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Why is the Materials Management Certificate one of our most popular programs? The handling of materials through purchasing, production, traffic, and warehousing is a key aspect of much of today’s economy and requires effective, trained professionals to make sure it all works correctly for businesses to function.

This program is designed by working operations professionals with specific consideration to the practical needs of your career as well as preparation for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management CPIM exams.

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

  • Designed for working adults seeking to work with production, materials, and inventory

Interested? Learn more about how BCIT prepares you for success in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Materials Management Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:

  • You’re organized
  • You have some work experience
  • You are or hope to work with materials, buying, production, and inventory

Ready to advance your career in business operations through materials management? Enroll today at the Entrance Requirements page.

What grads can do

By learning from industry professionals at BCIT, you’ll be able to apply your new skills to your existing role or use these skills to move into a material management position. The focus on practical training means that your course topics will relate directly to your potential positions such as purchasing coordinator, production manager, or warehouse supervisor.

Learn more about the job opportunities awaiting you at 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


Important updates to Part-time Studies

1) Need to waitlist for a School of Business + Media course? Find out more.
2) English Requirement: Find out more.

Well known for a focus on practical knowledge, BCIT’s courses are all developed by working industry professionals to give you the most current, relevant skills you need for your career. In this program, you’ll gain experience with key elements of materials management, including purchasing, scheduling, resource planning, Canadian customs, and more. You’ll also be able to choose from a variety of electives for training that matches your own personal career goals.

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) exam preparation courses APIC 1171 to APIC 1175 will be replaced by APIC 1161 CPIM Part 1 and APIC 2262 CPIM Part 2. This is a result of reconfiguring the APICS CPIM program. Students who have successfully taken any BCIT APIC course will be able to use the credit hours towards the Materials Management certificate.

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 Materials Management Certificate program gives you the training and education necessary to pursue a career in materials management, including positions like purchasing manager, warehouse supervisor, and more.

Whether you’re already involved in materials management, buying, or a related profession, this program helps you refine your skills and advance your career. Likewise, the practical training will be of interest to production and inventory control professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the field as well as newcomers to the profession who want to acquire a solid foundation on which to build a career.

Graduating & Jobs

By earning your Materials Management Certificate at BCIT, you’ll be preparing for lifelong success in business operations. The hands-on experience and useable knowledge you earn through this program helps you gain the skills that can make you the most effective and successful at your chosen career.

Some job opportunities:

  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Purchasing Coordinator/Manager
  • Accounts Coordinator/Manager
  • Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Warehouse Supervisor/Manager
  • Inventory Analyst
  • Product Manager

Contact Us

Ruth MacKay
Part-time Studies Program Assistant – Operations Management
604-412-7417 |

Ron Wlock
Part-time Studies Coordinator – Operations Management
604-432-8991 |

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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