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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 required to enter the field of information technology with a UFV Computer Information Systems (CIS) certificate.

The two-semester program provides you with the knowledge and experience to work with single-user systems and meet the needs of small companies who require employees with computer experience.

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.

Flexible course options allow you to graduate with a certificate focused on specific skills or a general knowledge base. Depending on your course selection, you may find yourself working in areas such as web support, user technical support, or computer support.

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar.

After you graduate, you can choose continue your studies while you work to earn a UFV Computer Information Systems diploma or a UFV Bachelor of Computer Information Systems degree.


Rapid change and the increased use of outsourcing have made the IT workplace a very volatile one over the last few years. The School of Computing meets twice a year with an external advisory committee to track and predict change, and to keep Computer Information Systems programs relevant to current and future organizational needs. Our diverse committee is peopled by members of industry and the public sector whose knowledge and experience is pertinent, timely, and crucial to our decision-making processes.

Careers for information technology professionals fall into several categories, including but not limited to:

  • Software development
  • Systems analysis and design
  • User interface design and human factors
  • Web and database design and programming
  • Project management
  • Computer security
  • Network design and administration
  • System and database administration
  • End user support


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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