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We offer a variety of certificate programs designed for busy lifestyles.

ACE TESOL Certificate

Obtain the qualifications to teach English in Canada or abroad.

The ACE TESOL Certificate course is specifically designed to provide participants with the tools, strategies, skills, and knowledge to be successful at teaching adults in English language programs either in Canada or abroad. It is recognized by TESL Canada for TESL Canada Professional Certification Standard One. 

The program provides a strong focus on practical teaching skills and bases its coursework upon the most current teaching theory and methodologies and includes a practicum component. Course participants will improve communication and presentation skills and will increase self-confidence in their teaching abilities.  

For more information, contact 403-410-3434 or email mhannam@bowvalleycollege.ca

For fees and offering dates, visit ACE TESOL Certificate

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Course Information

The ACE TESOL Certificate program gives you practical, hands-on experience. You'll apply and develop the teaching techniques taught in the classwork through in-class teaching demonstrations, extensive feedback and an on-site practicum. This program prepares you for a career as an English Language Learning (ELL) instructor abroad or right here in Calgary.

The ACE TESOL Certificate Program is recognized by TESL Canada and can lead to the Standard One Interim certification.

For fees and offering dates, visit ACE TESOL Certificate

Requirements

Applicants must have a university degree and must also provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following: 

  • iBT - overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking, and 27 in Writing
  • IELTS Academic - 7 overall with a minimum score of 7 in each skill area
  • Graduation from a high school in Canada, including minimum English Grade 12 score of 70%
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a university where English is the language of instruction and administration

For fees and offering dates, visit ACE TESOL Certificate

Course Information

The ACE TESOL Certificate program gives you practical, hands-on experience. You'll apply and develop the teaching techniques taught in the classwork through in-class teaching demonstrations, extensive feedback and an on-site practicum. This program prepares you for a career as an English Language Learning (ELL) instructor abroad or right here in Calgary.

The ACE TESOL Certificate Program is recognized by TESL Canada and can lead to the Standard One Interim certification.

For fees and offering dates, visit ACE TESOL Certificate

Requirements

Applicants must have a university degree and must also provide evidence of English language proficiency through one of the following: 

  • iBT - overall 101 with a minimum of 23 in Listening, 24 in Reading, 27 in Speaking, and 27 in Writing
  • IELTS Academic - 7 overall with a minimum score of 7 in each skill area
  • Graduation from a high school in Canada, including minimum English Grade 12 score of 70%
  • Completion of an undergraduate degree from a university where English is the language of instruction and administration

For fees and offering dates, visit ACE TESOL Certificate

Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate

Gain practical skills to succeed in diverse Calgary workplaces.

The Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate Program is essential for anyone working in a diverse workplace. It helps develop a global perspective and mindset and offers useful tools to build intercultural sensitivity and enhance intercultural communication skills.

For more information, contact Christine Burke at 403-410-1587 or email cburke@bowvalleycollege.ca

For fees and offering dates, visit Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate Program

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Course Information

A certificate is awarded on the successful completion of the following four courses:

  • IIAD 9101 Intercultural Competence 1
  • IIAD 9102 Intercultural Competence 2
  • IIAD 9201 Supervisory Skills in Intercultural Teams
  • IIAD 9301 Indigenous Awareness: Engaging Diversity and Inclusion

Intercultural Competence 1 and 2 offer important introductory concepts that influence the underpinnings of the final two courses.

Additional Information

  • Employers may be reimbursed for up to two-thirds of the training costs through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant
  • Course fees: $295.00 per course
  • This program has been designed for facilitated online delivery. It can be modified for a workshop environment for organizations who prefer this delivery mode

Course Information

A certificate is awarded on the successful completion of the following four courses:

  • IIAD 9101 Intercultural Competence 1
  • IIAD 9102 Intercultural Competence 2
  • IIAD 9201 Supervisory Skills in Intercultural Teams
  • IIAD 9301 Indigenous Awareness: Engaging Diversity and Inclusion

Intercultural Competence 1 and 2 offer important introductory concepts that influence the underpinnings of the final two courses.

Additional Information

  • Employers may be reimbursed for up to two-thirds of the training costs through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant
  • Course fees: $295.00 per course
  • This program has been designed for facilitated online delivery. It can be modified for a workshop environment for organizations who prefer this delivery mode

Immigration Practitioner Certificate

Become a Regulated Canadian Immigrant Consultant.

Immigration is an integral part of Canadian society with thousands of people immigrating to Canada every year. With their extensive knowledge of immigration law and policy, Regulated Canadian Immigrant Consultants (RCIC) play an important role in assisting those interested in coming to Canada.

The Bow Valley College Immigration Practitioner Certificate (IPC) program provides you with the theoretical and practical knowledge required to become a Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultant.

The IPC program is accredited by the Immigration Consultants of Canada Regulatory Council (ICCRC) and has been designed to meet the specific standards outlined by the ICCRC. Successful completion of an ICCRC accredited immigration practitioner program is required to become an RCIC.

Upon successful completion of the IPC program, you will be prepared to write the ICCRC Full Skills exam which enables you to work as an RCIC.

For fees and offering dates, visit Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program.

For more information, contact the Centre's Business Development Officer at 403-410-1587 or email cburke@bowvalleycollege.ca 

Immigrants to Canada looking at low-interest loan options please contact the Immigrant Access Fund, www.iafcanada.org for eligibility information

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Course Information

The 500-hour Immigration Practitioner Certificate program includes the following seven courses delivered in a blend of in-classroom and online instruction:

  • Course 1: Introduction to Canadian Immigration Law and Policy (70 hours)
  • Course 2: Inadmissibility, Enforcement, and Removals (78 hours)
  • Course 3: Temporary Residence (74 hours)
  • Course 4: Permanent Residence - Economic Class (77 hours)
  • Course 5: Permanent Residence - Family Class, Humanitarian, and Compassionate Applications (75 hours)
  • Course 6: Refugees and Protected Persons (74 hours)
  • Course 7: Professional Immigration Practice and Ethics (70 hours)

All students are required to complete Courses 1 and 2 in succession before attending the remaining courses.

All instructors are either Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (with the ICCRC) or immigration lawyers and professionals.

For fees and offering dates, visit Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program.

Requirements

Participants of the Immigration Practitioner Certificate program must meet the following requirements:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have passed an ICCRC-approved English or French language proficiency test (Please note - this applies to all applicants, including those who speak English as a first or primary language.)
  • have successfully completed at least two years of post-secondary education or equivalent OR
  • have a minimum of two years of related work experience or equivalent
  • have access to a computer

For fees and offering dates, visit Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program.

Testimonial

"The Immigration Practitioner Certificate program (IPC) at Bow Valley College has enabled me to succeed and reach a new milestone in my legal career. The program prepared me to write the ICCRC Full Skills Exam, which I successfully passed on the first take.

I am thankful for the instructors I had, the flexibility in classes, and the superb organization of both the online and in-class components. The evening classes worked perfectly with my schedule. The program is ideal in length, worth every dollar of your money, and covers the areas of immigration law that are essential to the profession. As a successful graduate, I am thankful for this program and I highly recommend it."

-Jelena Tomasovic
Bow Valley College IPC Graduate, 2016

"I always knew the blended format offered at Bow Valley College would be the right choice. However, my experience was above all expectations. We learned from the most knowledgeable and highly respected immigration professionals in the city. I’d absolutely recommend this program to anyone considering becoming an Immigration Consultant!"

-Tamara Karagic
Bow Valley College IPC Graduate, 2016

 

Course Information

The 500-hour Immigration Practitioner Certificate program includes the following seven courses delivered in a blend of in-classroom and online instruction:

  • Course 1: Introduction to Canadian Immigration Law and Policy (70 hours)
  • Course 2: Inadmissibility, Enforcement, and Removals (78 hours)
  • Course 3: Temporary Residence (74 hours)
  • Course 4: Permanent Residence - Economic Class (77 hours)
  • Course 5: Permanent Residence - Family Class, Humanitarian, and Compassionate Applications (75 hours)
  • Course 6: Refugees and Protected Persons (74 hours)
  • Course 7: Professional Immigration Practice and Ethics (70 hours)

All students are required to complete Courses 1 and 2 in succession before attending the remaining courses.

All instructors are either Regulated Canadian Immigration Consultants (with the ICCRC) or immigration lawyers and professionals.

For fees and offering dates, visit Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program.

Requirements

Participants of the Immigration Practitioner Certificate program must meet the following requirements:

  • be a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • have passed an ICCRC-approved English or French language proficiency test (Please note - this applies to all applicants, including those who speak English as a first or primary language.)
  • have successfully completed at least two years of post-secondary education or equivalent OR
  • have a minimum of two years of related work experience or equivalent
  • have access to a computer

For fees and offering dates, visit Immigration Practitioner Certificate Program.

Testimonial

"The Immigration Practitioner Certificate program (IPC) at Bow Valley College has enabled me to succeed and reach a new milestone in my legal career. The program prepared me to write the ICCRC Full Skills Exam, which I successfully passed on the first take.

I am thankful for the instructors I had, the flexibility in classes, and the superb organization of both the online and in-class components. The evening classes worked perfectly with my schedule. The program is ideal in length, worth every dollar of your money, and covers the areas of immigration law that are essential to the profession. As a successful graduate, I am thankful for this program and I highly recommend it."

-Jelena Tomasovic
Bow Valley College IPC Graduate, 2016

"I always knew the blended format offered at Bow Valley College would be the right choice. However, my experience was above all expectations. We learned from the most knowledgeable and highly respected immigration professionals in the city. I’d absolutely recommend this program to anyone considering becoming an Immigration Consultant!"

-Tamara Karagic
Bow Valley College IPC Graduate, 2016

 

Indigenous Awareness: Engaging Diversity and Inclusion

Learn about Indigenous histories and contemporary realities in Canada

This includes relationships to the land, identities, and cultural knowledge. Explore cultural differences and basic Indigenous ways of knowing and being while examining your own worldview with a goal to promote understanding and foster inclusivity.

This is the fourth course in the Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate (non-credit).

The course is 100% online and has a peer-learning focus. Course completion is based on active participation on discussion board forums, and the submission of a final assignment which will consolidate participants’ personal experience during this course. The time commitment is typically twelve hours. 

For more information, contact 403-410-3466 or email globalaccess@bowvalleycollege.ca

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Course Information

This course is part of the Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate. The program is essential for anyone working in a diverse workplace. It helps develop a global perspective and mindset and offers useful tools to build intercultural sensitivity and enhance intercultural communication skills.

You need to complete four courses to earn the certificate. Course 1 (IIAD9101) and Course 2 (IIAD9102) are building-block courses for this certificate. We recommend learners take these two courses first. 

The development of this course was supported by:

Course Information

This course is part of the Intercultural Competencies for Leaders Certificate. The program is essential for anyone working in a diverse workplace. It helps develop a global perspective and mindset and offers useful tools to build intercultural sensitivity and enhance intercultural communication skills.

You need to complete four courses to earn the certificate. Course 1 (IIAD9101) and Course 2 (IIAD9102) are building-block courses for this certificate. We recommend learners take these two courses first. 

The development of this course was supported by:

Post-TESL Certificate Program

Online Professional Development

Overview

The Post-TESL Certificate Program is an online professional development opportunity for ELL practitioners. It addresses a need for targeted, in-depth post-TESL professional development for ELL practitioners who are working with newcomers. Six fully online courses are offered in the program.

Professional Learning

The Post-TESL Certificate Program focuses on enhancing the instructional skills of ELL practitioners who have completed their TESL training and are working in the field of ELL. Each four-week course is fully online, facilitated by subject matter experts, and provides the opportunity to connect with other practitioners in the field. Course content is designed to increase instructor knowledge and encourage practical application in the ELL classroom.​

Certificate

A variety of courses are offered in the Post-TESL Certificate Program. Participants can enroll in the courses that best fit their professional development needs and interests. Participants who successfully complete four post-TESL courses will receive a post-TESL certificate.​

Post-TESL Courses

Participate in upcoming workshops & webinars

The School of Global Access is offering a series of post-TESL professional development courses. Each post-TESL course is designed to deepen subject matter knowledge, enhance instructional skills, and encourage connection amongst ELL practitioners. Each four-week course is:

  • Cohort-based and fully online
  • Delivered asynchronously
  • Facilitated by subject matter experts
  • Applicable to a variety of contexts, including LINC
  • Designed for ELL practitioners who have completed TESL training or are working in an ELL environment

Participants who complete four post-TESL courses will receive a post-TESL certificate.

Course fees: $295.00 per course

The post-TESL courses include:

  • ESL Literacy Material Design
  • Strategies for Teaching Refugees
  • Teaching in Multilevel Contexts
  • Inclusive Teaching Practices
  • Teaching English for the Workplace
  • Task-based Language Teaching in the Canadian Context

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Course Participant Feedback

“I strongly believe that this training will provide me with the necessary tools to maximize resources and be able to develop and create more effective materials to support my teachers and the students in our program.”

“This course was pivotal in reshaping how I feel about my teaching and how I need to adapt my practice to ESL Adult Literacy learners.”

“I am much better informed about practical strategies for engaging in trauma informed practice in the classroom and how incorporating these strategies will help my refugee learners be successful.”

“I am much more cognizant of the situation of refugees in my classroom. I’m definitely on the right path now. Thanks!” “It was an incredibly valuable course. I think it should be a required course for all ESL / LINC instructors.”

Course Information

ESL Literacy Material Design

This course will support you to create effective learning materials for ESL literacy learners. You will explore principles of effective material design, engage with hands-on and text-based materials, and apply what you have learned to create learning material.

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

This course will introduce you to ten strategies for effectively meeting the needs of refugee learners and creating inclusive classrooms for all. You will examine the impact of trauma on learning and identify strategies for creating a safe physical learning environment.

Teaching in Multilevel Contexts

This course will introduce you to highly practical strategies and approaches for differentiating and scaffolding reading and writing tasks for learners at different language proficiency levels.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

This course will introduce you to inclusive teaching practices to better meet the needs of English language learners. You will examine concepts and strategies that help create inclusive learning and teaching environments.

Teaching English for the Workplace

This course will introduce you to considerations in the selection of materials, key teaching points, and methods of instructional practice to effectively and appropriately support workplace soft skill development.

Task-Based Language Teaching in the Canadian Context

This course will explore task-based language teaching within the context of competencies and communicative teaching approaches. You will examine task-based language teaching, the integration of language knowledge into tasks, effective assessment of task-based learning, and implementation of task-based learning in real-world classrooms.

Course Participant Feedback

“I strongly believe that this training will provide me with the necessary tools to maximize resources and be able to develop and create more effective materials to support my teachers and the students in our program.”

“This course was pivotal in reshaping how I feel about my teaching and how I need to adapt my practice to ESL Adult Literacy learners.”

“I am much better informed about practical strategies for engaging in trauma informed practice in the classroom and how incorporating these strategies will help my refugee learners be successful.”

“I am much more cognizant of the situation of refugees in my classroom. I’m definitely on the right path now. Thanks!” “It was an incredibly valuable course. I think it should be a required course for all ESL / LINC instructors.”

Course Information

ESL Literacy Material Design

This course will support you to create effective learning materials for ESL literacy learners. You will explore principles of effective material design, engage with hands-on and text-based materials, and apply what you have learned to create learning material.

Strategies for Teaching Refugees

This course will introduce you to ten strategies for effectively meeting the needs of refugee learners and creating inclusive classrooms for all. You will examine the impact of trauma on learning and identify strategies for creating a safe physical learning environment.

Teaching in Multilevel Contexts

This course will introduce you to highly practical strategies and approaches for differentiating and scaffolding reading and writing tasks for learners at different language proficiency levels.

Inclusive Teaching Practices

This course will introduce you to inclusive teaching practices to better meet the needs of English language learners. You will examine concepts and strategies that help create inclusive learning and teaching environments.

Teaching English for the Workplace

This course will introduce you to considerations in the selection of materials, key teaching points, and methods of instructional practice to effectively and appropriately support workplace soft skill development.

Task-Based Language Teaching in the Canadian Context

This course will explore task-based language teaching within the context of competencies and communicative teaching approaches. You will examine task-based language teaching, the integration of language knowledge into tasks, effective assessment of task-based learning, and implementation of task-based learning in real-world classrooms.