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Design Your Future

A selection of part-time studies courses will be offered that will lead to an Associate Certificate in Computer Aided Design Technology. Computer Aided Design (CAD) tools are being increasingly used in engineering and architectural fields. As well, CAD is finding applications in other areas such as facilities management and interior design.

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The Associate Certificate program is intended for:

  • draftspersons, technicians or individuals who are skilled in a technical field who need to develop their CAD proficiency
  • individuals who require a formalization of their technical abilities in CAD

The associate certificate program courses are taught at a level that assumes students have completed senior secondary school math, science and English or equivalent.

To be awarded an Associate Certificate in Computer Aided Design Technology, the student must complete 9.0 credits of required courses and 12.0 credits of elective courses for a total of 21.0 credits.


Program Entry

Entrance requirements

BCIT part-time studies courses and programs are taught assuming that registrants not only have a BC Grade 12 level of English, but also have proficiency in all four language skills: reading, writing, speaking, and listening.

BCIT has several upgrading courses for students who wish to improve their English language skills.

Apply to program

A formal application to the program is not required prior to registration. Interested students can go ahead and register for courses from the program matrix.

If a course has one or more prerequisites, you are responsible for ensuring that you have either successfully completed the prerequisite course, or have the equivalent skills and knowledge, prior to registration.

If you believe that you have taken an equivalent course at a different post-secondary institution, you can apply for transfer credit by submitting your official transcript and detailed course outline.

Once you have completed two or three courses, please declare your intended program of study.

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

Part-time studies terms start in January, April and September. Course start dates may vary.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis. For more information, please visit Fees & Financial Aid :: Part-time Studies.

If your employer or organization will be paying your tuition, please review BCIT’s sponsorship information.

Books and supplies

Required textbooks can be purchased at the BCIT Bookstore.

Financial assistance

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

Courses

Class hours

Most courses are offered in one or more of the following formats:

  • Weekday evenings, 6:45pm – 9:45pm
  • Saturdays, 8:30am – 4:30pm
  • Week-long intensives, Monday to Friday, 8:30am – 4:30pm

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: (9.0 credits) Credits
  AICO 1000 AutoCAD 1 3.0
  AICO 4090 CAD Practicum* 3.0
  MECH 1000 Drafting Fundamentals for Mechanical 3.0
* Students may register for AICO 4090 (CAD Practicum) following completion of all other credits required for completion of the associate certificate.
 
2. Elective courses: (12.0 credits) Credits
  AICO 2000 AutoCAD 2 3.0
  AICO 2020 AutoCAD Customization 3.0
  AICO 3001 AutoCAD 3D 3.0
  AICO 3010 AutoCAD: Advanced 3.0
  AICO 3020 AutoCAD Programming 3.0
  AICO 4044 Autodesk Inventor 3.0
  AICO 4048 SolidWorks 1 3.0
  AICO 4148 SolidWorks 2 3.0
  COMP 1002 Applied Computer Concepts 3.0
Note: The courses listed below have been discontinued. Students who have completed any of these courses may apply the credit towards the associate certificate.
  • AICO 3045 - Architectural Desktop
  • AICO 4021 - Autodesk Viz
  • GIST 7107 - Autodesk Map
 
Total Credits: 21.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Course credit may be applied for, but in no case can the total of applied credits exceed 10.0 credits. Substitution of credits can be made with departmental approval. All courses are subject to change. Additions and deletions to the listed courses reflect the continuing developments of CAD.

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 length

Program completion time depends on course availability and the student’s planned schedule of courses. For example, students taking 6.0 credits (2 courses) per term can complete the program in four terms (approximately 16 months).

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Some courses are also offered at the Downtown Campus:

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

Job opportunities depend on the student's chosen electives and previous level of education and applicable work experience. As a BCIT student and alumni, you have access to BCIT's Student Employment Services for work search support and resources, and also eJobs, an online job bank created specifically for BCIT graduates.

BCIT Student Employment Services
BCIT eJobs

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.

Contact Us

Candace Marrington, Program Assistant
Candace_Marrington@bcit.ca
604-432-8521

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