Business Administration

Certificate Course


This course was designed to equip students with the knowledge and skills needed to function effectively in an administrative environment. The topics covered also lay the 

foundation for continued education in the areas of Business Administration and Management.

Participants are also eligible to pursue the NVQ Business Administration Level 1.


This programme will introduce participants to the following;

1. Fundamental usage of business communication

2. Practical and theoretical concepts of management.

3. Strategies for effective marketing and advertising.

4. Promote the effective communication of occupational health and safety activities and practice.

5. Financial statements and records essential to making investment decisions. 

6. Concepts of Planning and implementation of change in the workplace.


  • Office assistants

  • Secretaries 

  • Receptionists 

  • Junior staff 

  • Small business owners 

  • Individuals who need to improve or formalize their business and administrative skills.


This programme aims to:

  • Provide participants with the skills required to communicate effectively.

  • Provide tools needed to analyze problems and devise solutions.

  • Improve the skills needed to manage information and human assets.

  • Develop an appreciation for the people management functions within the organization.

  • Ensure that students understand the importance of administrative processes to organizational effectiveness.



  • Mathematics 102​​

  • ​Business Communication

  • Principles of Management

  • Introduction to Financial Accounting



  • Introduction to Human Resources Management

  • ​Introduction to Computers and Productivity Tools

  • Introduction to Advertising and Marketing

  • Ethical and Legal Issues

  • Occupational Health and Safety


Assessment of the course is determined by the written examination which accounts for 60% of the overall grade.  As well as the final project which accounts for the remaining 40%.




  • CXC General English or Equivalent

  • CXC Principles of Business or Office Administration 

  • Computer Literacy


  • 1 year relevant work experience 

Note: Grade requirements for CXC/CSEC subjects are General Proficiency – Grades 1 or 11 prior to June 

1998 and Grades 1, 11 or 111 from June 1998.




This course will be offered in the face to face mode and will involve a mix of lectures, discussions and presentations. To benefit fully, a student’s participation in all aspects of the course is required.

Students must:

  • Attend all lectures

  • Prepare for lectures

  • Contribute to all discussions


This programme offers dual qualification. Career Development Institute’s Certificate in Business 

Administration on successful completion of full programme and the TVET Council’s Unit Qualification in individual Units or Full Qualification in Business Administration Level 1 upon the successful completion of the Caribbean Vocational Qualification (CVQ) Level -1 – Assessments. For further details on the latter consult the Programme Coordinator, Division of Social Services.


​​Registration: $50.00

Course Fee: $ 900.00


​Duration: 6 Months

Call 431-0957 for further information.

Some aspects of this course outline are subject to change.​

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The Career Development Institute

(former Standard Distributors building),

Tudor Street, Bridgetown, St. Michael

Tel: 1-246-431-0957

Office Hours:  8 a.m. - 4 p.m (Monday - Friday).

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