What will I learn?

Start working as an IT professional in less than a year with a UFV's Computer Information Systems (CIS) certificate.

The CIS certificate is designed to provide you with basic knowledge and skills to meet the needs of small companies that require employees with computer and network knowledge. As part of the program's strong emphasis on practical work, you get to apply what you learn in the classroom on hands-on projects in UFV's well-equipped labs.

The CIS certificate provides you with a lot of flexibility: you get to choose 30 credits from degree offerings to suit your educational and career goals. You can explore a range of topics in network and database administration, web design, network security, information systems management, and programming. Or you can choose to zero in on your main area of interest.

Add select courses in communications and business to prepare to build customer, vendor, and team relationships in the workplace.

Take courses offered in the evening to continue your studies while you work and earn a UFV Computer Information Systems diploma or a UFV Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree.


The BC Stats Report shows that British Columbia’s technology sector is strong and growing. Average weekly earnings for technology employees are 85% higher than for non-tech workers in British Columbia and the unemployment rate has reached an all-time low. New technology companies are developing and B.C. continues to out-perform all other provinces in venture capital investment per capita.

Depending on your course selection, you may find yourself working in areas such as web support, user technical support, or computer support. You can use your skills in a small company to maintain their computer systems, while also providing support for computer applications, such as inventory control or accounting. The expertise you gain through the certificate will enable you to have technical conversations with employees or suppliers in order to make the right decisions regarding information technology purchases or development.

Program outline

The CIS certificate is available to students who have completed any 30 credits from the BCIS degree offerings, including degree program non-CIS courses, at least one half of which must be CIS or COMP courses. Students who wish to attain the CIS certificate can choose any 30 credits that meet these requirements. Students entering the program without any computer literacy skills will need to take CIS 100.

Students who wish to continue on to attain the diploma or degree are advised to take the courses listed for the first year of the degree or to take courses that apply as course requirements to the diploma or degree.

Which department am I in?

Faculty of Professional Studies

Study options

Full Time (1 year)

Tuition fees
CAD$17,160.00 (US$ 12,968) per year

*Price shown is for indicative purposes, please check with institution

Start date

Expected September 2019


University of the Fraser Valley

Abbotsford Campus,

33844 King Road,


British Columbia (BC),

V2S 7M8, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

High school graduation (equivalent to Canadian grade 12 graduation).

BC Secondary school graduation or equivalent, or Mature student 19 years or older, or completion of 9 university level credits with a minimum of 2.0 GPA; Principles of Math 12 with a C+ or better, or a C or better in one of the following: Foundations of Math 12, Pre-calculus 12, Math 094 and Math 095, Math 096, or Math 110.

TOEFL (iBT) - score of 88 with no section below 20; IELTS (Academic) - score of 6.5 with a minimum band score of 6.0; PTE score of 61 with 60 in writing; CAEL - score of 70; Cambridge - Certificate of Proficiency (CPE) min C; Cambridge-Certificate of Advanced English (CAE) min. A.; EIKEN Grade 1; CanTEST - score of 4.5 with a minimum writing score of 4.0; MELAB - score of 85;LPI - score of 30 (Essay Level 5); Recognized equivalent of Canadian grade 12 English - C+ (Some programs require a higher English grade).


About this uni

The University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) offers over 100 study programs in over 30 subject areas, ranging from accounting to graphic design.

  • UFV is nationally recognized for its outstanding reputation
  • Provides over 75 study abroad destinations
  • Main campus has free shuttle bus services for students
  • UFV students get the opportunity to work with major employers