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Certificate in Blockchain Development

Use blockchain technology to improve business

Blockchain has become one of the most revolutionary technologies bearing significant benefits to businesses and individuals. The role of intermediary institutions like those used in banking, ride sharing, Spotify, hedge funds and more, are diminished by this powerful technology. The time for blockchain has come.

Join a growing community of blockchain developers who improve the validity and transparency of transactions. There are many ways your blockchain development skills can drive business innovation and improvement:

  • Tracking sensitive products through the entire supply chain
  • Verifying personal identity
  • Building smart contracts across numerous sectors
  • Managing budget and finances
  • Supporting direct transactions in the sharing economy
  • Safeguarding elections and good governance
  • Improving self-ownership and monetization of online data

Blockchain provides an unmatched level of encryption that makes transactions virtually immutable. This has intensified the demand for blockchain skills today. Now is the time to increase your blockchain development skills and elevate your career on a part-time schedule that works for you. Your career upgrade starts here.

Demand for blockchain developers increased by 374% in the GTA
The median annual salary for Canadian blockchain developers is $133,750
89% of global organizations are hiring blockchain developers
[1] According to Deloitte’s 2018 global blockchain survey

Why Choose York?

REAL-WORLD PROJECTSDevelop core job skills

NETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES<br /><br /> Learn and grow with your peersNETWORKING OPPORTUNITIES Learn and grow with your peers



To career advancement and beyond

What is the key ingredient for complete career transformation? Continuing education. Staying relevant in the quickly growing blockchain field requires you to keep informed, innovative, and adaptable. Going beyond the blockchain technology basics demands essential skills employers desire like solid communication and active learning.

Professionals switching careers into blockchain development roles or graduates of full-stack web development programs will benefit from hands-on experience solving real blockchain challenges in this comprehensive program.

In only 8 months, you will better qualify for new opportunities in the blockchain technology field. The 4-course Certificate in Blockchain Development was designed in partnership with industry leaders and is the only technical certificate delivered by a Canadian university.

Apply your knowledge through a unique capstone at the end of the program and graduate with a portfolio of work. This allows you to demonstrate your talent and increase your chances of career growth.

Who should take this program?

The Certificate in Blockchain Development is optimal for mid-career back-end developers with JavaScript experience, interested in career reskilling or advancement.

This program can enhance the careers of people with hands-on experience in:

Full-Stack Web DevelopmentFull-Stack Web Development

Data Engineering Data Engineering

Network TechnologyNetwork Technology

Enterprise ArchitectureEnterprise Architecture

… and related fields

Program delivery

As of March 16, 2020, all our Continuing Education programs will be delivered 100% online. The School of Continuing Studies has launched and delivered many quality online programs over the years. This is not new to us, and there will be no interruptions or compromise in learning quality for those considering starting their studies with us.
Program delivery format is 100% Online

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the certificate, successful graduates will be able to:

  • Analyze appropriateness of blockchain for business use through development of a simplified qualification matrix.
  • Assess use cases of blockchain technology for compliance with various ethical and statutory frameworks and industry standards.
  • Select the most suitable consensus mechanism and platform in developing a blockchain solution.
  • Scope out a project using the appropriate software development lifecycle methodology based on the project specifications and requirements.
  • Design a blockchain solution for a decentralized application including nodes, blockchain instance, and interface.
  • Design and develop a decentralized application on public and private blockchain in various sectoral contexts (e.g. currency, real estate, health).
  • Define specifications, for and administer, performance testing for blockchain solutions.
  • Collect and review metrics in diagnosing performance bottlenecks for blockchain technologies.
  • Comply with specific standards and processes established for sharing of data and its security


Computer Requirements

This is a BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) program. We recommend your device meets or exceeds the following specifications:

  • 16GB RAM
  • 500GB free disk space
  • Intel Core i7 Quad-Core, or equivalent
  • Linux or macOS (MacBook)

At a minimum, your device must meet or exceed the following specifications:

  • 8GB RAM
  • 250GB free disk space
  • Intel Core i5 Quad-Core, or equivalent
  • Linux, macOS (MacBook), Windows 10 Enterprise 10 Enterprise 64-bit, or Windows 10 Pro 64-bit

Advisory Council

Alisa Acosta, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAlisa Acosta, BSc, BEd, MA, PhD
Director of Education, Blockchain Research Institute

Alisa is an experienced educator with a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) in Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning from the University of Toronto. Since 2011, she has been investigating powerful new ways of teaching and learning with technology, including the design of learning analytics, intelligent agents, immersive simulations, tangible media, and “smart classroom” architectures to support collaborative learning in face-to-face contexts.

Alisa is currently the Director of Education for the Blockchain Research Institute—an independent, global think-tank, bringing together the world’s top researchers to undertake ground-breaking research on blockchain technology. A major part of her role is to mobilize this research via educational programming, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), and enterprise-level learning opportunities.

Alexandru Gogan, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAlexandru Gogan, B.Eng., MSc, MBET
Director of Engineering, Sherpa

Alexandru is currently a Software Engineer at Sherpa, a startup providing electronic travel visas as an ancillary service for airlines and travel agencies. He completed his undergraduate degree in Information Management Systems in Germany as well as a postgraduate degree in Advanced Computing in Scotland. After working as a consultant and software engineer for four years, Alexandru joined the Master of Business, Entrepreneurship and Technology program at the University of Waterloo. Since then, he has been immersed in the Toronto startup ecosystem. In 2018 he co-founded Source, a decentralized backend as a service allowing developers to create applications with interoperable data while enforcing true data ownership. His main fields of interest today are building scalable and robust cloud solutions and micro frontends.

Aly Kassam, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentAly Kassam, MBA, BSc
Director of Product, OneLedger Technologies Inc.

Aly has over 12 years experience in Enterprise Software Solutions and has worked at various start-ups leading product strategy, with several years experience in Product Management at Oracle.  He is currently working at OneLedger Technologies Inc., a blockchain protocol and solutions company, heading up all product initiatives both in their B2C applications and for their B2B Enterprise solutions.  Aly has an MBA in Finance from McMaster University and an Honours Bachelor of Science in Computer Science from York University.

Henry Kim, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentHenry Kim, PhD, M.Eng, BASc
Associate Professor of Decision Technologies, Schulich School of Business, York University

Henry is an Associate Professor at the Schulich School of Business, York University, and is the Director for blockchain.lab at Schulich. As one of the leading blockchain scholars in Canada, he has authored more than 20 publications on blockchain topics and over 60 overall. Prof. Kim is engaged in blockchain research projects with Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (on electricity micro-grid), the Canadian blockchain startup Aion (on AI-based consensus mechanism), Ontario Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Affairs (on food traceability), Don Tapscott’s Blockchain Research Institute (on commercial insurance) and many others.

He is also a leading expert in the development of ontologies for enterprise modelling. He gained expertise conducting research on the Toronto Virtual Enterprise (TOVE) project, a world-renowned investigation into developing Artificial Intelligence based enterprise systems involving global partners like BHP Steel, Bombardier, and Oracle. Prof. Kim is a committed educator to management students and managers, as well as blockchain enthusiasts and ontologists.

Marek Laskowski, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentMarek Laskowski, PhD
Chief Technology Officer, Novera Capital

Marek is CTO of Novera (formerly, Novera Capital), co-founder of Toronto Blockchain Week, and co-founder of the Blockchain Lab at the Schulich School of Business. He advises several international organizations on blockchain standards including NIST (USA) and the UN/CEFACT bureau and several startups. Marek is a faculty member for the Blockchain Research Institute (BRI).

Marc Lijour, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentMarc Lijour
Vice President, Capacity & Innovation Readiness, Information and Communications Technology Council

Marc is the Vice-President leading Capacity and Innovation Readiness initiatives at the Information and Communications Technology Council (ICTC). He started his career as an educator, teaching Mathematics and Computer topics in several countries. He played a leading role at the Ontario Ministry of Education during the revision of the Technological Education curriculum and the launch of the Ontario e-learning Strategy.

In recent years, he has worked in the private sector for IT companies leading the 4th Industrial Revolution, such as Cisco Systems, Savoir-faire Linux, and ConsenSys. He worked closely with startups and large organizations alike to create exponential business value driving economic and social growth. Marc is passionate about new technologies and helping people and organizations innovate. He chairs the industry program advisory committee for the Blockchain Developer Certificate at George Brown College, the first of its kind in Canada.

Marc holds degrees in Mathematics, Computer Science, and in Management (MBA in Technology and Innovation). He serves on the board of multiple not-for-profit organizations in the tech industry, such as TechConnex and the Toronto French Business Network.

Lana McGilvray, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentLana McGilvray
Founding Partner, Purpose Worldwide

Lana is a founding partner of Purpose Worldwide and serves on the board of Global Women in Blockchain. She began her career as a public television writer and then spent the next 23 years in marketing leadership roles at innovative data, technology and marketing companies.

The teams Lana has led have played roles in many emerging company successes as well as some of the most notable M&A and IPO strategies in the market.

Her current strategic marketing agency focuses on empowering clients to connect their purpose to growth and serves several blockchain enabled companies that are pioneering the future of their sectors.

Ross McKee, Advisory Council, Certificate in Blockchain DevelopmentRoss McKee, BA, LL.B
Partner, Blake, Cassels & Graydon LLP

Ross’s practice involves Canadian and cross-border securities regulation, regularly advising issuers, dealers, advisers, and marketplaces on capital markets financing regulation, registration, and marketplace compliance issues. In the field of cryptocurrency, digital tokens and other blockchain businesses, Ross has provided securities law advice to Canada’s largest ICO and largest crypto-related RTO, SAFT placements, cryptocurrency investment funds, exchanges, token foundations and protocol developers. He was the Canadian legal reporter for the Token Alliance of the Chamber of Digital Commerce and the Lex Mundi Global Token Sales Guide. Ross is recognized as a leading lawyer in Who’s Who Legal: Banking 2019 (Fintech), IFLR1000: The Guide to the World’s Leading Financial Law Firms – 2019 (Capital Markets) and Best Lawyers in Canada 2019 (Securities Law).

Sotirius Liaskos, York University

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William Mougayar, Kin Ecosystem

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Omid Sadeghi, York University

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Shagufta Sayani, Ernst & Young

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Jamiel Sheikh, Chainhaus

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The list below provides an overview of the different software that may be used in our courses. As our program keeps up-to-date with current industry demands, please note the actual software used and taught within each program is subject to change.

  • Ethereum
  • SQL
  • MySQL
  • NoSQL
  • Solidity with Truffle
  • Hyperledger Fabric
  • Hyperledger Composer
  • Corda
  • Google Cloud Platform

Program Policies

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Key Policies

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What if I miss an exam?

You should be making every effort to meet York University’s General Academic Regulations, as well as each of your courses’ requirements. This includes attendance, assignments, and tests/exams. We understand, however, that unforeseen circumstances arise that may force you to miss an exam. If that’s the case, you must contact your instructor before the scheduled exam date by email. Please include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence in the message. You must also provide valid documentation (i.e., a doctor’s note, death certificate, court/legal documentation, etc.) immediately following your return before alternative arrangements can be made. Please note that valid documentation has to be applicable to the assessment date.

What if I miss a class?

If possible, please contact your instructor before the class. In your message, be sure to include your full name, student number, and the reason for your absence. You’ll then be required to make arrangements with your instructor to make up the missed hours.

Class cancellations due to instructor absence

Like our students, York University instructors work hard to make it to every class on time. However, should he or she be forced to cancel your class due to an absence, you will be notified via email as soon as possible by the School of Continuing Studies. Instructor absences will also be posted on the course website on the Moodle learning management system in the course announcements section. Upon the instructor’s return to class, make-up class details will be discussed.

University closures/class cancellations

If the University is open, classes will be running. If the University is closed, classes will not be running. Any missed classes will be rescheduled. University Closures/Class Cancellations: (416.736.5600 OR While this is rare, weather and/or other emergencies do occur that require us to suspend our operations. While every effort will be made to contact students, this is not always possible. If you are unsure of whether the course is running, please call the University’s weather/emergency information line, or check our Twitter feed (@Continue_YorkU).

Cancelation of programs

The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to withdraw or cancel programs/courses, and students will receive a full refund of fees paid. The School of Continuing Studies reserves the right to alter fees, other charges, and course dates, times, locations, and/or instructors as needed. Please note that the School of Continuing Studies is not responsible for travel cancellation charges that students may incur.

What happens if I fail a course?

Students who do not pass a course normally cannot proceed to the next course and must retake it at its next available offering. In rare circumstances and when the student is near a passing grade, a student may be able to remediate through completion of a similar course online or develop a learning/remediation plan with the Program Manager and instructor.

Electronic devices

Students can use laptops and other electronic devices during class. Out of respect for your instructor and fellow classmates, please reserve the use of electronic equipment during class time for academic purposes. Instructors reserve the right to ask students to leave the classroom if they do not comply with this practice.

Recording devices

Students are not permitted to record lectures or take pictures without the consent of instructors and/or fellow students. We ask that students not post course content on external websites. Students who are registered with Accessibility Services and have accommodations approved for recording lectures are permitted to do so with the instructor’s knowledge.

Student Accessibility Services/Accommodations

The School of Continuing Studies works in partnership with York University’s Student Accessibility Services to support our students.  Students who need special accommodations must be assessed by Student Accessibility Services before alternate arrangements can be made.  Please visit their website ( for details on how to register with their department.

General York University Policies

All students are expected to familiarize themselves with the following information, available on the Senate Committee on Curriculum & Academic Standards webpage:


In the spirit of Ontario’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act (FIPPA), York University and the School of Continuing Studies work to ensure that instructors and participants acknowledge and respect the privacy and confidentiality of personal information that may be presented in the context of instruction. Instructors will document the amount of personal information that is collected, used, or disclosed in their sessions, and will ensure that all identifying personal information is omitted from all written documents. To maintain privacy, students should not bring or share personal or other confidential files or records with the class. We are committed to protecting your privacy and your financial security, and we do this in several ways:

  • Your credit card information is never received or stored by our system. Only your financial institution has access to your credit card information.
  • Your Student Portal is password-protected. To access any personal and academic information, you must enter your username and portal password.

York University Privacy Policy

Student Conduct

  • Students and instructors are expected to maintain a professional relationship characterized by courtesy and mutual respect.
  • It is the instructor’s responsibility to maintain an appropriate academic atmosphere in the classroom.
  • The instructor will decide whether such an atmosphere is no longer present in a class, and is trained to take appropriate steps to return to a professional environment.

If you feel this policy has been violated, you should notify your instructor as soon as possible. You may be asked to provide a detailed written description of the complaint to the instructor. The instructor may take measures they feel are appropriate to resolve the issue and/or may forward the complaint to the School of Continuing Studies for review. Please refer to the full policy document on the York University website at: Please find the Code of Student Rights and Responsibilities here:

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