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The BCIT Food Technology Diploma program trains students in the basics of food technology, including food processing, quality control, food testing, and analysis. Graduate with all the practical skills you need to start your career.

At BCIT, we believe in real life experience. In this program, you get to interact first-hand with industry sponsors who mentor and support students in getting relevant food technology skills.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time diploma program
  • On-campus lectures and labs provide you with theory and hands-on experience
  • Industry-sponsored project gives you applied learning opportunities
  • Opportunities for work experience at the industry sponsor's place of business

Find out more about BCIT’s Food Technology diploma by visiting Program Details.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Enjoy working both individually and in a team environment
  • Have a passion for food and the food industry
  • Are interested in developing their critical thinking skills
  • Have a high school diploma or higher level of education

Sound like you? See Program Entry for details on what you need and how to apply.

What grads can do

BCIT grads are set up to enter a career in food technology the moment they graduate. They can also keep studying to further advance their career. See Graduating and Jobs to find out about the possibilities.

Program Entry

Application processing

Open to applications beginning November 1st (or next business day)

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Chemistry 11 (67%)

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 12 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 12 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 12 (67%)

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting all first year entrance requirements with your online application.

Apply to program

BCIT only accepts complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enrol in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within 2 business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal e-mail and your myBCIT e-mail address. All correspondence about your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an email when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these emails, or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within 4 weeks.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,124; Level 2: $741; Level 3: $735; Level 4: $511

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BIOT 1020 Introductory Microbiology 6.0
  CHEM 1103 Chemistry 1 for Food Technology 6.0
  COMM 1144 Communication 1 for Biotechnology / Food Technology 3.0
  FOOD 1035 Biology 2.0
  FOOD 1095 Introduction to Food Technology 4.0
  MATH 1441 Technical Mathematics for Food Technology 6.0
  PHYS 1145 Physics for Food Technology 1 3.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 2203 Chemistry 2 for Food Technology 8.0
  COMM 2244 Communication 2 for Biotechnology / Food Technology 4.0
  FOOD 2010 Food Processing 1 8.0
  FOOD 2020 Food Microbiology 8.0
  MATH 2441 Statistics for Food Technology 6.5
  PHYS 2145 Physics for Food Technology 2 5.5
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 3311 Instrumental Analytical Methods 5.0
  FOOD 3010 Food Processing 2 5.0
  FOOD 3035 Quality Control 1 3.0
  FOOD 3040 Food Analysis 1 5.0
  FOOD 3255 Food Safety and Sanitation 5.0
  FOOD 3390 Research Methods 1.0
  MATH 3441 Advanced Statistical Methods/Computer Skills For Food Technology 3.0
  OPMT 1343 Operations Management 1 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 1102 Management for Food Technology* 2.5
  COMM 3444 Communication 3 for Food Technology 2.5
  ELEX 2825 Process Instrumentation (Food Tech)* 2.5
  FOOD 1189 HACCP: Developing a HACCP Plan 2.0
  FOOD 4010 Food Processing 3 6.5
  FOOD 4020 Process Systems for Food Technology 6.5
  FOOD 4030 Quality Control 2 5.5
  FOOD 4045 Food Analysis 2* 3.5
  FOOD 4050 Product Development 1* 3.5
  FOOD 4395 Directed Studies for Food Technology (Practicum) 8.0
* denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 143.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Food Technology graduates wishing to further their Food Technology education to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and Operations Management receive two years of credit toward the B.Sc. Graduates can continue to develop their careers in the food industry or pursue graduate studies at another institution leading to M.Sc., PhD or MBA.

Food Technology graduates wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Technology may receive two years of credit toward the BCIT Environmental Health (Public Health Inspection) program, leading toward a career in public/environmental health services. Graduates wanting a degree in food science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) are assessed on an individual basis by UBC.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads get work

Most of our grads get work within two months of graduating. From big industry to mom and pop businesses, BCIT grads are working to support safe food production. With applied work experience in the field, you will have the skills employers are looking for.

Keep learning

Diploma grads can receive two years’ worth of credits toward BCIT's Food Technology and Operations Management Bachelor of Science. This program is for graduates looking for leadership and decision-making roles in the food industry.

Grads can also choose to apply to other bachelor's degree programs in a variety of fields including business environmental health.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Erin Friesen, PhD, CFS
Program Head

Anne McCannel, MSc, CFS

Ken Keilbart, Dipl
Assistant Instructor

Melinda Lee
Technical Staff II

Rebecca Robertson, BSc

Sharon Cameron
Program Assistant

Advisory committee

  • Marcela Cota, Vitalus Nutrition Inc.
  • Kendra Coutts,Daiya Foods Inc.
  • Susan Kwan, A&W Food Services of Canada Inc
  • Steven Leung, Canadian Food Inspection Agency
  • John Lew, Sai Global Assurance Services
  • Lynn Seidel, Shafer-Haggart Ltd
  • Dr. Sooyeun Moon, Mark Anthony Group Inc.
  • Walter Wardrop, NRC - IRAP

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Erin Friesen, PhD, CFS
Program Head

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