Flexible, local programs

You have goals. We can help you achieve them. Bow Valley College provides training that gets you ready for the work force. Our Airdrie campus offers a variety of credit and non-credit programs. Upgrade your skills, start a new career path, or finish high school. Right here in your community.


Employee Edge Business & Computer Training

In today’s job market, the deciding factor for employers often comes down to a candidates’ ideal mix of technical and soft skills. Take one or all of the courses and workshops below…and get the EDGE.

All courses are offered at the Airdrie Campus in a traditional classroom setting with an onsite instructor. Registration closes 24-48 hours before the course starts, or sooner if the course is full. Register for each course individually using the links below and choose the Airdrie location to secure your seat. Courses may be used toward several Bow Valley College Continuing Education Certificates.

Microsoft Word – Introduction (COMP 9201)

Sept 23-Oct 9, 2019 – Mon/Wed 12:30 – 16:00

Microsoft Excel – Introduction (COMP 9301)

Sept 23-Oct 9, 2019 – Mon/Wed 17:00 – 20:30

Financial Accounting – Introduction (ACCT 9101)

Oct 15-Nov 21, 2019 – Tues/Thurs 17:00 – 20:30

Administrative Skills Fundamentals (ADMN 9203)

Oct 15-Oct 31, 2019 – Tues/Thurs 12:30 – 16:00


COMING SOON – Employee Edge Workshops (Soft Skills), Time Management Strategies and Effective Business Writing.

Entrepreneur Supports

The Airdrie campus is proud to host a series of Entrepreneurial Workshops in Fall 2019. Use the links provided below to register.

Upcoming Programs/Workshops/Events

Introduction to the business financing landscape (presented by Business Link)

Looking for financing for your startup or growing business? Curious about what options are out there? Join us for this workshop on everything financing for small business! Learn about the difference between debt and equity, the truth about grants, what funders look for, alternative financing options, and more. 


Thursday, September 26 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

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Business @ Breakfast: Sales for startups and small businesses

DO YOU: Find it hard to differentiate yourself? Struggle to capture people’s interest? Hate chasing opportunities that don’t close? Wish you knew the #1 reason people don’t buy? Want to reach your ideal customer at exactly the right time? If you answered yes to any of the above then join this breakfast session as Canada’s top sales expert (#15 globally on LinkedIn’s list of top 50 B2B Sales Experts) comes to Airdrie to share his sales secrets.


Tuesday, October 1 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am


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Startup steps (presented by Business Link)

Have an idea and considering starting your own business? In this workshop, we will help you discover if entrepreneurship is right for you and show you how to take your idea and make it a reality. We will help you assess whether your idea is viable, as well as provide you with the tools, resources and guidance to help you along the way. You will learn the steps you need to take to start your business.


Thursday, October 10 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

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Business @ Breakfast: Cross Promotion 101 – Smart ideas for better business partnerships

Build your business through cross-promotion and effective business partnerships! Cross-promotion is an advertising technique when you use your business partner’s channels to promote your product or service and allow them to use yours to market theirs. In this workshop, you’ll hear from three local business owners (Michelle Carre @ The Carre Group of Redline Real Estate, Megan Lockhart @ Hello Life Academy, Naomi Keane @ oranj fitness) who are creating value for both their customers and their partner’s customers through effective business partnerships.


Thursday, October 17 | 8:30 am – 10:00 am


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#Success Stories: Business growth and moving beyond your home office

It’s a nerve-racking question for business owners – is it time to move my business operations from my home to a commercial business space? Taking this step at the right time means your business has officially evolved from hobby to commercial success. Wait too long and you could be holding your business back. Do it too soon and you could temporarily stunt your business’ growth.

In this storytelling event, local business owner Jacqui Jepson (Pink Wand Cleaning Services) will share her personal experience with ‘moving on and moving up’.


Tuesday, October 29 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


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Customer service excellence

Competition is fierce in the marketplace and often the real difference between success and failure is the level of service you provide. As an employee your knowledge in dealing with customers can provide you with valuable skills and enhanced employability. This workshop will help you identify the role you can play in helping an employer execute their customer relations strategy. You will also learn how you can effectively deal with difficult customers, and how you can play a role in setting and executing a high level of customer service standards. By the end of the day you will have acquired new customer service skills which will help you in your current and future employment.


Tuesday, November 5 | 9:00 am – 4:00 pm


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Develop a business idea or pivot your business model using the business model canvas (presented by Business Link)

Ever wondered what it takes to get a business off the ground? Learn how to utilize the Business Model Canvas to develop your idea or transform an existing one. In this workshop, you will learn how to use this visual chart to describe, design, challenge and pivot your business model.


Thursday, November 7 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

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Introduction to market research (presented by Business Link)

Have you ever struggled with market research for your business? Learn the basics of market research and how to go about it in this introductory workshop! Market research can help you gain insight into your industry, competition, and target market, and help you create effective strategies for starting your business. Get information on Business Link’s market research resources that you can access for free!


Thursday, December 5 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

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Practical Nurse (5 Term) - January 2020 (Accepting Applications)

There are many opportunities to use skills as a Practical Nurse, including child care, maternity nursing, community health, mental wellness, seniors care and medicine. The Practical Nurse program is a recognized and popular program for prospective health care providers.

Please contact the Airdrie campus at 403-355-1910 or bvcairdrie@bowvalleycollege.ca for more details about the next intake.  Please note that you must be a resident of Airdrie or the surrounding rural community; we do not accept applicants from Calgary.

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Airdrie Campus.

Early Childhood Education & Development Certificate – (Applications Closed)

Program Description
You can make a difference in the lives of children, families, and communities. The 1 year (3 term)
Early Childhood Education and Development (ECED) Certificate program prepares you to provide quality child care in a wide variety of settings and plan emergent play experiences for the children in your care. You will gain knowledge of child development, family dynamics, play, and program planning that will equip you to support the healthy development of children through child-center learning experiences.

Delivery options

The ECED Certificate program in Airdrie is offered during the evenings and weekends in a traditional classroom setting with an onsite instructor, plus a weekly online course.
This program combines theory and practice and graduates are eligible for Child Development Worker certification from Alberta Human Services.(formerly Level II)
Please note that this certificate is also the first year of the Early Childhood & Education Diploma (formerly Level III).

Applications for this program must be submitted in-person to the Airdrie campus. Please contact the campus for information on the next intake.

GED Preparation

Get the skills to challenge the official GED tests. When you pass these tests, you will earn a High School Equivalency Diploma. GED Prep is offered in a classroom at the Airdrie campus, and the GED official exams are written at the downtown Calgary campus.

Tuesday and Thursday
5:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.

In partnership with Rocky View Adult Learning, some funding may be available for this program. Please contact the Airdrie Campus for next intake dates.

Upgrading Programs

High School-Anytime Online Learning (ATOL) offers a flexible opportunity to take the courses you need to further your education. Online Bow Valley College students can book space to work on their courses and write their exams at the Airdrie Campus. Please contact us for more details.

English Language classes

Language Instruction for Newcomers to Canada

LINC class, Levels 4 to 6
Tuesday and Thursday
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m.
Permanent residents and Convention refugees are eligible for this course.
Please contact the Airdrie Campus for more information or to register for this class.

Canadian Language Benchmark Testing

Bow Valley College partners with ILVARC and the Government of Canada to offer Canadian Language Benchmark (CLB) testing at the Airdrie campus.
CLB testing is available at 9:00 a.m., 11:00 a.m. or 1:00 p.m.   
Please contact the Airdrie Campus to inquire about next available dates and book your CLB testing time.

Community Collaboration

Bow Valley College in Airdrie is pleased to work with other local organizations to support community initiatives.

Please contact the campus with any education requests, whether for yourself, your organization or your business.  We would love to hear what our community wants to learn!

Campus Location

Provincial Courthouse
#121, 104 - 1st Avenue N.W.
Airdrie, AB T4B 0R2

Hours: Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 4:30 pm
Phone: (403) 355-1910
Email: bvcairdrie@bowvalleycollege.ca

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