Learning & Career Development

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Professional Development Opportunities

UBC has outstanding learning and professional development opportunities for all active staff and faculty, supporting an environment dedicated to life-long learning.Learning can be a personal journey or a professional one. UBC supports employees in their learning exploration in a number of ways.

Professional Development at UBC

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.

Tuition Waivers

UBC provides tuition waivers to eligible employees in most employee groups. There is a three-month qualifying period after you start your new job. Tuition waivers can be used towards UBC academic courses and UBC Extended Learning courses. For full information about tuition waivers and what you are eligible for, visit http://www.hr.ubc.ca/wellbeing-benefits/benefits/details/professional-development/.

Professional Development Funding

In addition to professional development funding provided by your department, UBC provides central PD funding for certain employee groups to further your professional development. These funds are provided in addition to tuition waivers.  Learn about PD funding available for your employee group at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/learning-development/funding/.


UBC faculty and staff have access to the lynda.com online training video library for free. Lynda.com is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas, including software skills development, learning technology tools, and professional business practices.  UBC employees can learn more at http://lynda.ubc.ca.


UBC Coaching provides free coaching services to faculty and staff who wish to explore individual professional and personal development. In working with a coach, you can identify your goals and take meaningful steps to achieve those goals. Learn about Coaching and register online at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/coaching/.


Managing@UBC is a program for new managers to develop their managerial skills through an online and in- person learning environment. This free program is open to new staff at UBC who has staff reporting to them. Learn more and register at http://www.hr.ubc.ca/managing-at-ubc/ (Vancouver campus) and http://hr.ok.ubc.ca/learning/managing.html (Okanagan campus).

Places to Explore Learning


The UBC Library is the second-largest research library in North America, with more than 6.5 million items in its collections. UBC faculty and staff can access UBC Library resources at any of the Library’s 15 branches or online with your CWL at http://www.library.ubc.ca/. With your UBC Library card, you can access the entire online catalog and journals, international newspaper subscriptions both print in-branch and online, as well as community borrowing on popular reading titles in many branches. For an introduction to using Library resources, visit the Library’s orientation guide for faculty and staff.

Extended Learning

UBC Extended Learning has courses and programs on a wide range of subjects, specifically designed for adult learners. Courses are offered at the Point Grey campus, UBC Robson Square, and online. Employees who are eligible for tuition waivers can use those waivers on most Extended Learning courses.