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British Columbia Institute of Technology

For over 50 years, the British Columbia Institute of Technology (BCIT) has been a leader among Canadian post-secondary institutions. Offering an applied, hands-on education that models the evolving work environment, BCIT is one of British Columbia’s largest post-secondary institutes. BCIT educates more than 47,000 full-time and part-time students in over 300 programs each year across five campuses and 10 satellite locations.

BCIT’s credentials range from certificates and diplomas to bachelor’s and master’s degrees in areas such as applied and natural sciences, business and media, computing and IT, engineering, health sciences, and trades and apprenticeships. The Institute’s programs are developed in consultation with leading employers and industry associations, ensuring its graduates are more than ready to succeed in their careers and contribute to a productive economy from day one.

BCIT was the first institution in BC to offer advanced technical education in areas such as engineering, business, and health, and is the largest and longest-serving provider of trades training and apprenticeship programs in Western Canada.

Fast Facts

  • Approximately 18,000 full-time students and 28,000 part-time students enroll every year.
  • Compared to a provincial average of 80%, 93% of degree graduates are working in their field of study.
  • Within two years of graduation, the average annual salary of a BCIT degree graduate is $14,000 higher than the provincial average.
  • BCIT offers over 300 programs across broad educational sectors including business, computing, health sciences, engineering, and trades.
  • BCIT was the first institution in BC to offer advanced technical education in areas such as engineering, business, and health.

Our research specialization:

  • Energy, Resources, Manufacturing and Transportation
  • Health, Natural Health and Biotechnology
  • Information/Communications, Technology and Security
  • Social Enterprise, Human Capital and Entrepreneurship
  • Sustainability and the Built Environment




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Contribute to our Community

BCIT has a mandate to partner with industry, government, business, and other post-secondary institutes. These partnerships have beneficial social, economic, and environmental impact both locally and nationally. For example, we’ve partnered with the Squamish Nation Education Department to jointly deliver an innovative First Nations Ecological Restoration training program to introduce Squamish Nation students to the theory and practice of ecological restoration. We’ve worked with Northern Lights College to strengthen their Instrumentation Mechanic program, assessing their equipment needs, providing course materials, allowing their instructors to shadow BCIT Instrumentation Mechanic instructors, and delivering apprenticeship training in Fort St. John, BC. And we are partnering with the provincial and federal governments to form a coordinated approach to apprenticeship training in 10 trades, ensuring apprentices have their certification recognized across the country, no matter where they took their training.

Foster Student Success

Michael Widman

As a software engineer at wind turbine manufacturer Endurance Wind Power, Computer Systems grad Michael Widman is helping to innovate the global green energy market. Thanks to Michael and his colleagues, customers can interact remotely with their turbines using a desktop, tablet, or smart phone. Learn more.

Mardonn Chua and Darson Du

Biotechnology graduates Mardonn Chua and Darson Du are revolutionizing the way the medical industry tests their products. In essence, they want to create the world’s first human stem cell library, where they will store stem cells in bulk from every key demographic of the population. Their company, Extem Bioscience Corp., was snapped up by a San Francisco-based biotech accelerator, which funds and supports startup ideas in the biotech field. Learn more.

Adrian Duke

Adrian Duke, a member of the Muscowpetung Nation in Saskatchewan, moved to Vancouver as an 18-year-old to study business at BCIT. After graduating from BCIT’s Marketing Management program in 2009, Adrian went on to start a series of successful businesses. In 2012, he co-founded Skyturtle Technologies, a waterslide design firm that has taken off in the last few years, with clients in several countries. The future is looking very bright for Adrian and Skyturtle; they currently have more than $1 million in private funding and over a dozen patents pending on their innovative waterslide-related technology. Learn more.

Partner with Business and Community


The BC Women’s and Children’s Hospital faced a problem when caring for their youngest and most fragile patients — sick infants often need to be connected to a mass of medical lines (e.g., intravenous, intubation, monitoring). But the very lines that give them life can tangle and pose a strangulation risk. The hospital worked with BCIT designers to create a tiny jacket for infants and young children in hospital that organizes the mass of tubes they are attached to. The “HUG” jacket increases comfort and dramatically reduces the risk of strangulation.


In addition to providing training for key sectors such as mining, LNG, construction, and forestry, BCIT also provides training to ensure those developments are conducted responsibly. For example, the BCIT Rivers Institute and the Ecological Restoration program support companies in developing their best practices for stream crossings and the restoration and reclamation of pipelines and facilities. The Ecological Restoration program and Rivers Institute have also developed a program for Aboriginal people and communities to support training in ecological restoration.

Support Indigenous Students

BCIT is committed to the success of Aboriginal students. BCIT Aboriginal Services and the BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place on the Burnaby campus serve as a welcoming “home away from home” for Aboriginal students.

Through cultural and educational activities, the BCIT Aboriginal Gathering Place creates a sense of inclusion and belonging for Aboriginal students. Students and staff across BCIT are invited to participate in ceremonies celebrating the diversity and richness of the Aboriginal culture. Aboriginal Services has three elders on staff to support students. BCIT Aboriginal Services also supports Aboriginal students in accessing financial aid and scholarships, and educational, work, and career resources.

Over the last five years (2010-2015), over 25 BCIT programs have had Aboriginal cohorts.

Programs & Services of Interest

Date modified: 2017-06-22