Continuing & Professional Education

Blockchain Fundamentals

Earn a Microcredential

Courses for everyone 3

Blockchain is an emerg­ing tech­nol­o­gy that enables the trans­fer and stor­age of infor­ma­tion in a secure and fast way. Con­sid­ered by employ­ers as the top in-demand hard skill of 2020, blockchain tech­nol­o­gy is rapid­ly becom­ing an impor­tant tool for inno­va­tion, busi­ness devel­op­ment, finance, sup­ply chain man­age­ment, crit­i­cal infra­struc­ture secu­ri­ty, and oth­er areas. 

Designed for learn­ers with no pri­or knowl­edge of blockchain, the Blockchain Fun­da­men­tals Micro­cre­den­tial is the first pro­gram of its kind in Alber­ta. You will learn about blockchain’s mas­sive dis­rup­tive poten­tial, iden­ti­fy and eval­u­ate blockchain tech­nol­o­gy oppor­tu­ni­ties, and exam­ine the avail­able plat­forms, asso­ci­at­ed tech­nolo­gies, lan­guages, and issues relat­ed to secu­ri­ty. Each course will also pro­vide you with access to blockchain guest lec­tures, blockchain groups, and net­work­ing with indus­try experts.

This pro­gram will be of spe­cial inter­est to cor­po­rate exec­u­tives, finan­cial ser­vices spe­cial­ists, prod­uct man­agers, sup­ply chain spe­cial­ists, data­base admin­is­tra­tors, engi­neers, archi­tects, com­put­er sci­en­tists, and entre­pre­neurs, among others.

The Blockchain Fun­da­men­tals Micro­cre­den­tial is offered in part­ner­ship with The Blockchain Acad­e­my (TBA), an Amer­i­can orga­ni­za­tion com­posed of long-stand­ing indus­try lead­ers focused entire­ly on blockchain edu­ca­tion who are also found­ing mem­bers of the Blockchain Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion.

About The Blockchain Acad­e­my
The Blockchain Acad­e­my part­ners with uni­ver­si­ties to pre­pare par­tic­i­pants for high-growth careers in the blockchain indus­try. To bring struc­ture and growth to the blockchain work­force The Blockchain Acad­e­my part­ners direct­ly with the Lin­ux Foun­da­tion, Algo­rand Foun­da­tion, Hed­era Hash­graph, Cor­da, Ethereum, and oth­er blockchain and dis­trib­uted ledger tech­nol­o­gy plat­forms to estab­lish skill bench­marks and Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion exams.
What You Can Expect
  • Whether you pur­sue blockchain devel­op­ment, project man­age­ment or enter­prise strat­e­gy, learn the fun­da­men­tal skills you need in order to be com­pet­i­tive in this industry. 
  • Par­tic­i­pate in expe­ri­en­tial learn­ing oppor­tu­ni­ties, pro­vid­ing access to new employ­ment possibilities.
  • Our online struc­ture allows you access to instruc­tors and TAs for indi­vid­ual assis­tance to strength­en understanding.
  • Our on-demand course con­tent allows you to absorb and assess your knowl­edge at your own pace.
What Grad­u­ates Receive
  • Tech tal­ent pipeline onboard­ing to match your skills with employ­er demands
  • A Record of Achieve­ment from the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion, show­cas­ing your accom­plish­ment to future employers.
  • A micro­cre­den­tial dig­i­tal badge from the Blockchain Cer­ti­fi­ca­tion Asso­ci­a­tion for pass­ing applic­a­ble micro­cre­den­tial assessments.
Career High­lights
Indus­try Highlights
  • 58 big indus­tries to be trans­formed by blockchain – CB Insights
  • 60% annu­al blockchain indus­try growth expect­ed – Mar­ket­sand­Mar­kets
  • More than 50% of glob­al orga­ni­za­tions view blockchain as a strate­gic pri­or­i­ty – Deloitte
  • 84% of com­pa­nies indi­cate they will use blockchain tech­nol­o­gy to a cer­tain degree – PwC
  • $19 bil­lion in glob­al spend­ing on blockchain solu­tions is expect­ed by 2024, up from $1.5 bil­lion in 2018Inter­na­tion­al Data Corporation
                                                                                                                                               

In-demand skill.

No prerequisites or entrance requirements.

Three courses ranging from 10-24 hours.

Earn a Microcredential
in Blockchain Fundamentals
  • Can be completed in 4–6 months
  • Pay as you go
  • Start today – no need to apply for admission
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

$250+
income tax return
Skilled Immigrant Micro-Loan 

Whether you intend to work in the same field you trained in outside of Canada, or you wish to apply your transferable skills to a new career, this low-interest loan helps you cover the cost of education and related living expenses.

Up to $15,000 loan
N/A
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep