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PLEASE NOTE: All scheduled PELD classes will be temporarily online via Learning Hub until further notice. Once BCIT deems it safe to return to face-to-face classes, our courses will resume their on-campus schedule, as posted on the PELD website. Your instructor will send you details via your BCIT email ( about your course approximately one week before the start date.

BCIT’s Professional English Language Development (PELD) courses help students improve their technical and business English skills. Our courses include: practising speaking to expert audiences, reading in technical and business professions, writing technical and business documents, creating professional presentations, and actively listening in various academic, business, and technical settings.

Our courses are free for Canadian Citizens and Permanent Residents. You only have to pay for student association fees and your BCIT ID card (about $35 CAD per course). Even then, you can get that money back, and also get money for books, supplies, transportation, and some childcare through the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG).

PELD is a great option for all ESL and non-ESL students who need an English upgrade and want to enter BCIT programs or even other post-secondary programs at institutes across BC. However, be sure to check with the program you are applying for just to make sure that they accept the PELD COMM 0005 and COMM 0030 courses. If the program you want to get into needs more information, ask them to email

Courses in PELD are flexible and convenient. Our courses are offered part-time so you can attend classes when it is the most convenient for you. We offer face-to-face classes on weekdays, weeknights, and weekends, so you can usually find a course that fits your work-life schedule. Classes can be at either the Burnaby or Downtown Campuses.

The reading and writing courses are about 6-7 weeks and 12-16 hours each week, while our speaking and listening classes can be between 5 and 15 weeks, depending on how many hours you do during the week. From start to finish, the program takes a maximum of 28 weeks of instructional time. So, if you would like to enter a BCIT program, you can do this with a maximum of one year in PELD classes.

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Effective September 1, 2017, the tuition portion of our courses is free for Canadian citizens, permanent residents, and protected person/Convention refugee status, but all students will need to pay for the ancillary fees (ex. student association fees, BCIT ID card fees, etc.). Students may also apply for the Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) if they qualify to do so. This grant is intended to help support the costs associated with student fees, textbooks, unsubsidized childcare, and transportation for students in need of financial assistance. To learn more about the grant or to download the application form, please see Upgrading and ESL Funding and submit the form to the Financial Aid office before the last day of your course.