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
384 positions open annually
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Construction Manager
648 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Construction, Transportation, Production and Utilities
26 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
438 positions open annually
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Senior Manager - Trade, Broadcasting and Other Service, N.E.C.
9 positions open annually
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Purchasing Manager
139 positions open annually
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Other Administrative Services Manager
124 positions open annually
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Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations Manager
81 positions open annually
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Other Business Services Manager
92 positions open annually
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Manager in Social, Community and Correctional Services
521 positions open annually
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Corporate Sales Manager
171 positions open annually
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Retail and Wholesale Trade Manager
2,153 positions open annually
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Manager in Transportation
138 positions open annually
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Manufacturing Manager
376 positions open annually
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Professional Occupation in Business Management Consulting
886 positions open annually
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Professional Occupation in Advertising, Marketing and Public Relations
1,088 positions open annually
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Administrative Assistant
1,405 positions open annually
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Health Information Management Occupation
26 positions open annually
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Records Management Technician
15 positions open annually
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General Office Support Worker
1,170 positions open annually
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Data Entry Clerk
167 positions open annually
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Accounting and Related Clerk
1,054 positions open annually
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Payroll Administrator
739 positions open annually
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Banking, Insurance and other Financial Clerk
86 positions open annually
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Correspondence, Publication and Regulatory Clerk
161 positions open annually
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Survey Interviewer and Statistical Clerk
122 positions open annually
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Purchasing and Inventory Control Worker
185 positions open annually
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Retail Salesperson
3,375 positions open annually
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Other Customer and Information Services Representative
897 positions open annually
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Business Development Officer and Marketing Researcher and Consultant
297 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.

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.
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.
Participants will understand the principles and purpose of ESG and Social Procurement in business, focusing on sourcing strategies. As well they will attain working knowledge of how to contribute to social capital and economic development; draft policies which reflect social values; understand the role of technology in affecting sustainability; develop relevant KPIs, strategies and tactics; understand trade agreement obligations at national and international levels; build awareness of circular economy impacts; identify opportunities and challenges, and hear directly from Canadian ESG leaders.
April 20
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous.
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.
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.
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.

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.

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.
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.
January 11
already started
Online learning, synchronous. With Hardeep Gill

March 25
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Hardeep Gill

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.

March 22
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Nolan Crouse

May 10
starts in 3 months
Online learning, asynchronous. With Nolan Crouse
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.
March 8
starts in 1 month
Online learning, asynchronous. With Sharon Cameron

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.

February 13
starts in 6 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Claudia Villeneuve

April 17
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

May 29
starts in 3 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With David Yuk

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.

January 17
already started
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk

May 15
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.
February 27
starts in 20 days
Online learning, asynchronous. With David Yuk

June 19
starts in 4 months
Online learning, asynchronous. 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.

March 6
starts in 27 days
Online learning, synchronous. With David Yuk

May 1
starts in 2 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

June 12
starts in 4 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With Claudia Villeneuve

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.

February 11
starts in 4 days
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

March 27
starts in 1 month
Online learning, synchronous. With Claudia Villeneuve

May 15
starts in 3 months
Online learning, synchronous. With Dave Ludwick

June 26
starts in 4 months
In-person (face-to-face) learning. With David Yuk

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.

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