McDonald's Advanced Placement and Prior Learning

McDonald’s Canada and British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) have partnered to offer education opportunities for McDonald’s managers to pursue post-secondary education at BCIT in School of Business programs.

Training and experience received at McDonald’s is recognized by BCIT through the Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) method and credit is awarded for each level of McDonald’s training completed.

Management Development Programs eligible for APPL pathways are:

APPL Assessment Process

To create your personalized education pathway complete the following APPL Assessment Application Process.

Step 1: Before you apply please have the following documents ready:
Step 2: Download and complete the McDonald’s training verification form [PDF].
Step 3: Apply for an Assessment.

Team Leaders & Shift Managers

Individuals who have completed the Team Leader Development program, Basic Shift Manager Development program, and/ or the Advanced Shift Manager development program are eligible for course-by-course Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition.

Individuals may receive 3.0 credits to 12.0 credits depending on the last development module completed and their BCIT program of interest.

Second Assistant, First Assistant and Restaurant Managers

Individuals who have completed the Second Assistant Manager, First Assistant Manager, and Restaurant Manager development programs are eligible for advanced placement into the Bachelor of Business Administration program upon the completion of a BCIT bridging path.

The bridging path includes 6 to 9 courses in the following broad categories: economics, statistics, accounting, marketing and other academic subjects. Upon completion of the bridging path, the individual will be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Business Administration program.

The Bachelor of Business Administration program is an additional 17 courses and can be completed in 12 months full-time or 3 to 5 years part-time.

Contact Us

To find out more information on McDonald’s student pathways, please contact us at 604-453-4096 or email