Professional Development at UBC


In Person Workshops & Anytime Online Courses

Professional Development Workshops are available to support the ongoing learning needs of UBC employees by providing a range of UBC specific job-related personal and professional skills training. These in-person, at-cost professional development workshops are geared to enhance and improve your effectiveness at work, as well as to support your career and personal development.

Here we also feature ‘anytime’ online courses available through helps anyone learn tech, creative, and workplace business skills to achieve their personal and professional goals.

Discover our upcoming professional development learning opportunities & online courses by:

  1. Exploring upcoming professional development workshop offerings (below).
  2. Reviewing the Professional Development Workshop Registration Guidelines
  3. Visiting for ‘anytime’ e-learning. All UBC staff and faculty have free CWL access to the online library of tutorials, courses and learning paths.
  4. Browsing our Professional Development Streams (below) designed to help you begin to customize your own unique learning path

Featured Learning Opportunities

Coaching for Personal and Professional Development

June 6, 2019 from 12:00pm – 1:00pm

Coaching@UBC has been offering free 1-on-1 Coaching Services to faculty and staff since 2002. Since then over 1,800 UBC employees have accessed our award winning program. As we explore ways to develop personally and professionally, we have access to a wide range of topics and ways to learn here at UBC from large scale events, workshop, virtual learning, hands-on experience and coaching.

Learning Outcomes
By the end of this information session, you will have an understanding of:

    • What is Coaching?
    • How does Coaching work?
    • Why choose Coaching for personal or professional development?
    • How do I access Coaching at UBC?

While Coaching has been offered at UBC for 15 years, many of us are still not sure what coaching is and why we would choose coaching. If you’re interested in finding out more about coaching and how it is another way to learn and develop, then this session is for you.

For answers to these questions and many others, please come to an information session.

To register for this session, please click here.

Rehearsing Conflict Workshop Series

June 13-20, 2019 at Dorothy Somerset Studio

Are you interested in developing your ability to navigate conflict in the workplace? Apply by May 29 for the Rehearsing Conflict workshop series (June 13-20)

Can you remember the last difficult conversation you had? If you had another chance, would you do it differently?

The Rehearsing Conflict workshop series, June 13-20, 2019, is a free professional development opportunity for faculty and staff who want to explore and practice new strategies for difficult conversations, strengthen emotional intelligence, and increase resilience when conflict occurs in the workplace. Using the situation and tools of theatre, participants will play out real stories of conflict from our community and apply new strategies to change outcomes. No acting experience is necessary.

All UBC employees are welcome to apply. Applications for the Rehearsing Conflict workshop series are due May 29. Apply now at Rehearsing Conflict – Summer Intensive.

Questions? Please contact or visit the Conflict Threatre@UBC website.

Upcoming Professional Development Workshops – Vancouver Campus


Professional and Personal Development Streams

Below are some Professional Development playlists we have to meet help meet your learning needs. Here we also feature ‘anytime’ courses available through .  You can access the online library of courses for free using your CWL login from any desktop computer, laptop, or mobile device – anytime 24/7.

Managing Your Work

Having a clear idea about your job performance is the first step in excelling at work. The right balance in your career and personal life is a key for happiness, so achieving the state of equilibrium is a must. Once you have the right amount of time dedicated to your work, improving productivity and being effective is a whole new topic. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to manage your work.

Anytime Managing Your Work courses available on

Growing as a Leader


Communication is about more than just exchanging information. It’s about understanding the emotion and intentions behind the information. Effective communication is also a two-way street. It’s not only how you convey a message so that it is received and understood by someone in exactly the way you intended, it’s also how you listen to gain the full meaning of what’s being said and to make the other person feel heard and understood. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to be a great communicator.

Anytime Communication courses available on

Creating a Respectful Work Environment

The University of British Columbia envisions a climate in which students, faculty and staff are provided with the best possible conditions for learning, researching and working, including an environment that is dedicated to excellence, equity and mutual respect. The University of British Columbia strives to realize this vision by establishing employment and educational practices that respect the dignity of individuals and make it possible for everyone to live, work, and study in a positive and supportive environment, free from harmful behaviours such as bullying and harassment. Here are some opportunities that will help you learn what it takes to creating a respectful work environment at UBC.

Anytime Creating a Respectful Work Environment courses available on

Resource Management

At UBC we utilize specific resources which have been developed to improve efficiency and effectiveness within the organization these include financial resources, inventory, human skills, production resources, or information technology (IT). Here are some opportunities that will help you learn the Financial & Resource Management systems at UBC

Anytime Financial & Resource Management courses available on

Getting Started @ UBC

Health, Wellbeing & Personal Development

Your health, wellbeing and personal development is supported by an active, lifelong process of making positive choices and decisions that lead to a balanced and fulfilling life. Here are some opportunities that will support your health, wellbeing & personal development; and encourage you to thrive at UBC.

Need More Information?

Contact or call 604-822-9644 and let us connect you to the right learning opportunity suitable to your needs. For programs offered specifically by HR, you can also visit can also visit our Workshop Registration Guidelines, which includes information on our Professional Development workshop payment, refund and cancellation policy.