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Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development

Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development

Build with blockchain. Transform business.


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Join the first and only technical blockchain certificate delivered by a Canadian university. Create real-world blockchain solutions as you build upon your existing knowledge and prepare to confidently launch your career.

What is Blockchain Development?

Blockchain is decentralized, transparent, and mostly unalterable. It improves data integrity through using an entire network of computers to record and validate transactions. This technology became popular within commerce, but its potential is being realized across numerous industries, including supply chain management, healthcare, finance, and public administration, specifically with electronic voting systems.

What you will learn

You’ll learn to go beyond understanding cryptography and data structures, by gaining the confidence to advise organizations on how blockchain can offer significant business value and knowing when and when not to implement the technology. You’ll develop the knowledge and competencies to be strategic about implementing blockchain technologies from concept to deployment at your organization. Aside from critical technical skills, you will build and practice foundational cross-functional skills like complex problem solving, business acumen, and social perceptiveness.

Program Benefits

Created in collaboration with industry executives, this full-time 9-course program allows you to create real-world blockchain solutions as you collaborate with like-minded peers. The program concludes with a unique capstone course, allowing you to further demonstrate your knowledge and graduate with a diverse portfolio of work. After completing the program, you’ll be prepared for real blockchain job functions, helping you secure your next career opportunity and greater success.

Format: Full-Time, blended
Delivery: Online coursework + required live online sessions
Live Session Schedule: Weekday evenings (Mon-Thurs 7:45 – 9:45 PM, EST)
Program Length: 8 months
Term Starts: Fall


Introducing Live Online Learning

To make our programming even more accessible, and to ensure the safety of students and instructors, we are now offering the in-class course components for professional programs completely online.

Instructors in the Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development all possess industry experience with companies such as CPP Investment Board, DeFi Toronto.

Career Potential

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.

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.

Industry Information

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
Get hired for jobs like:

Blockchain Developer
Blockchain Engineer
Software Developer- Blockchain Technologies

Gain these skills:

Complex Problem Solving
Critical Thinking
Communication and Collaboration
Judgement and Decision Making

Who should take this program?

The Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development is ideal if you are a recent post-secondary graduate or international student with working knowledge of JavaScript, pursuing a career in blockchain development.

This program is also suited for you if you want to enhance your career and have an educational background in computer science, network technology, computer engineering technology, web development, and other related fields.

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.
  • Select the most suitable consensus mechanism and platform in developing a blockchain solution.
  • Design and develop a decentralized application on public and private blockchain in various sectorial 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.
  • Describe product development, product lifecycle management and client communication as it relates to back-end development
  • Identify and use the appropriate products, tools and frameworks required to build and maintain a software application.
  • Effectively troubleshoot issues related to rapid application and plugin development, artifacts, testing, building and deploying, security, performance turning, and dynamic and static typing.
Enrolment Requirements

To be admitted to Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development, applicants must have:

  • Baccalaureate degree or diploma in computer science, network technology, web development, or similar
  • Official transcript(s) from all previously attended institutions (note: if transcript is not in English please provide English-translated copy)
  • Completed online application form including Statement of Interest
  • Proof of English language proficiency, unless: a) first language is English, or b) previously completed one year of full-time study in country or institution where English is the official language of instruction

Admission into the full-time Post-Graduate Certificate in Back-End and Blockchain Development program is highly competitive. Please note that meeting the minimum entry requirement does not guarantee admission.

How Is The Certificate In Blockchain Development Ideal For Upskilling?

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Alisa Acosta

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Alexandru Gogan

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Aly Kassam

MBA, BSc. Director of Product, OneLedger Technologies Inc.

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Henry Kim

PhD, MEng, BASc. Associate Professor of Decision Technologies, Schulich School of Business, York University

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Marek Laskowski

PhD. Chief Technology Officer, Novera Capital

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York University

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Marc Lijour

Vice President, Capacity & Innovation Readiness, Information and Communications Technology Council

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Lana McGilvray

Founding Partner, Purpose Worldwide

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Ross McKee

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Technology Requirements for Remote/Online Courses

Please review the technology and software requirements you will need to access our courses remotely.

Computer Requirements for this Program

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

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