Career + Personal Education

Career + Personal Education (CPE) at UBC aims to expand career-applied and academic offerings for working professionals and students of all ages and backgrounds.


To provide content, expertise and networks that help learners transform their lives, careers and communities.


To support lifelong learning through effective and accessible programs and courses that connect UBC excellence with the community: learners, employers, and society at large.

Read the CPE Strategy

What is CPE?

Career and Personal Education (CPE) is the second pillar in UBC’s Flexible Learning strategy and marks the next step in the university’s commitment to enhancing the quality, relevance and reach of our academic offerings.

The benefits of CPE include:

  • Improving support to and engagement with UBC alumni
  • Bringing UBC excellence to the community
  • Improving outcomes and experiences for non-traditional UBC students of all ages
  • Providing new scope to reinvest in UBC research, education and services


1. Transforming Continuing Studies into UBC Extended Learning

Effective July 1, 2017, Continuing Studies will become UBC Extended Learning. UBC ExL will build on the strengths of CS and continue to provide lifelong learning, but with an enhanced mandate to support faculties in growing and expanding UBC’s offerings related to career-applied education.

2. Supporting faculties in growing applied graduate programs

There is an increasing demand for professionally focussed graduate-level degree programs. CPE supports faculties in developing these new programs, which include:

3. Supporting UBC involvement with edX

EdX is a non-profit online education consortium founded by MIT and Harvard; UBC is a contributing charter member.

UBC has launched a number of online (primarily career progression) courses on the edX continuing education platform (free and paid). This offers UBC the opportunity to experiment with different models of CPE certification, modularity and recruitment. Online delivery is increasingly a structural imperative in CPE.



Simon Bates, Associate-Provost, Teaching and Learning

Tel: 604-822-9164




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