Learning Options

Full-time studies

Full-time programs consist of a pre-determined set of courses. Students must apply to enter a full-time program at BCIT, and once accepted are automatically registered into all the courses they need to complete the program.

Full-time programs run approximately seven hours per day, five days a week, usually between 7:00am and 5:00pm.

Students spend approximately half of their time in the classroom, with the rest of their time used for hands-on training in labs and real-world situations developing and practicing the skills required for success in their chosen career field.

Part-time studies

Part-time courses are generally offered in the evenings and weekends, and consist of weekly classes for up to four months. Students can take individual courses that are of interest or follow a pre-determined series of courses to complete one of the programs offered part-time.

Part-time studies at BCIT offer great flexibility in both course selection and scheduling.

To take courses or start a program through part-time studies or distance education students select the courses they want to take, ensure they meet the prerequisites, register, and pay the fees.

If a student plans to complete an entire program through part-time studies he or she should complete a Program Declaration Request.

Apprenticeship training

Apprenticeship training is a form of learning that consists of on-the-job training, work experience, and formal classroom technical training. It is a full-time commitment, 80 per cent of which is paid work experience, with the remaining time spent in technical training at BCIT in one of 30 trades.

The Apprentice Services Office supports apprentices completing their training at BCIT. If you have a student interested in becoming an apprentice, please visit or refer them to the Apprentice Services web pages. All the information required to get started as an apprentice is here.