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Current Agricultural Practices Essentials Certificate

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Application Deadline Advice

Applications can be submitted after October 1 for entry the following September and after May 1 for January entry. Qualified applicants are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Application before January 31 for the following September and before August 31 for the following January is recommended.

Application Fee: $47.76

1) Program Admission Requirements


1. High school graduation or equivalent 

2. English 11

3. One of:

  • Foundations of Math 11
  • Pre-Calculus 11
  • Apprenticeship and Workplace Math 11
  • Principles of Math 11
  • Applications of Math 11
  • Essentials of Math 11
  • MATH 085

4. One of:

  • Biology 11
  • Chemistry 11
  • Earth Sciences 11
  • Physics 11

Note: Completion of Agriculture 11 and 12 with at least C grades will also meet the Grade 11 Science requirement.


  • computer literacy 

Admission Advice

1. The Agriculture Technology department will also consider applicants if you can demonstrate a reasonable chance for success through a portfolio and/or interview.

2. Computer literacy means knowing how to run programs from a Windows environment, and having basic Internet, word processing and spreadsheet skills. If you do not have these skills you are advised to take an introductory computer course before beginning studies in Agriculture.

3. If you have allergies to dust, pollen or animal dander you should be cautious of entering the program.

4. If English is a second language (ESL) you must meet the English language proficiency requirement.
Early application to the program is essential so that there is time to conduct any necessary language assessment.

5. If you are a mature student without recent academic preparation it is advised that you consult with the agriculture department about refresher courses in math, biology, etc. well before the program start date.


2) Institution Admission Requirements

Applicants also have to satisfy UFV's institution admission requirements as listed below.

English Language Requirements


If English is not your first language, you must have one of the following to enter full time academic study (minimum score):

  • Two years of study and graduation from an English-language secondary school
  • Completion of a degree, diploma, or two years of study with a 2.00 CGPA at an English language post-secondary institution recognized by UFV
  • A C+ grade in English 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, IB English A (Standard or Higher Level) or AP English
  • A TOEFL score of 88 (internet based),
  • A TOEFL score of 570 (paper based) or 320 (computer based) with a 4.0 TWE (essay) score
  • An IELTS score of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6.0
  • A UFV Composition Placement Test score of 48
  • A CAEL score of 70
  • A Cambridge score of a C
  • A CanTEST score of 4.5 with a writing score of 4.0
  • A MELAB score of 85
  • A LPI score of 30 (Level 5)
  • A UFV English as a second language assessment result equivalent to the completion of 80 level ESL writing and grammar
  • Completion of any course or test score with grades that meet the prerequisites for ENGL 105, ENGL 120, CMNS 125 or CMNS 155
  • A C- grade in a first year English or Communications course at UFV
  • A C grade in ENGL 099 or CMNS 099
  • A C+ grade in ENGL 081, ENGL 091 or ESL WG84
  • An Accuplacer Reading Comprehension score of 80 and an Accuplacer WritePlacer score of 6

Verify with the institution directly

General Admission Requirements (All Students)

Beyond program admission requirements, you should also be aware of UFV's English language entrance proficiency requirement.

BC Secondary School (or equivalent)

Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require students to have BC secondary school graduation or equivalent to meet entrance requirements. Complete program admission requirements for all UFV programs are detailed in Education Planner.

The following links also offer helpful advice regarding Secondary School grades and transcripts for the admission process:



Students must meet the academic requirements of their intended program (detailed within the program admission requirements section for UFV programs within Education Planner).

Many programs require applicants to have the equivalent of BC Secondary school graduation to meet entrance requirements. To determine the equivalency of BC secondary school graduation from other parts of Canada please click here.



BC Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from another BC post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Out-of-Province Transfer Student

If you wish to transfer credit from an out-of-province post-secondary institution to UFV please click here.

Mature Student

Post-secondary programs at UFV normally require BC secondary school graduation (or equivalent) for admission. However, some programs accept mature students without secondary school graduation. Each program has specific admission requirements in place to ensure students have a reasonable opportunity to succeed. If mature student entry is available for a program, the requirements and minimum age will be stated. These program admission requirements are outlined for all of UFV's programs in Education Planner.



International Student

International applicants must have completed the equivalent of Canadian Grade 12 (or near-equivalent standing) plus specific program prerequisites for admission to any UFV career, technical or academic program. In addition, minimum English requirements must also be met.

For more details on UFV's general admission requirements and English requirements for International applicants please click here.

Other Student (including Special Consideration)

Special Admission - Any individual who does not qualify for admission through any of the other avenues may petition the UFV Academic Standards Committee for special consideration.

How to Apply

For step-by-step application advice to UFV please click here.

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