Mobile Application Development Certificate

 Eight-month advanced certificate

Where: Comox Valley
Starts: September
  • Learn the fundamentals of application development for smartphones, tablets and web.
  • Develop programming skills for the rapidly changing mobile applications industry.
  • Be in demand. The BC 2025 Labour Economic Outlook predicts web designers and developers will be among the most in demand occupational groups requiring post-secondary training in BC, with more than 2,600 job openings available to 2025.

Career possibilities: Qualify for a broad range of opportunities such as mobile app developer, front-end web designer and interactive media programmer.

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  • Technical expertise. In response to industry and employer input, NIC’s programs include an increased number of advanced technology courses to give you a high level of technical expertise when compared to many other programs in the province.
  • Innovation. Today’s employers and businesses value creative problem solving. NIC’s media instructors look for innovative, creative solutions preparing you for your future career.
  • Develop your skills. At NIC, you’ll learn in small classes from experienced instructors who are focused on your success. You’ll have greater access to resources, professional guidance and encouragement to develop your personal style.


NIC's Interactive Media programs provide you with the skills you need for today and in the future. Part-time study is available but, because technology changes rapidly, you are encouraged to complete your studies as quickly as you can.

The Mobile Application Development certificate was one of the first in Canada. The certificate is ideally suited to students with previous programming experience, graduates of the Web Design certificate or programmers looking to expand their industry skills.

The Mobile Application Development certificate program will give you fundamental knowledge in web design and mobile application programming. You will learn front-end web programming and mobile application development.

You will explore new and emerging technologies and their impact on web and mobile application development. Upon graduation, you will possess the skills necessary to succeed in the rapidly developing mobile application industry.

The Mobile Application Development certificate counts as credit toward the Advanced Communication Design diploma, leading to a wide range of knowledge, opportunities and careers.

Career Opportunities

Mobile application development is a growing field with many career opportunities. With in demand skills added to your resumé, consider pursuing your own business ventures, expanding your career opportunities or continue learning with the Advanced Communication and Interactive Design diploma.

Supply List

You are required to have sufficient hardware and software for completing coursework. Please review the supply list document for a complete description of technical requirements.

Admission Requirements

  1. C in one of Provincial English 12, English 12 First Peoples, NIC ENG-060, ENG-096, ENG-098, ESL-090 or equivalent; or English assessment testing.

Upgrade with us to meet prerequisites

Upgrade your English, math and science courses for entry into the program of your choice. Succeed with the help of NIC’s supportive instructors. Courses are flexible and start several times a year so you can learn at your own pace. We offer daytime and evening options. Learn more

International Language Requirements

For international language requirements click here.

To Be Successful

Previous programming experience is essential for this advanced certificate. If you are new to mobile application development, you may be interested in the Web and Mobile Application Development diploma.

Program Requirements


Completion Requirements

This program is designed to be completed within 8 months of fulltime study.

Tuition & Costs Estimate for
Fall 2018, Winter, Spring & Summer 2019

Costs indicated are estimates for a 100% course load per year, unless otherwise noted. Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.

While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit tuition page.

Domestic Fees

Year 1
Tuition $3,130
NISU Fees $125
Lab Fees $215
Books $1,530
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $5,430
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

International Fees

Year 1
Tuition $12,730
NISU Fees $125
Student Services Fees $215
Learner Resource $155
Health and Dental $275
Total $13,500
Additional Costs for International Students include the $100 Application fee (required) and the $250 Accommodation Application Fee (optional).
Full-time students are automatically enrolled in the mandatory Health and Dental Benefit plan ($275).

Linda Perron

Linda Perron
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5054 | Location DIS - 215

Ashley Blacquiere

Ashley Blacquiere
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121A

Frank Lu

Frank Lu


Business Administration, Computer Science Technology, Fine Arts, Mathematics-Science

MSc (Business Admin) in Management Info Systems (UBC, 1992)

Subjects: Business, Info Tech & Comp Science, Interactive Media, Mathematics
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5046 | Location TYE - 121

Steve Mackey

Steve Mackey
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5000 ext. 4105 | Location RAV - 108B

Frank Niscak

Frank Niscak
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5045 | Location TYE - 121

Susanne Sampson

Susanne Sampson
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5228 | Location RAV - 108A

Megan Wilson

Megan Wilson
Comox Valley Campus 250-334-5056 | Location RAV - 108B