Professional Development

Please find below a list of some of the professional development resources that are available to you. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list and while we try to keep this list up-to-date, please confirm the details with the program manager as they are subject to change without notice.

AAPS Professional Development Program

The AAPS PD program offers day-long, half-day, as well as lunchtime sessions on a variety of topics to support members’ workplace development and provide opportunities for members to network with AAPS colleagues. Areas of focus include Workplace Skills, Management & Leadership Skills, and Work/Life Effectiveness. The AAPS PD Program is open to AAPS members only and there are not fees to attend the sessions. For more program information and to view upcoming sessions, please click here.

Programs by UBC HR

Managing @ UBC

If you are within the first 3 years of your current leadership role and directly manage staff, register now for Managing@UBC. The Program is flexible, tailored to you, UBC focused and is by UBC HR offered at no cost to you.

How the Program works for managers and directors:

Managing@UBC is a 12 month cohort based program that supports you in in your role. This self-directed program is founded on a leadership framework that allows you to identify which skills you want to strengthen and then develop a customized learning curriculum to achieve your stated goals. You will be able to access a wide range of resources – from UBC online learning modules to one-on-one coaching and workshops – to support you on your learning. Whatever your focus may be, you will get support in handling your personal goals, role obligations, unit’s day-to-day operations, and the University’s environment.

For more information, please read the program overview.

If you are interested, contact Leadership Program Manager Chantal Duke at or 604 822 4197. If you are based at Okanagan Campus please contact Laurie Mills  250 807 9814.

Coaching @ UBC

Have you ever taken a PD program and thought, “this was great information, but I how do I use this in my office?” Tried to implement a process and weren’t sure how to go about it? Are you looking to make a move in your job? Or maybe everything is great with your work, but you are wondering how you can build on your strengths and interests? If you are looking to improve your leadership skills, relationships at work, or even your general enjoyment of work, perhaps coaching is the next step for you.

Coaching @ UBC offers 1-on-1 Coaching Services to AAPS members free of charge.

Click here to learn more about Coaching@UBC

Get a Coach Online Tutorials

UBC staff can access to is available at no individual charge. Current access has been extended until 2019. For more information and to sign up for access to please visit is an online collection of instructional videos designed to provide just-in-time training in a variety of areas, including:

  • Software skills development (MS Office, Adobe Suite, Blackboard – Connect at UBC, etc.)
  • Learning new technology tools (iPads, iPhones, etc.)
  • Professional business practices (leadership, time management, presentation skills, etc.)

UBC Community Leadership Program

An exciting professional development opportunity for UBC staff and employees from our corporate partners, to explore the meaning of leadership through a series of interactive, participatory workshops. Participants will learn to mentor and lead a group of UBC students who are participating in a project at a local elementary school or community organization during their Reading Week break. This hands-on approach to student learning is called community based experiential learning.

Applications are usually due in the summer. Please see the UBC Community Leadership webpage for full program details and application information.

Learning and Development at Okanagan Campus

UBC HR Okanagan hosts a variety of workshops and events. Please follow this link for a full list.

Other Professional Development Training

You can find a list of upcoming programs offered through UBC HR by visiting their webpage. If you are based at Okanagan campus, visit the UBCO HR webpage.

Professional Development Offered by Departments

Centre for Teaching, Learning and Technology (CTLT)

  • Wordpress and Wiki drop-ins
  • programs relating to education and technology
  • community of practice

Equity Office

  • programs, resources, and support

Financial Services

  • Finance Training

UBC Studios

  • DIY Studio spaces


  • community resources, programs and potential funding opportunities


Professional Development Funding through UBC

M&P Staff Professional Development Fund

The M&P Staff PD Fund is negotiated by AAPS as part of your Collective Agreement and is administered by UBC Human Resources.

Funding can be used for a wide variety of professional development activities for you professional growth in the workplace including:

  • workshops
  • courses
  • conferences
  • travel to conferences
  • professional memberships and designations (not required for your job)
  • books

Please follow this link for more information

UBC Tuition Waivers

UBC Tuition Waivers (sometimes called the Tuition Fee Benefit or Tuition Credit) have been negotiated as part of your Collective Agreement. You can put them towards approved Extended Learning, Graduate, or Undergraduate courses. You can transfer your tuition waivers to a child or spouse for undergraduate courses only. More information.

Department Funding

UBC departments are responsible for providing sufficient professional development funds for members of staff.  Each department budgets funds accordingly. AAPS members should approach the person they report to with any plans for professional development and should seek departmental funding to support those plans.  The individual funds provided for in the AAPS collective agreement are NOT a replacement for departmental PD funds. Rather the individual funds are in addition to departmental funds.

As per article 14.3.1 in the Collective Agreement, In those circumstances when the University requires an employee to have and to maintain professional accreditation as a condition of employment (such as Registered Psychologist, Medical Doctor, Chartered Accountant), the University will pay the professional accreditation fee. The M&P Fund should not be used meet this requirement.

Career Development and Networking

Programs though UBC groups:

External Groups and Resources:


Health and Wellbeing

There are a wide variety of programs and discounts available to UBC Staff to support your health and wellbeing in the workplace. A great place to start for a list of events is the Working at UBC website.