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Program description

This program is currently under review and is not accepting applications.

The Computer Based Information Systems (CBIS) certificate is a non-credit program designed for professionals wanting to enhance their foundational knowledge of technology and information systems. Whether you are making a career move within your current place of employment or transitioning into the IT field, this credential will add value to your resume and skill set.

This pioneering program has been offered by the Division of Continuing Studies at UVic for almost 35 years, a testament to its quality and continued relevance in the readily changing field of IT.

Delivered entirely online, the flexibility of this program attracts working professionals from both public and private sectors. You will acquire theoretical knowledge—balanced by practical application—all relating to current software, knowledge of networks, systems analysis, databases, website design and other business information technologies.

The program consists of nine courses; five required courses and four electives. The majority of the courses are 13 weeks long and the online delivery model means you can set your own pace for completion. Study full-time to quickly get the skills and credential you need for starting a new career, or study part-time and comfortably balance a full-time career and personal life while you prepare for career advancement. 

Program features

  • Flexible online course delivery means you can study from anywhere, to suit your schedule.
  • A recognised credential from one of Canada's top universities
  • Current and relevant course content covering both theory and practical application

Who is this program for?

This program is ideal for individuals who have a passion for technology and are looking to start or advance their career in the information technology field. This credential prepares you for positions such as:

  • IT Consultant
  • Help Desk Coordinator
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator

Career options

Some of our learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • IT Consultant/Coordinator
  • Help Desk Coordinator
  • Systems Analyst
  • Business Analyst
  • Data Analyst
  • Database Administrator


Courses and fees

You must complete nine non-credit courses in order to obtain the CBIS certificate: five core (required) courses and four electives as listed in the above section. You must also submit an Application to Graduate.

Please see the course pages for detailed course descriptions and scheduling information.

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Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $60.00
Five required courses ($695 per course) $3,475.00
Four elective courses ($695 per course) $2,780.00
Textbooks $900.00
Estimated Total $7,215.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

To be admitted to the program, you must have one of the following:

  • a university degree and three years of work experience
  • a college diploma and four years of work experience
  • high school completion and five years of work experience

English language requirement

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide evidence of fluency through the submission of an IELTS (Academic) score of minimum 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5), TOEFL score of 550 (79 Internet Based TOEFL), completion of the UVic English Language Centre's ELPI 570 level, or equivalent level through one of our English pathway partners.

Advanced standing via Prior Learning Assessment

If you feel that courses you have completed with other institutions are equivalent to any content of the CBIS Program, or you have significant experience in a technical field that directly relates to any of our courses, you may apply for advanced standing via the Prior Learning Assessment process. We will assess the documentation that you submit and grant credit towards a course on a case-by-case basis.

A Prior Learning Assessment requires that you submit a complete portfolio to the CBIS Program Office, 250-472-5442. The portfolio typically includes transcripts, course outlines, a chronological record of work experience and other documentation such as job descriptions, performance appraisals, transcripts, samples of work, testimonials and certificates of attendance.

Students may receive up to a maximum of three advanced standing credits towards the CBIS certificate program. Download the PLA form (PDF). The fee for this process is $195 per application for assessment.

How to apply

This program is currently under review and is not accepting applications.


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