Important Notice:

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 It has been replaced by the Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising.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

Delivery Options: ONLINE

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 .

Please click on Accrediting Associations below to learn about important changes to educational requirements for the CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation, effective January 1, 2018.

Wondering how to get started?

Take a look at these frequently asked questions .

This certificate is delivered 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.

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.

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Neither Advanced Standing nor transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates applies to the 120-hour Career and Academic Advising Certificate.

On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

On completion of this certificate, you may receive full credit for your courses if you choose to ladder them toward the 300-hour Certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising . You may also receive up to 100 hours of an equivalent course credit if you choose to pursue the new 200-hour Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising .

If you wish to pursue another certificate program please complete the Application for Admission for your next certificate, and contact us requesting transfer of the equivalent course credits, or contact a student advisor for assistance at 403-220-2866. You must request the transfer of the equivalent courses credits to apply to your next certificate — this will not happen without your request.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2866 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.

Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA)

Career Development Association of Alberta

This certificate program, when taken together with the course, ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours), plus 50 additional hours from the courses listed below, is recognized by the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) for the CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation. Please visit for more information.

Important notice about changes to Certified Career Development Professional (CCDP) designation requirements:

Effective January 1, 2018, all candidates applying for the CCDP designation through the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) will be required to complete 200 hours of instruction at the certificate level to meet the new educational eligibility requirements.

For current students (those who joined the certificate program prior to January 1, 2018), the CDAA will be grandfathering the requirements that existed when you joined the program so that you can achieve the CCDP designation:

  1. Career and Academic Advising Certificate (120 hours)
  2. ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours)

For new students (those who join the certificate program after January 1, 2018), new requirements for the CCDP designation include a total of 200 instructional hours:

  1. Career and Academic Advising Certificate (120 hours)
  2. ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours)
  3. 50 additional hours from the courses listed below, depending on what area of career development you are interested in.

British Columbia Career Development Association (BCCDA)

British Columbia Career Development Association

This certificate program is also recognized by the BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association) for CCDP designation. Please visit

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:

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate.

View our Graduation page for details.

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