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Applied Computer Information Systems, ACIS provides a broad foundation to use computing technologies in a business environment.

ACIS is a hands-on program aimed at three audiences:

  • Those using IT systems with no formal credentials.
  • Anyone interested in a broad IT foundation prior to an advanced credential.
  • A step in ladder toward the Computer Systems Technology Diploma, CST/PTS.

If your end goal is the Diploma, then you should also complete Applied Software Development, ASD.

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.

Some students may want to complete both ASD and ACIS concurrently and should contact the department for course planning.

Successful participants become expert end-user of a Windows 10 personal computer, then become proficient in typical MS Office applications, followed by an in-depth understanding of relational database design and data modelling.

A wide variety of electives are offered to suit individual interests including: IT project management, object-oriented programming and web development.

Students may also choose electives in expert level word processing, spreadsheets, business and technical communication, plus business intelligence for data mining.

ACIS graduates not moving on to the CST Diploma may also choose to continue on to Applied Database Administration and Design, ADAD.

Learn the technical foundations for business information systems.

Entrance Requirements

Please complete COMP 1002 before submitting your ACIS program declaration.

Please Note: Students who are working toward or who have completed the Applied Computer Applications, ACA associate certificate will not be given approval for ACIS. This is due to the potential of significant elective topic duplication with: MS Windows, MS Office, Web Development and Business Communication.

ACIS program acceptance will not be given to those students who have completed ACA.

Students completing 1-2 courses per term who plan to move on to the CST Diploma in PTS, may complete ASD and ACIS prior to CSC.

Costs & Supplies

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

The current total cost of this program is approximately $ 4,000 depending on electives and if eBooks are chosen.

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.

Note: Please register early to avoid disappointment, our programming courses are very popular and several fill weeks in advance.

Since there are limited seats, students in declared programs will have the opportunity to register first.

Students who have not completed the specific prerequisites will not be given the approval to register.


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.

ACIS 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.

This program may be completed with a minimum of 25 credits chosen from the Mandatory and Electives. All courses must be completed successfully within a five-year period.

BCIT curriculum may be modified in accordance with market trends in the industry.


Each course has prerequisite knowledge.

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any course. You are also expected to have an excellent command of English and Math at a BC High School Grade 12 level, or equivalent.

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