Professional Development Funds Available for UAlberta NASA Staff. Start preparing now to submit your application on June 1 at 8:00 am.

As a member of the University of Alberta’s Non-Academic Staff Association (NASA), you can apply for funding toward learning opportunities and professional development.

What is HRDF?

The Human Resources Development Fund is a negotiated benefit between the University of Alberta and NASA. Each year, every eligible UAlberta employee qualifies for up to $750 towards courses, workshops, seminars, in-school apprenticeship training, or programs that will:

  1. Enhance your capacity to perform work, or

  2. Prepare you for an expanded or different role.

Next application cycle

For courses that start between July 1– September 30 the application for HRDF opens on Monday, June 1. Select your course now, so that you're ready to prepare & submit your HRDF application on “day one.”

Funds are released four times per year on a first-come, first-approved basis each quarter, so be sure to apply as soon as the cycle starts! To be eligible, the professional development course must be taken within the designated quarter.


Courses and programs on UAlberta campus

The Faculty of Extension is the University of Alberta's home of continuing and professional education.When evaluating your professional development options, we encourage you to explore your options at UAlberta’s Faculty of Extension.

  • We have over 300 course offerings designed for working professionals. 

  • Course in the Summer 2020 and Fall 2020 terms will be delivered in an online format.

Explore courses

For those who choose to pursue a credential, the program application fee ($100) is waived for NASA members.



—Visual Art & Design

—Residential Interiors


—Project Management

—Change Management

—Risk Management

—Conflict Resolution

—Human Resources Management

—Management Development

—Business Analysis

—Construction Management


—Business Strategy


—Social Media Communications

—Editing and Proofreading

—World Languages

—Writing and Editing



—Land Reclamation

—Soil Sciences

—Water Resources

—Environmental Remediation

—Resource Management


—Occupational Health and Safety

—Workplace Wellness


—Land Use Planning

—Local Administration and Government

—Information Access and Protection of Privacy


—Analytics and Big Data

—Data Science

I'm ready. How do I apply for the funding?

Get HRDF approved:

For courses
which start between:
Applications will be
accepted beginning:
July 1 – September 30
June 1
October 1 – December 31
September 1
January 1 – March 31 
December 1
April 1 – June 30
March 1

Apply online

Log in to E-HRDF and submit the application form. 

Before completing the application, read the step-by-step instructions provided in the HRDF User Manual. If you need additional information, please speak with your HR representative or contact the HRDF office through email ( or by phone at 780-492-4350. More details on eligibility and restrictions can be found on the HRDF website.

Once your HRDF is approved:

HRDF will send you a confirmation.
Your next step is to register in your Extension course by sending your completed course registration form to us at