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Sustainable Business Leadership

Many people are passionate about environmental issues and sustainable business practices, but only a relative few are making a career with that passion. With BCIT’s Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership, the only program of its kind in BC, you could create a job path that’s fulfilling and rewarding, both for you and those around you.
By studying and practicing the issues and skills concerning sustainability, you’ll prepare for work at non-governmental organizations, community organizations, social enterprises, and socially and environmentally conscious companies around the globe. In just nine months, you’ll train both in class and in business settings on the most up-to-date practices, problems, and management skills necessary to become a leader for sustainable business.

About the program

  • Nine-month, full-time program
  • Focus on management and leadership in any industry
  • Creates a pathway to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) degree at BCIT with full-time or part-time evening courses.
Find out more about the courses, focus, and opportunities available with your Sustainable Business Leadership Advanced Certificate at the Program Details page.

Who should apply for Sustainable Business Leadership Advanced Certificate?

This program is often most valuable to students who:
  • Already have a degree
  • Are working toward a diploma or degree at BCIT
  • Are passionate about environmental issues
  • Want to improve corporate social responsibility
  • Hope to become a leader in sustainability
If this sounds like you, visit our Program Entry to apply today.

What grads can do

With the hands-on experience through your business consulting capstone and your 8-week industry application alongside the theoretical exercises and in-class studies, you’ll be prepared to lead and manage a variety of companies and organizations interested in sustainable methods of doing business.

With our focus on practical application and management, BCIT graduates can find opportunities in diverse companies, government organizations, and not-for-profits as sustainability managers, operations analysts, supply chain coordinators, or start their own business as sustainability consultants.

Learn more about the career opportunities open to BCIT graduates of this program on the Graduating and Jobs page.

Other program options

The Sustainable Energy Management (SEMAC) program is a completely online part-time studies program that will provide graduates with the skills and knowledge of sustainable energy management principles, approaches, techniques, and tools, in order to be able to function quickly and effectively in the energy management industry.

Program Entry

The Advanced Certificate in Sustainable Business Leadership provides opportunities for individuals who are planning to complete, or have completed, a diploma at BCIT or at a recognized post-secondary institution, and who wish to further their education.

Candidates should apply to the BCIT Sustainable Business Leadership program after completing or when nearing completion of their diploma.

Application processing

Full-time: open to applications beginning November 1st*

Part-time: this is a continual intake program with applications processed throughout the year.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Sustainable Professionals in industry that may be interested in taking courses and not the entire program please contact the program head, Mark Giltrow.

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

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES).

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Applicants currently enrolled in the last term of their degree/diploma must be on track to complete by May. To apply submit both of the following documents from your post-secondary institution:

  • Transcript of completed courses
  • Confirmation of enrolment letter verifying your current course enrolment and registration in the final term of your degree/diploma

Apply to program

International students: Part-time Studies (course-by-course) programs are only available to international students who have a valid status in Canada. If you are currently outside of Canada, please apply to a full-time program or ISEP.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

Full-time: September each year.

Part-time: January and September


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 my.bcit.ca. 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.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time and part-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

$800 (General estimated cost, subject to change)


Earning your advanced certificate from BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership program includes nine months of both face-to-face and online instruction. Your courses focus on today’s issues of sustainability with labs, tutorials, and practical application of real-world problems across many industries. Your studies include subjects like Ecological Economics, Cooperatives and Community Based Economic Development, and an eight-week industry placement.

Class hours

It is anticipated that classes will be held three evenings a week at BCIT’s downtown campus. Portions of the courses will also be delivered using BCIT's online Desire to Learn (D2L) portal.

Program delivery

The SBL program will involve online and face-to-face instruction in a classroom or laboratory at the BCIT Downtown Campus. Labs and tutorials will provide students with opportunities to apply theoretical knowledge and practice the technical skills required by industry.

Students will be exposed to real-world sustainability issues in their capstone project where they can apply their knowledge directly to industry situations. Field trips will be incorporated into specific courses to provide additional real world experience and elaborate on material introduced in the classroom.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

Term 1 Credits
  BSUS 7010 Cooperatives and Community Based Economic Development 3.0
  BSUS 7401 Scientific Research Methods and Capstone Project Development 6.0
  FMGT 7130 Sustainable Accounting and Finance 3.0
  LIBS 7028 Selected Topics in Liberal Studies 3.0
  ORGB 7160 Sustainable Organizational Change Management and Leadership 3.0
Term 2 Credits
  BSUS 7300 Selected Topics In Sustainable Business Leadership 3.0
  BSUS 7402 Scientific Report Writing and Capstone Project Delivery 6.0
  BUSA 7120 Values Based Entrepreneurship and Developing Worker Cooperatives 3.0
  ECON 7100 Ecological Economics 3.0
  MKTG 7010 Cooperative Marketing and Community Engagement 3.0
  OPMT 7150 Sustainable Operations Management, Measurement and System Methods 3.0
Total Credits: 39.0

Check current availability of courses for this program.

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

In BCIT’s Sustainable Business Leadership program, you’ll earn an Advanced Certificate in a very specialized, up-and-coming field to add to your resume and list of skills and abilities. In it, you’ll study the most current issues in sustainability, ecological economics, and similar topics of responsibility, including an eight-week industry placement with real-world problems to solve and a business-consulting capstone project for practical experience from the very first week of studies.

This is the only program in British Columbia that is purely focused on sustainable leadership. By adding this certificate to your pre-existing education, or working it into your studies in a diploma or degree program at BCIT, you’ll prepare to become a leader in any number of industries to champion the responsible use of our resources.

Program length

27 weeks, full-time, September to March, and additional 8 weeks industry application project.

The program runs for 15 weeks in the fall term (Term 1) and then 12 weeks in the winter term (Term 2) with BSUS 7402 running 20 weeks from January to May.

Part-time Studies course by course registration will be available in the fall and winter terms.

All program requirements must be completed within seven years.


The Sustainable Business Leadership program is recognized by the Association for the Advancement of Sustainability in Higher Education (AASHE) - the Disciplinary Association Network for Sustainability (DANS).

Program location

Courses will be taught at the BCIT Downtown Campus and supplemented through Online Learning.

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Continue your education

Sustainable Business Leadership is a pathway into the BCIT Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) program. Credits from the SBL program will directly transfer into the BBA.

Graduating & Jobs

Your training at BCIT prepares you to become a leader in many industries facing today’s problems and questions about social responsibility and sustainability. This new, cutting-edge focus of your training gives you an advantage by making you an expert in the subject matter and offering potential employers a specialized skill set.

Some opportunities in sustainability include:
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Independent Sustainability Contractor
  • Operations Manager
  • Production Analyst
  • Distribution Coordinator
  • Sustainability and Responsibility Consultant

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 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 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.

Contact Us

Mark Giltrow
Program Head, Sustainable Business Leadership
604-451-6755 | Mark_Giltrow@bcit.ca

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  • Program selection and program planning
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
  • Student life

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