Continuing & Professional Education

Business Seminars

Short courses for everyone

Short in length and packed with con­tent, a sem­i­nar will usu­al­ly last one or two days and will focus on a sin­gle skill or topic.

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Construction Estimator
221 positions open annually
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Construction Manager
371 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Construction, Transportation, Production and Utilities
23 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Health, Education, Social and Community Service and Membership Organization
5 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Financial, Communications and Other Business Services
306 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Trade, Broadcasting and Other Service, N.E.C.
7 positions open annually
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Purchasing Manager
94 positions open annually
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Other Administrative Services Manager
88 positions open annually
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Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
65 positions open annually
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Other Business Services Manager
47 positions open annually
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Manager in Social, Community and Correctional Services
354 positions open annually
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Corporate Sales Manager
109 positions open annually
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Retail and Wholesale Trade Manager
1,653 positions open annually
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Manager in Transportation
77 positions open annually
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Manufacturing Manager
234 positions open annually
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Professional Occupation in Business Management Consulting
696 positions open annually
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Professional Occupation in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
531 positions open annually
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Administrative Assistant
842 positions open annually
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Health Information Management Occupation
19 positions open annually
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Records Management Technician
12 positions open annually
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General Office Support Worker
663 positions open annually
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Data Entry Clerk
142 positions open annually
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Accounting and Related Clerk
520 positions open annually
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Payroll Administrator
442 positions open annually
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Banking, Insurance and other Financial Clerk
79 positions open annually
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Correspondence, Publication and Regulatory Clerk
110 positions open annually
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Survey Interviewer and Statistical Clerk
71 positions open annually
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Purchasing and Inventory Control Worker
100 positions open annually
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Retail Salesperson
1,397 positions open annually
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Other Customer and Information Services Representative
404 positions open annually
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Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant
164 positions open annually
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If you are a busy pro­fes­sion­al who wants to expand your cur­rent knowl­edge, increase your com­pet­i­tive edge, and stay up-to-date on emerg­ing trends, then the Busi­ness Sem­i­nars at UAl­ber­ta Exten­sion are for you.

Designed to keep up with the rapid changes in the busi­ness world, our suite of sem­i­nars is reg­u­lar­ly eval­u­at­ed and updat­ed. Numer­ous sem­i­nars are offered through­out the year. Some focus on soft skills such as com­mu­ni­ca­tion, time man­age­ment, and net­work­ing; oth­ers deal with spe­cif­ic areas like bud­get­ing, sus­tain­abil­i­ty, or project management.

Sem­i­nars are taught by indus­try experts and pro­vide a bal­anced mix of the­o­ry and prac­ti­cal expe­ri­ence, ensur­ing that learn­ing is imme­di­ate­ly applic­a­ble for participants.

                                                                                                                                       

No application or prerequisites required – just register in a course.

Stay current and evolve along with the changes in the business environment.

Learn new skills and train for new challenges.

Become more productive and bring innovative ideas to your workplace.

Move ahead toward your career goals and aspirations.

No prerequisites or entrance requirements.

Daytime, evening, and weekend courses held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Explore the use of analytical methods in management problem-solving, highlighting organizational and contextual issues. Construct an analytical model of a problem that can be manipulated or solved to identify a decision that yields the best outcome, according to one or more carefully defined criteria. The challenges of communicating and implementing results in an organizational context may also be explored through mini-cases and illustrations.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Leading effectively and inclusively in today’s increasingly polarized world requires both head and heart. Building your team’s—and your—ability to adapt to unforeseen realities also requires you to hold steady during periods of intense change. This course uses an adaptive leadership framework to strengthen your ability to tackle complex problems in your professional and personal worlds. Adaptive leadership is a critical tool and skill set for those looking to drive systemic change while being accountable to their own values and goals.

Participants will engage in public learning to test the adaptive diagnostic process together. Public learning is a collaborative process where we use the class itself as a case study, paying attention to how authority and leadership are alive in the classroom, and using classroom engagement itself as a testing ground for these new leadership approaches.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
The objective of this course is to provide you with the knowledge and tools to make smart investment decisions. You will learn the principles and techniques used to analyze securities such as stocks and bonds. In addition, you will learn how to build a globally diversified portfolio. We will outline the risks to avoid and more importantly how to behave when risk manifests itself upon the markets. The focus will be on building your confidence by teaching you how to rely on a system and not on your emotions.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Knowing how to extract real business value from the data generated by your organization is a valuable tool for all managers. Topics may include: foundational information on what is meant by analytics; the various types of analytics - descriptive, predictive and prescriptive; moving from business intelligence to business analytics; theories and trends in data analytics; and the latest best practices and tools available in business analytics, including their advantages and disadvantages.

September 24
starts in 3 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With David Yuk

Business process mapping is a critical activity for creating information required to enable effective performance analysis and improvement. This course will introduce the practical skills needed to map, document, assess, and reformulate business processes. Through interactive discussion and hands-on exercises, participants may gain an understanding of process mapping applications in business process management and tools and skills for conducting business process discovery, analysis and design. Students are encouraged to utilize their own process examples for in-class exercises.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Knowing how to initiate, lead, and manage successful change initiatives is valuable for leaders at all levels. Topics may include: change theories and models; change management strategies; initiating and implementing change; and organizational and individual learning associated with change experiences.

August 2
starts in 2 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Nolan Crouse

September 23
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Nolan Crouse

November 9
starts in 5 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Nolan Crouse

Learn about the "Six Thinking Hats" methodology, created by internationally renowned author Edward de Bono to be applied in decision-making, idea evaluation, and meeting management. Explore ways of transforming communication, moving beyond obvious solutions, reducing meeting times, and introducing positive team dynamics into the meeting process. Find out how to use this methodology in leading or facilitating meetings, strategic and action planning sessions, drafting emails and reports, project management, visioning, and more.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Executive Presence (EP) is a combination of the way we speak, look, and behave that helps others perceive us as competent and authoritative. This highly desirable trait can be crafted and leveraged to give you greater poise and impact on your work. We will explore key traits, behaviours, and mindset needed to project a strong and authentic presence. You will be taught practical methods for cultivating these traits, including activities you can incorporate into everyday work and life.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
This course is for all those who need to use the written word in online correspondence at work to get results. Explore the general principles that apply to writing in every workplace and learn how to write with clarity, precision, and brevity while producing regular email messages, memos, business letters, and summaries of meetings.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Acquire the foundational knowledge you'll need to develop a venture-based business project. Discuss models for sourcing and evaluating business ideas and opportunities. Set the three pillars that will give a face to your project: Vision, Values, and Viewers. Understand what it means to operate under the mindset of the entrepreneur. Learn about basic marketing concepts and get started on a business plan to present your idea.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Explore the legal side of organizing a business as you learn how to conduct feasibility studies,market assessments, and cost and profitability assessments. Understand the differences between sole proprietorship, incorporation, partnership, and other models. Examine the costs of running a business and discuss employee standards, as well as your responsibilities as an employer. Further develop your business plan by setting financial projections and working on a marketing strategy.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
All supervisors, managers and other professionals are challenged with the task to review and analyze financial statements and data. In many organizations, increased focus is being placed on budgets and financial management techniques. This seminar will introduce basic financial concepts to participants whose primary role is in other functional areas. You will gain an understanding of how financial statements are prepared and how to interpret financial statements and data in order to make prudent financial decisions.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Regardless of your position, everyone plays a role in managing risk within an organization. This course will help provide you with a theoretical understanding of what risk management is and how to use risk management for decision making in order to achieve objectives, as well as create or preserve value for your organization. Topics will include: what is risk, risk management, management and communication, and the value of learning from failure.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Improve your chances of gaining admission to the MBA program of your choice with a comprehensive course covering each area of this challenging exam: mathematics, reading comprehension, grammar, critical reasoning, and essay writing. Reinforce your skills with practice on real GMAT questions and exam simulations. Learn tips and strategies offered by our experienced GMAT instructor.
September 14
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Hardeep Gill

Gain an overview of big data, the state of the practice in analytics and the analytics lifecycle as an end-to-end process. Focus on the key roles of a successful analytic project. Topics may include: the main phases of the lifecycle; and developing core deliverables to stakeholders.

June 9
starts in 14 days
Online learning, synchronous. With David Yuk
Leading teams in a remote environment depends upon new ways of working together. It requires leadership that can overcome physical distance to create environments of deep belonging and engagement. Learn how to intentionally create a sense of connection and keep your team productive, accountable, and performing at its best while working from home. Explore the tools and strategies you need to navigate the transition to leading remotely. Find out how to do so in a meaningful and human way, creating lasting team engagement and productivity.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Leading an organization towards a goal or an intended outcome requires a plan - and a plan to implement that plan. Topics may include: direction setting, goal setting; decision-making; problem-solving; moving from strategy to action; and project planning and delivery.
November 21
starts in 5 months
Blended learning (in-person + online). With Sharon Cameron
Organizations face risk from every direction. This course will focus on identifying and managing external risk and will give you an understanding about risk, risk tools, and areas of risk your organization could be exposed to. Topics covered will include: sources of external risk, such as economic, political, emergent technologies and competitors. Other topics to be discussed are corporate responsibility, what to do when there is a failure of internal and external controls, and handling crisis communication.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

A well-managed change helps move an organization into the "new way" quickly, with wide-acceptance by people and minimal disruption. Examine the change process and tools and techniques to manage organizational change. Through reflection on past experience, you will examine key concepts of change and how to utilize a structured method to approach, plan and sustain a change program.

September 12
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk
Real Change depends on people being willing to embrace the shift to a "new way." the path may not be easy. Through examination of the elements, active leaders can determine productive ways to support their teams to achieve the necessary transition to the future state.
June 20
starts in 25 days
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk

October 31
starts in 5 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk
This course is for individuals looking inside their organization to identify, manage, and prevent organizational risks while maximizing opportunities those risks my present. Topics covered will include: Organizational culture, human resources risks, crime, physical property and business continuity. At the conclusion of this course, you will have an understanding and discussion about risk, key concepts and tools and selected risk topics.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Find out how to seek capital to fund your project. Learn about debt financing, equity financing, and alternative financing models. Zero-in on your pitch and explore ways to out-market your competition. Be prepared to protect your ideas as you understand how to apply for a patent, register a trademark, and obtain copyright. Finish working on your business plan.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
There are many ways--some evolutionary, others revolutionary--the transportation and logistics sector could develop to meet the challenges posed by new market entrants, technology, and business models. The networkbased nature of the logistics industry provides a framework for implementing and scaling artificial intelligence (AI), amplifying the human components of highly organized global supply chains. In this course, you will build a fundamental understanding of AI, machine, earning, digital twins, data analytics, augmented reality, robotics, and blockchains in the field of logistics.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Global logistics connects critical components of the supply chain from a product¿s point of origin to its point of consumption. Physical distribution is inextricably tied with international trade, multinational manufacturing, and sourcing of raw materials, components, and supplies. Topics in this course will help participants understand the channels of global logistics, challenges in managing physical distribution, INCOTERMS, free trade zones, tariffs, security, hedging, sourcing strategies, risk, and resilience in international trade.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Understand how to decrease environmental impact in the areas of logistics, distribution, and warehousing operations. Learn about technologies that can affect efficiencies and connectivity, including QR codes, VMI solutions, RFID applications, autonomous vehicles, and replenishment options. Explore ways of reducing emissions in fleet operations and find out about packaging material alternatives and GHG footprint estimates. Discuss issues such as outsourcing, scheduling options through 3PLs, and supply chain strategies for resiliency to mitigate risks.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Persuasion is a core professional skill, underpinning much of our communication. In this seminar, you will learn fundamental aspects of persuasion and how to apply them to become more convincing in presentations, arguments, and conversations. Topics covered will include fundamental persuasive appeals, how to context and bias modify persuasion, critical rhetorical tools, methods for leveraging the right tool or technique at the right time, and methods of developing and defending strong arguments.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.

Project management has become a critical skill in every work place. Managers need to know the tools, techniques and have the knowledge to handle projects and deliver successful outcomes. Learn the basics to help you plan, execute, and control project management activities. This is an introductory project management course. We will explore successful projects and why projects that seemingly follow all the necessary rigor and methodology fail. In the end, students will leave with an enhanced ability to plan, execute and control their project management activities.

June 13
starts in 18 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

September 24
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

October 17
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With David Yuk

This seminar has been designed to give new and experienced project managers and project team members the essential tools they need to deliver successful projects. You will acquire the skills, tools and practices necessary, through the use of a real-life case study, for successful project communication, measuring project progress, project close out and transition to operations.

August 11
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

November 5
starts in 5 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

November 24
starts in 5 months
Online learning, synchronous. With David Yuk

Risk management and resource planning are key elements in the successful completion of a project. The processes and activities necessary to manage risk, a detailed understanding of the increased importance of project procurement, and the core concepts, as well as tools and practices, to be employed for effective project human resource management will be studied in this two-day seminar. Using an applicable case study, the concepts learned in the classroom can be immediately applied to your real-life project.

July 11
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

October 15
starts in 4 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

November 7
starts in 5 months
Online learning, synchronous. With David Yuk

The next step for business analytics students is to gain an opportunity to use the free software R to perform statistical computing. In this hands-on course, you will be introduced to data manipulation and visualization using the R language, primarily working with a set of packages knows as the tidyverse. At the end of this course you should be able to subset large datasets, apply functions to those subsets, fit simple linear and generalized linear models, and visualize the results in a publication-ready format.

Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
Acquire the skills and confidence necessary to articulate your ideas, show people your expertise, and market yourself and your businesses in-person or virtually. Enhance your ability to craft and deliver messages and speeches, create an online personal brand, and come across as a skillful communicator in any setting. Explore a comprehensive toolkit of presentation crafting, public speaking, and executive presence, and learn how to use your body language, vocal variety, visuals, and technology to better communicate your message to audiences of one to hundreds.
Not currently scheduled – new schedules announced each June and November.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
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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