Professional Designations

Professional designations offer excellent opportunities to improve your skills, advance your career, and be recognized for your commitment to professional growth.

Many designation courses offered at the Faculty of Extension can be used toward credentialed programs such as certificates and citations. In addition, the faculty offers courses and programs that will help you better prepare for specific certification exams, while also being applicable to university-conferred credentials.

All courses are offered through part-time study, with flexible class times and delivery formats that accommodate a variety of schedules.

Preparing for and holding a professional designation offered through the Faculty of Extension will allow you to:

  • Move ahead toward your career goals and aspirations as the holder of a credential that is recognized and respected within your industry.
  • Stay up-to-date and maintain professional currency in your area of practice.
  • Demonstrate your commitment to professional excellence through engagement in lifelong learning.
  • Earn credits toward a UAlberta credential while you take courses for your designation.


Learners from all sectors (government, industry, not-for-profit, and small to large enterprise) have completed these career-enhancing programs. Whether you’re interested in building on or revitalizing your current career, these programs will help you to achieve your professional goals.

Prepare for/maintain:


ACMP—Association of Change Management Professionals


The Association of Change Management Professionals® (ACMP®) is dedicated to advancing the discipline of change management. It advocates for practices that support the success of individual and organizational change for the realization of intended business results.

By successfully completing the Managing Organizational Change (19 PDU hours) and Change Leadership course (21 hours) students will have 40 PDU hours towards their Certified Change Management Professional (CCMPTM) designation.

Change Management program

AESAC—Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada


Associated Environmental Site Assessors of Canada (AESAC) is a nationwide association providing benefits and services to Canadian Environmental Site Assessors. Selected courses from our Environmental Studies unit are recognized by AESAC as "ESA-related courses" in the ESA Phase 1 Training section; course completion is worth 5 points (per course) toward the Certified Environmental Site Assessor (CESA) designation.

Courses for AESAC

AIA—Alberta Institute of Agrologists

Preparation Maintenance

The following courses from the Environmental Resource Management (ERM) program are recognized by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) as senior agrology courses related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area in AIA: EXERM 4256, EXERM 4264, EXERM 4265, EXERM 4280, EXERM 4281, EXERM 4282, EXERM 4284, EXERM 4285, EXERM 4286, EXERM 4291, and EXERM 4297.

Courses for AIA

Blue Seal—Achievement in Business Competencies Program


Courses from UAlberta’s Construction Management & Administration Certificate are recognized for the Blue Seal Certificate through Alberta Advanced Education—Apprenticeship and Industry Training. Geared to certified tradespeople who want to develop their business skills, the Blue Seal Certificate is evidence that a tradesperson not only meets Alberta’s high industry standards, but has the knowledge and drive to succeed in business. Tradespeople who complete the Blue Seal program may move into leadership, supervisory, and entrepreneurial roles.

Construction Management & Administration program

CCA Gold Seal—Canadian Construction Association

Preparation Maintenance

Courses from the Construction Management & Administration Certificate program at the Faculty of Extension are accredited by the Canadian Construction Association (CCA) for Gold Seal certification. The Gold Seal Certification program upholds Canadian management professionals in construction and heavy civil projects to expectations and standards of excellence. The certificate is valued by the construction industry and offers an assurance that the professional has attained a nationally recognized level of competence.

Construction Management & Administration program

CCAP—Canadian Certified Administrative Professional


The Faculty of Extension offers the eight courses required Canadian Certified Administrative Professional (CCAP) designation. Awarded by the Association of Administrative Professionals (AAP), the CCAP designation is a benchmark of excellence for the advanced administrative professional. Many of the CCAP courses are components of the University of Alberta’s Management Development Certificate program. You may enrol concurrently in the CCAP courses and the Management Development Certificate and receive equivalencies toward both.

CCAP program

CIAPP–Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals


Students who complete UAlberta’s Information Access and Protection of Privacy Certificate (IAPP) will be granted the CIAPP Certified designation upon application to the Canadian Institute of Access and Privacy Professionals (CIAPP). The CIAPP Certified designation is the leading certification program for public and private sector access and privacy professionals in Canada. It resulted from a partnership between CIAPP and the Canadian Access and Privacy Association (CAPA), the oldest and largest organization of access to information and privacy professionals in Canada.

IAPP program

CIM—Certified in Management


The Faculty of Extension offers the eight courses required to fulfill the academic requirements of the Certified in Management (CIM) designation. Since all of the CIM courses are components of Extension’s Management Development Certificate, students who complete the eight CIM courses are able to obtain a credential from the University of Alberta at the same time as they work toward their professional designation. Certified in Management (CIM) is a protected professional designation very well regarded in the business community. The designation is awarded by Canada’s senior management association, the Canadian Institute of Management (CIM).

CIM program

CIQS—Canadian Institute of Quantity Surveyors


Completion of UAlberta’s Construction Management & Administration Certificate (CST) provides recognition of select educational requirements toward the Professional Quantity Surveyor (PQS) and Construction Estimator Certified (CEC) designations, which are recognized nationally and internationally. Construction professionals with CIQS designations perform integral duties within building and construction processes in Canada. CIQS professionals are accredited to develop and deliver all aspects of construction management at the highest levels. CIQS sets the standards for construction economics regionally and nationally.

CST Program

CLGM—Certified Local Government Manager


Completion of UAlberta’s National Advanced Certificate in Local Authority Administration (NACLAA Levels I and II) fulfills the educational requirements for the Certified Local Government Manager (CLGM) designation. The CLGM designation is conferred by the Society of Local Government Managers (SLGM), the professional organization that regulates the practices of local government managers in Alberta and ensures that its members act in the local government’s best possible interest. The CLGM designation recognizes public managers with a high level of academic and professional achievement in Alberta.

NACLAA program

CPHR—Chartered Professionals in Human Resources


The Human Resources Management Certificate will help you better prepare to be successful in writing the National Knowledge Exam (NKE) and receive the Chartered Professionals in Human Resources (CPHR) designation through CPHR Alberta. CPHR is a nationally recognized designation that proves your ability to master all aspects of your area of practice and demonstrates a high level of achievement and capability in HR.

HR Management program

CRM—Canadian Risk Management


The Faculty of Extension offers the three courses required to fulfill the academic requirements of the Canadian Risk Management (CRM) designation. Awarded by the Global Risk Management Institute (GRMI), the CRM designation is a widely recognized qualification that provides risk managers a foundation of knowledge and skills needed to identify, assess, monitor, and limit risks. The CRM program is offered at the Faculty of Extension in cooperation with the Risk and Insurance Management Society (RIMS).

CRM program

CRSP/PSAC—Canadian Registered Safety Professional/Professionnel en sécurité agréé du Canada

Preparation Maintenance

Completion of UAlberta’s Occupational Health and Safety Certificate meets the formal education requirements for the Canadian Registered Safety Professional (CRSP) designation. The credential of choice for Canadian OHS professionals, the CRSP designation is granted by the Board of Canadian Registered Safety Professionals (BCRSP). The CRSP designation represents a personal benchmark that validates your knowledge, skill, and practice. It also provides a transferrable credential within the profession, either domestically or internationally.

OHS program

Energy Safety Canada Certified Safety External Auditor

Preparation Maintenance

Completion of UAlberta’s Occupational Health & Safety program meets the educational pre-requisites required for a safety professional to become an Energy Safety Canada Certified Safety External Auditor. The safety association for Canada’s upstream oil and gas industry, Energy Safety Canada is a not-for-profit formed by a pool of industry associations. External Auditors provide companies with audits for certification or re-certification into the Certificate of Recognition (COR) program.

OHS program

EP—Environmental Professional

Preparation Maintenance

Completion of UAlberta’s Environmental Resources Management Certificate (ERM) may fulfill the educational requirements for the Environmental Professional (EP) designation, the national standard of excellence for environmental work. The EP designation is awarded by ECO Canada and overseen by the Canadian Environmental Certification and Approvals Board (CECAB). For more information, contact ECO Canada at

ERM Program

IIBA®—International Institute of Business Analysis

Preparation Maintenance

IIBA® is the non-profit professional association dedicated to the field of business analysis. Through a global network, IIBA connects over 29,000+ Members and more than 300 Corporate Members and 120 Chapters. As the voice of the business analysis community, IIBA supports the recognition of the profession and discipline and works to maintain the global standard for the practices and certification.

Students can use the hours from the Business and Strategy Analysis course towards PD hours for the CBAP®, CCBA® and ECBA™ or CDUs for the CBAP® and CCBA®

Business Analysis program