Continuing Studies


Computer Based Information Systems (CBIS)


View CBIS Program Planner - January 2016 (PDF)

View CBIS Program Planner - Prior to 2016 (PDF)

CBIS is a certificate program designed for students seeking to upgrade their professional designations. Delivered by distance learning (online), the adult education program attracts working professionals from a wide range of positions within the public and private sectors. The program aims to build a strong foundation of theoretical knowledge and application of computing and information systems, together with specialized knowledge in the areas of networks, databases, the Internet, business applications of information technology, and education and workplace training.

Entrance Requirements

English Language Requirement

The University requires that applicants for admission whose first language is not English, and who have not studied in Canada or an English speaking country for four (4) recent academic years in an acceptable program from an approved secondary or post secondary institution, must take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) and submit scores with their application. A paper-based TOEFL score of not less than 575, a computer-based TOEFL score of not less than 230, or an internet-based TOEFL of not less than 89-90 is required for admission to the CBIS Program.

Completion Requirements

CBIS graduation requirements: completion of five core courses and four electives.

Core Courses

Four Electives may be selected from either of the following lists:

Technology Electives

Business Electives (offered also as part of the Certificate and Diploma in Business Administration)

For a listing of courses currently available for registration, please see courses.

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 Coordinator, 250-721-8779. 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.

Required Equipment/Software

Recommended Web Browsers

For Windows computers:

For Apple computers:

Using Mobile Devices for Your Courses: If you are planning on accessing your online courses using a mobile device such as a tablet or a smartphone, please note that not all required course features will be accessible with these devices. Your mobile devices can be used to access some of your online course tools; however, to fully function in your online courses, you will need to have access to a computer running Windows or MacOS. Please see the "Computer Requirements” page on the Technology Integrated Learning website for complete support details.

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Start Dates:

CBIS courses start in January, May and September. For a listing of courses currently available for registration, please see courses.