Part-time Associate Certificate 550sacert

Overview

This credential is primarily for students who need quick entry into the Computer Systems Technology (CST) Bachelor of Technology program. The Associate Certificate provides a comprehensive understanding of the computing technologies fundamental core areas including programming languages, systems development, computer architecture and operating systems, computer communication and database.

Students will be able to compete for entry-level programming jobs upon completion of this program. These are intensive courses that are equivalent to taking four or more courses at one time.

You are advised not to take any other courses at the same time as a Foundation course.

The Program

This program requires 42.0 credits of course work which must be completed successfully within a five-year period. BCIT curriculum may be modified in accordance with market trends in industry.

Prerequisites:
Each course has prerequisites.

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course. You are also expected to have excellent command of English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.

Note:
Prior programming and working knowledge of writing structured code is crucial before starting COMP 2653.

For entry into the CST Bachelor's program, it is strongly advised that students have their academic background evaluated by the CST Bachelor of Technology department before enrollment into the Foundations courses. In some cases, along with Foundations courses, students may be required to complete additional courses in order to gain acceptance into the Bachelor program.

For an evaluation or further information regarding the CST Bachelor of Technology program please see Computer Systems Technology Degree Programs or phone 604-432.8644 or email cstbtech@bcit.ca.

Program Entry

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.

Costs & Supplies

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  COMP 2653 Computer Systems Technology Foundations 1 8.0
  COMP 3653 Computer Systems Technology Foundations 2 10.0
  COMP 3673 Computer Systems Technology Foundations 3 9.0
  COMP 3683 Computer Systems Technology Foundations 4 12.0
 
Total Credits: 39.0

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

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

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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