Program Information

Small businesses continue to show growth in today's economy, providing opportunities for tradespeople who possess a combination of trade and business knowledge. The Business-Trades online two-year Ontario College Diploma program gives tradespersons the opportunity to develop the skills necessary to plan and manage a business. The program emphasizes a core business curriculum focused on the management of a trades business. Students learn the basics of finance, marketing, operations and human resources as well as legal, ethical and planning considerations.

Please Note: This innovative program recognizes the prior learning and practical experience of qualified tradespersons. Existing graduates from apprenticeship programs may have the opportunity to gain advanced standing for courses in the first two semesters depending on their education and work experience.

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Admission Requirements

O.S.S.D. or Mature Student Status
Apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification (as per Ontario College of Trades)

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If you are taking part-time courses with the intention of completing a program and earning a credential, you must meet Admission Requirements outlined on the program page. It is the student's responsibility to supply proof of admission requirements to the Office of the Registrar before he/she has completed three courses in the program.

If you do complete the program and do not have the appropriate admission requirements, you will be ineligible to receive your certificate or diploma.

If you believe you have an equivalent level of knowledge and would like credit for Prior Learning Assessment, please contact Counselling at 519-542-7751 ext 3412 at least two weeks before classes begin.

Course List

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Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Employment Opportunities

Graduates are well positioned to start their own trades-related business, to manage a small to medium-sized trades-related business, or use their newly developed skills and knowledge to improve their existing business. Employment may also exist in both the private and public sectors where strong leadership, management and entrepreneurship skills and the ability to adapt to change are highly desired. Those currently involved in a family-related business would be well positioned to lead or manage such enterprises.

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