240.00 Hours Required

Delivery Options: IN CLASS, ONLINE

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Business Intelligence (BI) is the field of combining data, technology, business processes and analytics to optimize business decisions and drive success. BI has become a technological priority for organizations, and its tools, approaches and methods are quickly becoming valued skillsets. Turning your data into valuable information is no longer a luxury — it is a necessity for our ever-changing markets.

The Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics* focuses on the four pillars of the BI Body of Knowledge: people, process, technology and data. The four core courses will provide you with the fundamental knowledge and exposure to the technologies and processes essential to any BI project. You will learn to execute each stage of a project, from requirements gathering, to actual development of your solution, to exposing the data within your organization.

By choosing from an array of optional courses, you can tailor your certification to meet your specific needs.

Fast Track

The Business Intelligence and Analytics certificate is now available in a fast track format. To complete the certificate in 8 weeks you must have completed ICT 128 Relational Databases Fundamentals or you must be preapproved by Continuing Education to have it waived. For information about waiving a prerequisite and certificate admission please call a Student Advisor at 403.220.2866.

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Courses are instructor-led, and may be delivered in three formats:

  • In Class: All classes are taught in a computer lab.
  • Online: All classes are taught synchronously in real-time.
  • Blended: Delivery is both in a computer lab and synchronously online, alternating weekly.

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.

This is a 240-hour program. Students must complete 120 hours of core courses and 120 hours of optional courses.

The length of time it takes to complete this program varies by student. If you have other significant time commitments and take only one or two courses per term, you will likely complete the program in two to three years. If you are planning on taking multiple courses per term, you will complete the program faster.

Fast Track program

Complete the Certificate in Business Intelligence and Analytics in as little as 8 weeks. To complete the certificate in 8 weeks you must have completed ICT 128 Relational Databases Fundamentals or you must be preapproved by Continuing Education to have it waived. For information about waiving a prerequisite and and certificate admission please call a Student Advisor at 403.220.2866.

Classes run Mon – Fri, 9 a.m. – 4 p.m., at the UCalgary Downtown Campus.

Core Courses Fall 2018 Winter 2019
ICT 700 Business Intelligence Introduction Sep 17 – 21 Feb 25 – Mar 1
ICT 705 Gathering Requirements for BI Projects Sep 24 – 28 Mar 4 – 8
ICT 707 Data Analysis and Presentation Oct 15 – 19 Mar 18 – 21
ICT 706 Data Preparation and Dimensional Modeling Dec 3 – 7 Mar 11 – 14
Optional Courses Fall 2018 Winter 2019
ICT 128 Relational Databases Fundamentals Aug 14 – Sep 13 Jan 15 – Mar 19
ICT 701 Business Intelligence Self-Service Oct 22 – 26 Mar 25 – 29
ICT 771 Business Analytics Introduction Nov 5 – 9 Apr 1 – 5
ICT 773 Program Strategy for BI Projects Nov 19 – 23 Apr 8 – 12
ICT 774 Visual Analytics Nov 26 – 30 Apr 22 – 26

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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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 60 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 120 hours for this certificate.

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

On completion of this certificate, up to 90 hours may be used toward the Certificate in Business Analysis, up to 60 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward the Certificate in IT Fundamentals, or up to 30 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward the Certificate in Office Applications.

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.

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

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