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Be ready for the next step in your career. Seize the opportunity at UVic.

Do you want to move up in your career and embrace your future with confidence? Continuing Studies at UVic is here to equip you with the skills needed to focus on your professional development or advance your career head-on.

Our certificate, diploma, and micro-credential programs will prepare you for any opportunity that might come your way, so you can stay on top of industry practices and trends. Whether you're looking to sharpen your skills or embark on a career change, we offer flexible course lengths, various delivery options, and convenient timing to support your next steps and future success. Financial assistance may also be available for eligible applicants. 



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  • Girl in dark shirt, jeans and tennis shoes running in an empty blue-coloured, virtual space and wearing a VR headset.

    3D Graphics and Rendering Essentials for Video Games (3DGR)

    Build on your existing understanding of computer science and gain the fundamental skillset required to develop and manipulate advanced, interactive 3D images used across the creative technology sector, including video game and extended reality application design and development.

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    Applied AI for Administration

    This micro-credential introduces and focuses on artificial intelligence (AI) in administrative applications with specific emphasis on how to use it, when to use it, and how to critically assess results. 

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    Administrative Technology

    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. 

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    Adult and Continuing Education

    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. 

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    American Sign Language

    The American Sign Language (ASL) program will provide you the opportunity to expand your understanding of languages by learning a language that relies on a visual modality. This will develop your awareness and sensitivity to linguistic and cultural diversity that enhances communicative and cultural competence.

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    Business Administration (CBA)

    The future is determined by what actions you take today. Similar to jumping off a springboard, the results don’t appear from thinking about it—the results show up after you do it. Stay ahead in today’s global economy and gain practical, real-world skills in areas like finance, human resources, communication or marketing.

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    Business Administration (DBA)

    Beyond boundaries: gain all-access keys to business success. Whether you want to sharpen your knowledge or master a new skill, having a multi-functional set of business tools is vital for today’s global economy. Our program doesn’t just teach theory, it prepares you to become a resilient business leader ready to take on diverse challenges in the real world.

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    Business Communication

    This versatile 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.

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    Business Finance

    The Micro-certificate in Business Finance is a comprehensive program that provides a solid foundation in accounting principles, finance and investing. Develop essential skills for success in business, administration and entrepreneurship, while gaining the knowledge to make smart financial decisions to reach your business goals.

  • Business Intelligence and Data Analytics

    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

    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.

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    Change Resilience in the Workplace (CRW)

    This program will equip professional leaders to proactively drive and adapt to strategic transformations within diverse business environments. Through a combination of theoretical understanding and practical application, students develop competencies in change management, leadership and project management.

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    Climate Action Planning

    The Climate Action Planning micro-credential (CAP) is a great opportunity to learn the foundations of planning for climate action. You will develop the skills needed for you as a professional to put into action at all government levels.

  • Collections Management

    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

    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

    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.

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    Crisis Communication for Public Relations Professionals

    In a time characterized by 24-hour news cycles and unparalleled interconnectivity, preserving reputations has become more crucial than ever. This micro-certificate is designed for communicators seeking to enhance their skills by providing them with the expertise to develop, implement and assess robust crisis communication plans.

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    Current Concepts in Dentistry

    Current Concepts in Dentistry (CCID) 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).

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    Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace

    The workplace is always evolving like a constant wave, but you have the power to remain steady and not get swept away by constant change. The Micro-certificate in Designing Learning for a Changing Workplace is your opportunity to ride the wave of change and learn how to effectively adapt to it.

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    Designing Learning in a Hybrid Workplace

    The workplace is changing, and many businesses are realizing the future of work is hybrid. Training employees in this new environment requires a new set of skills. In this online micro-credential program, you will gain the necessary skills to effectively design and deliver training for a hybrid workplace through a series of three short, self-paced and stackable courses.

  • Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector

    Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector

    Digital Planning for the Cultural Sector provides just-in-time training for professionals in the museum, heritage and cultural sector to develop the critical competencies and skills needed to make informed decisions around the future of digital technologies for cultural organizations.

  • Ecological Restoration

    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

    Continuity during a crisis requires thinking three moves ahead. The new Emergency Management for Organizational Continuity program equips learners with the knowledge and skills needed to plan for and maintain business continuity in the event of an emergency such as a natural disaster, pandemic, conflict or cyber-attack.

  • Environmental and Occupational Health

    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.

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    Equity, Diversity and Inclusion

    This program empowers employers and employees to drive positive change by fostering equitable, diverse, and inclusive workplaces. Participants will learn about intercultural communication, systemic barriers and talent acquisition to transform work environments and promote collaboration.

  • Essential Soft Skills Training
    Micro-certificate| ONLINE

    The Essential Soft Skills Training (ESST) micro-credential is a new five-week, part-time, instructor-led online program that will build learners’ competencies in critical soft skills: organizational skills, communication skills, critical thinking, and team-building.

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    Fundamental Leadership Skills
    Micro-certificate| BLENDED

    This program is designed to equip emerging leaders with the essential skills and knowledge to lead effectively in today’s dynamic environments. Explore foundational leadership theories, develop practical skills for leading teams, and learn to navigate organizational challenges with confidence and strategic insight.

  • French Immersion Teacher Mentorship

    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

    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.

  • Green Shores™ Training

    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.

  • Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards

    The Health Terminology and Interoperability Standards professional certificate is a one-year, part-time, online non-credit program. After graduation of the program, you will be eligible for the Canadian College of Health Information Management Certified Terminology Standards Specialist (CTSS) credential.

  • Inclusive Leadership Strategies (ILS)

    The Inclusive Leadership Strategies program is designed to empower emerging and established leaders with essential competencies to effectively navigate and lead within diverse workplace environments. You will gain practical leadership skills to foster positive organizational cultures where everyone feels valued.

  • Indigenous Cultural Stewardship (ICS)

    Weaving together a more respectful and inclusive cultural sector. This micro-credential provides the knowledge and skills to recognize, revitalize, protect and celebrate Indigenous cultural heritage. Make positive and sustainable change in the museum and heritage sector.

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    Indigenous Language Documentation

    Documentation plays a key role in language reclamation. This new micro-credential will give you skills in audio/video recording and editing, working with archival materials, creating resources, and best practices for collecting and safeguarding Elders' voices and cultural knowledge.

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    Intellectual and Cultural Property Law

    Gain a deeper understanding of intellectual property laws, not only federally and provincially but with a focus on Indigenous intellectual property laws, customs and traditions. With a robust and interdisciplinary learning environment, our program integrates a unique perspective on legal principles and concepts.

  • Indigenous Cultural Teachings

    Indigenous Cultural Teachings

    Shxun’utun Sul’hween/ Footprints of the Ancestors: Pathways to Reconciliation is an Elders and youth gathering open to all people, especially educators, health care professionals, public service and students. The Snaw-Naw-As First Nation will host this event on their territory, now known as Nanoose Bay, British Columbia.

  • Certificate in Indigenous Language Revitalization

    Indigenous Language Revitalization (CILR)

    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

    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

    La Maison Française (LMF) is an intensive, virtual, non-credit, summer French immersion program. It is open to Canadian and international students and is intended for learners 18 years and up, at all levels of proficiency, from total beginner to advanced.

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    LiDAR Fundamentals for Climate Change Risk Analysis

    This micro-credential program will equip students to use and analyze LiDAR data. Using remote sensing survey data via LiDAR, students will gain skills to analyze wildfire risk, mining, flood mapping, coastal zone conservation, agriculture, urban development, transportation and other industries.

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    Mapping with Drones

    Do you want to take your connection to our planet to new heights? Capture detailed images from the sky for mapping landscapes and monitoring environmental change. Develop your analytical skills to identify real world features and structures in ways that allow you to provide detailed assessments of our planet. Soar to new perspectives with Mapping with Drones.

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    Marketing Communication

    The Micro-certificate in Marketing Communication introduce learners to marketing theory and practices, communication planning and social media communications.

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    October Teacher Pro-D Day

    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.

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    Organizational Preparedness and Adaptability

    A six-week online program to help you become more proactive, rather than reactive, and to prepare your organization to withstand any crisis. Put the right plans in place to keep your organization moving forward.

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    Palliative Care Pharmacy

    This online program enables pharmacists to acquire the specialized knowledge to support palliative care patients and their families, as well as other members of the interprofessional team, in pain and symptom management, deprescribing, addressing adverse events, and use of opioids and cannabis.

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    Population Health Data Analysis

    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.

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    Practical Leadership for Technology and Engineering

    This micro-credential program provides learners with the high-demand, leadership soft skills needed for effective communication, active listening, team-building, conflict resolution and feedback processes within an environment specific to engineering management, technology and geomatics.

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    Professional Communication in the Workplace

    This program offers a holistic understanding of the real-world applications of AI in domains such as business, marketing, healthcare or finance, and addresses the built-in biases of AI development and deployment to ensure users are prepared to assess and critically engage with AI in the workplace.

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    Public Relations

    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

    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

    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.

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    Strategies and Actions for Independent Living (SAIL)

    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.

  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)

    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.

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    Teaching English Language Learning
    Micro-certificate | ONLINE

    As a K-12 teacher, you can now earn a Micro-certificate in Teaching English Language Learning (TELL) by completing two online courses offered through Continuing Studies at UVic.

  • Teaching the Holocaust (TTH)
    Micro-certificate | ONLINE

    This program is specifically designed for in-service and pre-service secondary school teachers preparing to integrate Holocaust education into their classrooms. It is also open to educators engaged in Holocaust education.

  • Unity® Game Development Specialist

    Unity® Game Development Specialist

    This intensive 18-week micro-credential program provides learners with a robust foundation and the agility to rapidly cultivate expertise in crafting captivating content for virtual environments in the growing gaming and creative technology sector.

  • Visitor and Community Engagement

    Visitor and Community Engagement (VCE)

    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).

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    Wound Care for Clients Experiencing Inequities

    Learn to apply the latest best practices in wound management in a context of harm reduction and trauma-informed care for clients experiencing inequities, including individuals living in high-risk environments, experiencing homelessness or using substances.

  • Wound Management for Health Professionals

    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

    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.

  • New programs coming soon! 

    We are working on a number of exciting new programs exploring the latest in a wide range of topics, taught in small-class and online learning environments. Join our email lists and we'll let you know once details become available.