BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

Aboriginal Community Economic Development Certificate

Department: Business
Program Delivery Location: Community
Credential: Certificate

Aboriginal Community Economic Development Certificate

The Aboriginal Community Economic Development program provides a first year certificate with an option of taking a second year diploma. As NVIT's ACED program fulfills the 16 competencies of the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers' (CANDO) technician status, upon completion of the 2nd year, students have the option to apply for technician status with CANDO. In addition to the Diploma and CANDO Certification, the Diploma ladders into a Bachelor of General Studies Degree from Simon Fraser University. Students have the opportunity to take this Degree in affiliation with SFU on the NVIT Campus.


Grade 12 graduation or equivalent with:

  • C+ minimum grade in Math 11 Foundations or MATH 059; and

  • C+ minimum grade in English 12/English 12 First Peopls or ENGL 060.

All students at NVIT are required to complete STSC 101.

Depending on the program requirements STSC 101 may or may not count towards grad requirements. A waiver from STSC 101 is granted only through the Dean's office. Those applying for a waiver from STSC 101 must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0 or higher with a minimum of 60 credits or equivalent of previous course work.

Certificate Completion Plan
To receive a Certificate in Aboriginal Community Economic Development, the learner must successfully complete the following courses. Please note that the student may take either ACED 120 OR BUSM 255, NOT BOTH and either ACED 140 OR BUSM 250, NOT BOTH.
  • ACED-100 - Introduction To Community Economic Development
  • ACED-115 - Introduction To Accounting For Continuing Education
  • ACED-140 - Introduction to Marketing
  • ACED-160 - Community Analysis
  • ACED-161 - Negotiations and Contract Management
  • ADMN-121 - Introduction to Management
  • ADMN-130 - Community Development I \
  • ADMN-165 - Introduction To Computing Systems
  • BUSM-200 - Finite Mathematics
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • Course Listing for this program

    ACED-100 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Community Economic Development
    ACED 100 clarifies the importance of Community Economic Development as a strategy for the development of economically marginalized and depressed communities. The course introduces students to the theory and practice of Community Economic Development, and provides them with an insight as to combining both theory and practice to help build capacity and sustainability within a community. It promotes a future role and job for the Community Economic Development Officer, and highlights how the successful completion of the course could help increase the development of healthy Aboriginal communities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, MATH 059 or Foundations Math 11 or permission of instructor
    ACED-115 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Accounting For Continuing Education
    ACED 115 is an in-depth study of the concepts, principles and practice for external business financial reporting. Consideration of issues related to the measurement and reporting of cash, receivable, inventories, property, plant and equipment, intangibles, investments, revenue and expense recognition and cash flows are discussed. In addition, current financial statement presentation issues (balance sheet, income statement and cash flow statement) are analyzed to gain an appreciation for the impact of generally accepted accounting principles on the business environment as a whole. Recognition and measurement of liabilities (short and long-term), the structure of stockholders' equity, taxes, leases, pensions, and accounting changes and error analysis are also covered in the course. Current generally accepted standards for business reporting are also analyzed, as is their effect on the presentation of financial results by corporations and other entities. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH 051 / English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 and Principles of Math 11 or permission of instructor.
    ACED-140 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Marketing
    In this course, students will be introduced to the concepts, activities, and decisions that relate to the marketing function in business and non-business organizations in community, regional, national and international settings. There will be a focus on development and implementation of marketing strategies through the use of marketing mix, variables of product, price place, and promotion. Ethical issues in marketing will be discussed, and the creative use of Internet marketing entertained. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ADMN 190 / ACED 120 / or permission of instructor. / ADMN 130 / ACED 100
    ACED-160 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Analysis
    Community Analysis examines how communities work. Five community functions - political, social, cultural, economic, and physical - will be identified and will be looked at from research, investigative, assessment, and analytical perspectives. The course highlights how data on the five functions may be collected, and how the analysis of the data can help Community Economic Development officers clarify challenges and opportunities and use the information to direct and inform action planning. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-161 - Credits: 3.000
    Negotiations and Contract Management
    This course focuses on how to successfully negotiate in a variety of organizational situations. In addition, participants learn the basic features of entering into, and successfully managing, a contract. Both negotiations and contract management are examined in this course through experiential models and practices, focusing particularly on applications with a First Nations setting. The learning process is based on a combination of lecture inputs to introduce core concepts, individual and class exercises organizational skills, and allows students to monitor their own progress in the course. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Algebra 11 and business writing experience or permission of instructor.
    ADMN-121 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Management
    ADMN 121 provides the student with an introduction to management. It is designed to introduce students to the world of organizations. Although this course will not necessarily make the student a manager, it will provide them with a better understanding of the workings of organizations and those who manage them. The ideas and concepts associated with management will be practiced in class through experiential learning in a team context. The material will not only clarify the things managers do but also focus on developing a conceptual awareness of the issues facing managers and organizations in the ever-changing and increasingly competitive world economy. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH-057 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 and MATH 057 or Foundations of Math 11 or permission of instructor.
    ADMN-130 - Credits: 3.000
    Community Development I \
    ADMN 130 examines Community Economic Development (CED) within a global setting. Additional CED strategies and the development of global theories on CED are explored. This course will promote roles and jobs for CEDOs (Community Economic Development officers)in their communities and globally. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: MATH 050, Foundations of Math 11 or MATH 057, and ENGL 060, or English 12, or English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12 or equivalent or permission of instructor
    ADMN-165 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Computing Systems
    Introduction to Computing Systems explains how computer systems, comprised of hardware and software, work. Computing systems are used as a tool, and are intended to increase operation efficiencies in business. Having a clear understanding of computing systems is important to those who often work with limited resources. In addition to enabling the student in understanding how to implement and utilize computing systems, this course will review examples of how computing systems and information technology have been used in economic development. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: COMP 050 / or equivalent or permission of the instructor.
    BUSM-200 - Credits: 3.000
    Finite Mathematics
    This course is designed to build a mathematical base for persons planning to become involved in administration and/or business management. In recent years, there has been a dramatic increase in the need for business professionals to be able to use mathematics in research, statistics, problem solving and decision-making. This course is designed to expose students to the areas of mathematics that they are likely to require in their future jobs or areas of study. Topics include linear equations, sets and counting, probability, matrices, linear programming and solving financial problems. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH-057 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12; and MATH 057 or Foundations of Math 11; or permission of instructor
    ENGL-110 - Credits: 3.000
    English Composition
    English 110 prepares students to write successful college essays. This course focuses on the writing process. Students will learn how to develop, organize, write, revise, document, and edit essays. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 or English Studies 12 and/or English First Peoples 12 or permission of instructor.

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2024 (January - April)

  • ENGL-110-01
  • Fall 2024 (September - December)

  • ENGL-110-V1

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