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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.

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Program description

This fully funded, short micro-certificate program will give people who are looking to upskill or reskill a competitive edge in the labour market by becoming become proficient in the fundamentals of business intelligence and data analytics. This micro-credential will provide the framework for you to understand, use and evaluate a variety of techniques and skills in analyzing data sets and making appropriate interpretations of the data.

Those who meet the program criteria will be able to enjoy this online fundamental program for free.

Learning objectives

  • explain the fundamentals of business intelligence and data analytics
  • describe the abilities and limitations of Excel in data analytics
  • evaluate different techniques and tools that can be used in business intelligence and data analytic activities
  • describe the differences and applications of descriptive and inferential statistics
  • appropriately apply fundamental statistical logic to data interpretation
  • apply fundamental data analytic heuristics
  • effectively make insights from data

Program partners

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In partnership with Lighthouse Labs and funded by the Government of Canada's Sectoral Workforce Solutions Program (SWSP).

Application and fees

Admission requirements

To be applicable for this short-term subsidized initiative, participants must be:

  • unemployed
  • at least 19 years of age
  • legally entitled to work in Canada
  • a Canadian citizen, permanent resident, or protected person or person who has been granted refugee status in Canada
  • willing to commit to completing pre- and post-program and career readiness surveys

If your first language is not English, you will be asked to provide the following evidence:

  • fluency through the submission of an IELTS (Academic) with a minimum score of 6.0 (with no component less than 5.5),
  • a TOEFL score of 550 (79 Internet Based TOEFL)
  • completion of the English Language Centre's ELPI 570 level, or equivalent level through one of our English pathway partners.

Required equipment and software

  • personal computer with reliable internet connection – a machine with administrative privileges is recommended
  • webcam or HD webcam – built-in, USB plug-in is recommended
  • speakers and microphone – built-in, USB plug-in or wireless Bluetooth
  • operating system:
    • Microsoft Windows 10
    • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2–2016
    • Microsoft Windows 8.0 and 8.1
    • macOS 10.14 Mojave or later
  • Microsoft Office:
    • Excel for Microsoft 365 on Windows or macOS, or at least Excel 2019 or Excel 2016 is recommended
    • Microsoft Office 365 – Students will benefit from Microsoft Office 365 as it is free for the UVic community. Once you have your Netlink ID account, you can sign up for your UVic Microsoft 365 account at and download the software.
  • hardware (minimum):
    • processor: 1.4GH (this allows you to use Zoom, Excel and Brightspace at the same time)
    • RAM: 2GB
    • disk space: 2GB
  • for specific Zoom system recommendations, please visit the Zoom support website 

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Info you should know:

Continuing Studies statement on use of educational technology

This course will require the use of Zoom and may use other educational technology such as internet-based applications, cloud services or social media. In order to complete this course, you will be required to either consent to the disclosure of your personal information outside of Canada to enable the use of these technologies, or work with the Division of Continuing Studies to explore other privacy protective options (such as using an alias or nickname).

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