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Financial Planning

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.

The demand for qualified financial planners is high, so if you’re interested in investments and working with people, this diploma program can help you move into a successful, rewarding career.

By focusing your training at BCIT in this diploma program, you’ll be 100% prepared to start work in investment and financial planning upon graduation. And with our networking opportunities, and focus on practical, useable skills, many students have job offers even before graduation.

About the program

  • Full or part-time diploma program
  • Focused on practical training for financial and investment planning and advising
  • Strong industry connections and networking opportunities
  • After graduation, transition to the workforce or apply to complete your Bachelor of Business Administration degree at BCIT with full-time or part-time evening courses
Find more details of how you’ll be prepared for success upon graduation in the Program Details.

Who should apply for the Financial Planning diploma?

This program might be right for you if you:

  • Are service-focused
  • Enjoy interacting with people
  • Have high emotional intelligence
  • Have an interest in investments
  • Enjoy forecasting and problem solving

If any of these sound like you, visit the Program Entry page today to apply.

Your experience matters

Do you already have work experience or coursework from another school? If so, you might qualify for course credits to help accelerate your training. Check to see whether your experience qualifies you for advanced placement.

What grads can do

In this program, you'll focus on the practical, usable skills you'll need for a successful career in investments and financial planning.

Upon graduation, you'll be 100% ready to begin working in the industry and be well on your way to receiving your Certified Financial Planner designation. You’ll also have the option to continue your education with BCIT’s Bachelor of Business Administration degree. Working towards the Chartered Financial Analyst designation is also possible.

Learn more about the variety of opportunities at the Graduating and Jobs page.

International Exchange

BCIT offers a number of international exchange opportunities that helps students gain a global perspective of the economy, culture, government, and everyday life of the country they study in. Learn more about international exchange opportunities and international double degrees with internships.

Program Entry

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 two 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:

Part-time Financial Planning diploma:

Part-time Studies students considering the Financial Planning diploma are able to apply directly to the program. Students are reminded to be aware of BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF], stating all program requirements must be completed within seven years.

Additionally, part-time students intending to pursue the Certified Financial Planner (CFP®) designation have the option of completing the Associate Certificate in Financial Planning program. Alternatively, students intending to pursue the CFP® designation also have the option of completing just the core curriculum courses to help qualify to write the CFP® Level 1 exam:

Although not a core curriculum requirement, students who have not previously studied introductory accounting are strongly encouraged to complete FMGT 1152 – Accounting for the Manager before completing FMGT 3430 – Taxation and Financial Planning.

Previous full-time students who have successfully completed Level 1 and/or Level 2, considering completing the Financial Planning diploma through Part-time Studies, are advised to apply through the Part-time Program Declaration process.

International applicants:

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

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

Ongoing throughout the year.

Entrance requirements

Note: This form is not required for direct entry applicants. See advanced placement information for direct entry requirements.

International applicants

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.

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

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

Advanced Placement

Direct entry

If you have a diploma or degree, you may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through direct entry. Please note that only complete applications are considered; you must show proof that you have completed (or are registered in) all requirements.

Applications are accepted throughout the year.

Submit proof of meeting the following requirements with your online application:

*If you have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand, you will require a basic evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered.

Required courses

Part-time Course Name Full-time Equivalent
COMM 1103* (or 1106) Introduction to Business and Technical Communication COMM 1100
FMGT 1100** (70% or B) Accounting 1 FMGT 1105 (65%)
FMGT 2100** (70% or B) Accounting 2 FMGT 2105 (65%)

The following courses are recommended for completion prior to admission, but are mandatory for graduation from the program.

Part-time Course Name Full-time Equivalent
COMM 2202* (or 2002) Business and Technical Correspondence COMM 2200
COMM 2203* (or 2003) Business and Technical Reports COMM 2200
FMGT 2711 Computerized Accounting FMGT 2710

*Note: For accredited Canadian or US credentials, if you have achieved a bachelor's degree the COMM courses may be waived. If you have an associate degree or diploma, COMM 1103/1106 and COMM 2202/2002 may be waived. COMM 2203/2003 will still be required.

**Note: Accounting courses completed in the UK or the United States may be considered for transfer credit toward FMGT 1100/2100.

Program matrix

Once accepted, the following courses are required to complete the Diploma in Financial Planning:

Part-time Course Course Name Credits
FMGT 1810 Personal Financial Planning 1 3.0
FMGT 3110 Financial Accounting 1 5.0
FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
FMGT 3410 Taxation 1 4.0
FMGT 3510 Finance 1 4.0
FMGT 3610* Canadian Securities Course (CSC) 4.0
FMGT 4110 Financial Accounting 2 7.0
FMGT 4410 Taxation 2 5.5
FMGT 4510 Finance 2 5.5
FMGT 4520 Enterprise Finance 2.5
FMGT 4610* Canadian Securities Course (CSC) 2.5
FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
FMGT 4810 Personal Financial Planning 2 3.0
FMGT 4911 Capstone Course for CFP Certification 3.0
MKTG 3342 Negotiating Skills 3.0

*Note: Students are required to successfully complete the Canadian Security Institute's Canadian Security Course (CSC) to receive transfer credit towards FMGT 3610 and FMGT 4610.

Once accepted you may register for courses on a course-by-course basis, providing any course prerequisites have been completed, during the next available Part-time Studies term:

  • Winter: January - March
  • Spring/Summer: April - June
  • Fall: September - December

All program requirements must be completed within seven years per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation. BCIT Policy 5103 also permits a maximum of three attempts to successfully complete each course within this credential. If you fail a course twice, you will only be allowed to repeat the course with written permission from the Associate Dean.

Ready to submit your application? Apply now.

Direct entry FAQs

  • When should I apply?

  • It is recommended that you apply when you have met all of the entrance requirements.

  • When will I be accepted?

  • Once your application has been assessed and has been approved for direct entry, you will be accepted into the program.

  • When will I get my timetable?

  • Part-time students are responsible for setting their own timetable through registering for individual courses. Initially, it is recommended that students register for a maximum of two courses during the first term of study. This will help in gauging the time commitment, workload, and impact to one's individual situation (i.e. career responsibilities, personal life, etc.). You are able to view your registered courses by visiting and selecting the myCourses tab.

  • 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 Part-time Studies Tuition & Fees page for information on part-time tuition fees.

Financial assistance

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


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 delivery

This part-time studies program is offered on a course-by-course basis, allowing you the flexibility to complete courses in any order, provided that any required course prerequisites have been completed. Students register for each course individually and may undertake studies in any term (Winter, Spring/Summer, or Fall). While you may choose the pace of your studies, all program requirements must be completed within seven years as per BCIT Policy 5103 - Student Evaluation [PDF].

Please note that some courses in this program are offered only once or twice per year, and BCIT reserves the right to cancel courses if enrolment is insufficient.

In-classroom delivery is available for most courses in the program. Some courses are also offered online.

The length of most online courses is 12 weeks. Online learning students should plan to spend an average of seven-to-ten hours per week on their studies for each course.

Program matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses (complete a minimum of 113.5 credits): Credits
  BLAW 3100 Business Law 4.0
  BSYS 1001 Business Information Systems 1 - Office 2016 3.0
  BSYS 2051 Introduction to Business Data Analytics with MS Excel 2016 for Windows 3.0
  BSYS 2061 Business Data Management with MS Access 2016 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
  ECON 2100 Microeconomics 3.0
  ECON 2200 Macroeconomics 4.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1* 4.0
  FMGT 1810 Personal Financial Planning 1 3.0
  FMGT 2100 Accounting 2* 5.5
  FMGT 2701 Management Information Systems 3.0
  FMGT 3110 Financial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3210 Cost/Managerial Accounting 1 4.0
  FMGT 3410 Taxation 1 4.0
  FMGT 3510 Finance 1 4.0
  FMGT 3610 Security Analysis 1** 4.0
  FMGT 4110 Financial Accounting 2 5.5
  FMGT 4410 Taxation 2 5.5
  FMGT 4510 Finance 2 5.5
  FMGT 4520 Enterprise Finance 2.5
  FMGT 4610 Security Analysis 2** 2.5
  FMGT 4710 Advanced Computer Applications 2 5.5
  FMGT 4810 Personal Financial Planning 2 3.0
  FMGT 4911 Advanced Curriculum in Financial Planning 3.0
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 3342 Negotiating Skills 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1197 Statistics for Business and Industry 4.5
  ORGB 1105 Organizational Behaviour 4.0
  FMGT 1540 Credit and Collections 3.0
  FMGT 2540 Introduction to Finance 2.5

*Students must achieve a final grade of 70% or greater in FMGT 1100 and FMGT 2100.

**Students must successfully complete the Canadian Securities Institute’s Canadian Securities Course (CSC) for transfer credit towards FMGT 3610 and FMGT 4610.

2. Required Courses - Communications (9.0 credits): Credits
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
  COMM 2202 Business and Technical Correspondence 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  COMM 2002 Business and Technical Correspondence With Language Development Component 3.0
  COMM 2003 Business and Technical Reports With Language Development Component 3.0
Total Credits: 122.5

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

This program is designed by working professionals to prepare you for a career in financial and investment planning. By focusing your training on the necessary, applicable skills you’ll need daily in the finance industry, you’ll graduate with the knowledge and confidence to secure and excel at a job in financial planning. As part of the program, you’ll study in-class as well as with hands-on practice by developing your own financial plan. You’ll also graduate having written and passed Canadian Securities Institute exam to prepare you and your resume for success

Program length

The rate of progress through the part-time program varies. Although most individuals take three to five years to complete their studies, students have up to seven years to complete the program requirements.

Additional program options


Students who choose the Financial Planning program will write the Canadian Securities Course examination. Successful completion is a mandatory step for anyone considering a career in the field of financial planning or in any aspect of the investment world. In addition, it is a prerequisite for all other courses and programs offered by the Canadian Securities Institute (CSI), including the Personal Financial Planning Course (PFPC).

Many of the individual courses in this program are eligible for transfer/credit to the professional accounting bodies.

The Financial Planning option is accredited by the Financial Planning Standards Council of Canada; it meets the academic prerequisites necessary to be permitted to write the Certified Financial Planners (CFP) national examinations.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Continue your education

BCIT offers part-time students the opportunity to complete a series of credential programs, ultimately leading to a Bachelor degree. If you apply and qualify, you can work towards the following credential:

  1. Bachelor of Business Administration
  2. Bachelor of Accounting

Degree Completion – Bachelor of Accounting

The Financial Management department offers an Accounting degree completion program to those who already have an Accounting, Finance, or Financial Planning diploma or equivalent. Please see our Bachelor of Accounting program for more information.

Universities will give credit for subjects taken in the program to those students who wish to continue their training and qualify for a university degree. Block transfer credit arrangements are in effect with Thompson River University, Simon Fraser University, the University of Northern British Columbia, Royal Roads University, and Lakehead University.

Graduating & Jobs

Your training at BCIT includes preparation of a complete financial plan. This exposure to real-world scenarios provides our students a unique skill set to assist them in securing jobs upon graduation.

Some job opportunities for grads include:
  • Financial Planner
  • Financial Advisor
  • Investment Advisor
  • Assistant Financial Planner
With experience, grads can move on to become:
  • Financial Service Manager
  • Senior Financial Advisor
  • Branch Manager
  • Independent Advisor
You’ll also be able to start work as a financial planner and pursue your CFP immediately, or continue on to complete your bachelor’s degree, and from there, continue on to do a CFP and a CFA. This diploma program is recognized at many universities for block credit transfers.

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.

Contact Us

Samantha Rubinic
Program Assistant
604-432-8577 |

Deacon Devlin
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Accounting, Finance, and Insurance
604-412-7453 |

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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