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Co-op programs are the way to go if you’re looking to gain real-world work experience and get a diploma to hang on your wall. In a co-op program, you’ll complete a full-time diploma program, but for certain terms, instead of going to class, you’ll go to work in a relevant position within your chosen industry. After completing the diploma, you’ll be well equipped to start working and may even be hired by your work term employer. Depending on the co-op program you choose, you can receive credit for level 1, 2, and 3 of apprenticeship technical training if you later choose to pursue an apprenticeship. For some co-op programs you could receive credit for all 4 levels of apprenticeship training – no further technical training required. All that would be left is to fulfill the practical on-the-job training required to complete their apprenticeship. The amount of required practical training varies according to the specific apprenticeship.

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BCIT’s Co-op programs:



  1. Interior Design
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Bachelor of Interior Design


  1. CNC Machinist Technician
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma
  2. Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technician
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma


  1. Automotive Service Technician and Operations
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma
  2. Automotive Service Technician and Operations (Ford ASSET Option)
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma
  3. Heavy Duty Truck Technology
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma
  4. Marine Engineering
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma
  5. Nautical Sciences
    Full-time/Cooperative Education     Diploma