Important Notice:

We are no longer accepting new applications into this certificate program. It has been replaced by the Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics. If you are a current student and have questions about this program please feel free to contact a program information specialist at:

Phone: 403-220-2988
Email: business.conted@ucalgary.ca


Business Intelligence (BI) is an umbrella term that includes the applications, infrastructure, tools, and best practices that enable access to, and analysis of, information to improve and optimize decisions and performance. Today, business intelligence is being used in organizations as a program of work with a broad strategic perspective and a long term focus. This structure ensures that BI is focused on the correct business units like sales, marketing, business development and business operations. It also ensures that ROI is being managed properly, with individual projects adhering to the various standards that are defined at the program level.

A business intelligence program always deals with the four pillars of business intelligence: people, process, technology and data. A BI program determines how to manage and develop the people and how to manage and develop the necessary processes to assist in the delivery of data and information. A BI program also determines the appropriate technologies that need to be used, and determines how to manage the data, so that a consistent approach is applied to all of the BI projects residing within an organization's BI program. Business intelligence is both a business and a technology endeavour. BI success depends largely on bringing business and technology together in the right ways. Every BI discipline demands knowledge of both business and technology.

The Certificate in Business Intelligence has been designed to focus on the four pillars of the BI Body of Knowledge; people, process, technology and data.

Delivery

Courses are instructor-led, face-to-face and may be delivered in three formats:

  • In Class: All classes are taught in a computer lab.
  • Online: All classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
  • Blended: Delivery is both in a computer lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.

Before taking their first online course, students are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.

Timeline

The Certificate in Business Intelligence is a 120-hour program. Students who start taking courses in September can complete this certificate in one year.

Admission

You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

Apply for Certificate Admission

Prior Learning Assessment

Advanced Standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 30 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.

Graduation

To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.

NOTE: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992
Email: business.conted@ucalgary.ca

 

Core Courses

Minimum Required: 4 Courses  |  Maximum Allowed: 5 Courses
    ICT 700 Business Intelligence Introduction 30.0 hours
    ICT 705   Gathering Requirements for BI Projects 30.0 hours
    ICT 704   Building a Data Warehouse 30.0 hours
    ICT 703 Building BI OLAP Solutions 30.0 hours
    ICT 702 Building BI Reporting Solutions 30.0 hours
    ICT 701 Business Intelligence Self-Service 30.0 hours