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Starting a Business (AVS)

Have you ever asked yourself whether or not you should exercise your entrepreneurial skills?

This line of questioning may then lead you to ask: How should I market my ideas and knowledge? Will I be happier and make more money if I am my own boss?

Starting your own business would certainly be a challenge, but the results could also be quite rewarding!

This course offers you the opportunity to cover all of the basic principles of developing and then turning your ideas into a real business venture, from evaluating your entrepreneurial capabilities to writing a comprehensive business plan (product or service-based).

Job opportunities

  • Sales attendant
  • Supervisor
  • Manager
  • Customer service representative
Possibility of specialisation via the AVS program in Sales Representation

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Program Objectives

To develop in the students the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to become qualified salespersons; to communicate effectively with customers and to advise them; to acquire sales techniques; to market products and to integrate harmoniously into a retail business.

Components of the Program

  • Promotion of products and services
  • Computer skills related to sales
  • Purchasing operations
  • Professional sales procedures

Admission Requirements

  • Hold a Secondary School diploma or its recognized equivalent;
  • To be 16 years of age on September 30 of the school year in which their training is to begin and have earned the Secondary IV credits in language of instruction, second language and mathematics (MATH 416);
  • Have earned those same credits at Secondary III level and continue general courses to obtain the Secondary IV credits while pursuing General Education courses;
  • Be at least 18 years of age and have the functional prerequisites.

Program Content

Code Statement of the Competency Hours Credits
948-422 Determine their suitability for the occupation and the training process. 30 2
948-436 Establish professional relationships in the workplace. 90 6
948-443 Interpret consumer behaviour. 45 3
948-452 Provide customer service. 30 2
948-468 Sell products and services. 120 8
948-473 Perform sales-related transactions. 45 3
948-481 Manage their time at work. 15 1
948-492 Use job search techniques. 30 2
948-504 Begin acquiring professional sales experience. 60 4
948-512 Become familiar with the laws and regulations governing professional sales. 30 2
948-522 Provide after-sales service. 30 2
948-534 Perform sales-related ativities in French (as a second language). 60 4
948-543 Keep their knowledge of products and services up to date. 45 3
948-554 Perform stock management activities. 60 4
948-563 perform visual merchandising activities. 45 3
948-573 Make connections between marketing strategies and sales of products and services. 45 3
948-588 Integrate into the workplace. 120 8

Total: 900 hours

Loans and bursaries are available from the MELS.

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