Part-time Certificate 5500cert

Earn the CSC part-time.

BCIT Computing offers the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) to provide students with a solid foundation in Information Technology (IT).

The focus of this credential is software development via multiple object oriented programming languages, Java, C and C++ plus computer architecture, relational database design and website development.

Students also learn skills in business, communication and mathematics plus they may choose 3 credits from the CST/PTS Diploma electives including advanced courses in database, web and mobile development.

The CSC is roughly equivalent to the first year of the full-time CST Diploma and is built on top of Applied Software Development (ASD) and Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS).

Complete both of the ASD and ACIS Associate Certificates prior to declaring the CSC. Please use the CSC electives in the ASD and ACIS for faster completion.

The CSC was not designed to be completed in a full-time delivery model. Most students attempt the CSC in 3-4 years part-time. If your goal is quicker completion then please apply to the full-time CST Diploma.  Please contact the program head for course planning if you want to attempt a faster track.

This Certificate is the third step in the laddered credentials toward the CST Diploma in Part-time Studies.

Program Entry

Prerequisites:

You are expected to have command of English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course, each course has prerequisites.

Please complete both of the prerequisite Associate Certificates 'Applied Software Development (ASD)' and `Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)' prior to starting the CSC.

Please Note:
You will not obtain a Program Declaration for the CSC unless you have completed the ASD.

International students who need to maintain a certain number of credits per term should contact the program head for course planning.


Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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.

Note: Please complete the two Associate Certificates 'Applied Software Development (ASD)' and 'Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS)' before applying.

Scheduled intakes

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

Costs & Supplies

Students should have a modern personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 7 or higher.
  • There are typically 17 -18 courses required to complete the CSC.
  • Canadian students should budget $11,000 for tuition and books.
  • The average cost is around $500 per course plus books.
  • International students students pay 2.5 x tuition.

Please note that the first year of the full-time CST Diploma costs about half as much for tuition.

Typical part-time students may complete the CSC over 3 years with 2 courses per term.

 

Tuition fees

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

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  BUSA 7250 Management Skills and Applications 3.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
  COMP 1113 Applied Mathematics 4.0
  COMP 1409 Introduction to Software Development 1 3.0
  COMP 1451 Introduction to Software Development 2 3.0
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
  COMP 1850 Web Development and Design 1 3.0
  COMP 2015 Introduction to JavaScript and jQuery 1.5
  COMP 2121 Discrete Mathematics 4.0
  COMP 2613 Java Application Development 4.0
  COMP 2617 C++ Application Development 1 4.0
  COMP 2717 C Programming 2 3.0
  COMP 2825 Computer Architecture 4.0
  COMP 2831 Business Analysis and Systems Design 4.0
 
2. Complete 2.5 elective credits from the Computer Systems Part-time Diploma program elective matrix.
 
Total Credits: 60.0

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

The CSC is designed for part-time course by course delivery over a maximum period of five (5) years.

This is a third level laddered credential encompassing the ASD and ACIS.

The CSC requires 60 total credits, each course has specific prerequisites.

Note:
Students should not attempt multiple programming language courses simultaneously.

Some CSC required courses are only offered once per year.

COMP 2121  "Discrete Mathematics" is only offered in April.
(The prerequisite COMP 1113 must be completed first)

COMP 2717  "C Programming 2" is only offered in January.
(The prerequisite COMP 2617 must be completed first)

COMP 2825 "Computer Architecture" is only offered in May.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

BCIT offers part-time students the opportunity to complete a series of credential programs, ultimately leading to a Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems. These first three credentials ladder towards the CST Diploma and the first two Associate Certificates, ASD & ACIS may be taken simultaneously. If you apply and qualify, you can earn the following credentials:

  1. Applied Software Development (ASD) - Associate Certificate
  2. Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) - Associate Certificate
  3. Computer Systems Certificate (CSC)
  4. Computer Systems Technology Diploma (CST/PTS)
  5. Bachelor of Technology in Computer Systems

Program abandonment

  1. Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  2. Where a student has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms, then that student will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  3. Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five-term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  4. Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to submit a new Program Declaration form for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this re-application will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

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.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit 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.

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