Within every object is a story, waiting to be unlocked. Knowledge is your key.

Our understanding of history, of cultures and the people who create them, often comes from their traditions, stories, documents, and objects. Preserving and unlocking the secrets within the cultural production of diverse communities, and sharing their stories with others is what makes history relevant today. The Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management gives you the skills you need to develop, manage and bring meaning to cultural collections.

The Professional Specialization Certificate in Collections Management program provides museum professionals with a highly respected credential along with applicable knowledge and skills, in an innovative and flexible format that will suit both professional development needs and a busy work schedule.

Program Features

  • Focused Programming: Four courses - three core courses and one elective, which can be completed in under a year.
  • Flexibility: Can be completed entirely online; some face-to-face short immersion elective course options also available.
  • Professional Networking: Study with other collections management specialists from across Canada and beyond, led by instructors who are experts in their field.

Who is this program for?

This program is designed for museum professionals seeking new approaches to their work or looking to upgrade their skills. Students in this program work in a broad range of museum and heritage professions, including:

  • collections assistants
  • collections managers
  • conservators
  • curators
  • archivists, and many more...

Program outcomes

Upon completion of this program, graduates should:

  • Have developed a critical understanding of current principles, practices, and current debates in the field of collections management;
  • Apply course learning and training to function within a professional collections management context; and
  • Identify and apply discipline-specific practices that contribute to the local and global community through social responsibility and stewardship. 

Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

To be admissible to the Certificate in Collections Management, applicants must normally:

  • hold a bachelor's degree or its equivalent
  • be admissible to UVic
  • have a minimum of two years of related professional experience in the sector

Completion requirements

To earn the certificate you must successfully complete six units of academic credit (four courses) with distance or on-campus course work chosen from our program curriculum. 

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Collections Manager
  • Conservator
  • Collections Assistant
  • Archivist
  • Curator



Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $100.00
Three required courses ($682.30 per course) $2,046.90
One elective course ($682.30 per course) $682.30
Estimated Total $2,829.20*
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

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How to apply

Step one: apply to the program on our website by clicking the “apply online” button. There is a $100 application fee that will only be debited if you are accepted to the program.

  • we encourage you to submit your CV by emailing a copy to our Program Assistant, Irene Lo, at cmpasst@uvic.ca

Step two: you must also apply and be accepted as an undergraduate or returning student at the University of Victoria. If you haven’t already done so, please complete the My UVic online application. 

  • For Program of Study, from the drop-down menus, select: Faculty > Fine Arts and Degree Type > Diploma.
  • Select your entry term in the term you will be registering. Please be aware that if you do not register in a course during your entry term, your UVic application will be cancelled and you will need to re-apply.
  • Submit one copy of your official transcripts to the University Admissions office as well. If possible, please notify our Program Assistant when you have ordered the transcripts so we can alert the admissions staff.

Please be aware that you can register for our courses before your application is approved.