Part-time Associate Certificate 5530acert

Learn Agile Methods and Effective Scrum Techniques Part-time

Agile development is all about meeting changing needs through adaptive planning, incremental product creation, and short IT project delivery cycles. These skills may also be applied to other aspects of product development and consulting.

This BCIT Computing program focuses on skills needed to work in software development teams which include developers (programmers), testers, project leaders, and business product owners.

Students work in small groups and learn how to communicate with other small groups using incremental and iterative approaches via Scrum Meetings and Sprint Planning sessions.

Topics include computer science concepts, communication, teamwork, collaboration, Lean/Kanban, and the Dynamic Systems Development method. There is a focus on Process adaptability throughout the IT project life-cycle.

This program includes components of the CST Diploma in Part-time Studies. Students build on two foundation courses in computer science, and then move on to three specific Agile courses.

CST and CIT Diploma graduates will have advanced standing into this program via earned credit Relational Database and SQL.

Graduates of this Associate Certificate in Agile Development will be able to effectively apply the core values of the Agile Manifesto in a wide range of work environments and use Agile methods to develop scalable and secure technology solutions.

Program Entry

Students in this program are required to use computers and have English reading, writing and speaking skills. Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.

  • COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge
  • BC High School Grade 12 English and Grade 12 Math, or equivalent knowledge

Note: This program is aimed at mature students with other post-secondary education and work experience in IT.

The Associate Certificate in Agile Development is not designed for those students just out of high school with no other education or work experience. Those students should consider completing a Diploma or Degree in order to be well positioned in the job market.

Full-time BCIT Computing students who have completed the CST or CIT Diploma will have earned credit for COMP 1630. Part-time students who have completed ADAD, or AWD or ASD and ACIS will have credit for specific courses.

Program declaration

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 COMP 2833 before declaring your intent to complete this program.

Scheduled intakes

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

Costs & Supplies

All Computing Part-time Studies programs are course by course registration. Course tuition and books for this program are around $3,700 depending if eBooks are chosen.

Specific textbooks are required for COMP 1630 and COMP 2831 which also have lower cost eBook options.

Students register and pay for available courses online, by clicking on the green block 'Add to Cart'. Follow the directions to obtain a BCIT student number if you do not already have one.

Note: Please register early to avoid disappointment, our COMP courses are very popular and fill well in advance.

Tuition fees

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


Program delivery

Part-time studies, course by course delivery in computer labs and classroom on evenings and weekends. COMP courses in this program use a combination of blended learning with face to face and online delivery. Each course has detailed prerequisites, and in most cases, courses in this program cannot be completed concurrently.

Program matrix

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Required Courses: Credits
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
  COMP 2831 Business Analysis and Systems Design 4.0
  COMP 2833 Agile Development with Scrum 4.0
  COMP 2834 Agile Business Systems Analysis 4.0
  COMP 2835 Agile Project Leadership 4.0
Total Credits: 21.0

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 foundations of this program include group work, the communication of technical system specifications in writing, and oral presentations in a team environment.

After completing the core courses in Relational Database Design with SQL, plus Business Analysis and Systems Design, students must complete three specific Agile courses.

COMP 2833 must be completed prior to COMP 2834 or COMP 2835.

Attendance, participation, group work, and an online component are mandatory.

The first two foundation courses, COMP 1630 and COMP 2831, are equivalent to university-level Computer Science courses and are part of existing BCIT Computing Part-time Studies credentials.

The Associate Certificate in Agile Development may be completed in as little as 16 months part-time by completing one course per term.

Program length

The time limit to complete the Associate Certificate in Agile Development is 3 years.


Students will be given a grade for each course based on the listed competencies. In some cases each course carries a mark for individual work; most courses require teamwork, as well as an individual test. The passing grade for each course in this program is 60%.

Assignments, exams and presentations will be used in the evaluation of students. All assignments must be completed and submitted in order to pass each course.

Program location

Most COMP courses are offered at BBY and DTC. The Agile specific courses: COMP 2833/2834/2835 are typically only scheduled at DTC.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Program abandonment

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

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

  • 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.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication 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 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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies database courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field. Many of our instructors are also graduates of BCIT's Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma and Degree programs.

Advisory committee

This credential was developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing Part-time Studies, in conjunction with Ed Rubuliak and other subject matter experts.

Agile course concepts and development was led by Ed Rubuliak. Systems Analysis and Database courses were developed and are delivered by Ed Rubuliak, Frank Wegener, Glen Elliott, Pauline Panek, Mark Bacchus and Benjamin Yu.

The Associate Certificate in Agile Development was approved by the BCIT Computing Program Advisory Committee (PAC); the School of Computing and Academic Studies Quality Committee (SQC); the BCIT Vice President Academic; the BCIT Education Council (Edco) and the BCIT Board of Governors (2015).

Contact Us

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General Inquiries: 604-432-8465

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