Skip to main content


This program is currently under review. Please subscribe to receive updates.

The Airport Operations Associate Certificate Program’s purpose is to provide workers, currently employed by local, regional and international airports in Canada, the United States and globally with the opportunity to upgrade their technical and airport administration business skills. It will also be of benefit to those individuals who are not currently employed by an airport but are considering a career in airport operations.

Explore career ideas from the Saskatchewan Aviation Council.

The program

This program consists of nine mandatory courses totaling 24 credits. The program focuses on industry standards and regulations related to airport operations including but not limited to airport and airline security systems, airport master planning, aviation safety and risk management, emergency preparedness, human factors, safety management systems and technical writing.

BCIT also offers a full-time Airport Operations Diploma program.

Entrance Requirements

Costs & Supplies


Program Details

Graduating & Jobs

Job opportunities

The training offered in the Associate certificate can lead to a wide range of entry-level positions in the aviation industry. This could include positions such as: Ground Transportation Coordinator; Baggage/Gate Scheduler; Airside Operations Project Coordinator; Communications Coordinator; Administrative Assistant; Airfield Operations Specialist; Emergency Response Specialist; Airport Operations Officer; Security Officer; Project Specialist; Pre-screening Security Supervisor; Airport Duty Officer and Noise Information Officer and Airline Check In Agents.

For more career ideas, check out the Saskatchewan Aviation Council.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Advisory committee

Internal Advisory Committee Members:

  • Cheryl Cahill, SOT Aerospace – Chief Instructor

External Committee Advisory Committee Members: (PAC)

  • Ian Darling, Airport General Manager, Dawson Creek Airport
  • John Buckle, Superintendent, Airport South, Vancouver Airport Authority
  • Ray Poirier, Manager of Safety and Security, Grande Prairie Airport

Contact Us

Please contact the program assistant at 604-419-3753 with questions about the Associate Certificate, Airport Operations.

Questions or comments?


Sign up to receive updates, invitations to events, and information about BCIT and your program.

We promise not to spam you, we won’t share your personal information, and you can unsubscribe at any time.

  • Privacy Notice: The information you provide will be used to respond your request for BCIT program information and is collected under Section 26(c) of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA). For more information about BCIT’s privacy practices contact: Associate Director, Privacy, Information Access & Policy Management, British Columbia Institute of Technology, 3700 Willingdon Ave. Burnaby, BC V5A 3H2, email: