BC's Indigenous Public Post-Secondary Institute

First Nations Public Administration Certificate

Department: Business
Program Delivery Location: Merritt, Community Based
Credential: Certificate
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time, etc.
Start Dates: TBA

First Nations Public Administration Certificate

The First Nation Public Administration (FNPA) Program is comprised of both a certificate and a diploma. The FNPA certificate is a ten course, 30-credit program offered through

community-based delivery or semester delivery. The diploma is an additional ten course, 30-credit program, which offers six core courses and the option to specialize in one of four areas; Education Administration, Health Administration, Band Management, or Housing Administration, to complete the last four (4) courses. The program offers courses for administrators and managers who require specific skills and education necessary for effective and responsible management in local First Nations governments and Aboriginal organizations.

Course topics include: organizational design and development; human resource administration; labour relations, policy development and implementation; legislative and government structure (provincial and federal); communication; economics; housing issues; administrative law; research; ethics; financial management; information management: accounting; finite mathematics and treaty negotiations related to your field and its impacts.

By enrolling in the FNPA program, you, as an employee in the First Nations public sector, will:

  • Understand the role, growth, and importance of First Nations governments and also government in First Nations, Aboriginal organizations, and Canada;

  • Gain knowledge of managerial theory;

  • Learn and practice the skills required to apply management theory on typical work situations in order to deliver effective and efficient government services;

  • Gain the skills and tools to analyze and communicate complex public sector management issues; and

  • Create, recommend and implement solutions to management problems.


  • English 12/English 12 First Peoples or ENGL 060;

  • Principles of Math 11 or MATH 051.

For more information, contact Chelsea Vaughan 250-378-3378 or cvaughan@nvit.bc.ca

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
FNPA Certificate is awarded to recognize the successful completion of one year of study. It requires 33 credits as prescribed below.
  • ACED-161 - Negotiations and Contract Management
  • ADMN-121 - Introduction to Management
  • ADMN-130 - Community Development I \
  • BUSM-200 - Finite Mathematics
  • BUSM-222 - Organizational Behaviour
  • BUSM-251 - Introduction to Economics
  • BUSM-294 - Business Law
  • ENGL-110 - English Composition
  • POLI-111 - Canadian Government & Politics
  • STSC-101 - Strategies for Success 101
  • FNPA Diploma (2Year) Completion Plan

    An FNPA Diploma will be granted to the student who successfully maintains a minimum GPA of 2.00 ( C ) and has completed the 33 credit FNPA Certificate and 30 credits outlined in the diploma completion plan.

    Admission Requirements
    Completion of the First Nation Public Administration Certificate program.

    Diploma Completion Plan
    Students must complete the 18 credits as prescribed below plus 12 elective credits with a cumulative GPA of 2.00.

    Education Administration Stream

    FNPA 200

    FNPA 210

    FNPA 220

    FNPA 230

    Band Administration Stream

    ACED 182

    FNPA 225

    FNPA 245

    FNPA 250

  • ACED-180 - Project Management
  • ACED-205 - Aboriginal Governance Development
  • ACED-240 - Contemporary First Nation Issues
  • BUSM-207 - Introduction To Statistics
  • BUSM-211 - Introduction to Finance
  • BUSM-223 - Human Resources Management
  • Course Listing for this program

    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, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-180 - Credits: 3.000
    Project Management
    Examines project management from a First Nations perspective, using models based on First Nations community projects. Experiential processes supplement theories for an introductory approach to managing projects, including finances, planning, scheduling and problem-solving. This course is targeted for those who are employed and/or have administrative experience. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: English 11, Foundations of Math 11, or equivalent assessments, or permission of instructor.
    ACED-205 - Credits: 3.000
    Aboriginal Governance Development
    This course focuses on the twin topics of effective leadership and the role and mandate of the Board of Governors or Tribal Council. This includes balancing the leadership and management needs of an organization, and sharing these functions effectively with the board. The governance functions of the mission statement, the role of the board, recruiting and orienting new board members, and board-executive director relations will be critically examined through experiential models and practices. Students will keep a single notebook or binder to hold their written notes and class handouts. This will develop the student's organizational skills, and allow them 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: ENGL 050 / MATH 057 / and business writing experience.
    ACED-240 - Credits: 3.000
    Contemporary First Nation Issues
    ACED 240 will provide the student with knowledge of contemporary First Nation issues. Students will examine First Nation peoples, employment, health and cultures. Other issues are: historical background, history of treaties, and Canada-First Nation relations, First Nation land claims, Indian and Northern Affairs Canada, government policy, and Canadian law. Contemporary issues such as treaty negotiations, Bill C-31, and self-government initiatives will be analyzed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ACED Certificate 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 059 / or English 12 and/or English 12 First Peoples and 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: English 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent assessment, and Math 11 or equivalent assessment, or permission of 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: MATH 059 / ENGL 060 / ENGL 060 or English 12 and/or English First Peoples; and MATH 059 or PREC 11; or permission of instructor
    BUSM-207 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction To Statistics
    This course is designed for students who require a course in statistical concepts, principles and methods in preparation for working with statistical studies and analyzing data in their chosen field of study. The focus of this course will be on the logic and interpretation of statistical concepts and techniques in business settings. Much work will be required. This course introduces the student to basic statistical methods for analyzing both a quantitative and qualitative information, including graphic methods, sampling, descriptive statistics and inferential statistics. The relationship of statistics to research methods is discussed, applications to business decisions is stressed. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor. / BUSM 200
    BUSM-211 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Finance
    The objective of this course is to develop a framework within which financial decisions can be examined. This framework broadly covers the theoretical foundations of finance, the Canadian institutional framework and the techniques used in financial management. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: BUSM 210 / BUSM 200
    Corequisites: corequisite or prerequisite / BUSM 207
    BUSM-222 - Credits: 3.000
    Organizational Behaviour
    Information extracted from various areas of psychology (social, industrial/organizational) and management will be utilized to study the nature of work, people and organizations. Topics include: leadership, motivation, group dynamics, communication, Japanese management, job design, organizational design, culture and climate, organizational change, power, stress and time management and human resource management/development issues. Organizational behavior will be examined through lecture, discussion and practical applications of learned materials. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH 059 / ENGL 060 or English 12 and/or English First Peoples; and MATH 059 or PREC 11; or permission of instructor
    BUSM-223 - Credits: 3.000
    Human Resources Management
    An introduction to personnel management including organization of the personnel functions; recruitment and selection, interviewing and counseling, job descriptions and evaluation, compensation and salary administration, management development and performance appraisal, training and staffing planning, safety and occupational health. The course places particular emphasis on the practical applications of personnel policies and procedures, on personnel's relationship to management and management's responsibilities to employees. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: or permission of instructor / BUSM 222
    BUSM-251 - Credits: 3.000
    Introduction to Economics
    This course is designed to build a basic understanding of economic principles. Students who undertake this course will be able to understand and discuss economic issues at the level covered by the media. The course places a special emphasis on the economic indicators, measuring economic performance, GDP, unemployment, inflation, business cycles, barter and trade, the impact of taxation, and government policies. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH 059 / ENGL 060 or English 12 and/or English First Peoples; and MATH 059 or PREC 11; or permission of instructor
    BUSM-294 - Credits: 3.000
    Business Law
    This course introduces students to fundamental legal concepts, principles, and issues that are relevant to Canadian business. It promotes an understanding of how these legal concepts and issues are applied to specific problems in business. Topics include an introduction to the Canadian legal system, the law of torts, and the law of contracts. An in-depth investigation is then made in specific areas of contract and business law, including: sale of goods, contracts, employment contracts, the law of agency, corporations, secured transactions, the law of real property and mortgages, and negotiable instruments. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / MATH 059 / ENGL 060 or English 12 and/or English First Peoples; and MATH 059 or PREC 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 and/or English 12 First Peoples or permission of instructor.
    POLI-111 - Credits: 3.000
    Canadian Government & Politics
    This is a general course in Canadian politics which will focus on the structures of power, the functions of political institutions and the conflicts within the political system as a whole. While the focus of the course is federal politics, some time will be devoted to understanding the provincial and municipal levels of government. Attention will be given to some contemporary political issues (Quebec separation and Aboriginal concerns) and Aboriginal self-government. More Details on this course
    Prerequisites: ENGL 060 / or English 12 equivalency or permission of instructor.
    STSC-101 - Credits: 3.000
    Strategies for Success 101
    This course is a hybrid incorporating both online and classroom teaching. It introduces the students to college academic culture and connects them to the resources that will aid in their success. The course covers a variety of topics including: test-taking strategies, note-taking, time management, online research, student responsibilities and ethics, learning styles, and setting educational goals. More Details on this course

    Current Course Offerings

    01 = Merritt Campus
    V1 = Burnaby Campus

    Spring 2019 (January - April)

  • ADMN-121-01
  • ADMN-130-01
  • BUSM-222-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • POLI-111-V1
  • Fall 2019 (September - December)

  • BUSM-200-01
  • BUSM-294-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1
  • POLI-111-01
  • STSC-101-01
  • STSC-101-V1
  • Spring 2020 (January - April)

  • ACED-180-V1
  • ADMN-121-01
  • ADMN-130-01
  • BUSM-200-V1
  • BUSM-211-01
  • BUSM-222-01
  • BUSM-223-01
  • ENGL-110-01
  • ENGL-110-V1

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