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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.
Are you an innovative thinker who’s excited to start your own business? This unique program gives you a combination of business skills and entrepreneurial knowledge to help prepare you to run an existing small business, get your new idea off the ground, or greatly enhance an existing marketing-related position in an established company.

Often, the most successful people are those who know how to make new ideas happen or create their own ideal jobs and companies. By earning your Entrepreneurship associate certificate from BCIT, you’ll be learning to do exactly that. Through a series of courses, you’ll develop your ability to create, promote, and manage a start-up company, grow a small business, or apply your innovative ideas in your current position.

This program is ideal for those who want to be prepared for the frontier of the new economy-entrepreneurship and self-employment.

About the program

  • Eight course associate certificate program
  • Focus on specialized entrepreneurial skills for business innovation
  • Designed for students with or without prior experience looking to enhance your entrepreneurial endeavours
Learn more about the ways you’ll strengthen your innovative thinking, business development, and marketing skills in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Entrepreneurship Associate Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You enjoy a fast-paced work environment
  • You’re a self-starter
  • You’re a risk-taker
  • You’re looking for the core skills to help make your innovative ideas happen
If you’re ready to begin your journey toward successful entrepreneurship, visit the Program Entry page!

What grads can do

Through this program, you’ll be developing the broad base of skills every entrepreneur needs to manage the many aspects of business. By earning your associate certificate, you’ll be prepared to begin your journey into a start-up or better managing your existing small business. Additionally, many forward-thinking employers look to hire people who can think innovatively and apply the entrepreneurial spirit to better their company.

Find out more about the opportunities awaiting you upon completion of this program at the Graduating and Jobs page.

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:

International applicants:

Learn about eligibility requirements to study and work in Vancouver.

Application processing

Ongoing throughout the year.

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.

Scheduled intakes

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

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.


The courses in this program are all designed by today’s professionals to give you the most current, usable skills you need for business success. Through your hands-on, practical learning at BCIT, you’ll develop the fundamentals necessary to begin, manage, and run a company, including topics such as sales skills, marketing, business development, and more.

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 matrix

Check current availability of courses for this program.

1. Required Courses: Credits
  MKTG 1102 Essentials of Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 1219 Professional Sales Skills 3.0
  MKTG 1324 Small Business Development 3.0
  MKTG 2324 Small Business Management 3.0
  MKTG 3319 Advanced Sales & Business Development 3.0
  MKTG 3324 Business Plan Development 3.0
2. Complete 9.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  BUSA 2205 Entrepreneurial Management 3.0
  COMM 1106 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication (With Language Development Component) 3.0
  FMGT 1100 Accounting 1 4.0
  MKTG 1112 Customer Relations 3.0
  MKTG 1352 Digital Marketing 3.0
  MKTG 1550 Social Media for Business 3.0
  MKTG 1554 Fundamentals of Branding 3.0
  MKTG 2225 Project Management in Marketing 4.0
  MKTG 2352 Content Planning 4.0
  MKTG 3325 Consumer Behaviour 3.0
  MKTG 3554 Digital Branding 3.0
  VENT 1820 Financing For a New or Growing Business 3.0
  VENT 1821 Growing A Business 3.0
  VENT 1822 Personal Finance Fundamentals 3.0
Total Credits: 27.0

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

This special package of courses is designed to give you a fast track to successful business start-up or managing a small business. You can also use these fundamental skills if you already have a degree or diploma in a non-marketing areas and want to gain additional job-related skills.

The Entrepreneurship associate certificate is useful both to those who want to start their own business and those who want to stand out in their own career as self-starting, entrepreneurial workers. The program combines a comprehensive business education with a focus on developing those skills that entrepreneurs use in building new ideas into tomorrow’s success stories.

Learning how to think and act like an entrepreneur is essential to career progress in the future. Employers seek out self-starters who can identify, plan, and execute new business opportunities. And the success of your own business is improved dramatically by acquiring grounding in the fundamentals of entrepreneurship.

And with a flexible availability of courses both in the classroom and online, you can choose the path and schedule that fits your own needs while being prepared for a successful career in event marketing in as little as three months.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Downtown Campus
555 Seymour Street
Vancouver, BC

Many courses are also offered through distance and online learning.

Graduating & Jobs

By developing your skills in marketing, business management, sales, and more, you’ll be prepared to take control of your own employment. Many graduates use the practical skills gained through this program to start a new venture, grow their existing business, or advance their career within an existing corporation. With the skills you earn in this program, you’ll have opportunities in almost every aspect of business including management, marketing, promotions, sales, operations, and development.

You may choose to enter the workforce immediately upon graduation, or you might also consider continuing your education for even more advanced skills and access to more career options. The course credits you earn in this program may be transferable to other programs within the BCIT Marketing Management department.

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

If you have questions that you could not find the answer to online, or if you require further assistance, please contact us:

Candace Marrington
Program Assistant - Part-time Studies, Marketing Management
604-432-8723 |

Tracey Renzullo
Part-time Studies Coordinator, Marketing Management
604-451-7033 |


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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