Advanced Certificate in Software Development (ACSD)

About the Program

The Advanced Certificate in Software Development (ACSD) provides practical skills and theoretical knowledge employers need. This is a very practical and intense program that requires a good amount of work from the learners on their own as well as with the instructors. It may also allow advanced entry into the Advanced Diploma in Computing: Software Development program. The Focus College ACSD program is a project-based program, which allows students to use their theoretical knowledge learned during the
program in the project assigned to them. For a student to be successfully graduated from the ACSD program, along with passing the theory the students are required to complete and defend their project in front of industry professionals.

Computer experts are needed in many different industries from biotechnology to telecommunications and transport. The ACSD will give learners the practical skills and theoretical knowledge that they need as they move into higher education and employment. The program covers various aspects of software development, provides basic knowledge of project management, and gives a good idea of databases and database design, mathematics for computing, as well as Cloud Computing.

The Advanced Certificate in Software Development will provide a breadth of competencies. Upon completion of this program students will have:

  • Developed knowledge and skills in planning, developing, and evaluating.
  • Developed employment skills, particularly relating to the IT industry.
  • Developed and enhanced transferable skills for employability and core skills.
  • Developed study and research skills as well as an academic stimulus.
  • Developed a range of contemporary computer and software skills that are required by the technology industry.
  • will be prepared for employment in competitive international markets.
  • will be provided with underpinning knowledge associated with appropriate vendor qualifications.

This program has been approved by the Private Training Institutions Branch (PTIB) of the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training.

Career Opportunities

The ACSD aims to equip students with the necessary skills required to follow a career within the Software Development field as a web developer, application developer, website developer, or Junior Programmer in a software company. This program also aims to equip successful graduates with enough skills and knowledge to work as freelance developers/programmers. It is also aimed at those who wish to study computing at this level before undertaking a career in another field where such skills are subsidiary, but often very necessary.

Who Will Benefit?

The ACSD is suitable for a wide range of candidates including:

• school leavers
• adult returners to education
• individuals in employment who wish to enhance their career prospects
• people who wish to start their own business or work as freelance developers/programmers.

Admission Requirements

  • Minimum Grade 12 or equivalent Canadian qualification or 3 years experience in the relevant field.
  • If English is not a student’s mother tongue, they are required to have an IELTS level of 6.0 OR equivalent (in case of other testing standards) to be admitted to the course. If on starting the program, their language proficiency proves to be significantly lower than what is expected of an IELTS 6.0, they will be required to take an English course at Focus College before being able to continue with their program studies.


Application Fee (Domestic Students): $250.00
Advanced Application Fee (International Students): $200.00

Administration Fee: $100.00
Tuition Fee: $12,500.00
Assessment Fee: $250.00
Professional Fee: $1,000.00
Material and Lab Fee: $600.00*
Archive Fee: $30.00

Total Program Fee for Domestic Students: $14,730.00
Total Program Fee for International Students: $15,480.00

Offering bursaries and scholarships up to 75% for domestic students. Contact us for further details.
*Textbooks are not included in these fees.

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  • We offer instructor-led on-campus, online, and Hybrid classes delivery through lectures, demonstrations, and hands-on training.
  • Students are required to maintain their attendance as per the FC attendance policy.
  • Program duration:
    One (1) year / 1280 Hours / 42 Weeks
  • Graduation requirements:
    To graduate, students must pass the ACSD program at a minimum Grade of C.
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Focus College response to Covid-19

Updated March 16, 2020

Due to the current pandemic and the desire to protect the health of our students, Focus College is taking measures which incorporate social isolation.

For current students:

We are suspending our Advanced Diploma and Office Manager courses for the week of March 16-20th, to allow for temporary distance learning to be set up. If any students do not have access to a computer from home, we request that they notify the college immediately. Further information on how courses will be delivered will be available as the week goes on. Please monitor your student email for further information throughout the week.


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