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The Computer Systems Technology, CST Diploma has provided thousands of career-ready graduates to all IT sectors across Canada.

The CST/PTS Diploma is 4th is a series of laddered credentials which provides a foundation of programming, web and systems development.

There are 12 required courses and 7 to 10 elective courses needed to complete the 60 unique credits on top of the CSC.

CST/PTS required courses include: C++, IT security, IT Law, advanced web development, data communications, object-oriented analysis, algorithm design, operating systems, and statistics.

Elective courses include advanced software application development in Java, .Net, web, Linux, Agile development, Amazon Web Services, advanced database, business intelligence, data analytics and network security.

Students who complete the CST Diploma either full-time or part-time may then apply for the Computer Systems Bachelor’s Degree, CST BTech.

CST Diploma graduates are highly regarded by industry.

Entrance Requirements

  • The first step is to complete Applied Software Development (ASD) specifically choosing the Java, C and Agile electives.

It is extremely important that students demonstrate their ability to write code in multiple programming languages at the beginning of this series.

  • The second step is to complete Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS) specifically choosing the math, database and COMM electives.

Note: Some students may attempt the ASD and ACIS simultaneously with one course from each program each term.

  • ASD and ACIS are subsets of the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), which must be completed prior to starting the CST/PTS Diploma.

The CSC parallels first year of the full-time CST Diploma in communications, programming, web development, database, math, architecture UX/UI, and Agile.

Students must have completed the majority of CSC including Java, C, and Architecture before applying to the CST/PTS Diploma.

Costs & Supplies

This program is a course by course registration, there are approximately 37 individual courses in the entire series; ASD, ACIS, CSC, CST/PTS.

The average course tuition is around $550 per course depending on credits. Textbooks are generally required and may cost $150+ for each course.

Credit for the CST/PTS Diploma calculated on top of the 60 credits in the CSC.

CST/PTS Diploma students will not receive dual credit for any course used in the CSC.

There are approximately 17 courses (60 credits) in this CST/PTS diploma completion segment depending on electives chosen.

Please budget an additional $9,500 for tuition on top of the CSC cost to complete this follow-on credential.

A total of 120 unique total credits from ASD, ACIS and CSC is required to graduate from the CST/PTS Diploma.

The cost of tuition and books for this series of laddered part-time credentials is approximately $20,000 for Canadian residents.

International students who are approved into CSC and CST/PTS will pay 3x standard tuition and need to budget over $60,000 for tuition and books.

Scheduling of COMP PTS courses typically does not allow students to attempt more than 3 courses simultaneously.

Students should not expect to complete the CST/PTS Diploma series in less than 4-5 years part-time.

Part-time Studies is market-driven course by course delivery and not all PTS courses are available every term.

Please attend a program specific information session for more details.


Program Details

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 regularly scheduled class hours in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

BCIT Computing offers two separate pathways to the CST Diploma, full-time or part-time course-by-course.

Intensive full-time delivery is two years, or part-time is typically completed by taking two courses per term over a period of six years.

Some students may be able to complete three courses per term, however, they will need to have a plan approved by the program head.

The CST/PTS Diploma is designed to be delivered one course at a time and is part of a series of modular credentials.

Students should complete the ASD and ACIS prior to declaring the CSC.

The CST/PTS Diploma will be granted upon completion of an approved program of study consisting of a minimum of 60.0 unique credits.

This is above the 60 credits for the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) which makes the CST/PTS Diploma series 120 total credits.

The 60 CST/PTS Diploma credits may not duplicate any of the previous 60 credits used in the CSC.

COMP 2617/2618 – C++ Application Development is required to graduate, if those credits were used in the CSC, then you must choose another elective for 60 unique CST/PTS credits.

The curriculum may be modified in accordance with industry trends.

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

Graduating & Jobs

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes report presents summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation.

The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates’ labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit to Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Allow approximately six to eight weeks for processing.

All financial obligations to the Institute must be met prior to the issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Computing Part-time Studies / Industry Training

  • Karen Lee, PA
  • Gustavo Montemor, PA
  • Joanne Atha, PTS Coordinator
  • Kevin Cudihee, Program Head
  • Aaron Hunter, Acting Associate Dean, BCIT Computing

Computing Curriculum Committee (CC)

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to the industry. In Computing, this connection is formalized through a Program Advisory Committee (PAC) comprised of experts in a range of roles from a cross-section of companies. The department consults regularly to ensure program currency and relevance.

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