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VENT 1824 - Apprentice to CEO- Entrepreneurial Skills for the Trades

Venture Development Centre Part-time Studies Course

School of Business + Media

BCIT is planning for a substantial return to on-campus activity for the fall 2021 term as informed by BC Public Health Officer guidelines. Refer to each course listing for details.

Course Details

Whether you’re an apprentice looking to the future, a journeyman who is looking to start their own business, or a trades person looking to become more valuable to their employer, Entrepreneurial skills for the trades will provide skills and insights to help build and maintain a successful trades business. What sets this apart from most "start your own business" courses is it’s strong emphasis on how to set up an operating system for your trades business. Topics such as invoicing, job tracking, estimating, finances, and safety programs will be a large component of the course, always keeping the focus on a trades business. Other topics include, how to set up a business (incorporation, proprietorship, partnership), business insurance, business taxes, introduction to financing sources, and an introduction to marketing your trades business.





Spring/Summer 2021

Below is one offering of this course for the Spring/Summer 2021 term.

CRN 66125

Thu Apr 08 - Thu Jun 24 12 Weeks

Class Meeting Times

Dates Days Times Locations
Apr 08 - Jun 24 Thu 18:00 - 21:00 Online Delivery
See Notes below


Chad Flinn

Course Outline




  1. Students are permitted to register up until the first week without approval. This is not a self-paced course. You will be expected to be available and online on the posted days and times shown on your registration schedule. It is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content. Course content, type and quality of assignments, and general standards for this online course are the same as classroom courses. To be successful in this online course, plan to spend 7-10 hours per week on your studies, or more for a condensed course, starting Week 1. Important course information will be sent to your myBCIT account prior to your course start date.
  2. Important course information will be sent to you prior to your course start date. Check your myBCIT email account to access this information.

This course offering is in progress and full. Please check back next term or subscribe to receive email updates.

In Progress and Full

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, students will be able to:

  • Research their field in order to make decisions regarding rates, services and competition for their business.
  • Create and implement an operating system for their business that will help with invoicing, job tracking, estimating, and safety protocols.
  • Formulate and implement a marketing plan for their trades business.
  • Understand the financial and legal aspects of starting a business in the trades.
  • Create a presentation on their operating structure for their business idea.

Effective as of Winter 2017

Related Programs

VENT 1824 is offered as a part of the following programs:

School of Business + Media

  1. Coast Capital Savings Entrepreneurial Program
    Part-time   Statement of Completion


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