Understand and harness the power of your organization's data.

In the information age, companies and organizations are amassing volumes of data like never before—data that requires people with the right skills to give meaning to, and make use of it, within a broader business context.

Understanding the power of data is quickly becoming one of the most critical, in-demand skill sets for work in the 21st century. The Essential Skills for Data Literacy professional development certificate micro-credential program will give people who are looking to upskill or reskill a competitive edge in the labour market.  


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Program description

The Essential Skills for Data Literacy micro-credential teaches fundamental skills required to work effectively with data and business intelligence, including: 

  • How to read, analyze and interpret data sets using a variety of evaluative frameworks
  • Techniques and tools to visualize, report and communicate data findings
  • Strategies for data-informed decision making and problem solving

Who is this program for?

  • Underemployed or unemployed individuals
  • Those currently employed in sectors impacted by COVID-19 (retail, tourism, hospitality)
  • Small business owners

Fully funded by

Ministry of Advanced Education, Skills and Training logo

Courses and fees

An eight-week online program that requires approximately 54 hours of study. Participants will attend mandatory, live, two-hour Zoom sessions twice per week, and will also complete self-directed activities, assignments and readings throughout each week.

Choose from the following course dates:

Dates Times
Jan. 26 – March 18, 2021 10 am to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; COMPLETE
Jan. 26 – March 18, 2021 7pm to 9pm Tuesdays and Thursdays; COMPLETE
March 23 – May 13, 2021  10 am to noon Tuesdays and Thursdays; IN PROGRESS
March 23 – May 13, 2021 7pm to 9pm, Tuesdays and Thursdays; FULL, IN PROGRESS
March 26 – May 21, 2021  2 to 6 pm Fridays (this offering requires a four-hour Zoom session once per week); IN PROGRESS

Estimated fees

This program is fully funded through the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Training for qualifying applicants. Contact us for details.

Application information

Admission requirements

Enrolment is open to British Columbians who fall into one of the below categories:

  • Those who are unemployed or underemployed
  • Those who are currently employed or underemployed in a sector severely impacted by COVID-19 (retail, tourism, hospitality, etc.)
  • Those who are referred from an employment, government or social service agency, or non-profit organization specializing in employment or skills training
  • Small- or medium-sized business owners 
  • Those with financial barriers to education

To participate in the program, participants must also:

  • Have access to a computer with reliable internet connection, speakers and microphone or headset with microphone (additionally, a webcam is strongly preferred);
  • Have Microsoft Office 365 or Microsoft Office 2007 or later;
  • Be a resident of British Columbia; and 
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Please note: Eligible participants cannot be a current UVic Continuing Studies student, unless funded through a referral organization listed above. 

Required equipment/software

  • Personal computer with reliable internet connection - we recommend to use a machine where you have Administrative Privileges
  • A webcam or HD webcam - built-in, USB plug-in would be ideal
  • Speakers and a microphone – built-in, USB plug-in, or wireless Bluetooth
  • Operating System - one of the following:
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 - 2016
    • Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1 
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Microsoft Office
  • Recommended: Excel for Microsoft 365 on Windows or for macOS; or at least Excel 2019 or Excel 2016
  • Microsoft Office 365. Students will benefit from Microsoft Office 365 as it is free for the UVic community. Once the students have their Netlink ID account will be able to sign up for their UVic Microsoft 365 account at and download the software.
  • Hardware (minimum):
    • Processor: 1.4GH (It will allow you to work with Zoom, Excel and Moodle at the same time)
    • RAM: 2GB
    • Disk space: 2GB
  • View recomended Zoom system requirements

How to apply

Please complete the free online application. You will be notified of the status of your application within one week of submission. If you would prefer a fillable pdf application, please contact us. Late applications may be accepted, space permitting.

If you have any questions regarding this program, or others, please contact us at any time.

Application dates

Starting in
March 2021
Not Currently Accepting
Apply by
Dates TBD
Contact us for more info

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