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Education & Career Planning, Certificate

Formerly known as Building Employment Success for Tomorrow (BEST).

Join a tuition-free, online, instructor-led program that will help you design your own education and career path. 

Program at a glance

Credential

Certificate

Area of Study

Upgrading & Preparatory

Study options

Online

Work experience

None

Open to International

Yes

Length

7 weeks

At a glance image

A Camosun student using the computers in the library

Find your education and career direction

“If you are wondering what to do with your life, Education & Career Planning is the perfect venue to help give you focus, at any stage of your life: just out of high school, making a career transition, or wanting to make the most of your golden years.”

- Rodger Dunn, EDCP graduate on the path to a Diploma in Kinesiology

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Explore and plan your education and career path within an online community.

Explore and design your education and career pathway

EDCP is a seven week, onlinetuition-free education and career exploration program that will help you develop a realistic awareness of your interests, abilities and potential, and increase your self confidence. You'll learn about work-search strategies and current labour-market trends, and you’ll have the opportunity to set personal, career, and educational goals.

Do you need a laptop to take this online program? Borrow one from the Camosun library--while supplies last!

Why EDCP?

EDCP welcomes adult learners, at any stage of life, to explore educational and career opportunities in a diverse and changing world. This program will help you:

  • Clarify your values, interests, skills, strengths and preferred work environment in relation to choosing a career or job
  • Increase your knowledge of educational resources, programs and community relationships
  • Learn innovative work-search strategies, research current labour market trends and create informed educational, career and life goals
  • Strengthen communication, teamwork, self-confidence and a growth mindset for success in today’s workplace and in daily life
  • Prepare for and practice interviews and create an up-to-date resume
  • Be inspired through meeting others: classmates who are also finding their direction, guest speakers and key contacts in your educational and career fields of curiosity
  • Design a concrete and specific personalized education and career plan

As a grad, you’ll have a plan to take the next steps to your education and career success.

What you'll learn

EDCP is a seven week, onlinetuition-free education and career exploration program that will help you develop a realistic awareness of your interests, abilities and potential, and increase your self confidence. You'll learn about work-search strategies and current labour-market trends, and you’ll have the opportunity to set personal, career, and educational goals.

Program outline

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Program outline

If you have a question please contact, Allyson Butt, butta@camosun.ca, 250-370-4934. 

A young man standing in the Library looking at Algebra textbook

Common questions

What if I don’t have a computer?

Camosun library lends out laptops; you can apply to borrow one for the full 7 weeks of the program.

What if I don’t have internet access?

Camosun library lends out mobile hotspots that provide Shaw Internet; you can apply to borrow one for the full 7 weeks of the program

How many class hours per week?

The program requires a commitment of seven weeks:

  • Six (6) hours per week in a virtual classroom (Tues, Weds, Thurs, Fri 9:00-10:30 am)
  • 14 hours per week in self-directed study, on your own schedule

Can International students sign up for EDCP?

Yes. EDCP welcomes International students but it is important to note this program of study does not meet the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) criteria for an Off-campus Work program or a Post-graduation Work Permit (PGWP) program. International tuition fees will apply. 

International students should contact Camosun International for more information.

Do I need to come on campus?

No, the program is fully online. You can attend the virtual classes and do your readings and assignments from the comfort of your home.

How do I apply?

Before applying to EDCP, you must first attend a mandatory information session. Information sessions are conducted individually, over the phone.

To book your information session, email Allyson Butt, butta@camosun.ca or phone 250-370-4934.

Tuition and fees

Effective from September 1, 2022, to August 31, 2023

For domestic students, 0-level courses in the Education & Career Planning Certificate are tuition-free.

For International students visit: International Tuition & Fees.

Student fees

In addition, student fees are calculated based on your enrolment. Refer to: Student Fees.

Financial assistance

The Adult Upgrading Grant (AUG) covers student fees, deposit, tuition (if applicable), required textbooks and childcare support for eligible students enrolled in 0-level upgrading courses.

You may need to find more than one source of funding to help pay for your education and living costs while attending college. Check out sources of money you don't need to pay back as well as those that need to be repaid.

Financial Aid & Awards

Curriculum & courses

Start in September, November, January or March

The next programs run: 

  • Nov 1 - Dec 16, 2022
  • Jan 10 - Feb 24, 2023
  • Mar 7 - Apr 21, 2023

Book an info session

To be admitted to EDCP, you must first attend a mandatory information session. These sessions are conducted by phone.

To set up your phone appointment, email Allyson Butt, butta@camosun.ca or phone 250-370-4934.

Allyson will detail how to apply and get you registered.

For more details, including courses, please see the program outline in the Academic Calendar.

Related links

Our teaching staff

Our instructors are experienced, inspiring and supportive of each student's individual journey.

Faculty/staff profile

Diane Gilliland

Diane Gilliland

Instructor, EDCP

I first began working at Camosun as an instructional assistant in the School of Access before returning to university to complete my master's degree i ...

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Faculty/staff profile

Allyson Butt

Allyson Butt

Instructional Assistant, EDCP

I value variety in my workday, and appreciate the diversity of students who bring their full selves to the Education & Career Planning Program (ED ...

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Interurban Campus

Adult Upgrading Grant

If you're attending Camosun in one of the School of Access programs you may be eligible to have your tuition, deposit and fees paid.

Contact information

Allyson Butt, Instructional Assistant

We want to hear from you!

250–370–4934

butta@camosun.ca

 

International Admissions

International students please contact International Admissions