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.
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, Economic Development: Establishing the Foundation and at least one additional Community Economic Development course as part of their program of study.Learn more about the program
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Courses are delivered in classroom, online, and in blended formats allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule. The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers, can be completed in the classroom or online.
Whatever the delivery format of your course, you should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.
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 most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark.
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. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times. Some courses are offered in a blended format that combines classroom and online components.
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 Professional Management – Economic Developers is a 300-hour program. Students must complete 120 hours of core courses. The remaining 180 hours will be chosen from a list 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. However, when planning, it is important that you take into account the extra time that is required for reading and assignments For every hour of classroom time, plan on working one more hour at home (3 hours in class; 3 hours at home). For most online courses, expect to work approximately six hours per week per course. Students are invited to contact a student advisor for planning assistance.
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. The Certificate in Professional Management – Economic Developers can only be awarded after membership with Economic Development Alberta is confirmed.
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 for up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.
To apply for advanced standing:
- Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
- Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card).
- Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
- Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.
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.
Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)
Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from pre-approved UCalgary Continuing Education Business Seminars and part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) classes 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 advanced standing 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 advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.
*Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.
On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred towards certificates in Change Management, Environmental Management; Health, Safety and Environment; Human Resource Management; Marketing; Professional Management; Project Management; Public Relations Management; or Security Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.
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, Association of Administrative Assistants, Association of Canadian Search Employment and Staffing Services, Canadian Institute of Traffic and Transportation, Canadian Payroll Association Insurance Institute of Canada, and Canadian Institute of Management. For a complete list of accrediting associations, click here.
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.
Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.
Continuing Education Student and Registration Services
Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992
Community Economic Development Courses – maximum of 30 hours
A student may receive credit from the pre-approved Community Economic Development courses offered by Economic Developers Alberta. Credits for the Community Economic Development courses equals 2/3 of the instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours.
- BMC 325 Economic Development – Establishing the Foundation | Online
- BMC 335 Business Retention and Expansion | Online
- BMC 336 Business and Investment Attraction | Online
For classroom offerings contact Economic Developers of Alberta at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 403-214-0224 or toll free at 1-866-671-8182.