Competency-Based Education


Intro To A Transformative Education Model For Reskilling & Upskilling

Applications are now open

Media Release  
April 20, 2021


Calgary – Bow Valley College is pleased to announce the launch of a new suite of courses through an innovative Competency-Based Education (CBE) model. After receiving ministry approval, applications are now open for a new Cloud Computing Post-Diploma CertificateThe college is also accepting students in its redeveloped Data Management Analytics (DMA) Post-Diploma Certificate. Both programs will be available starting in January 2022 and will function underCompetency-Based Education principles a first in Alberta.  


What is Competency-Based Education?


The CBE model of delivery puts students at the centre of their own learning, allowing them to chart their courses at a speed that works best for them. When students begin their educational journey at Bow Valley College, they will go through an assessment to uncover skills they already have. They will then receive a custom learning pathway which will help them acquire knowledge in the gaps that remain. Classes will take placeonline in real-time, or online anytime at an individual’s pace and ability. This will allow students to keep working while upskilling to earn a promotion or move onto their next career.   


“We are hearing a lot about Calgary’s new economy and a need to reskill and upskill successful, experienced workers who have been laid off, or those who are looking to fill gaps in their knowledge. Bow Valley College believes Competency-Based Education is an efficient solution that recognizes hard-earned work experience while helping people expand their skills to position themselvesas stand-out candidatesin our ever-expanding digital world.” -Dr. Misheck Mwaba, President and CEO, Bow Valley College.  


Students will use feedback from each competency assessment to guide their personal development with support from their instructor, academic advisor, and other staff across the college. This bold, innovative, and flexible delivery is an excellent alternative to the traditional classroom setting for people who want to reskill or upskill. Competency-Based Education is a great option with the potential to both save time and be a cost-effective way to achieve one’s academic goals and be job-ready for in-demand industries.  


The Executive Director for the Institute for Competency-Based Education at Texas A&M University-Commerce was thrilled to hear that Bow Valley College received government approval to move forward with this education model


“CBE at Texas A&M University-Commerce is accomplishing its value proposition to significantly reduce both time and costs for its growing base of adult learners coming back to finish their degree. CBE at Bow Valley College will allow its diverse student population to reskill or upskill to advance in their careers or pivot into a new field in which students will see a rapid return on investment.” -Carlos River, Executive Director for Institute of Competency-Based Education.  


Cloud Computing.


Students can apply now to obtain their post-diploma certificate in Cloud Computing. This program is ideal for someone currently working in the Information Technology (IT) field but wants to transition to work in a cloud environment. This is a high-growth industry with more and more businesses moving to the cloud, reducing hardware through cloud infrastructure. Students will learn to develop and implement cloud systems and applications. They will also build coding skills and applied systems management skills.  


Data Management Analytics (DMA).


Calgary is shifting to a digital economy and Bow Valley College wants to be a trailblazer in this new frontier. Recognizing there is a need for more data knowledge, students can apply now to achieve a post-diploma certificate in Data Management Analytics (DMA). Students will gain valuable tools necessary to help companies make better use of their resources to find efficiencies.  


More information.


Competency-Based Education at Bow Valley College will shape the future of college education. To learn more about this exciting direction,view a video about CBE at Bow Valley College here.


For any interested media, please contact:


Shannon van Leenen  
Media Relations Officer
Bow Valley College
403-671-3274 Mobile  


About Bow Valley College  


Calgary and region’s largest Comprehensive Community College with 17,500 full- and part-time students, Bow Valley College is a leader in business, health, community studies, technology, adult upgrading, and English language learning. We provide career programming that will get you the skills and confidence you need to get a job in the most in-demand industries in Calgary, Alberta, and Canada. 


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