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Adult Education

Workplace Education associate certificate


Associate certificate

1 year

How to apply

Start date:
January, May, September 

Abbotsford campus, Online



  • All courses are online with video conference access for classroom sessions


Build a foundation in adult learning and education principles. The UFV Workplace Education (WE) associate certificate is a one-year, four-course credential that seamlessly ladders into the UFV Bachelor of Arts in Adult Education.

Tailor your studies to fit your busy schedule. All courses are online with the exception of a few classroom sessions, with video conference access if you are a distance student.

Examine the science of learning and build real-world skills in program planning, delivery, and evaluation. Throughout the program, you learn to:

  • Deliver effective training sessions
  • Assess adult learners
  • Understand the elements of a learning organization
  • Plan and administer adult ed and training programs

View program outline in the UFV Academic Calendar

Join a network of like-minded professionals and begin your journey as an adult educator. 

This credential is ideal for mid-career professionals, new immigrants, and Aboriginal leaders wishing to leverage their expertise in a training role or enhance their career prospects.


The International Labour office notes that an increase in the pace of innovation, training is more than ever key to the success of adaptable organizations.

Earning a certificate in Workplace Education can help you qualify to become a trainer in your own field or industry. Many companies — especially those involved in technical and applied technology fields — have in-house training programs and need qualified instructors to develop and deliver training materials, both for employees and customers.

Private career training institutions, technical institutes, and continuing education programs that hire professionals to deliver technical, vocational or skills training prefer candidates who have not only expertise in their field, but also a background in adult or workplace education.


There are three pathways into the certificate courses:

Option 1: New students can apply to Qualifying Studies. Students will be required to meet the admissions requirements for Qualifying Studies.

Option 2: Current UFV students in the Bachelor of Arts (Adult Education) are free to register for these courses to meet the certificate requirements and to use towards their degree requirements.

Option 3: Current UFV students enrolled in other degree programs can contact the department for permission to register in ADED 320, 340, 407, and 408.

View the Workplace Education (WE) Associate certificate entrance requirements on the UFV Academic Calendar.


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While many are still adapting to online learning, Adult Education at UFV has been leading the way! I’ve taken online courses from other institutions, and UFV’s dedication to technologies made for my best overall online learning experience. The most important thing about my experience at UFV is the feeling that I mattered to the school and my instructors. I wasn’t just a faceless student, even in an online environment. 

  • – Lynn Cartan
  •    Educational Consultant, McMaster University
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