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Business Writing

Available at: Online part-time


This certificate concentrates on teaching students to become productive, confident, and effective communicators in today's computerized business world. The Business Writing Certificate would be ideal for anyone thinking of starting a small business or launching a career within an established company. The program of study builds from a solid foundation in English writing skills and introduces students to the major styles of business writing. The latter part of the program allows students to choose areas of interest such as Web development, business manuals, and sales material. By the end of the program participants will have become more efficient producers of professional business documents using sound project management skills and insightful, resourceful communication strategies.

To successfully complete the program, participants must complete 2 core compulsory courses, plus 6 elective courses. 


  • For your convenience, some online courses can be started at different times throughout the semester, just choose the course date that fits your schedule.
  • The demand for part-time courses has increased to the point that we recommend you register early to ensure your acceptance into the course.
  • Online courses are easily identified by CS at the beginning of the course code (i.e. CSSE 65 Accounting Basics 1)
  • Textbooks and additional materials may be required for these courses. YOU are responsible for purchasing your textbooks and any additional materials for all courses. Please make a note of your course code (CS##) and see the bottom of this page for book order procedure.

 Visit the Online and Continuing Education catalogue for course details and to register.



This certificate will be of interest to any person seeking to develop, refine or expand their business writing skills including but not exclusive to administrators, human resource professionals, business owners and operators, entrepreneurs and entry level personnel.

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Program Name

Business Writing

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Location (Campus)

Online part-time

Canadian Fees

International Fees

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline

Required courses
CSAL 78 Writing Grammatically
CSSA 33 Desktop Publishing for Business

Electives (choose 2)
CSAL 61 Business Writing Strategies
CSAL 62 Contemporary Canadian Issues
CSAL 50 Technical Communications
CSMO 10 Research and Reporting

Electives (choose 4)
CSAL 52 Writing a Proposal
CSAL 81 Writing a Business Manual
CSAL 84 Writing a Business Plan
CSAL 85 Writing a Marketing Plan
CSAL 83 Writing for Sales Material

Admission Requirements


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

Formal and informal pathways offer SLC graduates the chance to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Those that follow are specific to this program:

    For details on Credit Transfer within Ontario please visit:


    The Social Service Worker course gave me the skills I needed to get started. SLC also helped by leading me through placements and job opportunities so that eventually I acquired enough experience and confidence to start my own business.

    Nicole Donaldson

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