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Designed for existing managers and aspiring leaders in charities and other nonprofit organizations, this program gives you the tools to effectively and efficiently improve organizational performance. This program features a unique blend of academic learning and practical skills. Your courses will focus on unique leadership skills for nonprofit managers, financial management skills, learning the art of people management in a volunteer environment, marketing, government relations, fundraising, and legal requirements and governance. All courses are offered online to give you the flexibility to study wherever and whenever you wish. By earning your Nonprofit Management associate certificate, you’ll be prepared with the essential skills to effectively support and manage your organization.

Fall 2021 delivery mode: in person and online options

  • Part-time students have the option to take courses in person and/or online.
  • We have put measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see the BCIT COVID-19 page for details on the procedures that have been implemented.

Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

About the program

  • 8-course associate certificate program
  • Learn core concepts of non-profit management, fundraising, marketing, and more

Visit the Program Details to learn more about how this program prepares you for a career in successfully leading and managing nonprofit organizations.

Who should complete the Nonprofit Management Associate Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:

  • You have experience in charitable and nonprofit organizations
  • You’re working in a front-line position and want to want to advance to management and leadership roles
  • You want a career in a sector that is emotionally rewarding, where you can make a difference

If this sounds like you, apply today at the Entrance Requirements page!

What grads can do

By earning your associate certificate at BCIT, you’ll focus on the practical skills you’ll need every day to manage a charitable or nonprofit organization. Your hands-on training here prepares you in the essentials of fundraising, legal issues, human resource management, marketing and more to help you begin or advance your career in any variety of charitable organizations.

To learn more about the opportunities awaiting you after completion, visit the Graduating and Jobs page.

Entrance Requirements

About Part-time Studies

Take a single course, or work towards a credential — all at a pace that’s right for you.

Part-time courses are offered in a variety of scheduling formats, including at night or on weekends, flexible day time delivery, or you can opt for distance or online learning. If you meet the prerequisites and there’s space available, you can register for a course immediately. Courses are offered in each of three terms: Fall (September), Winter (January) and Spring/Summer (April).

To apply to a Part-time Studies program and earn your credential, you simply need to complete a Part-time Program Declaration Request. Applications are processed throughout the year.

Applicants to the BCIT School of Business are required to have completed 2 years of full-time study in high school or post-secondary program in English in an English speaking country. If you do not have English 12 and have not studied in an English-speaking country, you will need to demonstrate your skills in reading, writing, speaking, and listening. For information on English equivalencies, testing and upgrading options, visit:

International applicants:

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

Costs & Supplies

Bring your own device

Most courses and programs in the School of Business + Media are BYOD (Bring Your Own Device). Please ensure you bring a laptop to every class. Plug-in outlets will be provided at most stations in classrooms, but not in all classrooms, so please ensure you have at least 2 hours of battery life available at the beginning of each class. Check the following recommended computer requirements prior to the start of class. If a program or course does not require you to provide your own device, that information will be provided by your instructor or indicated in the course outline.

For online classes, it is important you have a stable and consistent internet connection to access course content.


Please note: NPMA classes are offered in online format only. NPMA 1800 and NPMA 1850 are only offered in the Fall term (September) and NPMA 1700 is only offered in the Winter term (January). Please register early to ensure a seat in the class.

The courses in this program are taught by working professionals to give you the most current techniques and knowledge for managing nonprofit organizations specifically. This focus on practical skills gives you the solid foundation you need in a variety of areas for a successful career in charitable work. Many jobs at nonprofits will fill the needs in a variety of roles, which is why you’ll learn about human resource management, government relations, marketing, fundraising, and more.

Please note: part-time programs and courses are open enrolment and although we make every effort to accommodate demand, course registration cannot be guaranteed in every semester. High demand courses fill quickly and may result in students unable to register for a course that semester. Courses may also be cancelled due to low enrolment.

Program Details

The Nonprofit Management associate certificate is designed specially to give you a solid foundation of core skills required in almost any charitable organization. In this unique set of online courses, you’ll work closely with experienced professionals to hone the practical skills managers at nonprofits worldwide use every day.

Graduating & Jobs

By earning your associate certificate, you’ll train with the most essential skills needed in today’s nonprofit organizations. Your focus on a variety of areas means you’ll have the abilities and knowledge to successfully support a charity in many different roles.

Contact Us

If you have questions that you could not find the answer to online, or if you require further assistance, please contact us:

Candace Marrington
Program Assistant – Part-time Studies, Marketing Management
604-432-8723 |

Joe Freeburn
Part-time Studies Coordinator, Marketing Management
604-456-8173 |


Contact a Part-time Studies Program Advisor with the BCIT program name in the subject line if you have a question about:

  • Course selection and program planning
  • Declaring your program
  • Making changes to your approved program plan
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Laddering options
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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