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Part-time Associate Certificate 5530acert

Learn Agile Techniques and The Scrum Framework

Fall 2020 Delivery Mode: ONLINE
  • This program will be delivered online for the fall semester.
  • Your education is our priority and we will continue to deliver the applied instruction, collaborative experience, and industry connections that you expect from BCIT.

Agile planning and communication skills originally developed for IT are now applied to many aspects of consulting and development.

Students practice self-organizing within small groups, learning to communicate with each other via incremental and iterative approaches.

Scrum Meetings and Sprint Planning sessions reinforce the focus on process and adaptability throughout the project life-cycle.

By using Agile Techniques and the Scrum Frameworks, participants learn teamwork skills to improve collaboration.

Exercises implement Lean/Kanban techniques to reduce time and costs while focusing on goals with the Dynamic Systems Development method.

Agile embraces moving quickly to find solutions, saving time and money over traditional methods in a wide range of sectors and environments.

Graduates will also have a computer science foundation in data modelling, business analysis and IT systems design.

Students practice applying the core values of Agile and Scrum

Program Entry

Students in this program are required to use computers and have English reading, writing, and speaking skills. Specific prerequisites or equivalent knowledge are required for each course.

  • COMP 1002 or equivalent knowledge
  • BC High School Grade 12 English and Grade 12 Math, or equivalent knowledge

Note: This program is aimed at mature students with other post-secondary education and work experience.

The Associate Certificate in Agile Development is not designed for those students just out of high school with no other education or work experience. Those students should consider completing a Diploma or Degree in order to be well positioned in the job market.

Full-time students who have completed the Computer Systems Technology, CST or the Computer Information Technology, CIT diplomas from BCIT will have (partial credit or advanced standing) in this program including earned credit for COMP 1630.

Part-time BCIT students who have completed a variety of Computing PTS credentials may have credit for specific courses.

Depending on electives chosen CST/PTS Diploma students may also earn this Agile Associate Certificate simultaneously.

Important Notice: Computing Part-time Studies is course by course registration and this Associate Certificate was not designed for students on limited timelines. Due to prerequisites and scheduling, this program cannot be delivered with more than one course per term.

International applicants

This program is not available to international students. View available programs

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 provides you the opportunity to apply for transfer credit.
Learn more about program declaration

To submit your declaration:

  • Answer all questions completely.
  • If required, convert transcripts and documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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.

Note: Please complete COMP 2833 before declaring your intent to complete this program.

Scheduled intakes

Ongoing Part-time Studies intakes: January, April and September.

Costs & Supplies

All Computing Part-time Studies programs are course-by-course registration. Course tuition and books for this program are around $3,500 depending on if eBooks are chosen.

Specific textbooks are required for COMP 1630 and COMP 2831, which also have lower cost eBook options.

Students register and pay for available courses online, by clicking on the green block 'Add to Cart'. Follow the directions to obtain a BCIT student number if you do not already have one.

Note: Please register early to avoid disappointment, our COMP courses are very popular and fill well in advance.

Tuition fees

Please see the Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.


Program delivery

Part-time studies, course by course delivery in computer labs and classroom on evenings and weekends. COMP courses in this program use a combination of blended learning with face to face and online delivery. Each course has detailed prerequisites, and in most cases, courses in this program cannot be completed concurrently.

Program matrix

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1. Required Courses: Credits
  COMP 1630 Relational Database Design and SQL 5.0
  COMP 2831 Business Analysis and Systems Design 4.0
  COMP 2833 Agile Methods and the Scrum Framework 4.0
  COMP 2836 Agile Business Analysis and Project Leadership 4.0
2. Complete 1.5 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  COMP 1288 IT Project Management 1.5
  COMM 7840 Technical Presentations 1.5
Total Credits: 18.5

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

Computer hardware and Internet requirements
COMP courses are now conducted entirely online until further notice. Students must provide a current model PC desktop or laptop with a web cam, microphone and have high speed internet access. Courses will be delivered in real time and may use two way audio and video as well as group work.

Students must be computer literate and be able to log in during regular scheduled class hours in order to participate and complete each COMP course. Please contact the department via email: if you have any questions.

Agile Development may be completed in as little as 5x Part-time terms, course by course.

Each course has prerequisites.

Agile Development was not designed for a full-time delivery model with concurrent delivery and may not be completed in less than 1.5 years.

Agile courses may also be used toward several BCIT computing credentials.

The foundations of this program include group work, the communication of technical system specifications in writing, and oral presentations in a team environment.

Attendance, participation, group work, and an online component are mandatory.

After completing the core courses in Relational Database Design with SQL, plus Business Analysis and Systems Design, students may then complete the Agile courses in sequence.

Due to prerequisites and scheduling it is not possible to fast track this credential in less than one year.

Each course in this series has prerequisites. Students are not allowed register in COMP 2831, or COMP 2833 or COMP 2836 currently as these courses build on top of each other sequentially.

  • COMP 2831 must be completed prior to COMP 2833.
  • COMP 2833 must be completed prior to COMP 2836.
  • COMP 2836 is the last course in the program after all other the courses have been completed.

Agile Development students receive significant preparation to challenge ScrumMaster Certification.

COMP PTS courses may not be offered every term, email the department for schedule planning:

Program length

The time limit to complete the Associate Certificate in Agile Development is three years.


Students will be given a grade for each course based on the listed competencies. In some cases each course carries a mark for individual work; most courses require teamwork, as well as an individual test. The passing grade for each course in this program is 60%.

Assignments, exams and presentations will be used in the evaluation of students. All assignments must be completed and submitted in order to pass each course.

Program location

Most COMP courses are offered at the Burnaby and Downtown Campuses. The Agile specific courses, COMP 2833 and 2836, are typically scheduled only at the Downtown Campus.

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Program abandonment

  • Students approved for a part-time studies program are expected to register and complete courses on a continuous basis.

  • A student that has not completed a course from their approved program of study over a period of three consecutive academic terms will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Throughout the duration of the program, a student is permitted a maximum of five academic terms where they are not required to register and complete a course from their approved program of study. Students who exceed the five term maximum will be considered to have abandoned the program.

  • Students who have abandoned their approved program of study and wish to be reinstated will be required to apply for program approval for a current credential. BCIT cannot guarantee that courses taken prior to this reapplication will be credited towards the current credential.

BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF] permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within a credential.

Graduating & Jobs

Apply for graduation

Upon successful completion of all program requirements, complete an Application for BCIT Credential [PDF] and submit it 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.

Students on Limited Timelines

IMPORTANT NOTICE: Students who require a minimum course load to retain eligibility for financial aid or international student status have no guarantees that all or any Part-time Studies (PTS) courses will be available in any given term.
Please understand that there is also no guarantee that the minimum required course credits can be sustained from term to term in PTS.

Most PTS courses fill quickly so space is not guaranteed and courses may be cancelled before term start if there is insufficient interest.

This may impact both the number of courses a student is able to take in any term, and the time it takes to complete a PTS credential.

As a result, students may not be able to obtain the minimum credits they need or want in each term to continue in the program.

Computing Part-time Studies

Agile Development was not designed for a full-time delivery model of less than 1.5 years or 4 or 5 PTS terms.

Most Computing Part-time Studies credentials cannot be fast-tracked in less than 2 years due to prerequisites and scheduling.

Please make allowances for this 2 year minimum time requirement in your funding or student permit applications.

Part-time Studies courses are enrollment driven and not guaranteed to run every term.

Programs and courses are subject to change without notice.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Edward Rubuliak, Chief Instructor
Joanne Atha, Computing PTS Coordinator
Kevin Cudihee, Computing PTS Program Head
Mike Starkey, Associate Dean BCIT Computing

Advisory committee

This credential was developed by Kevin Cudihee, Program Head for BCIT Computing Part-time Studies, in conjunction with Ed Rubuliak, Chief Instructor.

Agile course concepts and development was led by Ed Rubuliak. Systems Analysis and Database courses were developed and are delivered by Ed Rubuliak, Frank Wegener, Glen Elliott, Pauline Panek, Mark Bacchus and Benjamin Yu.

The Associate Certificate in Agile Development was approved by the BCIT Computing Program Advisory Committee (PAC); the School of Computing and Academic Studies Quality Committee (SQC); the BCIT Vice President Academic; the BCIT Education Council (Edco) and the BCIT Board of Governors (2015).

Contact Us

Please email BCIT Computing Part-time Studies:


General Inquiries: 604-432-8465

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“Our organization is going through a shift to Agile, and this certificate has been invaluable to my accelerated growth – I have been advising my whole team to look into this certification.”

- Sean Cowie, IT Business Analyst, Vancity Savings Credit Union