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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.
This certificate is perfect if you:
- Work, or aspire to work, in the data analytics field
- Are in the IT field but need to know the business user’s data needs
- Want to learn data analysis tools and explore data visualization tools and techniques
- Need to understand basic programming skills to help handle the data load and automate workflows
- Want to pave your way to career advancement
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, it is recommended to take BMC 352 Learning Online.
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.
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 $7,500 to $7,800.Apply for Admission
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.
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.
View our Graduation page for details.
International students who wish to live and work in Canada may be interested in the one-year specialization in Business Analysis, Intelligence and Analytics.