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Using a personal computer in an office environment typically requires proficiency in using a Windows PC, word processing, spreadsheets, presentations, reporting tools and an understanding of IT security.

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.

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 an Introduction to Web Development and IT Security.

Elective options include; MS Access Fundamentals, IT Project Management, Crystal Reports, 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.

ACA 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.

New elective: COMP 1370 Microsoft Access Fundamentals 

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

Program Details

Computer hardware and Internet requirements

COMP courses are now conducted entirely online until further notice. Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a webcam, microphone and have high-speed internet access. Courses will be delivered in real-time and may use two-way audio and video as well as group work.

Students must be computer literate and be able to log in during regular scheduled class hours in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

Please Note: Students planning to work toward the CSC and CST/PTS Diploma must complete ACIS and not ACA.

A minimum of 22 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 with some as short as 2 weeks.

WARNING: 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. Miss 2 days and you will have missed over 33% of the 6 week compressed course and you will have exceeded the 20% allowable.

Please Read:
The intensive 2 week 3 credit COMP courses are not suited for most students as these sections include the same content as a 12 week course. Students are in class for 3.5 hours every day and must allocate 3.5+ hours per day for labs and homework. It is unwise to attempt a two-week section if you have other course requirements. Attendance every day is mandatory.

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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