before November 2020)
$2,500 domestic students

Program Modules

The program comprises of 240 hours of classroom learning and another 240 hours of a co-op placement which can be completed anywhere in Canada.

In order to successfully complete the program, you will have to take the following modules:

1. Fundamentals of Business Communications
This module helps students develop and enhance their written, verbal, communication skills and presentation techniques to ensure success in any business environment.

2. Managing Financial Resources
This module’s aim is to provide learners with an understanding of where and how to access sources of finance and the skills to use financial information for vital decision making.

3. Organizations and Behavior
This module gives learners an understanding of individual and group behavior in organizations and the ability to examine current theories and their application in managing behavior in the workplace.

4. Marketing Principles
This module aims to provide learners with the necessary understanding and skills related to the fundamental concepts and principles that underpin the marketing process.

5. Co-op Work Placement
At the end of your theoretical learning, students are required to complete 240 hours of a work placement in a suitable business environment. Appropriate business sectors for placement work include sales, marketing, retail, finance, accounting, not-for-profit, customer care and administration.


Activities performed will vary depending on the work placement site, however, the key responsibilities of each student will include being supervised by a placement host at all times, observing all workplace, school safety and security procedures, dressing appropriately for the experience, interacting with placement staff respectfully, courteously and enthusiastically, learning about the work environment and participating in the daily routine as required.

The Work Placement is part of students’ educational development. It enables theoretical learning in the classroom to be applied to practical learning situations and encourages the application of theory and knowledge in an appropriate context.

Students will be sent for interviews to secure their Work Placement and must complete their practicum and submit their placement report to be successfully considered a graduate.

Admission Requirements
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or Equivalent * or Mature student **
  • Age 18 or older
  • IELTS of 5 or equivalent for Non-native English speakers 

*A transcript, diploma or certificate from another country are considered equivalent to an Ontario high school diploma if assessed at an Ontario OSSD level by a recognized assessment service.


See the pre-approved recognized assessment services below:

  • World Education Services-
  • University of Toronto, School of Continuing Studies, Comparative Education Service –
  • International Credential Assessment Service of Canada-

** Mature students must be at least 18 years of age and pass a Wonderlic Scholastic Level Exam.

Assessment Method

You must take and successfully complete all modules and the co-op to be awarded a Certificate in Business Essentials Co-op. You are required to achieve a minimum overall grade of 50% per
module in order to pass. If you fail to meet the learning outcomes and the 50% passing grade in each module, you will have an opportunity to re-take the module at the next available sitting.

The assessment of each module consists of:

• Individual Assignments:-------------------------- 50%
• Participation:----------------------------------------- 10%
• Final exam:-------------------------------------------- 40%
• Work Placement Evaluation:------------------ 100%















Work Placement: Complete/Incomplete



Upon completion of this program, you will be awarded the certificate.

Career Opportunities

Graduates of this course will be able to aim for roles as:

  • Administrative Support Officer
  • Administrative Assistant
  • Senior Secretary
  • Office Administrator
  • Coordinator
  • Sales Associate
  • Customer Service Representative
  • Financial Services Representative
  • Client Service Associate
  • Property Administrator
  • Cash Management Associate
  • Records Officer
  • Scheduling Assistant
  • Junior Planner
  • Junior Executive Assistant


Academic: 12 weeks in-class with 12 weeks co-op
Total length: 31 weeks including scheduled breaks

Start DateJanuary, March, May, July, September, November

Fees$10,000 CAD
Final Price (Special Promotion)*
$4,995 CAD international students (before November 2020)
$2,500 domestic students

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