Part-time Associate Certificate 5525acert

Learn to be an expert PC user

Most jobs require the use a personal computer and proficiency in word processing, spreadsheets, presentations and reporting tools.

BCIT Computing offers several ways to acquire expert level skills in computer applications.

For those who want a deeper and more expert understanding of current versions of MS Office, this program provides hands-on experience. It is designed for both new and existing personal computer users.

Students will have the confidence to master a variety of future application software as versions change.

Starting with Computer Concepts, students learn to properly use a Windows PC before moving on to either Word or Excel. Access and Web Development and Design complete the core.

Electives range from MS PowerPoint, Business Intelligence with Crystal Reports, MS Access Development and Simply Accounting and Business and Technical Communication.

Students who successfully complete this program will also be prepared to challenge the associated MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist exams, for an additional fee.

Graduates of this Associate Certificate may choose to continue on to the Applied Web Development, Associate Certificate.

Program Entry

BC High School Grade 12 English or equivalent knowledge.

Students in this program are required to have English reading, writing and speaking skills.

Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.

Please Note: COMP 1002 - Computer Concepts and Microsoft Windows, is the starting point for those looking to become computer literate. This comprehensive course is core to this credential and a prerequisite for any of the higher level COMP courses, including all of the MS Office application courses. Complete COMP 1002 before starting any of the other courses in this program.

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.

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Please allow approximately 8 weeks for processing.

Prior Learning Assessment & Recognition (PLAR)

Use your knowledge and skills learned outside recognized programs - including on-the-job experience, or self study - to gain exemption for specific courses. PLAR relies on an assessment of the student, on a course-by-course basis via an exam, for the course being challenged, if available. For more information on PLAR exams, please email the department: cstpts@bcit.ca

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 (15.0 credits): Credits
  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
  COMP 2369 Microsoft Word 3.0
  COMP 2364 Microsoft Excel 3.0
  COMP 2374 Microsoft Access 3.0
  COMP 1850 Web Development and Design 1 3.0
 
Complete a minimum of 7.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  COMP 2375 Advanced Microsoft Access Development 3.0
  COMP 1255 Applied Sage 50 Accounting 3.0
  COMP 2252 SAP Crystal Reports 3.0
  COMP 2253 SAP Crystal Reports Advanced 1.0
  COMP 2256 Visual Analytics for Business Intelligence with Tableau 3.0
  COMP 2384 Microsoft PowerPoint 1.0
and/or one of the following:
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  or
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
 
Total Credits: 22.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

*NOTE: You may not claim duplicate credits for the same courses/topics, for different versions of the same subject, applications or the operating system.

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

A minimum of 22 credits must be chosen from the 'Required and Elective' sections below. All courses must be completed successfully within a five-year period. We constantly update our curriculum to reflect market trends in the industry.

Our MS Office "COMP" courses are delivered by certified by Microsoft subject matter experts who use real world examples with hands-on exercises and significant homework.

Our credit courses are typically 12 lessons each, most courses are 12 or 6 weeks long with some as short as 2 weeks. We have offerings every term in Burnaby and the Downtown Campus.

Please Note: Compressed six-week courses are twice as much work in half the time. Attendance in every lesson is mandatory, missing even one day places students at risk for failure. Miss two days and you will have missed over 33% of the 6 week compressed course and you will have exceeded the 20% allowable.

Intensive two-week courses are not suited for most students as these sections include the same content as a twelve-week course. Students are in class for 3.5 hours every day and must allocate 3.5+ hours per day for labs and homework. It is unwise to attempt a two-week section if you have other course requirements. Attendance every day is mandatory.

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

After successfully completing most of these MS Office 2010 courses, students will be prepared to challenge the MOS*, Microsoft Office Specialist exams at the Expert level in MS Word and MS Excel, should they want to pursue industry credentials.

*MOS, Microsoft Office Specialist MOS exams are available from a third party and may be obtained for an additional cost.

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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