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Python Back End Web Development

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Python is the back end cod­ing lan­guage most com­mon­ly asso­ci­at­ed with Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Machine Learn­ing, mak­ing it one of the most in-demand languages.

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Dig­i­tal skills are in high demand, with back end web devel­op­ment rank­ing fifth out of the top ten most in-demand dig­i­tal jobs in Alber­ta (ICTC-CTIC, 2019).

Learn Python in this part-time, ful­ly online cer­tifi­cate offered as a part­ner­ship between the Fac­ul­ty of Exten­sion and the Uni­ver­si­ty of Alberta’s Tech­nol­o­gy Train­ing Cen­tre (TTC). Work through solu­tions in real-time with prac­tic­ing pro­fes­sion­als, inter­act­ing with the expe­ri­enced TTC team of instruc­tors through live online class­es and a one-on-one home­work help” ser­vice that is built into every course.


The Python Back End Web Devel­op­ment Cer­tifi­cate presents learn­ers look­ing to reskill or upskill with a stream­lined path to a career in Python Back end web devel­op­ment. Aimed at learn­ers look­ing to grow their skills in the field of back end web devel­op­ment, stay rel­e­vant in a cur­rent posi­tion, change careers, upskill, or devel­op new skills, this pro­gram will be par­tic­u­lar­ly rel­e­vant to those want­i­ng to learn a new pro­gram­ming lan­guage, build soft­ware, and cre­ate web­sites, as well as those inter­est­ed in Arti­fi­cial Intel­li­gence and Machine Learning.


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  • University of Alberta parchment in as little as 1 year
  • Pay as you go
  • Currently open for enrolment

You can register for a course without applying and enrolling in the program – browse our Python Back End Web Development courses. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course you’ve taken will be applied toward your Certificate as long as it is still part of the program plan at the time of your application. Please note, program requirements are subject to change over time.

To enroll in most cours­es of this pro­gram you must have com­plet­ed the foun­da­tion­al course JavaScript Fun­da­men­tals or, alter­na­tive­ly, have passed Extension’s JavaScript Skills Assess­ment. Note: JavaScript Fun­da­men­tals may be used toward the min­i­mum require­ment of elec­tive hours for this certificate.

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to obtain the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses.

This pro­gram is cur­rent­ly open for enrol­ment—apply now!

This certificate consists of six core courses (total of 200 hours) and a minimum of 40 hours of electives. Courses are a variety of lengths but combine to a minimum total of 240 hours.

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

For those inter­est­ed in pur­su­ing fur­ther pro­fes­sion­al devel­op­ment, cours­es in this cer­tifi­cate apply toward the Full-Stack Web Devel­op­ment Diplo­ma and the User Expe­ri­ence / User Inter­face Cer­tifi­cate.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
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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.

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
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline

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

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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