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Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Certificate


  • Program Length 
    30 Weeks
  • Credential 
    Certificate
  • Location Offered 
    Nanaimo

Cooperative Entrepreneur Training Certificate Program

Students with cognitive barriers or students who have faced employment challenges will learn all the essential skills of being an entrepreneur. With Faculty and community support, students will create a simplified business plan and acquire all the necessary licenses to operate their business. In the last 4-weeks of the program, students will put their business into practice with support from Faculty and assigned community mentors.

Program Outline

Fall Semester

Credits

CETP 100T - (Introduction to Self-Employment)

2

CETP 101T - (Entrepreneur Exploration)

2

CETP 102T - (Communicating as an Entrepreneur)

3

CETP 103T - (Researching the Competition)

4

CETP 104T - (Targeted Marketing and Advertising)

4

Semester Total

15

Spring Semester

Credits

CETP 105T - (Business Plan Essentials)

5

CETP 106T - (Entrepreneur Showmanship)

3

CETP 107T - (Self Employment Community Mentorship)

3

CETP 108T - (Self Employment: Connecting to the Community)

4

Semester Total

15

Program Total

30

 

Updated 
Wednesday, May 22, 2019

Admission Requirements

  • High school graduation or completion of certificate
  • Minimum 17 years of age and out of high school for at least one year
  • Completion of an employment preparation program such as WEST (accredited program) or at least one year of work and/or volunteer experience. An intake assessment will be conducted for each applicant to address suitability and to identify if self-employment is a feasible, realistic goal.

Applicants will be required to participate in an intake interview with the CETP Faculty to identify and discuss their goals of wanting to be in the program. The intake interview will be an opportunity for the Faculty to deem the applicants' suitability to the program.

Notes on Admission

  • A criminal record check may be required depending on the practicum location. 

Preference will be given to candidates with:

  • Post-Secondary education (employment readiness program)
  • Work experience

Career Opportunities

Students will become self-employed.

The program starts in September and applications are accepted between the first business day in October and March 31.    

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