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An Advanced Placement and Prior Learning (APPL) assessment outlines individual advanced standing paths and bridging courses into a program. If you have five or more years of professional industry work experience, you may qualify for an alternative path to complete a diploma or degree as an adult learner.

You must demonstrate that you meet all program entrance requirements and one of the advanced placement eligibility requirements for your pathway.

Note: work experience outside of stated roles will be assessed on an individual basis.

Advanced Placement and Direct Entry eligibility

At least one of the following options:

  • Minimum of seven years of progressive work experience, with at least five years in a supervisory role.
  • Post-secondary courses, ICES Certified, Diploma or Degree with a minimum of five years of supervisory work experience
  • Red Seal or Journeyperson Certificate

Bachelor’s Degree Direct Entry eligibility

Graduate Certificates

APPL assessment process

Step 1: Gather your documents

Gather the following documents in .pdf format or as stated:

  • Your most updated resume, describing in detail all your related industry, supervisory, or managerial work experience (business, financial, marketing, human resources, etc.).
  • Two letters of validation with proper letterhead, signed by current or previous employers confirming dates of employment, position(s), and job duties. These may include a letter of reference, job descriptions, contracts, etc.
  • Post-secondary transcripts (if applicable).
  • Other certificates or training documents (if applicable).
  • Proof of English 12 or equivalency and other program entry requirements.

You will also need to provide your BCIT ID Number.  In case you do not have one, create your BCIT ID now.

Step 2: Request an assessment

  • Email appl@bcit.ca to request your assessment.
  • Indicate whether you are an international or domestic applicant, as international students are assessed individually.

Step 3: Pay your assessment fee

The BCIT Financial Services department will contact you shortly to process your payment. Do not send payment, credit card, or financial information to the EBP team.

Adult Learner Fees

  • $250 APPL assessment fee for applicants with Canadian credentials and work experience
  • $285 APPL assessment fee for applicants with international credentials and work experience

International Students

For guidance on visas and Post-graduate work permit, please review Permits, Visas and Status.

What grads say

“I am grateful for how transformative my journey at BCIT’s BBA Executive Pathway Program has been. This program has truly been a game-changer in my career.
Working full-time and studying part-time was not easy, but the flexibility of the program allowed me to strike that perfect balance. The coursework was challenging, yet the support and resources provided by BCIT made it manageable. The professors were not only knowledgeable but also incredibly supportive, guiding me through every step of the way.
As an Executive Assistant, I dreamed of advancing my career; thanks to the knowledge and skills I gained at BCIT, that dream became a reality. The program equipped me with a deep understanding of business strategies, effective communication, and leadership skills. This knowledge was instrumental in helping me secure the Senior Manager position I aspired to.
I’m grateful for the opportunity BCIT’s BBA Executive Pathway Program has given me, and I can’t recommend it enough to anyone looking to elevate their career while maintaining a full-time job. It’s a decision I’ll never regret.”
BCIT BBA Executive Pathway Program Alumna

About your assessment fees

The assessment fee does not guarantee entry into a program. Processing time is between four to six weeks, excluding holidays, but may vary depending on the volume of applicants. The program head, as the subject matter expert, has the final say on accepting or rejecting your assessment.


Contact an advisor

Need more information about Adult Learner pathways?

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