Information & Communication Technology

The goal of the one-year certificate program is to provide learners with the knowledge and skills necessary to understand the theoretical and applied uses of information technology in various business settings. Upon completion of the certificate program, the learners will have the fundamental knowledge and skills of several computer applications and operating systems. Learners will be able to install, configure, and troubleshoot software in both stand-alone and networked environments. The first year consists of courses in customer service, business applications, operating systems, networking, programming, and website development at the fundamental level and also includes a foundational team project. Learners will be able to demonstrate effective problem definition and problem solving in a positive customer-service context. The certificate program prepares learners with the knowledge and skills for employment as an entry-level hardware technician, network technician, or junior programmer with small businesses, government, industry, and other organizations.

Admission Requirements

  • Grade 10 math (Applications or Principles); or CCP Math 030; or GED
  • Grade 10 English; or CCP English 030; or GED
  • English and Math placement evaluation at the Grade 10 level

Learners are strongly recommended to have some exposure to computers before commencing the program. Additionally, first-time online learners are recommended to complete the 15-hour Online Learner Success course available through BCcampus for an orientation to the online learning environment.

How the courses work:

Courses are delivered online through

The student works through the courses online and completes assignments as instructed. As you can see in the schedule, some courses are offered more than once during the year so you can setup your own course schedule – full-time or part-time. This scheduling also allows students to enter the program at any time.


NCIT 100 - Business of Information Technology

NCIT 102 - Computer Hardware

NCIT 106 - Introduction to Programming

NCIT 108 - Operating Systems I

NCIT 110 - Professionalism and Customer Service

NCIT 112 - Foundations of Web Development

NCIT 114 - Networking

NCIT 118 - Operating Systems II

NCIT 120 - Foundations of Systems Development

NCIT 122 - Foundation Project

Required Materials

Computer Maintenance Tools:

These tools do not need to be purchased ahead of class and will be discussed in class in detail (with examples).

  • Ground bracelet
  • Flat head screwdriver
  • Philips screwdriver
  • Electronics tweezers
  • Needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutter / stripper

Software Requirements:

The student will need an additional working computer on which they are able to install software. The software is either freely available on the web or will be provided, as will installation instructions. MS Word, Excel, MS Project and PowerPoint may be used in assignments and demonstrations. Students should have this software available for assignments, or other software with compatible output.

Hardware for Labwork:

To perform the labs in the NCIT 108 course, students will require access to a computer with full administrator access. The labs involve configuration and installation of operating systems and applications that require full administrator access. Students are required to have two computers – one for completing online work and one for lab work.The hardware platform required for the additional lab machine is quite minimal. It must meet the recommended requirements for the installation and operation of Windows 2000 Professional and Windows XP Professional on a dual boot computer. The minimum requirements are:

  • Pentium II processor with a recommended 300 MHz processor
  • 6 GB empty hard drive space (to be partitioned to install two operating systems)
  • 64 MB RAM, although 128 MB is recommended
  • Network card
  • An Internet connection

Fees and Dates

Mackenzie Campus

Dates: Start date varies
Location: Online

  • Tuition: $421/course
  • Application: $40.00
  • Registration: $15.60 (per semester)
  • Enhancement Fee: $40
  • Development Fee: $20
  • EMAT and Keyboarding Test: $15
  • Technology: $28.10 (full time per semester)
  • Technology: $5.62 (Part time per course)
  • Textbooks: $1,500.00 approx (possibly less if e-books are purchased)

Last Updated: August 24, 2015
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