Are you hoping to move into management, enhance your business knowledge and skills, change employment, or build on your degree? A Certificate in Professional Management may be your ticket to success. In this program, you will examine key principles of business and their interrelationships in local, national and global world settings. Learn key management skills that foster communication, teamwork and problem solving in the workplace. Become more effective in your workplace today.

Economic Developers Alberta

The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers is offered in cooperation with Economic Developers Alberta. The program brings economic development training to Alberta professionals by combining the Community Economic Development courses offered by EDA and select courses in business and management from the UCalgary. This program together with relevant experience will help prepare you to write the certification exam for EDAC's Ec.D professional certification.

The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers can only be awarded after membership with Economic Development Alberta is confirmed. It is recommended that students take the course, BMC 325 Economic Development: Establishing the Foundation and at least one additional Community Economic Development course as part of their program of study.

The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers is one of six programs available in this series:

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This program is perfect if you...

  • Work, or aspire to work, in management
  • Seek learning that can lead to a general management credential for EDA members

What will I get?

Students who complete this program will receive a Professional Certificate.

Program details

Online and In Class

Courses in this program are delivered online and in class. Courses are scheduled at convenient times, allowing you to complete the program at a pace that fits your life.

You should plan on studying and working approximately 6 hours per week per course.

Online learning fits into busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. Students have online access to instructors, fellow learners, and learning materials.

Before taking your first online course, we recommended taking our free course: Digital Skills for Learning Online

300 Hours

All Continuing Education programs are developed with part-time learners in mind. The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers is a 300-hour program.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you take one or two courses per term, you will likely complete the program in 2 to 3 years. You will complete the program faster if you take multiple courses per term.

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The approximate cost to complete the Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers is $5,060.

This includes the $105 admission fee.

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced standing may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this program.

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Transferring credit from other Continuing Education programs

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education program, you may be able to transfer some credits to this program. For details, please review the "Credit towards other programs" information in the programs you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)

Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from most Business Seminars and some Part-Time English as a Second Language (ESL) courses taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.

Please note that you must apply for credit for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with UCalgary Continuing Education, as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for credit, please contact Student Services.

Maximum advanced standing and transferred credit

The combined total of advanced standing and transferred credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this program.

On completion of this program, you may wish to pursue studies in another.

Upon completing the Certificate in Professional Management - Economic Developers, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Human Resource Management, and Professional Management. Up to 100 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards the Certificate in Change Management. Some courses may transfer to the Occupational Health and Safety certificates and diploma program. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

If you wish to pursue another program:

  1. Complete the Application for Admission for your next program
  2. Contact us to request transfer of the equivalent course credits

The transfer of course credits will not happen without your request.

If a student is able to satisfy admission requirements to the UCalgary Faculty of Arts, Faculty of Science, or Faculty of Kinesiology, this program plus 100 hours of additional specified courses can be applied to a Minor in Workplace Learning for the equivalent of one year towards an undergraduate degree.

Many of the courses in this program have been accepted for continuing education credits with Alberta Insurance Council, Canadian Payroll Association, and Canadian Institute of Management. For a complete list of accrediting associations, click here.

Each year, scholarships and 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 the following awards:

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

See Graduation for details.

This program does not qualify students to apply for an international study permit.

International students who wish to live and work in Canada should consider our International Professional Programs.

Questions? Please contact us...


Minimum Required

120 Hour(s)

Maximum Allowed

120 Hour(s)

Students in this certificate are required to take the courses Business Management and Human Behaviour in Organizations.  They must also take Business Communication for Internationally Trained Professional or Management Communications:  Interpersonal Skills.

Minimum Required

180 Hour(s)

Maximum Allowed

230 Hour(s)

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