Professional Programming

"Having the chance to take all kinds of different courses, in all kinds of fields, with all kinds of different people involved—different industries and professionals, different people participating—this is an opportunity that only Continuing Studies can give."

Shawn Cure, Cultural Resource Management Diploma graduate

Your career is what you make it.

Whether you want to advance in your current career or you're looking for something totally new, Continuing Studies at UVic will give you a new perspective on career training and professional development.

Our certificate, diploma and micro-credential programs are an ideal way to earn the skills and credentials you need to succeed. Our instructors are real-world experts in their fields, who balance practical experience with teaching excellence. And the small classes are a great opportunity to work, and network, with people in your chosen field. Financial assistance may be available for eligible applicants. Visit financial support for more info.

Different program types to suit your goals

Uncertain about what type of credential best suits your learning goals? Here is a breakdown of the various credentials offered through our professional programming. 

Certificate of Participation, Certificate of Completion, and Professional Development Certificates are considered micro-credentials—short, flexible upskilling or reskilling opportunities. Learn more about micro-credentials and our current short program offerings.

Program type Program 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 4 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 2 years of work-related experience. Typically 4 courses or a minimum of 150 hours of learning (6 credit units). Learning is assessed. Credit or non-credit 
Certificate A certificate is typically 7 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

Our offerings

Find out just how close you are to the career you really want—choose a program below and watch your career take shape.

Choose your career path


All
 

Business, Technology
and Public Relations

Culture, Museums and
Indigenous Studies

Education, Learning
and Development

Health, Wellness
and Safety

Languages
 

Science and
Ecological Restoration
  • Old and new office technology

    Administrative Technology
    PDC | ONLINE, BLENDED

    This micro-credential equips learners with the critical skills sought by employers to succeed in a computerized office—from software and database management to data analytics skills, cloud-based applications, digital communication and more. 

  • Adult and Continuing Education

    Adult and Continuing Education
    CERTIFICATE | ONLINE, BLENDED

    Building an effective workplace learning program means having all the right pieces in place. Gain knowledge and practical skills-building in the areas of program and course development, facilitation and instructional design. Learn how to apply the latest in instructional techniques and online learning tools to reach your learners in more ways than ever before. 

  • BC Mindfulness Summit

    BC Mindfulness Summit
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | ONLINE

    The BC Mindfulness Summit is a weekend educational event for health and helping professionals to develop and enrich their personal and professional mindfulness practices. Participants who already integrate mindfulness facilitation into their work, as well as those who are curious about how to develop these skills, will benefit from this opportunity to learn from a group of innovative and seasoned mindfulness practitioners.

  • Certificate in Business Administration

    Business Administration
    CERTIFICATE | ONLINE, BLENDED, FACE TO FACE

    The Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) is designed to fit the needs of mid-career professionals, full-time employees and people looking for professional development. Learn about business administration, marketing, technology, e-commerce and more. Courses are offered on-campus, online or through intensive workshops so you can complete the certificate at your own pace.

  • Business Administration - Fast Track
    CERTIFICATE| FACE TO FACE

    This innovative, intensive 12-week program leads to an accredited Certificate in Business Administration (CBA) from the University of Victoria. You’ll learn business communication, organizational behaviour, financial accounting, marketing, international business, management and leadership practices. Enhance your resume and career success!

  • Diploma in Business Administration

    Business Administration
    DIPLOMA | ONLINE, BLENDED, FACE TO FACE

    The Diploma in Business Administration (DBA) is a comprehensive business administration program designed to give you the practical knowledge and skills required for professional success. You’ll learn business administration, business writing, management computing, financial accounting, marketing, small business management, international business and more.

  • Photo of birds flying in arrow formation

    Business Communication
    PDC | ONLINE, BLENDED, FACE TO FACE

    This versatile, online program provides practical information and easily applied strategies to help you become a confident communicator in any industry. With a focus on developing self-assurance, you’ll learn to foster trust, provide clarity and direction, create better relationships and promote team building as you go places in your career.

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics
    PDC | ONLINE

    If you are a recent graduate or career professional looking to add relevant and highly marketable skills to your resume or toolkit, these NEW business intelligence and data analytics courses could be just what you need to get the competitive edge in this in-demand field.

  • Canadian Fall Prevention Curriculum
    PDC | ONLINE

    Those working with older adults in long-term, acute and home care will acquire the knowledge and skills to apply an evidence-based approach to the prevention of falls and fall-related injuries. Learn how to design, implement and evaluate a fall prevention program.

  • Collections Management
    PSC | ONLINE, BLENDED

    Within every object is a story, waiting to be unlocked. Preserving and unlocking the secrets within the cultural production of diverse communities, and sharing their stories with others is what makes history relevant today. This program gives you the skills you need to develop, manage and bring meaning to cultural collections.

  • Community Fishers Training Program
    PDC | FACE TO FACE

    Community Fishers empowers researchers and professional fishers to easily contribute high-quality, continuous data on water properties to help better understand and inform policy on fish habitat and the changes that may be impacting the ocean environment over time.

  • Cultural Resource Management
    DIPLOMA | ONLINE, BLENDED

    If you’re passionate about preserving cultural resources, the diploma in Cultural Resource Management (CRM) will provide you with the education you need to become a valuable member of any cultural organization. Study alongside museum and heritage professionals from around the world, and learn valuable skills from leading experts in the field.

  • Current Concepts in Dentistry

    Current Concepts in Dentistry
    CE CREDITS | FACE TO FACE

    Current Concepts in Dentistry is one of the foremost events in the field of dental continuing education. This ADA CERP recognized program is a great opportunity to learn from four outstanding instructors in November each year. You’ll also earn up to seven CE credits per day (28 credits over four days).

  • Ecological Restoration
    PSC | ONLINE

    This non-credit certificate provides advanced ecology training for professionals working in landscape architecture, landscape design and management, forestry, agrology, biology, mining, ecological restoration or environmental practice. The courses will prepare you to conduct site assessments and restoration projects with special attention to the unique challenges presented by altered environments.

  • Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity
    PDC | ONLINE

    This dynamic and practical program equips you to prepare your organization to respond to emergencies. Become better equipped to weather the storm by learning how to minimize the impact of a crisis on human resources and on financial and business operations.

  • Environmental and Occupational Health
    CERTIFICATE | ONLINE

    In this program, you’ll learn how to identify health risks, prevent serious accidents and maintain safety regulations in the workplace. The EOH program meets the requirements set by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP), and has received the Project Minerva Canada Award from the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering.

  • Green Shores™ Training Program
    PDC | FACE TO FACE

    The Green Shores Training Program provides options and tools for a wide range of planning, design and construction professionals and landowners who are interested in minimizing the environmental impacts of their projects in a cost-effective manner.

  • French Immersion Teacher Mentorship
    PDC | ONLINE

    French Immersion teachers in BC face unique challenges. The French Immersion Teacher Mentorship program transforms practice through mentorship, to create a more engaged and confident workforce.

  • French Immersion Teacher Pro-⁠D
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | ONLINE

    French Immersion teachers in BC face unique challenges. The French Immersion Teacher professional development series transforms practice through workshops dedicated to the unique needs of in-service immersion teachers.

  • Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization

    Indigenous Language Revitalization
    CERTIFICATE | FACE TO FACE

    This award-winning program will strengthen your understanding of language loss, maintenance and recovery, and help you develop the knowledge and practical strategies for language revitalization activities across British Columbia and beyond. Courses are offered in a variety of communities in British Columbia, the Northwest Territories and more.

  • Intercultural Studies and Practice
    DIPLOMA | FACE TO FACE, BLENDED

    The Intercultural Studies and Practice (ISP) program aims to develop social responsibility and a clearer understanding and awareness of the complex issues at play in our increasingly multicultural society. You will develop skills to support all aspects of cultural diversity, inclusion and social change in your community, workplace and around the world.

  • La Maison Francaise
    CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION | ONLINE for 2021

    This summer, spend five weeks immersed in French language and culture. La Maison Française (LMF) is an intensive non-credit French immersion program. It is open to local and international students and is intended for adults 19 years and older, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced. 

  • October Teacher Pro-D Day
    PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT | FACE TO FACE

    Join us on the province-wide October Pro-D Day for workshops that focus on relevant topics for teachers. Workshop participants will leave with new ideas and the tools to incorporate those ideas into their classrooms. This is a fantastic opportunity to renew your inspiration, learn new skills, and network with other teachers.

  • Palliative Care Pharmacy
    PDC | ONLINE

    This online program enables pharmacists to acquire the specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients and their families, as well as support other members of the interprofessional team including community care nurses, palliative care physicians and general practitioners.

  • Population Health Data Analysis
    PSC | ONLINE

    Every piece of data tells a story. This program will prepare you to tell that story. Learn a broad array of techniques to analyze and interpret health data through online discussions, assignments and practical data analysis applications. Each course introduces relevant analytical approaches and provides you with the knowledge and evaluative tools to discern how to apply them in practice.

  • Public Relations
    DIPLOMA | ONLINE

    Take your PR career to new heights. In today’s rapidly changing world, public relations professionals must be able to design external and internal communication strategies and integrate the new theoretical and practical models of public relations into their organization’s practice. This program prepares you to think critically, develop teamwork skills and manage time effectively.

  • Ecological Restoration Certificate Program

    Restoration of Natural Systems
    CERTIFICATE | BLENDED

    The bridge to a healthier ecological future. Knowing where we are headed, from an ecological standpoint, requires an understanding of environmental impacts and recovery strategies. The RNS program provides a bridge that connects this knowledge with the practical skills needed to solve complex restoration issues. The program’s holistic approach will empower you to make a difference in how we connect with the natural world.

  • Ecological Restoration Diploma Program

    Restoration of Natural Systems
    DIPLOMA | BLENDED

    The bridge to a healthier ecological future. Knowing where we are headed, from an ecological standpoint, requires an understanding of environmental impacts and recovery strategies. The RNS program provides a bridge that connects this knowledge with the practical skills needed to solve complex restoration issues. The program’s holistic approach will empower you to make a difference in how we connect with the natural world.

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
    CERTIFICATE OF COMPLETION | FACE TO FACE, ONLINE

    TEFL will provide you with the skills and confidence you need to teach with authority and find employment with a respected school. It will also prepare you to navigate the demands of a changing marketplace and the stresses of living and working in a new country.

  • Health professional helping serior

    Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)
    PDC | ONLINE

    This short, practical fall prevention micro-credential program is designed for home health care aides who provide day-to-day in-home care for frail older adults, to help their clients live independently and safely at home.

  • Visitor and Community Engagement

    Visitor and Community Engagement
    PSC | ONLINE, BLENDED

    As a museum, heritage or cultural professional, you know that so much of your work is about making connections. This program brings focus and increased understanding to the skills and strategies needed to build and maintain relationships with diverse communities so organizations can better engage and serve their public⁠(s).

  • Wound Management for Health Professionals
    PDC | ONLINE, BLENDED

    Proficient wound management is an ever-present challenge for professional health care clinicians. Chronic and acute wound prevention and treatment requires a strong foundation of theory and principles combined with evidence-based practice. This online program for health care professionals combines the most current information and trends in wound care.

  • General Studies
    CERTIFICATE | ONLINE, BLENDED, FACE TO FACE

    If you’ve been browsing through our programs and seeing courses that you’d like to take but they’re in multiple areas, the Certificate in General Studies (CGS) is for you! In the CGS program, you create your own course of study by choosing courses from any of our program offerings. CGS will help you to meet your specific learning needs and achieve your unique goals. Design your own learning program.