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Building an effective workplace learning program means having all the right pieces in place. 

As professional development and lifelong learning become increasingly important in our fast-changing world, there is a growing demand for qualified adult educators and performance and learning professionals. Understanding how adults learn and designing curricula that will engage them in meaningful learner experiences can sometimes feel like a puzzle with many different pieces at play. 

Solving the puzzle means fitting together topic knowledge, experience, facilitation tools and strategies, curricula design and pedagogy, in an environment that encourages collaboration and engagement. 

For those who work in the field of learning and development, the Certificate in Adult and Continuing Education (CACE) is the puzzle piece that brings it all together.

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Program description

The CACE program is a nationally-recognized credential that sets you apart as a workplace learning professional of choice. Gain knowledge and practical skills-building in the areas of program and course development, facilitation and instructional design in a collaborative environment that fosters innovation, creativity and strong peer connections. Learn how to apply the latest in instructional techniques and online learning tools to reach your learners in more ways than ever before. 

You’re already knowledgeable and passionate about your area of expertise—CACE will give you the skills and confidence to be able to more effectively share that knowledge with others.

Program highlights

Online Flexibility
CACE can be completed entirely online. Study in a program designed to fit your life as a busy professional.

Tools and Strategies
Have the opportunity to experiment with and assess the impact of various tools and techniques in adult education.

Knowledge and Practical Skills
Get the latest information and learn about best practices that will give depth to your program development and implementation.

Collaboration and Connections
Learn from and find support in a network of professional colleagues who are as passionate about adult education and lifelong learning as you are.

The practical and engaging nature of this program inspires innovation and creativity that you will take with you into your work and pass onto your learners.

Career Opportunity
Receive credit for courses you've already taken and apply CACE towards professional designations to propel your career further.

Excellent Instructors
Learn from some of the best adult educators in the country.

Earn a respected and industry-recognized credential that will set you apart as a workplace learning professional.

Program partners

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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

Who is this program for?

CACE is an award-winning program that will help you in your career as a:

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

CACE courses can be taken individually for professional development, or be taken collectively to earn the certificate credential. Contact the CACE office to find out if CACE is right for you.

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 learners pursue careers in the following roles:
  • Instructor
  • Facilitator
  • Trainer
  • Instructional Designer
  • Learning Consultant/Specialist
  • Program Coordinator


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Courses and 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. 

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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, please complete the online Graduation Form.

Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $150.00
Four required courses ($625 per course) $2,500.00
Four elective courses ($625 per course) $2,500.00
Application to graduate $40.00
Estimated Total $5,190.00*
Fees listed in this section are an estimate. Total program fees may vary depending on delivery format, 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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