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Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: BLENDED

  • This program will be delivered for the fall semester as a combination of online and on-campus learning.
  • Faculty will notify students of when their attendance on campus will be required.
  • We are putting measures in place for your safety and well-being, ensuring that all safety protocols are addressed. Please see BCIT COVID-19 Return to Operations for details on the mandatory 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.

The BCIT Food Technology Diploma program trains students in the basics of food technology, including food processing, quality control, food testing, and analysis. Graduate with all the practical skills you need to start your career.

At BCIT, we believe in real life experience. In this program, you get to interact first-hand with industry sponsors who mentor and support students in getting relevant food technology skills.

About the program

  • Two-year, full-time diploma program
  • On-campus lectures and labs provide you with theory and hands-on experience
  • Industry-sponsored project gives you applied learning opportunities

Find out more about BCIT’s Food Technology diploma by visiting Program Details.

Who it's for

This program is for individuals who:

  • Enjoy working both individually and in a team environment
  • Have a passion for food and the food industry
  • Are interested in developing their critical thinking skills
  • Have a high school diploma or higher level of education

Sound like you? See Program Entry for details on what you need and how to apply.

What grads can do

BCIT grads are set up to enter a career in food technology the moment they graduate. They can also keep studying to further advance their career. See Graduating and Jobs to find out about the possibilities.

Program Entry

COVID-19 Notice to Applicants

Please visit Admission during COVID-19 to learn how BCIT Admissions is supporting applicants. At this time, there are no program-specific changes for applying to this program.

Application processing

Open to applications beginning October 1st (or next business day).

Entrance requirements

Applicants must meet all entrance requirements and will be accepted on a first qualified basis as long as space remains.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Apply to program

To submit your application:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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Learn more about how to apply

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

Advanced Placement


You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through either re-admission or direct entry. Please note that applications are considered based on:
  • Complete applications: you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applicants exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.


If you have previously completed part of this program at BCIT and wish to re-enter the program at an advanced level, you can apply for re-admission.

Submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment Form [PDF] with your application.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry

If you are new to the program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level, you can apply for direct entry.

BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

  • February 1st* for level 2 (January start)
  • October 1st* for level 3 (September start)
  • *or next business day

Submit the following with your online application:

*Applicants who completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, United States, United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQ

When should I apply?
It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements. If you are currently registered in a course(s), please indicate this on the self-assessment form.

What if I don’t receive credit for all courses in the preceding term?
The program may suggest BCIT part-time studies courses that need to be completed prior to term start. In some circumstances, the program may identify courses that can be taken concurrently. Most students are required to make up one or more courses.

Can I appeal the assessment of equivalency?
You may appeal in writing. Be prepared to supply addition information or clarification to your original submission. You have 10 days to accept or appeal (in writing) the ‘Second Assessment’ that you receive by email.

What will happen if I cannot complete all required courses before the term starts?
All courses must be completed prior to term start unless the program has identified a course that can be taken concurrently or that can be deferred until a later term.

When will I be accepted?
Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, a seat must become available in the program you have selected. The Admissions department must wait until the current students obtain their final grades in either December or May to determine how many seats will become available for direct entry applicants.

What do I do if I have already completed a level 2 or 3 course?
If you have already completed a course either at another institution or through part-time studies at BCIT, you must apply for course credit/exemption as soon as you have been accepted to the program. You should attend classes until you receive formal written notice that you have been granted course credit. Please note that this will not reduce your tuition fees.

When will I get my timetable?
Print your timetable one day prior to class start by logging into and going to Student Self-Service. You must be registered in your courses in order to access this feature.

When can I buy my books?
It is recommended that you wait until the first week of classes before buying textbooks. Your instructors will tell you which books to buy.

To register for a Part-time Studies course, visit Register for Part-time Courses or contact Student Information and Enrolment Services.

Still have questions? Review the Admissions FAQ or contact Program Advising.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Full-Time Studies Tuition & Fees page for full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

Level 1: $1,124; Level 2: $741; Level 3: $735; Level 4: $511

(general estimated cost, subject to change)

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.


Program matrix

Level 1 (15 weeks) Credits
  BIOT 1020 Introductory Microbiology 6.0
  CHEM 1103 Chemistry 1 for Food Technology 6.0
  COMM 1144 Communication 1 for Food Technology 3.0
  FOOD 1035 Biology 2.0
  FOOD 1095 Introduction to Food Technology 4.0
  MATH 1441 Technical Mathematics for Food Technology 6.0
  PHYS 1145 Physics for Food Technology 1 3.0
Level 2 (20 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 2203 Chemistry 2 for Food Technology 8.0
  COMM 2244 Communication 2 for Food Technology 4.0
  FOOD 2010 Food Processing 1 8.0
  FOOD 2020 Food Microbiology 8.0
  MATH 2441 Statistics for Food Technology 6.5
  PHYS 2145 Physics for Food Technology 2 5.5
Level 3 (15 weeks) Credits
  CHEM 3311 Instrumental Analytical Methods 5.0
  FOOD 3010 Food Processing 2 5.0
  FOOD 3035 Quality Control 1 3.0
  FOOD 3040 Food Analysis 1 5.0
  FOOD 3255 Food Safety and Sanitation 5.0
  FOOD 3390 Research Methods 1.0
  MATH 3441 Advanced Statistical Methods/Computer Skills For Food Technology 3.0
  OPMT 1343 Operations Management 1 3.0
Level 4 (20 weeks) Credits
  BUSA 1102 Management for Food Technology* 2.5
  COMM 3444 Communication 3 for Food Technology 2.5
  ELEX 2825 Process Instrumentation (Food Tech)* 2.5
  FOOD 1189 HACCP: Developing a HACCP Plan 2.0
  FOOD 4010 Food Processing 3 6.5
  FOOD 4020 Process Systems for Food Technology 6.5
  FOOD 4030 Quality Control 2 5.5
  FOOD 4045 Food Analysis 2* 3.5
  FOOD 4050 Product Development 1* 3.5
  FOOD 4395 Directed Studies for Food Technology (Practicum) 8.0
* denotes a half-term course
Total Credits: 143.0

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Degree Completion

Food Technology graduates wishing to further their Food Technology education to obtain a Bachelor of Science in Food Technology and Operations Management receive two years of credit toward the B.Sc. Graduates can continue to develop their careers in the food industry or pursue graduate studies at another institution leading to M.Sc., PhD or MBA.

Food Technology graduates wishing to obtain a Bachelor of Technology may receive two years of credit toward the BCIT Environmental Health (Public Health Inspection) program, leading toward a career in public/environmental health services. Graduates wanting a degree in food science from the University of British Columbia (UBC) are assessed on an individual basis by UBC.

Graduating & Jobs

Our grads get work

Most of our grads get work within two months of graduating. From big industry to mom and pop businesses, BCIT grads are working to support safe food production. With applied work experience in the field, you will have the skills employers are looking for.

Keep learning

Diploma grads can receive two years’ worth of credits toward BCIT's Food Technology and Operations Management Bachelor of Science. This program is for graduates looking for leadership and decision-making roles in the food industry.

Grads can also choose to apply to other bachelor's degree programs in a variety of fields including environmental health.

Graduate employment outcomes

The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 graduates. 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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Erin Friesen, PhD
Program Head

Rebecca Robertson, MSc

Ken Keilbart, Dipl
Assistant Instructor

Melinda Lee
Technical Staff Dipl III

Advisory committee

The Food Technology Program advisory committee is made up of individuals from the Food industry. These individuals provide feedback on industry trends, curriculum changes, and help ensure programs are relevant to industry needs.

If you are a Food industry professional and would like to participate on this committee, please contact Rebecca Robertson.

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