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Earn the CST Diploma Part-time

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

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 starts with a solid foundation of programming and systems development via a series of smaller modular credentials.

1) The first step is to complete Applied Software Development (ASD). It is extremely important that students demonstrate their ability to write code in multiple programming languages at the beginning of this series.

2) The second step is Applied Computer Information Systems (ACIS). Some students may attempt the ASD and ACIS simultaneously. After learning to write code, students then cover operating systems, database, web and English communication.

3) ASD and ACIS are subsets of the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC), which must be completed prior to starting the CST/PTS Diploma. The CSC is equivalent to the first year of the full-time CST Diploma in programming, web, database, math, architecture and technical writing.

4) Built on top of the CSC, the CST/PTS Diploma students cover data communications, advanced operating systems, network design, administration and security.

There are nine core courses and seven to ten elective courses needed to complete the 60 unique credits on top of the 60 credits in the CSC.

Core requirements include advanced object oriented analysis, algorithm design plus Internet law.

Elective courses include advanced software application development, web and mobile, advanced database, analytics and business intelligence, and are offered at our Burnaby and Vancouver campuses.

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 from BCIT Computing are highly regarded by industry in BC and beyond, and have a major competitive advantage.

Program Entry

Entrance requirements

Be sure that you have the required knowledge and skills before enrolling in any courses. You are also expected to have excellent command of English and Math at a BC high school Grade 12 level or equivalent.

Program declaration

Declaring your Part-time Studies program ensures that BCIT is aware of your intent to complete a program as it is currently outlined and also provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Read more about program declaration requests

To declare the part-time Computer Systems Technology Diploma program:

  • Click on Declare Now
  • Select Apply for a program and follow the prompts
  • Choose Part-time Program Declaration when selecting entrance type
  • Proceed with the declaration request
Declare Now

Upon approval, a program plan letter will be sent to you confirming your program of study. Please allow approximately eight weeks for processing.

Costs & Supplies

This program is course by course registration, there are approximately 37 individual courses in the entire series; ASD, ACIS, CSC, CST/PTS.
Average course tuition is around $500 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. Diploma students will not receive dual credit for any course used in the prerequisite credential path.

There are approximately 17 courses (60 credits) in this CST/PTS segment depending on electives chosen. Please budget an additional $11,500 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 series.

The cost of tuition and books for this series of part-time credentials is approximately $23,000 for Canadian residents. International students who are approved to register in PTS pay 2.5x standard tuition will need to budget over $49,000 for tuition and books.

Scheduling of COMP PTS courses typically does not allow students to attempt more than 3 courses simultaneously. It is not reasonable to expect to complete the CST/PTS Diploma series in less than 4 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.

Financial assistance

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


Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses (32.0 or 35.0 credits): Credits
  BLAW 3205 Internet and IT Law 3.0
  COMP 1288 IT Project Management 1.5
  COMP 2053 XML for Web Development 1.5
  COMP 3704 Applied IT Security Fundamentals 3.0
  COMP 3725 Data Communications for CST 5.0
  COMP 3761 Algorithm Analysis and Design 4.0
  COMP 3831 Object Oriented Analysis and Design 4.0
  COMP 4731 Operating Systems for CST 5.0
  COMP 3479 C++ for C Programmers* 5.0
  COMP 2617 C++ Application Development 1* 4.0
  COMP 2618 C++ Application Development 2* 4.0
*Credit will only be granted once for C++, either by completion of COMP 3479 or completion of both COMP 2617 and COMP 2618. Students who complete COMP 2617 are advised to register for COMP 2618 in the following term.
2. Complete a maximum of 6.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  COMP 1011 UX/UI Fundamentals 3.0
  COMP 1910 Introduction to 3D Simulations 3.0
  COMP 1950 Web Development and Design 2 3.0
3. Complete a minimum 22.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
Note: Students may complete all 25.0 or 28.0 elective credits from the courses below. If COMP 2617 was used in the Computer Systems Certificate, students must choose an additional elective to make up the 60.0 credits required to complete the diploma.
  COMP 2052 Android and Mobile Application Development Tools 3.0
  COMP 2251 Website Optimization with Google Analytics 3.0
  COMP 2252 Crystal Reports 3.0
  COMP 2256 Introduction to Visual Analytics with Tableau 3.0
  COMP 2614 C# Application Development 4.0
  COMP 2629 Enterprise Networking Fundamentals 4.0
  COMP 2766 Introduction to Linux 4.0
  COMP 2767 Linux Administration 3.0
  COMP 2833 Agile Methods and the Scrum Framework 4.0
  COMP 2836 Agile Business Analysis and Project Leadership 4.0
  COMP 2909 Angular and Vue.js Fundamentals 1.5
  COMP 2912 Node.js Fundamentals 1.5
  COMP 2913 React and Modern JavaScript 1.5
  COMP 3015 Introduction to Web Applications with PHP 3.0
  COMP 3608 .NET User Interface Development with XAML 2.0
  COMP 3617 Android and Mobile Applications in Java 3.0
  COMP 3618 Advanced C# Application Development 4.0
  COMP 3656 Introduction to Java Web Application Development 2.0
  COMP 3700 Microsoft Windows Server 2016 Installation and Administration 3.0
  COMP 3771 PowerShell Scripting 3.0
  COMP 3829 Quality Assurance and Software Testing 3.0
  COMP 3838 Data Warehouse Foundations for Business Intelligence 1.0
  COMP 3839 Data Quality Improvement 1.5
  COMP 3912 iOS Application Development 4.0
  COMP 3913 MEAN Stack Web Application Development 1.5
  COMP 3916 Docker for Dev Ops 1.5
  COMP 3973 ASP.NET Core MVC for Web Apps 3.0
  COMP 3974 MS Azure Cloud Application Development 3.0
  COMP 4613 Advanced Java Web Development 4.0
  COMP 4656 Java Enterprise Edition Programming 4.0
  COMP 4662 MySQL for Data Driven Websites 1.5
  COMP 4669 Advanced Web Applications with PHP 3.0
  COMP 4677 Microsoft SQL Server Administration 4.0
  COMP 4678 Microsoft SQL Server 2016 Development 4.0
  COMP 4679 Business Intelligence with SSRS, SQL Server Reporting Services 4.0
  COMP 4680 Business Intelligence with SSIS, SQL Server Integration Services 4.0
  COMP 4681 Business Intelligence with SSAS, SQL Server Analysis Services 4.0
  COMP 4704 Applied Network Security 3.0
Total Credits: 60.0

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Note: Electives already used for credit in the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) cannot be reused for credit in the diploma. This credential is built on top of the CSC and requires 60.0 unique additional credits.

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

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 additional credits over and above the 60 credits for the Computer Systems Certificate (CSC) which makes the Part-time CST 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 2618 - C++ Application Development 2 is required to graduate, if those four credits were used in the CSC, then you must chose another elective for 60 unique CST/PTS credits.

Some students may complete COMP 3479  C++ for C Programmers in place of COMP 2617/2618, only if they have already completed COMP 2510 or COMP 2511 - Procedural Programming in C.

The curriculum may be modified in accordance with industry trends.

Graduating & Jobs

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 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 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.

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 issuance of any credential.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Computing Part-time Studies / Industry Training

Kevin Cudihee, Program Head
Joanne Atha, Administrative Coordinator
Bethany Edmunds Ph.D., Associate Dean

Computing Curriculum Committee (CC)

Bethany Edmunds Ph.D., Associate Dean
Benjamin Yu Ph.D., Faculty CST/CIT Diploma
Trevor Lord, Program Head - CST Diploma

Advisory committee

BCIT is well-respected by employers for its ties to 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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