Credentials overview

Different program types to suit your goals

Uncertain about what type of credential best suits your learning goals? ​Continuing Studies at UVic offers a variety of programs to help you acquire the skills and earn the credentials you need. Credentials can help you certify your knowledge in a topic, strengthen your resume and expand your professional opportunities.

We can help you propel your career forward through our diploma and certificate programs. Certificates of participation, certificates of completion and professional development certificates are considered micro-credentials—short, flexible upskilling or reskilling opportunities. Learn more about micro-credentials .

Here is a breakdown of the various credentials offered through our professional programming. 

Credential type Credential description Credit or non-credit
Certificate of Participation Awarded after attending a course or grouping of courses that does not have any formalized assessment. Typically, participants use this type of education for professional development purposes and, in some cases, as evidence of participation for professional development units (PDUs) or continuing education credits to fulfill industry specific requirements. Non-credit
Certificate of Completion  Awarded for courses or programs of study that are not professional in nature, but do require formal assessment. Non-credit 
Professional Development Certificate (PDC) PDCs are non-credit micro-credentials for professionals who have, or are developing, experience in a specific industry or professional field, and who wish to sharpen their skills and competencies. Typically they consist of no more than four courses (up to 150 hours of learning); can be customized to suit individual’s specific learning goals.  Non-credit 
Professional Specialization Certificate (PSC) A PSC is a profession-specific program for learners who already hold a bachelor’s degree and have at least two years of work-related experience. Typically four courses or a minimum of 150 hours of learning (6 credit units). Learning is assessed. Credit or non-credit 
Certificate A certificate is typically seven to 10 courses that leads to a specific set of program learning objectives (270–390 hours of instruction). Learning is assessed.  Credit or non-credit
Diploma  A diploma is 10 to 15 courses (390+ hours of instruction) that lead to a specific set of program learning objectives. Credit courses completed may be applied towards an undergraduate degree with approval as long as students meet current admission requirements. Learning is assessed.  Credit or non-credit

 

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