Learning Opportunities

At UVic, faculty and staff also experience dynamic learning. We offer a variety of learning opportunities at no fee for all regular full-time and part-time employees.

Featured programs

New! VIP tour for UVic Employees

Human Resources and the UVic Welcome Centre are pleased to announce that we are now offering a 75 minute VIP tour for UVic Employees in addition to our regular student tours. If you are a new UVic employee or have yet to experience a tour of campus, register now via ( / 250-721-8949) for one of our upcoming tours offered bi-weekly on Wednesdays at 2:00pm.

Take some time to be oriented to the layout and services of our extraordinary physical environment with a guided tour from the perspective of an experienced UVic Employee. Come meet new faces and engage in a dynamic learning experience about the campus where we work, learn, and make a vital impact.

Certificates: Workplace learning

New certificates coming soon! keep posted for updates.

Choose from a variety of courses to take individually, or work towards a certificate. See below the certificates currently offered or download the certificate overview document:

Audience: Certificate programs are designed for staff, new or aspiring supervisors, supervisors and managers. Regular full-time and part-time staff is eligible for this program.
Duration: Certificates are designed to be taken over a couple of years depending on your schedule and course availability. Courses can be taken in any order.
Contact: odls1@uvic.ca

Mentorship program

This program is designed to promote professional and personal development by establishing a relationship between two employees. In this sense, the mentorship program facilitates informal guidance, coaching, knowledge-sharing and enhanced understanding of the University of Victoria environment.
We invite all interested employees to submit an application form outlining their goals, and expectations for the program. Later in the process, we will use the prospective mentee information to find specific employee mentors to pair with successful applicants.

Audience: The program is open to all employees and faculty. Priority will be given to those in regular appointments and those who have passed probation.
Duration: There is a call for mentee applications in the fall. The program runs from January to June each year.
Registration: Potential mentees complete the application form and submit it to the HR contact for this program. Participation is by application (mentees) or invitation (mentors) only.
Contact: Tonya Said-Wilson (Human Resources Consultant) at or 250-721-8090.

Want to know more? See Mentorship program

Leading for Engagement

The Leading for Engagement program is an experiential leadership development program. It supports leaders in being accountable for the work climates they create and the results they achieve.

Audience: Leaders with administrative responsibilities, which likely includes employees in Management Excluded and PEA, in administrative departments and services. It may include academic leaders with supervision of administrative staff or oversight of a service area. Minimum of one year in the role is required.
Duration: The program runs on an annual cycle beginning in June. Formal classroom-based sessions run monthly October-April.
Registration: Registration is by invitation only. Each executive area (PRES & USEC, VPFO, VPAC, VPER and VPRE) coordinates a delegation process for their area and final selection of candidates. Identified participants and their direct supervisor submit a written statement of commitment to engage in the full program and process.
Contact: For more information or assistance, contact Cara Jones or Sarah Hood .

Want to know more? See Leading for engagement

Lynda.com: online learning platform

Lynda.com is an online video library with thousands of instructional videos and courses. You’ll find topics like business skills, design, education & e-learning, marketing, photography, video editing, web development and so much more. Lynda.com is a fantastic way for UVic faculty and staff to access at no fee just-in-time learning for immediate application or for your long-term personal and professional development.

Audience: All UVic employees and agencies may access at no fee lynda.com tutorials through our licensed agreement with lynda.com until May 2018. Students do not have access at this time.
Contact: Learning Services team at odls1@uvic.ca

Want to know more? See Lynda.com at UVic

Planning Ahead program

UVic recognizes the competing financial priorities of our people and offers the Planning Ahead program to help you improve your financial wellness no matter what stage in life you are in.
We offer financial education seminars to help you improve your overall financial roadmap and achieve your financial goals wherever you are in your career path. We know retirement is a big part of your overall financial wellness, so for employees close to retirement, UVic sponsors a separate full day Retirement Planning Seminar.

Audience:

  • Financial Education Seminar: UVic employees at any stage in their career are welcome to attend this learning opportunity.
  • Retirement Planning Seminar: Eligibility is by specified criteria and registration details are only sent out to those who qualify.

Duration: depending on the specific seminar selected, training sessions can be half day or full day.

Registration: when dates are determined, an email inviting employees to register is sent out.

Contact: the Planning Ahead team at

Want to know more? See Planning ahead

Campus training

Communications + Marketing workshops

Consistent messages and a unified look and feel support the story we want to tell about UVic, bringing our distinct advantages to life for the audiences with whom we want to build strong relationships. We want people to immediately recognize UVic everywhere we are. It'll take time, effort and all of us working together to achieve that. University Communications + Marketing offers a series of workshops to support Edge implementation and ongoing communications and marketing activities.

See the UVic Edge brand website to see workshop details and to register.

Continuing Studies

The Division of Continuing Studies (DCS) provides adult and continuing education programming, online and face-to-face, in co-operation with UVic faculties and community partners. They offer programs in a range of academic disciplines using diploma, certificate, degree and other programming models to serve adult, part-time, international and geographically dispersed students. Currently, DCS offers special employees prices for Business & Management courses.

Are you a lifelong learner? Visit Continuing Studies for more information.

Employee learning calendar *New courses up

This learning calendar offers courses, certificates and programs, to support your personal and professional development. Courses in the calendar have no fee for UVic employees and are offered first for all permanent full- and part-time staff. Please note a FAST code is required when registering as charges will be enforced for last minute cancellations or no-shows.

Explore the employee learning calendar to learn more and register.

Course Spaces, Technology Integrated Learning training

Technology Integrated Learning (TIL) helps faculty, staff, and students with technology-enabled learning and teaching. They handle pedagogical and technical support and instructional design with platforms such as Course Spaces, the Online Academic Community, and more.
The TIL office look for sustainable innovations in educational technology that can make a difference in UVic’s face-to-face, hybrid, and online course offerings.

Check out mandates and strategies for more information, and for professional development opportunities, see upcoming workshops.

Equity and Human Rights training and support

The Equity and Human Rights (EQHR) office provides leadership in the development and coordination of plans, policies and procedures which support the university's organizational and legislative commitments to provide equitable access to and participation in employment and educational opportunities. This office offers educational sessions on a variety of topics (e.g., human rights, Discrimination and Harassment Policy, inclusivity, intersectionality). Most of these sessions can be modified to fit time schedules from one hour to full-day workshops.

For more information see Equity and human rights workshops or contact Amy Loggin at

FAST HR reporting training

FAST HR is a self-service reporting tool for authorized UVic administrators that provides access to position, jobs, leave and payroll information. Visit FAST HR reporting for FAQs. Do you manage human resource reporting for your department or unit? Join us for an introductory 1.5-hour session (45-minute demo of the tool, followed by time for questions and one-on-one assistance).

Contact for more information.

FAST Finance training

FAST Finance is a self-service reporting tool for authorized users that provides access to general operating, research, special purpose, and other account information online. Users can view their budget, commitments, and expenditures. Visit FAST HR finance for FAQs.

Training is offered throughout the year. Get more information and register on the FAST Finance training (NetLink ID and password required) contacting .

Executive programs, Peter B. Gustavson School of Business

At Peter B. Gustavson School of Business we take a unique approach to business education. Whether you need a program to address a specific, well-defined development need, or help in determining what your training needs are, we can work with you to provide the right solution to tackle your key management issues.

Visit Professional development programs to learn about short (2-5 day) courses, or in depth Project Management training or Gustavson Executive Programs for more general information. Need assistance? Contact

Health and wellbeing training

UVic is committed to promoting a healthy campus community that empowers our employees to support each other and participate in maintaining their own health and wellbeing. Services in this area actively promote practices of inclusion, respect, wellness, accessibility, safety and accommodation as the foundations of our healthy university community.

Visit our Health and Wellness page for more information.

Occupational Health and Safety training

Occupational Health, Safety and Environment provides health and safety support and training to faculty, staff and students in the areas of research safety, occupational health and environmental protection.

For current course offerings visit Occupational Health, Safety & Environment or contact

University Systems training

Over the past several years University Systems has witnessed continuous growth in the use of information systems in higher education. These systems permeate every aspect of our university life; research, learning and teaching, and our faculty, staff, students and researchers rely on technology support.
University Systems offers regularly scheduled classroom and online training for faculty, staff and students.

See their training page for more details on specific training opportunities.

UVic Careers system: training and support

UVic Careers is the online job management system for all staff job postings in the following employee groups: CUPE 917, CUPE 951, Exempt Support Staff, PEA and Management Excluded. We offer drop-in sessions to assist you with the UVic Careers system and the hiring process. No formal registration is required and you need to bring a laptop/tablet to the session.

Visit the Employment services hiring page to view the training schedule or email .

Sponsored programs

Center for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD)

The university currently sponsors leaders to attend Centre for Higher Education Research and Development (CHERD). Program fees are shared between your VP/president and your department budget.

Please consult with your VP/president for funding and approval for these programs before sending your application to CHERD.

Current courses include:

Please apply directly with the University of Manitoba by contacting: Kathleen Matheos at kathleen.matheos@umanitoba.ca

Leadership Victoria *Registration open

Leadership Victoria offers a community leadership development program, which uses a face-to-face, experiential model of learning with the city as the classroom. Participants in this program will learn to develop strong leadership competencies. Leadership Victoria has a proven track record of helping emerging leaders discover their strengths and prepare for advancement.

The University of Victoria sponsors two participants in the Leadership Victoria program each year. For more information on this program:

Contact: Manuela Lale - HR Assistant  or 250-472-5184