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