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School of Computing

Computer Information Systems certificate



One year

How to apply

Start date:

Abbotsford campus



  • Program eligible for financial aid


Gain the essential skills you need to enter the field of information technology. UFV's Computer Information Systems (CIS) certificate is a two-semester program. It will give you the knowledge and skills to support small companies that rely on single-user systems.

Your courses will emphasize practical learning. You'll apply the theories you're learning through hands-on projects in UFV's well-equipped labs.

You'll have the flexibility to choose courses based on your interests. This will prepare you to work in different areas, depending on your choices. You could focus on web support, user technical support, or computer support, for example.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

Ladder into the CIS diploma

Enhance your skills by continuing your studies. Certificate graduates can enroll in either the diploma or degree program.


When you embark on an IT career, you have many career options. You could focus on software development, systems analysis and design, or UX/UI design. You could become a web designer, database developer, or IT project manager. Other career avenues include computer security, network design and administration, end-user support, or technology management.

Wondering which roles are in the highest demand? The BC Labour Market Outlook identifies several IT professions as high opportunity occupations. These roles project excellent employment rates and strong wages. Some require a diploma or degree.

  • Information systems analysts and consultants
  • Computer programmers and interactive media developers
  • Software engineers and designers
  • Computer and information systems managers
  • Web designers and developers
  • Computer engineers
  • Computer network technicians

The IT marketplace is always changing. To make sure students graduate with in-demand skills, the School of Computing meets with an advisory committee. This diverse committee includes industry experts from both the private and public sectors. Their expertise helps shape courses and programs to keep them timely and innovative.


View the Computer Information Systems Certificate in the UFV Academic Calendar.


This program is open for international students


Apply to Qualifying Studies if you do not currently meet the entry requirements in order to upgrade your qualifications for future admissions.

The entrance requirements to all CIS programs include minimum grades in Mathematics and English courses.

Upgrading Math courses

Upgrading options for Math include

  • MATH 094 and MATH 095 at a C grade or higher in both courses
  • MATH 096 at a C grade or higher
  • MATH 110 at a C grade or higher

Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.

Upgrading English courses

There are several options to upgrade your English, including UFV CMNS 099 or ENGL 099 with a grade of C or better, UFV ENGL 081 or 091 with a grade of C+ or better, or UFV ESL WG84 with a grade of C+ or better. Please speak with a Qualifying Studies advisor to learn more about additional options.


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