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

As someone who helps adults learn, you have the opportunity to encourage and model lifelong learning. The University of Victoria's Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is an exciting, award-winning professional development program that can help you increase your confidence and enhance your effectiveness as a:

  • facilitator
  • instructional designer
  • curriculum developer
  • program planner

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.

Benefits of the CACE program

  • 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.

Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Performance and Learning

Accredited by the Canadian Institute of Performance and Learning

Who should enroll?

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.


Program outcomes

Upon completing the CACE program, graduates will be able to:

  • incorporate principles of adult education in the planning and development of programs/courses that meet organizational and adult learner needs
  • design and deliver adult learning experiences that address learners’ needs through the integration of adult learning philosophy and principles into practice
  • facilitate learning through the application of key philosophies, theories and concepts in adult education
  • systematically monitor and evaluate program effectiveness and use the data for program improvement, capacity building and accountability
  • demonstrate professionalism in their practice and promote the philosophy, goals and objectives of adult education

Admission and completion requirements

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.

Completion requirements

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. 

Application to graduate form: Online | PDF

Program policies

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.

Career options

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



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 dates

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Delivery Style
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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