Part-time Distance Education
Campus: Sault Ste. Marie
Program Code: 2027


The writing skills developed in traditional academic settings may not adequately prepare the individual for the real business world. Today`s business environment is rapidly changing; the ability of the professional to relate his/her thoughts clearly, concisely and directly can be the key to career advancement.

The goal of the Effective Business Writing Certificate is to:

  • develop and refine business writing skills as a resource for the professional to meet the challenges of an evolving environment
  • develop a professional who is a productive, confident, and effective communicator in the business world

The student will participate in a series of three core courses and two electives, all available online. The core elements will focus on building a foundation in English writing skills. The electives will introduce the student to the major styles of business writing through personal selection from areas of interest.

The Effective Business Writing Certificate is a part-time program that is offered online via distance education. You must have access to a computer, the internet and an email account. All courses are offered online via the internet. Online courses begin every January, May and September. Some courses are also offered starting each month.

This program is available on a course by course basis. Students may choose to complete one or more courses each semester. Students in this program are not eligible for OSAP funding. Courses within this program must be completed within 7 years, unless otherwise specified.


OEL1101 - 2 Communication (LDS)
OEL453 - 3 Writing Grammatically
OEL620 - 3 Business Writing Strategies

Choose two electives from the following:

  • OEL106 Business Report Writing
  • OEL 1397 Generic Business Plan
  • OEL1304 Writing for the Web
  • OEL1300 Digital Communication
  • OEL1297 Intro to Social Media
  • OEL817 Desktop Publishing for Business

Requirements & Program Information

Ontario Secondary School Diploma with Grade 12 English (C) ENG4C or mature student status.

Career Path

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.

For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website:

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