Program Highlights

Our Retail and Manufacturing Manager courses focus on developing the strategies of creating and operating a successful small business or manufacturing start up. Product design, sales, and customer services skills will help students create their niche in the industry. Each course in the certificate incorporates different elements to educate students on the proficiencies needed to be successful in the retail and manufacturing world. Each course can be completed individually or combine all six courses, including a co-op work placement, for a full program graduation.

Course Breakdown: 60 hours per course plus a 300 hour co-op work placement. Location: On Campus & Satellite Campus

Program Summary

Program Name: Retail & Manufacturing Program

Program Hours: 600 (Full Time) Length of Study: 12 Months Credits: 26 Credential: Certificate CIC Eligibility: One year study permit and co-op work permit. Work and Study permits expire upon graduation.

Entry Requirements: Minimum 18 years old & Proficiency in English. Intake dates: March, June & October

Courses within the Retail & Manufacturing Manager Program:

Bicycle Mechanic

Bike parks are springing up all over North America. With the explosion of participants, the need for highly trained, specialized bike mechanics has grown. Students in this course will be educated on all aspects of bike maintenance and sales to become a part of this growing field. Course content will focus on modern bike building techniques, repairs, customer service and sales. Students will be educated on the geometry of bike design, repair and maintenance, as well general business practices.

This professional-level course is designed for students with limited or no bike shop experience. This course also provides a solid foundation for those who wish to start and own a bicycle shop. Through hands-on lab course work directed by our instructors, students will receive a component-by-component study of bicycles and repair.

Ski & Snowboard Production

​In this course, students will be introduced to the core elements of ski and snowboard construction. As part of the curriculum, students will create a custom ski or snowboard “brand” with instruction from ski builder Greg Funk. Each student will learn ski & snowboard building from a hands-on approach, using industry-standard machinery. Further, students will create their unique brand’s marketing, operation and production schedule and graphic design elements. Upon departure, the student will have completed a business plan as part of their final project.

Boot Fitting

Featuring state-of-the-art machinery and techniques, students will learn the physiology and mechanics of boot fitting. Students will learn how to diagnose, evaluate and fabricate solutions to boot-fitting issues. Students will use multiple insole fabrication techniques and machinery to be competent in all aspect of boot fitting. Training will include shell and liner repair, performance enhancements and boot sales.​ As part of the course, students will create a small business plan and understand basic business management. This course helps students start a successful career in boot fitting and is aimed at students wanting to start their own shop.

Ski & Snowboard Tuning

Students will learn the skills and traits needed to be successful in world of ski and snowboard tuning. Featuring state-of-the-art machinery and techniques students will learn how to diagnose, evaluate and generate solutions to tuning needs and situations. Students will use multiple techniques and machinery to be competent in all aspect of tuning. As part of the course, students will create a small business plan and understand basic business management. This course helps students start a successful career in tuning and is aimed at students wanting to start their own shop.

The Business of Sport

Launching a small business demands self-starting individuals capable of managing retail and wholesale operations on their own. Students will learn how to plan and organize a small business operation for either retail or wholesale as well as evaluate the retail and wholesale landscape. Students will be immersed in retail and wholesale knowledge from faculty who are small business owners and/or brand representatives.

Co-op Work Experience

Students enrolled in full time programs complete a minimum of 300 hours of Co-op work experience with an employer related to their field of study. WAS has connections with businesses in Whistler that offer students the chance to practice their skills in a real world setting. These businesses are often looking for future employees and the co-op work experience course allows students an opportunity to impress local employers. WAS and students work together to find a suitable placement and this course is part of the overall grade students will achieve.

Program taught in:
  • English

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