As a career development professional or academic advisor, providing information, advice and guidance to help individuals navigate transitions in education, work and life-balance is vibrant and rewarding work. This specialization is intended for individuals working in career development with career, employment, or immigration agencies, as well as advisors in academic secondary or post-secondary institutions. Gain the foundations, communication and assessment skills to facilitate, motivate and work successfully with a diverse population.
This short-format certificate is best suited to students who already have significant experience in the field of career development, are looking for a way to expand their knowledge and at the same time formalize their experience and expertise within a certificate framework.
New and aspiring career and academic advisors would be better served to take the 300-hour Certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising.
This certificate is offered completely online.
Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.
In this online program, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams, are also given for a final letter grade mark. You should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.
Before taking your first online course, you 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.
All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. Online programming allows you to complete this program at a pace that can fit your needs and schedule.
The Career and Academic Advising Certificate is a 120-hour program. Students are required to take four courses in order to graduate. If you take one or two courses per session, you can complete this certificate program in approximately one year.
Students with no prior experience in this field are recommended to take ADL 210 Career Development Foundations as their first course in the program.
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
Note: Neither Advanced Standing nor transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates applies to the 120-hour Career and Academic Advising Certificate.
Once you have completed the Career and Academic Advising Certificate, you may receive full credit for your courses if you choose to ladder them into the 300-hour Certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising.
Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2952 or 1-866-220-4992. Some restrictions may apply (i.e., all courses must take place within the current academic year).
Note: BMC 352 Learning Online is not eligible for the discount.
This certificate program, when taken together with the course, ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice, is recognized by the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) for the CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation. Please visit www.careerdevelopment.ab.ca
This certificate program is also recognized by the BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association) for CCDP designation. Please visit bccda.org/ccdp-certification/
Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.
To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:
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.
- Attain minimum instruction hours 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