Recognizing the rapid change and digital disruption that blockchain has caused, George Brown College's School of Computer Technology is the first Canadian college to offer a certificate in Blockchain Development.

This unique Blockchain Development program at George Brown College in Toronto focuses on designing and implementing decentralized applications by leveraging blockchain technology. The three-semester program is designed to also thoroughly cover full stack development to give students all the tools they need to succeed in this emerging and exciting field.


Program name
Blockchain Development
Casa Loma Campus
Experiential learning
Mandatory Co-op or Work Integrated Learning
1 year (3 semesters)
Starting month
September, January
George Brown College Certificate
Method of study

Year of Study

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Program Availability

Domestic students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 Open
May 2020 N/A
International students
Sept. 2019 Closed
Jan. 2020 Closed
May 2020 N/A

Full Description

Blockchain depiction on computer screen

Looking to transition careers or fill in the gaps to gain advanced blockchain development skills?

This unique Blockchain Development program at George Brown College in Toronto focuses on designing and implementing decentralized applications by leveraging blockchain technology. The three-semester program is designed to also thoroughly cover full stack development to give potential students all the tools they need to succeed in this emerging and exciting field.

This program has been developed with the support of blockchain industry professionals and is taught in a full-time executive format of approximately 20 hours per week of study over a 26-week time period. Co-op and work integrated learning opportunities are available during the third semester of the program. It is the first certificate in blockchain offered by a Canadian college.

Student in front of computers in a classroom. Blockchain programThe skills you’ll learn include:

  • Smart contracts
  • Design patterns for blockchain
  • Distributed applications (dApps)
  • Full stack development
  • Blockchain architecture, security practices, laws and regulations, and more

Experiential Learning

Mandatory Co-op or Work Integrated Learning

Your Field Study options

During the third semester of the program, students may choose whether to apply for a Co-op position or take a Work Integrated Learning course which includes an industry-sponsored project.

Program Standards and Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. Communicate essential concepts related to blockchain technology and its industry applications.
  2. Implement best security practices for blockchain solutions.
  3. Design cryptoeconomic models to solve business problems.
  4. Design the architecture of decentralized applications and systems.
  5. Develop decentralized applications leveraging blockchain technology.
  6. Explain the legal implications, regulations, and industry standards that are relevant to blockchain technology.
  7. Apply IT project management principles and best practices.
  8. Contribute to the field and blockchain community through various open source projects, partnerships, and community involvement.

Required Courses

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This is a three-semester program comprising case studies during which students will be engaged on an increasingly intense and independent basis with material of escalating complexity. Course-oriented delivery supports this learning process.


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BCDV 1001Introduction to Blockchain
BCDV 1003Blockchain Architecture
BCDV 1004Laws and Regulations
BCDV 1016Intro to Smart Contracts
BCDV 1005Industry Applications
BCDV 1002Introduction to Blockchain Security Practices
BCDV 1006Full Stack Development I
BCDV 1007Full Stack Development II
BCDV 1008Full Stack Development III
BCDV 1017Full Stack Development IV


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
BCDV 1009Software Development Methodologies
BCDV 1010Smart Contract Essentials
BCDV 1011Design Patterns for Blockchain
BCDV 1012dApp I
BCDV 1013Advanced Smart Contracts
BCDV 1014dApp II
BCDV 1018Work Term Preparation 


semester courses
CodeCourse Name
TCOP 1006 Co-op
BCDV 1015Work Integrated Project

Detailed course outlines

The Industry

To support Toronto as a leading blockchain hub, George Brown College has partnered with ConsenSys, ChainSafe Systems and other leaders in the industry to develop this program.

Your Career

Graduates of this program may apply for positions that include:

  • Blockchain Engineer
  • Blockchain Developer
  • Blockchain Architect
  • Smart Contract Developer
  • dApp Developer


$7,280.00* ‡

Additional Cost

*Amounts listed are the total of tuition, materials, student service and ancillary fees for the first two semesters of the program starting in Fall 2018. Fees are subject to change for programs starting in Fall 2019 and at later dates.

‡ Semester 3 fees will consist of a flat fee of $500.00 for Co-op Placement and for the Work Integrated Project fees will vary and to be paid separately, both of which is not included in the total above.

International students: Visit the International Fees and Related Costs page for more information.

Financial Assistance

This program is not eligible for OSAP.

Admission Requirements

Applicants are selected on the basis of their academic achievement, including the required courses, and any other selection criteria outlined below.

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma or equivalent**
  • Grade 12 English (C or U) with a grade of 60% or higher
  • Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 (C or U) with a grade of 60% or higher


Mature Students may take the Admissions Assessment for English and Math, OR may consider upgrading to achieve the credit(s) needed in English and Math.

Please note that George Brown is committed to ensuring that applicants will succeed in their program of choice and meeting the minimum requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. Applicants may be required to have grades higher than the minimum requirements stated.

***Please note that applicants who are submitting International transcripts require a Canadian equivalency evaluation. This can be obtained through ICAS (International Credential Assessment Service) at or WES (World Education Services) at


College or university credits may qualify you for course exemptions. Please visit for more information.


Visit the International Admissions page for more information.

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School of Computer Technology

Phone: 416-415-5000, ext. 4287


The office hours are:
Monday - Thursday: 8 a.m. - 7 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. - 4 p.m. 

Program Coordinator: Ceit Butler

For more information about George Brown College, you may also call the Contact Centre at 416-415-2000 (TTY 1-877-515-5559) or long distance 1-800-265-2002.

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The Blockchain Development program is offered through our School of Computer Technology from our Casa Loma Campus at 146 Kendal Avenue. Sign up for an Information Session or Campus Tour to learn more about George Brown College and the program. You can also explore our virtual tour.

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