300.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: ONLINE

Course Schedule

Do you want your interaction with your students and clients to be a meaningful one? Do you want your advising or recruiting to be delivered in a positive learning community and be understood by diverse audiences in an engaging way? Do you want a transformational experience that will change both the way you learn and how others learn? If so, we have four relevant and interactive professional development opportunities available right now. Whether you are upgrading qualifications or developing new skills, the Certificate in Adult Learning will help you bring your career to the next level by exploring the history, theory, and numerous practical and technological applications of adult learning and its related career paths.

All students must choose one of four specializations: Adult and Community Education, Career and Academic Advising, e-Learning, and Workplace Learning. You will choose optional courses to complete the 300-hour requirement. Courses can be taken in any order unless otherwise noted.

Specialization in Career and Academic Advising

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. The specialization in Career and Academic Advising 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. In this program, students gain the foundations, communication and assessment skills needed to facilitate, motivate and work successfully with a diverse population.

This specialization can also be completed as a 200-hour certificate, designed to meet the needs of individuals who already have a solid foundation in adult learning and are looking to expand their expertise.

This certificate is perfect if you:

  • Work, or aspire to work, in the field of adult learning
  • Enjoy online learning
  • Seek a solid foundation of knowledge that can lead to positions such as a student, career, or immigration advisor

This certificate is delivered primarily online. Two courses are offered in a classroom format: ADL 139 Train the Trainer 1 and ADL 239 Train the Trainer 2

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, it is recommended to take the free course, Digital Skills for Learning Online.

All Continuing Education certificate programs 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 Adult Learning Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to take:

  • 120 hours of core courses
  • 120 hours of specialization courses
  • 60 hours of optional courses

If you take one or two courses per session, you can complete this certificate program in two to three years. By taking multiple courses each session, you can fast-track the program and complete it in approximately one year.

Intake for this program is year round and courses can be taken in any order unless noted otherwise in the course prerequisites information.

Students new to the field of adult learning are recommended to take ADL 106 Adults as Learners as their first course in the program.

Plan your certificate...

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

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted. 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.

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. The certificate admission fee is $105. Once admitted, you can be confident that completed and eligible courses will apply to your certificate.

Depending on selected options and required prerequisites, the approximate cost to complete this certificate is $4,850 to $5,000.

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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 certificate.

To apply for advanced standing, click here.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Please Note:

The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.

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

On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards one additional certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Adult and Community Education, e-Learning, or Workplace Learning. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.

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.

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.

Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. During checkout, be sure to select the 'Apply a discount' option next to each eligible course. Choose '5% Bundle Discount' from the menu. 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.

The Institute for Performance and Learning

The The Institute for Performance and Learning (IPL) (formerly Canadian Society for Training and Development (CSTD)), Canada's leading association of workplace learning professionals, sets the standards for training and development in Canada.

The Institute for Performance and Learning recognizes that the CAL program addresses the competency categories for the training and development industry outlined in IPL's Training Competency Architecture (TCA). Students enrolled in this program are eligible for IPL student membership, and graduates are given a credit of one year towards the work experience requirement of the Certified Training and Development Professional (CTDP) designation. For more information visit www.performanceandlearning.ca

Career Development Association of Alberta The Certificate in Adult Learning with specialization in Career and Academic Advising is recognized by the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) for CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation. Please visit www.careerdevelopment.ab.ca for more information. Note that ADL 213 Ethics for Professional Practice (30 hours) should be taken as one of your optional courses to fulfil the educational requirements.

British Columbia Career Development Association

This certificate program is recognized by the BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association) for CCDP designation. Please visit bccda.org/ccdp-certification/

The Canadian Counselling and Psychotherapy Association (CCPA) approves this program for 300 hours of CEU pre-accreditation.

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.

This certificate program is not eligible for application for a study permit. International students who wish to live and work in Canada should see our International Professional Programs.

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Additional Details


Minimum Required

120 Hour(s)

Maximum Allowed

120 Hour(s)

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