Professional Development

Submit faculty and staff PD Funds claims via email

Effective immediately, professional development fund claims from staff and faculty will be accepted over email, until further notice.

Please take note of the following before submitting your claim:

  • Send your claim form and all receipts as one (1) attachment or PDF
  • In order to protect sensitive data, provide only the first 4 digits of your employee ID on your claim form
  • Include a digital signature or manager email approval for your claim

In light of current events and cancellations, we ask that you make sure any activities/travel that you book are 100% refundable.

Further updates will be shared as available – stay tuned!

Visit the PD Funds page for more information.

CliftonStrengths Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success

Living your best life begins when you apply your unique talents. This course will change the way you work and will influence the rest of your life. You will learn how to identify what you do best and how to maximize your potential by using your CliftonStrengths . Join us in this workshop which uses the CliftonStrengths assessment tool and enhances participant understanding of the full potential of these strengths.

Please note: In preparation for the session, registration will be closed by February 25, 2020

Event Information:

  • Date: Thursday, March 5, 2020
  • Time: 9:00 am – 4:00 pm
  • Location: Tech Enterprise Facilities III – 6th FLOOR – Multipurpose Room, HR, 6190 Agronomy Road
  • Cost: $375.00

For more information, please visit the HR course catalogue.

alumniUBC webinar: Engaging Employees Through Career Decisions

alumniUBC webinar: Engaging Employees Through Career Decisions

Knowing how to increase employee engagement remains elusive for many people managers at a time when more and more employees are craving career development in the workplace.
What can you do in your job to increase employee engagement (for yourself or others), regardless of your position in an organization?

How can you effectively retain Millennials and other independent contributors who want career support in the workplace?

Join Colleen Egli, BA’09, to learn what new research links employee engagement with employee-manager career development discussions, learn how to strategically use these discussions as an effective, low-cost, high-return tool to increase employee engagement levels at work, and discover what key points need to be addressed to propose a business case around supporting this type of engagement initiative.

Tuesday, March 3, 2020
12:00-1:00 pm

For more information or to register for this event, visit:

alumniUBC: February Professional Development Events

alumniUBC: February Professional Development Events

alumniUBC is offering two new professional development learning opportunities this February.

The Habit Course

Building on the momentum of alumni UBC’s popular webinar, Managing Your Energy at Work, and our online book club selection, The Power of Habit, by Charles Duhigg, The Habit Course will teach you how to implement new habits at work.

As change becomes the norm in our workplace, our ability to adapt and modify our behaviours is a critical skill. Being able to implement habits of your choosing will allow you to excel at work, and provide additional bandwidth to focus on what really matters. In this five week, live online program, you will learn tried and tested practical tools to create new habits.

The course begins February 10, 2020, and ends March 13, 2020.

The Habit Course is comprised of five 2-hour online sessions delivered once per week. During class, you will learn new concepts, have opportunities to engage with classmates and the facilitator, and participate in reflective exercises.

Course Fee:
UBC Alumni: $149
General Admission: $199

The Art of Adaptive Leadership

The Adaptive Leadership framework is a practical toolkit that helps leaders and organizations adapt and thrive in complex, rapidly changing environments. At its core, the framework assists in providing leaders the insights and resilience to become more effective by engaging others in challenging work, particularly when facing complex organizational and/or interpersonal challenges. It builds capacity within organizations by mobilizing people to ask deeper questions and do adaptive work.

In this interactive session, Adel Gamar will uncover how adaptive leadership can help individuals and organizations learn anew and thrive in competitive professional environments.

Date: Wednesday, February 26, 2020
Time: 7:30-9:30 am
Location: UBC Robson Square Theatre (C300), 800 Robson Street, Vancouver, BC

UBC Alumni: $20
UBC Sauder Executive Education Alumni: $20
UBC Students: $10
General Admission: $30

For more information on these events, or to register online, please visit

Limited Staff Professional Development Funds Remaining for 2019-20

As we approach the March 31 fiscal year end, we ask that you encourage staff in your departments to check their available professional development funds before submitting a claim.

Please note there is limited funding available for remainder of 2019-20 fiscal year for a number of employee groups. Prior to making a PD related purchase, staff are encouraged to check their respective employee group PD Fund webpage (links below) for updates on the funding pool balance.

As a reminder, staff access to funding is based on UBC employee group affiliation. Staff are welcome to make PD claims on a first-come, first-served basis until their applicable funding pool is exhausted or by the end of the fiscal year, whichever comes sooner.

Notes about funds for (Fiscal Year 2019-20)

We anticipate that the  M&P (AAPS) PD Fund  will exhaust by January 24. The CUPE 2950 PD Fund and the  Non-Union TRA PD Fund  have  already exhausted and are no longer accepting staff PD expense claims for the current funding year.

It is expected that the other employee group PD Fund budgets will be able to accommodate PD claim requests until the March 31 year-end.

The amount available for individuals to claim depends on the employee group, as each group has its own individual maximum claim amount and annual funding pool. Staff PD funds are available for the following employee groups:

If an employee group’s funding pool runs out of money prior to March 31, no further PD claims will be accepted for reimbursement in the current funding year. Claims will be accepted again in the next fiscal year.

These are annual funding pools designed to support UBC employees with staff appointments to pursue professional development opportunities that will enhance their skills, knowledge and ongoing career growth at UBC.

Questions? Please contact

Featured Focus on People story: Career development program helps build a sense of community for new faculty at UBC

Hear from Emily Renoe, Senior Educational Consultant at UBC’s Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT), and learn about the Teaching Development Program (TDP) for New Faculty. The program, developed by CTLT, is helping those who are new to teaching build a foundation for their careers.

Currently hosting its first cohort of 38 faculty members from UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan, this pilot professional development program creates opportunities for faculty to connect across the university and to develop the specific skills they need to thrive.

Check out our latest Focus on People story to learn more!

Share your stories

Are you working on initiatives that support the Focus on People 2025 framework? Would you like to spread the word about them? Reach out to Monique Rodrigues, Focus on People Project & Communications Coordinator, to share your ideas.

Register now for HR professional development workshops in 2020

Interested in professional development in 2020? Check out our professional development workshops in January and February to get started:

If you are interested in these courses, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Note: If you are logged into HRMS, the above links may not work in your browser. Please try in a different browser or a new private window.

PD workshop: Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills: Oct. 30

We are hosting Foundations of Workplace Coaching Skills, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who want to take a coach approach with their colleagues and direct reports.

In this workshop, you will:

  • Understand what a coach approach means, the key principles and what is a coaching mindset
  • Understand how coaching skills complement and strengthen your wider communication skills
  • Be able to distinguish between coaching and mentoring/counselling/consulting/advising
  • Understand the structure of a coaching conversation
  • Be able to engage in fundamental coaching skills
  • Be able to identify where, when and how you can use coaching in your work at UBC
  • Be able to discern coachable moments, and identify when coaching is not the best form of communication

Course information

Date: Oct. 30, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $350
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Update on Non-Union TRA PD fund

The 2019/20 Professional Development Fund for Non-Union Technicians & Research Assistants (TRA) has limited funding remaining and is expected to run out in the next week. When the funding pool balance reaches zero, all staff individual balances will expire and no further PD expense claims will be accepted for the current fund year.

On Oct. 1, a message was sent to all Non-Union Technicians and Research Assistants by Human Resources to inform them of the remaining availability.

If you receive any questions about this matter from staff in your unit, please direct them to the TRA PD webpage or contact our PD Funds team at

PD workshop: CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success: Oct. 23

We are hosting CliftonStrengths® Discovery: Your Unique Strengths and Strategies for Your Success, a one-day workshop designed for individuals who wish to identify what they do best and how to maximize their potential by using CliftonStrengths.

In this workshop, you will learn:

  • Discover how to make a difference by doing more of what you naturally do best
  • Acquire tools and insights that will help you apply your strengths to achieve greater productivity, engagement and happiness
  • Understand how all of your CliftonStrengths themes, separately or together, influence your work and personal life
  • Develop strategies to help you use your strongest CliftonStrengths to accomplish specific targets, goals and aspirations
  • Think about how you can combine your talents with others to achieve greater success

Course information

Date: Oct. 23, 2019, 9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Location: TEF III, Room 610 [map]
Cost: $375
Register online

If you are interested in this course, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

Supporting career development at UBC

As part of your role as a manager/administrator at UBC, there is a lot you can do to support your staff with their career and professional development goals. As we launch into the new academic year, here are some resources you can share with staff and faculty in your department to help them plan their professional development for the year.

Professional Development Funds

UBC is committed to providing staff and faculty with improved access to professional development opportunities, through access to professional development funds. Please select your employee group to learn more about the funds available to you.


Professional Development Workshops

Human Resources holds several professional development workshops throughout the year, available to staff and faculty. Please see our catalog to learn about the PD workshops coming up this fall.

Eligible staff and faculty can apply to use their PD funding for these workshops.

LinkedIn Learning

LinkedIn Learning offers an online collection of self-guided instructional videos designed to provide staff and faculty with just-in-time resources to assist in a variety of areas, including updating software skills, learning new technology tools, and enhancing workplace business practices.

UBC provides faculty and staff with free and unlimited access to LinkedIn Learning’s learning resources. To start using LinkedIn Learning, visit and sign in with your CWL.

Tuition Waivers

Staff in most employee groups have access to UBC tuition waivers for credit courses, and for non-credit courses at UBC Extended Learning (as well as select Sauder School of Business Continuing Business Studies courses). Please visit the Tuition Waiver page for your employment group to learn full details:

Career Navigation

Our Career Navigation consultant offers support to staff who wish to enhance their professional experience by exploring and using the many opportunities for growth within UBC. Interested staff can visit our Career Navigation services page to learn more.

New PD workshops this fall

HR is hosting several professional development workshops this fall at the Vancouver campus:

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

CTLT Summer Institute 2019: Aug. 19-29 & Sept. 4-6

Interested in teaching, learning or technology? The UBC CTLT Summer Institute features more than 30 free workshops for educators on topics such as open education, student wellbeing, learning analytics, and more. This year’s Institute runs Aug. 19-29, and Sept. 4-6. View the full schedule of events and learn more at

New PD workshops this August

HR is hosting two professional envelopment workshops this August:

Discovering Personal Effectiveness: Aug. 8 (9:00 a.m.  4:00 p.m.)

Self-awareness is at the heart of professional growth and development. By understanding ourselves, we are able to better connect with others, create meaningful relationships at work, improve our personal leadership and be more effective in our communications.

Practical Project Management: Aug. 21-22 (9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.)

Many people are finding projects an increasing part of their workload, yet still have their ‘day job’ responsibilities. Getting your project off to the best possible start is essential for success and tackling today’s project focused environment requires a straightforward, down to earth approach. This two-day workshop provides practical, effective tools and proven processes that ensure your projects get off to a clear and solid start, ensuring they stay on track, and your deliverables are achieved on time and on budget.

If you are interested in these workshops, you may be able to use your professional development funding. Please visit the page for your employee group to learn more.