Become a Data Analyst with Flexible Learning at night or on the weekends.
The Applied Data Analytics Certificate, ADAC from BCIT Computing provides the technical foundations to build and manage data analytics systems.
Students learn best practices to model and mine data, how to use IT tools for Business Intelligence (BI), and Visual Analytics to create data systems with dashboards that help in quicker decision making.
The focus of ADAC is to build and use data analytics systems based on structured data and statistical data analysis. Starting with relational database and Structured Query Language SQL, students then are introduced to Excel, Python, and statistics to develop the foundations for data analytics systems.
Business Analysis and Systems Design, IT Security, Data Quality Improvement are required courses.
Electives include: UX/UI, Database Development, Visual Analytics and BI tools for performance management, and health sector based decision-making courses.
ADAC graduates will be able to create, manage and use data analytics systems to help organizations make informed and actionable decisions.
Upon program completion, students will be able to develop secure, statistical based BI, visual analytics and database reporting solutions for Data Analytics.
Keep up to date with current Data Analytics technologies, Business Intelligence and Visual Analytics tools.
Start with just one course
COMP 1630 – Relational Database and SQL – Register online now!
Important Notice for International students and students on limited timelines
Prior to submitting a program declaration, international students and those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans or limited sponsorship) must first contact the department directly to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.
BCIT is Post-Secondary Education. Students must have English and Math skills equivalent to a minimum of BC high school Grade 12 level in order to complete courses in the ADAC program.
Please review these alternatives to Grade 12 English equivalents.
In the higher-level COMP courses students must engage in significant group work, write technical reports in teams, and make presentations in teams. One of the goals of this program is to help students acquire interpersonal skills. In order to succeed in a data analytics related jobs, strong communication and people skills are required.
If you are unsure about your spoken English, please consider COMM 0033 English Speaking and Listening Assessment before starting this program.
Students who have been away from higher math or need a refresher should consider completing the online MATH 0060 prior to MATH 1060 as it assumes a solid understanding of high school MATH 12 pre-calculus.
ADAC students must have the ability to use Windows 11 Computers to install and configure related software applications. The following are assumed prerequisites for this program.
- COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge of file management on a Windows 10 based PC.
- COMP 2010 or equivalent knowledge of MS Office fundamentals.
Most students will benefit by completing COMP 1002 prior to starting ADAC.
Please Note: ADAC requires a minimum of 5 terms of study, with a maximum of 5 years to complete.
- Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.
- Most students should complete COMP 1630 prior to taking MATH 1060.
- Please complete courses via the tier sequences as indicated.
Domestic students attempting 1-2 courses per term:
Complete COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL prior to declaring the Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC).
Students who have completed or who are in process of completing the Associate Certificate in Applied Database Administration and Design (ADAD) will have some credit for the database and system foundations in ADAC.
Contact the department after completing COMP 1630 and MATH 1060 if you require additional course planning advice. Please read the Computing Flexible Learning Student Guide prior to declaring the ADAC and before registering for any COMP courses.
If you have any questions, email the department.
Costs & Supplies
All Computing Flexible Learning programs are course-by-course registration.
Participants must provide their own current model PC with a minimum of an i5 or equivalent processor, 8 GB of RAM and 256 GB storage capable of running MS Windows 11. High-speed internet access is needed for online sections and homework.
There are typically 16 courses required to complete the ADAC. The average cost for each Flexible Learning course for Canadian citizens and permanent residents is around $500-$700 per course plus books. Canadian and PR students should budget $9,500 for total program tuition and books.
International students should budget x3 for tuition, so around $27,000 including 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 (5-6 x 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.
The focus of ADAC is on structured data, statistical mathematics and related tools to to use, develop and manage Data Analytic systems
ADAC may be completed with as few as 16 courses, however delivery was designed for 1-2 courses per term.
Not all required higher-level and elective courses may be offered each term and some courses are only offered once per year.
Some students who also want to work as a DBA may wish to complete the Applied Database Administration and Design Associate Certificate, (ADAD).
Credit for overlapping courses will apply for both credentials if ADAD is declared and completed first.
There are foundation database courses and tools that apply to both ADAD and ADAC.
Complete Tier 1 before starting Tier 2.
COMP 2854 and MATH 3060 should be completed before starting Tier 3.
a) Attempting 3x COMP courses per term can equate to a 40+ hour workload per week and take 2 years to complete ADAC.
b) Attempting 2x COMP courses per term equates to a 25+ hour workload per week and 3 years to complete the program.
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 for course planning or if you have any questions.
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.
Computing Flexible Learning provides part-time only program delivery, nights and weekends.
The ADAC program was not designed for Full-time delivery, this is due to prerequisites and scheduling. Please read the details on the program entry page.
Graduating & Jobs
Graduate outcome survey highlight
94% of grads were (very) satisfied with their education (survey year 2019-2021).
Faculty, Advisors & Staff
The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program was developed in conjunction with subject matter experts. Both ADAD and ADAC were created and developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing Flexible Learning and Industry Training.
Program surveys and proposals were coordinated by Cynthia van Ginkel, Business Development Manager for SoCAS. BCIT Computing Flexible Learning courses are delivered by subject matter experts in Computing and Information Technology, Math, Business Systems, Law, Business Intelligence and Analytics.
ADAC course development was directed by Kevin Cudihee and delivered by: Diana Gerrard, Joanne Atha, Andrew McConnell, Takashi Nakamura, Vahid Dabbaghian, Benjamin Yu, Frank Wegener, Ed Rubuliak, Glen Elliott, Alex Volkov, Ashok Pamu, Pat MacGee, Lei Zhang, Ahmad Chamy, Wouter De Raeve, Donabel Santos, Gordon Hamilton, Steve Overland, Farshad Abasi, and Karim Lalji.
Elective courses were developed by Andre Coetzee, Cathy Michitsch, Marin Kostadinovic, Kirk Mitchel and Shan Satoglu.
Administrative support is provided by Karen Lee.
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
Students who require a minimum course load to retain eligibility for financial aid or international student status have no guarantees that all or any Flexible Learning courses will be available in any given term.
COMP Flexible Learning courses may fill quickly so space is not guaranteed and courses may be cancelled before the 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 part-time 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 Flexible Learning
ADAC was not designed for those attempting to complete this certificate program in a full-time delivery model of fewer than 2 years or 5-6 x PTS terms, due to prerequisites and scheduling.
Please make allowances for this 2-year minimum time requirement in your funding or student visa applications.
Important Notice for International applicants:
The Applied Data Analytics Certificate (ADAC) program is available to international applicants who currently have a valid status in Canada. A valid study permit is required prior to starting the program. Limited seats per term are available. For details, please contact the department.
Prior to submitting a program declaration, international students and those on limited timelines (e.g. with student loans) must first contact the department directly to receive a signed Course Planning Document, which they will be required to attach to their online declaration.
Please email BCIT Computing Flexible Learning:
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