Continuing Education programs have been developed with part-time learners in mind, and are offered at times and in formats that can easily fit into your life. Most courses are taught in the classroom. Many are offered online or in a blended format — partly in the classroom and partly online. Some certificates can be achieved completely through online learning.

Getting Started

In most programs, you can register for courses first and enrol in the program later. You can apply for credit for those courses that you have successfully completed and which meet the program requirements. However, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate or diploma as early as possible. Once admitted, you can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your certificate.

Admission Requirements

To enrol in a University of Calgary Continuing Education course, you must be 18 years of age or older, unless otherwise specified as in the case of programs that have been designed for youth. A minimum of a senior high school diploma and relevant work experience is recommended for most programs. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements. If you have any questions, please contact a program information specialist at 403-220-2866.

For admission to a specific program, please see the 'Admission' details on the appropriate certificate or diploma page.

Understanding your program requirements

Certificate and diploma requirements are the requirements that a new student must follow to graduate. Because programs are reviewed and updated on a regular basis, the requirements listed here may be different from previous or future years. For you to successfully complete a certificate or diploma program, you must meet the requirements that are noted on your student record when you are admitted. Once you have been admitted — to be sure you are always choosing courses that can be credited toward your certificate or diploma — it is best to view the requirements outlined in your personal record.


Student learning is assessed through assignments and examinations, and grades are assigned for each course in the program of study. Most programs follow the grading standards established for undergraduate instruction at the University of Calgary.

In the Certificate for Emerging Leaders, student learning is assessed through the evaluation of a summary paper that is submitted following completion of the required number of instructional hours in the student's program of study.

In the Certificate in Office Applications, student learning is assessed through examinations completed at the end of each course in the program of study.

Minor in Workplace Learning

You can ladder some Continuing Education certificates towards a University of Calgary degree. These certificates can be applied to a Minor in Workplace Learning, which will be accepted by the Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, and Faculty of Kinesiology for an equivalent of one year towards an undergraduate degree.

Accreditation from Professional Associations

Continuing Education partners with UCalgary faculties and various professional institutes, associations, and consultants to offer programs leading to professional certificates and designations, or continuing education credit from a professional association. For a list of programs and accrediting associations, click here.

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