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Materials Management Option Part-time Certificate 690dmcert

Materials Management

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.
Why is the Materials Management Certificate one of our most popular programs? The handling of materials through purchasing, production, traffic, and warehousing is a key aspect of much of today’s economy and requires effective, trained professionals to make sure it all works correctly for businesses to function.

This program is designed by working operations professionals with specific consideration to the practical needs of your career as well as preparation for the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management CPIM exams. Learn more about APICS CPIM.

Not only does this specialized program give you the skills and knowledge you need for effective career advancement in materials management, but it also gives you flexibility as it’s designed to work around your schedule.

About the program

  • Designed for working adults seeking to work with production, materials, and inventory
Interested? Learn more about how BCIT prepares you for success in the Program Details.

Who should complete the Materials Management Certificate?

This program might be right for you if:
  • You’re organized
  • You have some work experience
  • You are or hope to work with materials, buying, production, and inventory
Ready to advance your career in business operations through materials management? Enroll today at the Program Entry page.

What grads can do

By learning from industry professionals at BCIT, you’ll be able to apply your new skills to your existing role or use these skills to move into a material management position. The focus on practical training means that your course topics will relate directly to your potential positions such as purchasing coordinator, production manager, or warehouse supervisor.

Learn more about the job opportunities awaiting you 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.


Well known for a focus on practical knowledge, BCIT’s courses are all developed by working industry professionals to give you the most current, relevant skills you need for your career. In this program, you’ll gain experience with key elements of materials management, including purchasing, scheduling, resource planning, Canadian customs, and more. You’ll also be able to choose from a variety of electives for training that matches your own personal career goals.

The APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) exam preparation courses APIC 1171 to APIC 1175 will be replaced by APIC 1161 CPIM Part 1 and APIC 2262 CPIM Part 2. This is a result of reconfiguring the APICS CPIM program. Learn more about APICS CPIM.

Students who have successfully taken any BCIT APIC course will be able to use the credit hours towards the Materials Management certificate.

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
  APIC 1161 Basics of Supply Chain - CPIM Part 1 3.0
  COMM 2203 Business and Technical Reports 3.0
  OPMT 1175 Warehouse Management 1 3.0
  OPMT 1191 Purchasing 3.0
  OPMT 1193 Facility Planning and Design 3.0
  OPMT 1198 Operations Management Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 2275 Warehouse Management 2 3.0
  OPMT 2298 Business Process Improvement 3.0
  TDMT 1409 Canada Customs and Free Trade Agreements 4.0
2. Complete a minimum of 3.0 credits from the following: Credits
  BUSA 1305 Supervisory Skills 3.0
  BUSA 2005 Principles of Management 4.0
3. Complete 3.0 credits from the following: Credits
  OPMT 1106 Quality Mangement Fundamentals 3.0
  OPMT 1187 Project Management Essentials 3.0
4. Complete 12.0 credits from the following list of electives: Credits
  APIC 1181 Logistics, Transportation and Distribution Certification 3.5
  APIC 1191 Supply Chain Professional Certification (CSCP) 3.5
  APIC 2262 Advanced Production and Inventory Management - CPIM Part 2 3.5
  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
  BSYS 4051 Business Operations Modelling with Excel 3.5
  BSYS 4061 Advanced Business Operations Systems in Access 3.5
  BUSA 4500 International Business Practices 3.0
  BUSA 4705 Leading People and Teams Across Cultures 4.0
  COMM 1103 Introduction to Business and Technical Communication 3.0
  FMGT 1152 Accounting for the Manager 3.0
  HRMG 2805 Workplace Health & Safety 3.0
  OPMT 1110 Business Mathematics 4.0
  OPMT 1710 Introduction to Lean Concepts 3.0
  OPMT 1192 Inventory Planning and Control 3.0
  OPMT 4699 Enterprise Performance Management 3.0
Total Credits: 46.0

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

The Materials Management Certificate program gives you the training and education necessary to pursue a career in materials management, including positions like purchasing manager, warehouse supervisor, and more.

Whether you’re already involved in materials management, buying, or a related profession, this program helps you refine your skills and advance your career. Likewise, the practical training will be of interest to production and inventory control professionals who want to increase their knowledge of the field as well as newcomers to the profession who want to acquire a solid foundation on which to build a career.

This certificate includes the APICS Certified in Production and Inventory Management (CPIM) certification exam review courses. Learn more about CPIM.

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 earning your Materials Management Certificate at BCIT, you’ll be preparing for lifelong success in business operations. The hands-on experience and useable knowledge you earn through this program helps you gain the skills that can make you the most effective and successful at your chosen career.

Some job opportunities:
  • Administrative Services Manager
  • Transportation Manager
  • Manufacturing Manager
  • Operations Manager
  • Purchasing Coordinator/Manager
  • Accounts Coordinator/Manager
  • Production Supervisor/Manager
  • Warehouse Supervisor/Manager
  • Inventory Analyst •Product Manager

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 2017-2019 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2016-2018 graduates and for Degree 2015-2017 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.

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

Ruth MacKay
Part-time Studies Program Assistant - Operations Management
604-412-7417 |

Ron Wlock
Part-time Studies Coordinator - Operations Management
604-432-8991 |

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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