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Program Overview

The Associate Certificate in Public Works Supervision has been designed in conjunction with the Public Works Association of British Columbia (PWABC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC), both of which have identified significant current and future shortages of trained supervisory personnel, and the necessity for succession planning in local government organizations. More specifically, it is designed for employees who want to move into supervisory roles. In addition to receiving an academic credential, graduates of the program are also eligible for certification through the PWABC as outlined on their website.

The Program

The program comprises five mandatory courses and offers a broad range of electives to supplement the mandatory course content. With the exception of three mandatory courses, students can complete sufficient requisite course credits via distance or online learning. The five mandatory courses comprise a technical and business writing course, a course in occupational health and safety legislation, and three “Public Works Institute” (PWI) week-long seminars.

Elective courses are broadly divided into Technical and Managerial categories, and are meant to enable the student to expand their knowledge of specific areas broadly covered in the PWI seminars. Thus, students can develop greater skills in areas specific to their current work assignment or areas of interest.

Program Entry

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Recommended requirements

Entrance into the Public Works Supervision program is open to anyone interested in advancing into a managerial or supervisory position in the public works or heavy construction environment. Applicants will significantly increase their chances of success if they have obtained the equivalent of Grade 11 graduation with a C in English. Students will be responsible for ensuring they meet any required prerequisites for admittance into individual courses.

Students who are unsure of basic necessary skills for a particular subject matter (such as business and technical writing) are encouraged to enrol in a refresher course to avoid frustration as they progress in their studies. Students with strong basic knowledge will be able to excel in their learning when advanced topics and subject matter are covered in later courses.

Program declaration

Effective January 7th, 2016, program declaration requests must be completed online. A declaration fee will be assessed at the time of the request. BCIT will no longer accept paper program declaration requests starting January 7th, 2016. Students who submitted paper declaration requests prior to January 7th, 2016 are not required to pay the fee.

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined. BCIT continuously reviews programs and implements changes based on industry and market trends. Program declaration guarantees that credit for courses which are a part of your program will be honoured despite program requirement changes.

Program declaration also provides the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.

It is not necessary to declare prior to registering in most Part-time Studies courses. It is a good idea to complete one or two courses before submitting your program declaration. Check your program's entry page for specific requirements.

Upon approval, a program plan will be sent to you confirming your program of study.

Declare Now

Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Students may request to have prior work experience or previously taken courses assessed for course exemption. Contact the Program Head for details on Prior Learning Assessment Recognition.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Fees page for information on tuition fees and refunds.

Courses

Program matrix

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Required Courses (15.0 credits): Credits
  INFR 1110 Public Works Institute 1* 3.0
  INFR 1120 Public Works Institute 2 3.0
  INFR 1130 Public works Institute 3 3.0
  OCHS 1100 BC OHS Legislation* 3.0
and
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication* 3.0
  or
  BLDT 1051 Technical Writing and Communications 3.0
*Successful completion of INFR 1110, OCHS 1100 and COMM 1103/BLDT 1051 is required prior to proceeding with INFR 1120.
 
Complete a minimum of 8.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
Elective credits are divided into both Technical and Managerial courses. At least one course must be taken from each category, and at least 8.0 credits must be successfully completed.

Technical Electives (choose at least one course)
  BLDT 1021 Construction Drawings 3.0
  PUBW 1114 Water Operator 1 3.0
  PUBW 1121 Roadworks Maintenance 1 2.5
  PUBW 1141 Municipal Plan Reading 2.5
  PUBW 2114 Water Operator 2 3.0
  PUBW 2530 Introduction to Land Use Planning 2.0
  PUBW 4550 Public Works Inspection 3.0
  TSYH 4720 Engineering Economics Part 1: Fundamentals of Financial Calculations 2.0
  TSYH 4721 Engineering Economics Part 2: Introduction to Engineering Economics 2.0
Managerial Electives (choose at least one course)
  BLDT 1061 Basic Management and Ethics 3.0
  BUSA 1305 Supervisory Skills 3.0
  CIVL 2131 Civil Project Scheduling 2.0
  INFR 3200 Fundamentals of Asset Management 3.0
  OCHS 2200 Safety Program Design 3.0
  OCHS 2440 Emergency Preparedness and Response 3.0
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
  TSYH 3460 Contracts Part 1: Types of Contracts and Contract Documents 2.0
 
Total Credits: 23.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

Accreditation

Students who successfully complete the Associate Certificate In Public Works Supervision are eligible to apply to the Public Works Association of BC for certification as a Public Works Supervisor provided they have the requisite work experience. Refer to the Public Works Association of BC website for further details.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

The three mandatory Public Works Institute Seminars will be delivered at the BCIT downtown campus. All other courses are delivered at the Burnaby campus, the downtown campus, or available via distance and/or online learning.

Program structure

The program consists of 5 mandatory courses (15.0 BCIT credits) and additional electives comprising 8.0 BCIT credits for a total of 23.0 credits. Students starting the program will have 7 years to complete the requirements.

The five mandatory courses comprise a technical and business writing course, a course in occupational health and safety with an institutional focus, and three “Public Works Institute” (PWI) seminars that exceed the requirements of the American Public Works Association (APWA). The APWA guidelines for hours and core content for PWI courses are detailed at apwa.net.

As writing and comprehension skills are fundamental to any supervisory or leadership position, the program begins by ensuring that students have a reasonable capability in this area. Students who are unable to meet the standard required to pass either COMM 1103 or BLDT 1051 will not be permitted to proceed past Public Works Institute Seminar Level 1.

Public Works Institute Seminars (INFR 1110, INFR 1120, and INFR 1130) are delivered over the course of a week via a mix of traditional lectures, group discussion, and interactive exercises. Students are expected to attend and participate in all sessions. PWI seminars must be attended sequentially. The PWI courses will cover the following broad topic areas: An introduction to Public Works Operations, Principles of Leadership and Supervision, Presentation and Verbal Skills, Basics of Finance, Government and Community, Contracts and Contract Law, Management Skills and Techniques, Environmental Management and Sustainability, and Infrastructure Asset Management.

Elective courses are broadly divided into Technical and Managerial categories. Students are required to choose a minimum of 8 credits from the electives listed, with the caveat that at least one elective from each category must be chosen. Electives may be taken at any time. Students should note that some listed electives have non-listed prerequisites which are not creditable, or may require prior knowledge.

With the exception of the Public Works Institute Seminars, students can gain all requisite credits through paper-based distance education or online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to issuance of any credential.

Professional associations

The Associate Certificate In Public Works Supervision was developed in conjunction with the Public Works Association of BC and Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. It is the academic qualification required for certification through the Public Works Association of BC.

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Ken Zeleschuk, Part-Time Studies Coordinator

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