Get a credential, increase your confidence and become the trainer of choice.

Building confidence takes a commitment to lifelong learning in order to maintain levels of practice and keep pace with an ever-changing work environment. If you are interested in improving your knowledge and skills in effective program development, online curriculum development, online course development, facilitation and instructional design, then the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is for you.

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Program description

There is a growing demand for qualified adult educators and training professionals, but what is it that will set you apart as a trainer of choice? It’s not just about having the right credential… it’s about having the confidence to be able to lead people toward their goals. It’s about understanding how adults learn and being able to design curricula and learner experiences that will engage them. It’s about knowing how to apply the latest in learning technologies and online learning tools to reach your students in more ways than ever before.

Program Features

  • Career opportunity: take advantage of the growing demand for highly qualified adult educators and training professionals.
  • Flexibility: study in a program designed to fit your life as a busy professional. 
  • Excellent instructors: learn from some of the best adult educators in the country.
  • Confidence: get the tools you need to enhance your skills in this award winning program.
  • Options and transfer credit: receive credit for courses you’ve already taken and apply CACE to professional designations.

Who is this program for?

The University of Victoria's Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is an award-winning instructor training program that will help you increase your confidence and enhance your effectiveness as a:

  • certified trainer
  • instructor in adult education
  • facilitator
  • learning specialist
  • learning experience designer
  • curriculum developer
  • program planner

Program partners

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Faculty of Education, Department of Curriculum and Instruction

Chartered Professionals in Human Resources

Accredited by

the Canadian Institute of Performance and Learning

The certificate is designed for those already working in the profession rather than for those entering it. Contact the CACE office if you’re not sure whether or not you qualify.

Courses are offered on campus at the University of Victoria on weekdays, weekends, during the summer and online. Learning is accessible to part-time learners outside working hours and courses can be taken individually or applied toward the professional certificate program.

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Instructor
  • Facilitator
  • Learning Consultant
  • Learning Specialist
  • Trainer
  • Instructional Designer
  • Program Coordinator



Additional program information

Courses & fees

In order to complete the CACE program, a student needs to complete the four required courses, and a minimum of 4.0 credits of elective coursework (1.0 credits = 39 instructional hours). Elective courses may be either 0.5 or 1.0 credits, depending on the course. Please see the individual course pages for more details. 



Courses open for registration

Program planning

A different selection of courses are offered every term. To see our upcoming offerings, please view our anticipated course schedule. To assist in your program planning, you can also view all course descriptions

Graduation information

For students that have completed the program, graduation forms are available: Online | PDF

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $50.00
Four required courses ($530 per course) $2,120.00
Four elective courses ($530 per course) $2,120.00
Application to graduate $40.00
Estimated Total $4,330.00*
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application information

Admission requirements

It is recommended that participants have completed secondary school and possess a minimum of three years' experience working in adult or continuing education. If you do not meet these requirements but have appropriate and equivalent education and work experience then we still encourage you to apply.


Please view our CACE Policies page for important information on: refund policy, convocation, income taxes, grading policies, grading scheme, program extension, and student appeal process.

How to apply

You can apply to the CACE program online, or you can download and submit the CACE application form PDF to the CACE program office:

University of Victoria
Continuing Studies in Education
PO Box 1700 STN CSC
Victoria BC, V8W 2Y2

Fax: 250-721-8774

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