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As a career development practitioner or academic advisor, providing information, advice and guidance to help individuals navigate transitions in education, work and life-balance is vibrant and rewarding work. This certificate is intended for practitioners working with career, employment, or immigration agencies, and academic/student services staff in secondary or post-secondary institutions. You will gain theoretical foundations, communication and helping skills to facilitate, motivate and work successfully with a diverse population. Specialization courses will allow you to focus your studies on the area(s) of personal interest and relevance based on the context and clientele you work with. Optional courses from the professional management, adult learning, marketing and other related fields will provide further opportunities for development of professional and interpersonal skills.
New and aspiring advisors, or those looking for more in-depth knowledge and skills in facilitating learning and creating/administering programs for adult learners, would be better served to take the 300-hour Certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising.
Note: This certificate is an expansion of the Certificate in Career and Academic Advising (120 hours) and aligns with the new education criteria for the Certified Career Development (CCDP) designation.
Wondering how to get started?
Take a look at these frequently asked questions.
This certificate is delivered completely online.
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, 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.
All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind. The Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising Certificate is a 200-hour program.
Students are required to take:
- 100 hours of core courses
- A minimum of 60 hours of specialization courses
- Up to 40 hours of optional courses
If you take one course per session, you can complete this certificate program in two years. By taking multiple courses each session, you can fast-track the program and complete it in approximately one year.
Students with no background in the career development field are recommended to take ADL 210 Career Development Foundations as their first course in the program.
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.Apply for Certificate 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 Advanced Standing and Transfer credits cannot exceed 100 hours for this certificate.
On completion of one certificate, you may wish to pursue studies in another.
On completion of this certificate, you may receive up to 150 hours credit of equivalent courses if you choose to ladder them toward the 300-hour Certificate in Adult Learning specializing in Career and Academic Advising.
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.
Receive a discount of 5% per course by registering at the same time for three or more courses. Register online or by calling 403-220-2866 or 1-866-220-4992. 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.
Career Development Association of Alberta (CDAA)
The Certificate in Career Development and Academic Advising is recognized by the CDAA (Career Development Association of Alberta) for the CCDP (Certified Career Development Professional) designation. Please visit www.careerdevelopment.ab.ca for more information.
British Columbia Career Development Association (BCCDA)
This certificate program is also recognized by the BCCDA (British Columbia Career Development Association) for CCDP designation. Please visit bccda.org/ccdp-certification/
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.