Continuing Education Compared to Open Studies


What is Continuing Education at Bow Valley College?
Continuing Education at Bow Valley College generally provides advanced competencies and/or certification in selected occupations. Durations for completion can vary between courses.

Learners are responsible for course fees upon enrolment. Continuing Education courses, in most cases, are not eligible for student loans. Unless otherwise stated, all continuing education courses are ‘non-credit’ and fees do not include GST.

Continuing Education courses and certificates may have academic and language requirements when registering, but academic requirements are generally not validated prior to enrolment.

For employers investing in employee education and training, financial assistance may be available through the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

The successful completion of a Continuing Education course may be recognized for credit through Bow Valley College credit transfer or through recognition of prior learning processes. However, learners interested in a credit certificate or diploma are strongly recommended to enrol in Open Studies.

What is Open Studies at Bow Valley College?
Open Studies at Bow Valley Colllege is for learners who intend to complete a credit certificate or diploma or want to take academic courses for personal lifelong learning.

Learners who have not yet been accepted to a credit certificate or diploma program at the College may enrol in select courses within those programs if they meet the academic and language requirements. Successful completion will provide advanced credit to learners once registered in the credit program.

Open Studies allows an opportunity for learners to:
• Obtain advanced standing credits in a Bow Valley College Post-secondary
program.
• Explore post-secondary program areas at Bow Valley College prior to
making a commitment to a specific program.
• Enrol in a course of general interest without intent of applying
to a certificate or diploma. 
• Enrol as a visiting student – currently enrolled at another post-secondary
institution with a letter of permission.

Open Studies learners must apply for acceptance. Once accepted, learners may register in Bow Valley College credit courses. Applicants to Open Studies must meet the English language proficiency requirements in order to be admitted.

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