Our Purpose

Our mission is to enable upskilling and reskilling through flexible and stackable learning designed for today's modern learners.

The University of Alberta's Continuing Education division fosters career growth and workplace competence through accessible and flexible learning. Our diverse online, on-campus, and hybrid programs and courses cater to those looking to upskill or reskill, granting learners the freedom to shape their educational journey.

Who We Are

Continuing Education at the University of Alberta provides flexible, career-focused learning opportunities. With 200+ courses, 40+ programs, and options for full-time professionals, we cater to diverse career stages, offering micro-credentials to full certificates in various fields.

Our Approach

Industry-Tailored Programs

We create programs that match current industry trends and future projections by collaborating with experts and industry leaders. Our courses and certifications are more than just education; they're designed to accelerate your career.

Skill Building for the Future

In today's fast-changing world, adaptability is crucial. Our upskilling and reskilling programs empower you with the knowledge and expertise needed to succeed in today's workforce, whether you want to enhance existing skills or explore new career paths.

Personalized Learning

We understand that every learner is unique. Our programs cater to diverse needs, whether you're a seasoned professional aiming for career advancement or just starting out. We have a pathway designed for you.


Your success is our top priority. Our courses offer practical, real-world applications that bridge the gap between academia and industry. We equip you with the skills and knowledge employers are looking for to support your career growth.

Organizational Training Solutions

For organizations committed to continuous workforce development, we offer customized organizational training solutions that address industry-specific needs. This keeps your team at the forefront of innovation and expertise.

At the University of Alberta, we believe that education is a lifelong journey. Join us in embracing the future.

Our History

Continuing Education (formerly The Faculty of Extension) at the University of Alberta has a rich and storied history dating to its establishment in 1912. As one of Canada's oldest and most respected continuing education institutions, it has consistently played a pivotal role in providing lifelong learning opportunities to diverse communities. Over the years, it has evolved and expanded its offerings, adapting to the changing educational landscape and the needs of learners, both locally and globally.

Today, the division continues to be a trailblazer in innovative and accessible education, embodying the University of Alberta's commitment to innovation, excellence and inclusivity. With deep-rooted principles guiding us, we adapt like our learners, embracing change and a future-focused approach. Our dedication remains steadfast: empowering learners for challenging, fulfilling, and sustainable journeys in life, academics, and careers.

For more information, or to discuss partnership opportunities, please email CPE@ualberta.ca