Certificate Course

Understanding Employment and Business Contracts


DMA™ - Small Business Services Specialist


This course offers provides a basic understanding of the legal framework that businesses generally operate under. It provides students with the ability to recognize and identify potential legal traps. The course also provides practical tips that allow for the review and understanding of basic contract language and provisions.

Enrol Program Guide

Course Content

Chapter 1 | Introduction to Contracts (Part 1)
Chapter 2 | Introduction to Contracts (Part 2)
Chapter 3 | Leases
Chapter 4 | Real Estate Purchases and Sales
Chapter 5 | Employment Contracts: Hiring
Chapter 6 | Employment Contracts: Terminations
Chapter 7 | Incorporation
Chapter 8 | Business Succession
Chapter 9 | CASL and DNCL
Chapter 10 | Intellectual Property (IP)
Chapter 11 | Privacy laws


The law evolves constantly. Judges change the common law and Parliament and legislative assemblies adopt and change legislation on a regular basis. Every company requires interaction with legal talent to develop contracts with various stakeholders it interacts with. This course provides the background information a business owner needs to understand basic contractual agreements and templates for engagements with customers, sub-contractors and employees.

The course also reviews provincial and federal laws that affect incorporation, and consumer protection issues such as anti-spam, privacy, and telemarketing. The course will also touch on succession management and feature common practicalities to help you better understand relationships with legal advisors and assist in managing ongoing and repetitive contractual obligations with a minimum of costs.

What You'll Learn

You will learn basic contractual theory and how it applies to real estate leases and transactions, employment and sub-contractors. You'll discover the difference between a corporation, partnership, and sole proprietor, and the advantages and disadvantages of each business structure. You'll gain insight into the different approaches to business succession planning and the sale or purchase of a business, as well as key provincial and federal laws that affect business on a daily basis.

What’s Included

• Personal course selection consultation
• Virtual campus orientation
• Lesson and study plans
• Personal instructor email support
• Comprehensive Knowledge Journal
• EverGreen Online Research Library
• Knowledge Bureau calculators
• Testing and certification
• CE/CPD accreditation

Marking Guide

Case Studies
Final Exam
Passing Grade
Honours Achievement

All students who pass the course will receive a certificate. Students who receive a mark of 90% or better will receive a gold honours bar on their certificates.

CE | CPD Credits

Knowledge Bureau | 30 CPE credits

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Complement your online education with CE Summits. Held in November, January and May, these one-day, instructor-led workshops offer peer-to-peer learning experiences to students who prefer studying in groups.


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