Business and Entrepreneurship

Business Planning for Tradespersons

14 weeks Ontario College Diploma

Overview

An ever-growing demand for skilled trades results in great market opportunities for tradespersons. One of the important skills gaps identified amongst tradespersons is the lack of business acumen and entrepreneurial skills. The online modality of this course allows for greater flexibility, access and engagement for tradespersons from a variety of backgrounds who wish to learn how to start their own business. Business Planning for Tradespersons focuses on the tradesperson as an entrepreneur, guiding students through the steps of researching and developing a business plan at a level that is ready to implement. With the help of case studies, online collaborative tools, and design thinking methodology, students examine the steps and methods for developing a complete business plan, including marketing, operational and financial components. The course also prepares students to evaluate the viability of business ideas.

Apprenticeship Certificate of Qualification (as per Ontario College of Trades). After approval, students begin Semester 3.

Standard Fee - $374.08

Senior Fee - $334.39

Most college level courses require textbooks; textbooks are not included in the course fees. It is the student’s responsibility to purchase any required textbooks.

Textbooks are available at the Campus Shop for in class, Contact North, and iLearn/D2L courses. The Campus Shop does not carry most OntarioLearn textbooks. OntarioLearn textbooks can be purchased at www.textnet.ca.

Students may also purchase textbooks from a source of their choice, but the ISBN must match.

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Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

Program Vocational Learning Outcomes

  1. identify and discuss the impact of global issues on an organization’s business opportunities by using an environmental scan.
  2. apply principles of corporate sustainability, corporate social responsibility and ethics to support an organization’s business initiatives.
  3. use current concepts/systems and technologies to support an organization's business initiatives.
  4. apply basic research skills to support business decision making.
  5. support the planning, implementation and monitoring of projects.
  6. perform work in compliance with relevant statutes, regulations and business practices.
  7. explain the role of the human resource function and its impact on an organization.
  8. use accounting and financial principles to support the operations of an organization.
  9. describe and apply marketing and sales concepts used to support the operations of an organization.
  10. outline principles of supply chain* management and operations management.
  11. outline and assess the components of a business plan.
  12. develop strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance work performance in the business field.