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Important notice for International students:

A limited number of spaces in the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program are open to International students.

Please read the “Students on Limited Timelines” section in the left column for more details. Do not declare this program until you have first contacted the Computing PTS Department via email:

Fall 2021 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.

The Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC from BCIT Computing provides the technical foundations for data analytics systems.

Students build systems that model data, and learn to use IT tools to mine data for business intelligence and data-driven decision making.

The focus of ADAC is to build and data analytics systems and use popular visual analytics tools like Tableau and PowerBI.

Starting with relational database foundation students use Excel, SQL Python and statistics to develop data analytics systems.

ADAC elective courses include: UX/UI, database development, business intelligence tools for performance management and evidence-based decision making.

Some students may wish to complete the Applied Database Administration and Design Associate Certificate, ADAD first. Course credit will apply for both credentials if ADAD is completed first.

Upon program completion, students will be able to develop secure business intelligence database solutions for data analytics.

ADAC graduates will be able to create, manage and use data analytics systems to help organizations make informed and actionable decisions.

Keep up to date with current data analytics technologies and business intelligence tools.

Start with just one course

COMP 1630 – Relational Database and SQL – Register online now!


Entrance Requirements

Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC)

Important notice for International students:
Effective July 19, 2021, BCIT is planning a limited re-opening of the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) to International students who have existing Study Permits.

We have a number of seats available for International students who have completed COMP courses after we suspended International declarations in 2019.

Please read the “Students on Limited Timelines” section in the left column for more details, and email Computing Part-time Studies:

COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of file management on a Windows based PC.

Plus COMP 2010 or COMP 1362 or equivalent knowledge of MS Excel Spreadsheet Fundamentals.

BC High School Grade 12 English and Grade 12 Math, or equivalent knowledge are recommended for success.

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

Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course. Please complete courses via the tier sequences as indicated.

The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program is aimed at mature students with other post-secondary education looking to acquire an additional set of skills that are needed in the marketplace.

ADAC is not designed for those students just out of high school with no other education or work experience; those students should consider completing a Diploma or Degree in order to be well positioned in the job market.

Depending on electives, students may be able to complete this BCIT credential with as few as sixteen courses, part-time in the evenings and on weekends.

Students who have completed or who are in process of completing the Associate Certificate in Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) will have advanced standing in ADAC.

It is recommended that ADAC students complete COMP 1630 prior to taking MATH 1060.

Those students who have been away from higher math or need a refresher should consider completing the new online MATH 0060 prior to MATH 1060.

There may be additional MATH prerequisites depending on your prior education as MATH 1060 assumes an understanding of high school MATH 12 precalculus.

Part-time Studies program delivery

This program is designed for course by course delivery in part-time studies and it was not designed for students on limited timelines.

Not all required higher-level and elective courses may be offered each term and some PTS courses are only offered once per year.

It is not possible to complete the Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC in a full-time delivery and in no less than 5 terms.

Attempting 3x COMP courses per term can equate to a 40+ hour workload per week and take 2 years to complete ADAC.

Finishing 2x COMP courses per term equates to a 25+ hour workload per week and 3 years to complete the program.

Students have a maximum of 5 years to complete ADAC. Courses have specific prerequisites, and must be completed first..

Complete Tier 1 before starting Tier 2. Please complete COMP 2854 and MATH 3060 before starting Tier 3.

Please contact the department after completing COMP 1630 and MATH 1060 if you require additional course planning advice, email:

Complete COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL prior to declaring the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC).

Costs & Supplies

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

Students should have a personal computer with internet access capable of running MS Windows 10.

There are typically 16 courses required to complete the CSC.

Canadian and PR students should budget $10,000 for tuition and books.

The average cost for each PTS course for Canadian citizens and permanent residents is around $500-$600 per course plus books.

Typical part-time students may complete the ADAC over 3 years with 2 courses per term. This would equate to an average workload of 25+ hours per week.

Some students may complete ADAC over 2 years (5-6x PTS terms) with 3 specific courses per term which equates to an average workload of 40+ hours per week between class time, reading and homework.

Attendance and participation are mandatory, students who skip classes or who do not participate may be dropped from a COMP course.

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

Important Notice: BCIT suspended declaration into the Applied Data Analytics Certificate program for all international students on May 30, 2019. This short-term program declaration suspension will provide better course availability for current declared students.


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.

ADAC may be completed with as few as 17 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 any less than 5 terms, at night and on weekends.

Note: Part-time Studies was not designed for full-time delivery or for those on funding timelines.

ADAC includes group work, written communications of technical system specifications and oral presentations in a team environment.

After completing the core courses in Relational Database Design with SQL, Business Analysis and Systems Design and Data Warehouse Foundations for Business Intelligence, students then have a variety of Business Intelligence elective choices.

Electives also include: Technical Presentations, UX/UI Development, IT Project Management, Performance Management and Evidence-based Decision Making.

This program must be completed within 5 years. Students who only complete one course per term will take more than 5 years to finish this certificate. Those students who complete two (2) courses per term may typically complete the ADAC program in around 3 years.

Some students may complete ADAC over 2 years (5-6 PTS terms) with 3 specific courses per term. This will equate to an average workload of 40+ hours per week between class time, reading and homework.

Please contact the department for course planning:

Note: Not all courses are offered every term and each course has specific prerequisites.

Some COMP courses prepare students for Industry exams which are independent from BCIT credentials. These exams may be purchased for additional costs, from various third parties. Students will also require additional preparation and studying in order to pass these industry certification exams.

Students who hold a bachelor’s degree or higher, and are looking for an applied business analytics program to learn how to harness data and make data-driven business decisions, might consider the Graduate Certificate in Business Analytics available from BCIT’s School of Business.

Important Notice: Computing Part-time Studies is course by course registration and was not designed for students on limited timelines. Students on funding timelines should instead apply to Full-time programs. Please read the details on the program entry page.

Graduating & Jobs

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies COMP courses are delivered by subject matter in Computing and Information Technology, Math, Business Systems, Law, Business Intelligence and Analytics.

The Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC program was developed in conjunction with subject matter experts.

Program surveys and proposals were coordinated by Cynthia van Ginkel, Business Development Manager for SoCAS.

Both ADAD and ADAC were created and developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing PTS and Industry Training.

BCIT Computing Part-time Studies courses are delivered by subject matter experts who work in the field.

Courses were developed and delivered by: Diana Gerrard, Joanne Atha, Andrew McConnell, Takashi Nakamura, Benjamin Yu, Frank Wegener, Glen Elliott, Alex Volkov, Pat MacGee, Hessam Teimouri, Dean Palmer, Donabel Santos, Roland Santos, Gordon Hamilton, Steve Overland, and Farshad Abasi.

Elective courses were developed by Arron Ferguson, Andre Coetzee, Cathy Michitsch, Marin Kostadinovic, Kirk Mitchel and Shan Satoglu.

Administrative support is provided by Joanne Atha.

Advisory committee

This credential was approved by the Computer Systems Technology, CST Curriculum Committee and School of Computing an Academic Studies Quality Committee, SQC.

Students on Limited Timelines

Important notice for International students.

A limited number of spaces in the ADAC program will be available to International students in 2022.

In order to qualify, students must attend an online Computing PTS program information session, and agree to follow a specific term by term course plan for ADAC, as provided by the Computing Department.

Please do not declare the ADAC program until you have first contacted the Computing PTS Department and read all the details below. Priority approval for limited seats will be based on the timestamp of your email to:

Please Note:

Students who require a minimum course load to retain eligibility for financial aid or international student status have no guarantees that all or any Part-time Studies (PTS) courses will be available in any given term.

Please understand there are no guarantees that all or any Part-time Studies (PTS) courses will be available in any given term. There is also no guarantee that the minimum required course credits you require can be sustained from term to term in PTS. Most PTS courses fill quickly so space is not guaranteed and courses may be cancelled before term start if there is insufficient interest.

This may impact both the number of courses a student is able to take in any term, and the time it takes to complete a PTS credential. As a result, students may not be able to obtain the minimum credits they need or want in each term to continue in the program.

Computing Part-time Studies

ADAC was not designed for those attempting to complete this certificate program in a full-time delivery model of less than 2 years or 6x PTS terms.

Most Computing Part-time Studies credentials cannot be fast-tracked in less than 2 years due to prerequisites and scheduling.

Please make allowances for this 2 year minimum time requirement in your funding or student visa applications.

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