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ACA was designed for those who want an expert level understanding of using a Windows 10 PC and the most current versions of MS Office.

Using a personal computer in an office environment typically requires proficiency in using a Windows PC, word processing, spreadsheets, databases and presentations. Some users will need to use reporting tools and have an understanding of IT security.

Program delivery mode: varies by course

  • Please check the individual COMP course schedule pages for delivery and location details.
  • Some courses in Computing Part-time Studies will be delivered online during COVID-19.
  • Other courses will be physically face to face and may include some blended online activities.
  • It may not be possible to complete a program entirely online, some courses may require attending the Burnaby or Downtown campuses.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

This hands-on program from BCIT Computing provides expert level training starting with COMP 1002 -Applied Computer Concepts.

Students are shown how to set-up and configure a Windows 10 PC, manage files on a network, protect data and keep the system updated.

Participants then proceed to MS Word or Excel then PowerPoint, followed by MS Access Fundamentals and then an Introduction to Web Development.

Elective options include: IT Project Management, Crystal Reports, and IT Security, plus an Introduction to Business and Technical Communication.

Graduates of the ACA Associate Certificate may also choose to continue on to the Applied Web Development, AWD Associate Certificate.

The ACA program provides highly skilled Windows PC end-users

Entrance Requirements

Program Entry:

BC High School Grade 12 English or equivalent knowledge.

Students in this program are required to have English reading, writing and speaking skills.

Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.

Please Note: COMP 1002 – Applied Computer Concepts is the starting point for those looking to become computer literate PC power users. This comprehensive course is core to this credential and a prerequisite for any of the higher level COMP courses, including all of the MS Office application courses.

Complete COMP 1002 before declaring in this program.

ACA is a stand-alone program with a focus on MS Office. Students completing ACIS will not be approved in ACA due to topic duplication with MS Windows, Word, Excel, PowerPoint, Web Development and Business Communication. Those planning to move on the CSC and CST/PTS Diploma should complete ACIS and not ACA.

Costs & Supplies

All Computing Part-time Studies programs are course by course registration.

Course tuition and textbooks for this program will cost approximately $4,000 depending on electives chosen. Specific textbooks are required, some COMP courses also have lower cost eBook options.

Students register and pay for available courses online, by clicking on the green block ‘Add to Cart’.

Follow the directions to obtain a BCIT student number if you do not already have one.



Not all PTS courses are offered every term.

COMP 2252 will only be offered in the January and September terms.

COMP 2384 will be offered once a year in the spring term.

Please register early to avoid disappointment, some courses fill weeks in advance.

Program Details

Computer hardware and Internet requirements

Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. COMP courses may use two-way audio and video as well as group work outside of class.

Participants must be computer literate in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

ACA may be completed with as few as 7 courses, however delivery was designed for 1-2 courses per term. Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is typically not possible to complete this part-time program in less than 3 terms, at night and on weekends.

Note: Part-time Studies was not designed for full-time delivery or for those on funding timelines. Students planning to work toward the CSC and CST/PTS Diploma must complete ACIS and not ACA.

A minimum of 19 credits must be chosen from the ‘Required and Elective’ sections below. All courses must be completed successfully within a five-year period. We constantly update our curriculum to reflect market trends in the industry.

Our MS Office “COMP” courses are delivered by certified by Microsoft subject matter experts who use real world examples with hands-on exercises and significant homework.

Our credit courses are typically 12 lessons each, most courses are 12 or 6-weeks long.

NOTE: Compressed 6-week courses are twice as much work in half the time. Attendance in every lesson is mandatory, missing even one day places students at risk for failure. Missing 2 weeks equates to over 33% of the 6-week compressed course material. Absences of 20% or more may result forced withdrawal from these compressed courses.

Courses Less Than 4 Weeks:
Our intensive 2-week delivery of 3 credit COMP courses are not currently offered in an online delivery. When this format is re-offered, it is not suited for most students, unless they have prior knowledge of the material. These sections include the same content as a 12-week course.WARNING:
Attendance and participation in class for 3.5 hours every day for 10 days is required. Students must allocate an additional 5+ hours per day for labs and homework in this intensive 2-week delivery format.

Do not attempt these intensive 2-week sections with any other concurrent course or program.

Graduating & Jobs

ACA graduates surveyed were 100% satisfied with their education.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

The ACA associate certificate program was developed in conjunction with subject matter experts by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing PTS and Industry Training.

Required courses were developed and delivered by: Fraser Robertson, Diana Gerrard, Kim Huie, Julie Neibel, Joanne Atha, and Farshad Abasi.

Elective courses were developed by Andre Coetzee, Cathy Michitsch and the Communication Department.

Administrative support is provided by Joanne Atha.

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