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.

Below you can find information on all our resources. Use the links to jump to the section you are interested in:


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 through a blend of scheduled in-class and online delivery methods. 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 Excel – Introduction (COMP 9301)

March 10 – March 31, 2020 – Tuesdays & Thursdays 1:30 PM - 4:30 PM


QuickBooks Introduction (ACCT 9401)

March 10 – March 31, 2020 – Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Financial Accounting – Intermediate (ACCT 9102)

Apr 2 – May 19, 2020 – Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


Budget and Financial Reports (ACCT 9201)

May 21 – July 7, 2020 – Tuesdays & Thursdays 5:30 PM – 8:30 PM


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Entrepreneur Supports

Our project to develop the NEW Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre will be guided by the needs of local business owners. Your input will help us design programming, events and initiatives and a future hub for business owners to connect, launch, and thrive. 

Learn more about The Airdrie Entrepreneur Centre

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

How to use analytics to increase sales

Your website and social media platforms contain valuable nuggets of data that can help you identify who is buying your product or service, what they want more of, and where to find new ideal customers who are likely to buy.

Want to arm your business with a set of key data tools to grow sales and save your time and money?

Enter local entrepreneur and data nerd Steph Todd (Meal Plan Addict & Airdrie Girl Eats), who quite honestly is one of the most Internet-famous people in Airdrie! She’ll be sharing her how-to’s, applying them to a local business case study and providing you with exercises to immediately apply what you are learning.


Key takeaways include:

  • Understanding who your customers actually are so you can generate more sales.
  • Using data to target your marketing effectively and not waste money and time.
  • Learn how to decide where to spend your time, and what to let go of in your business to let you grow!

Tuesday, January 28 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm


Click here to register


Tax guidance seminar for sole proprietors

Taxes are not the most fun presentation topic, but it can save a small business owner a lot of money!

This free event is offered by the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) and designed to help small business owners navigate the tax environment they will face. The presentation will go over the essentials of small business tax for sole proprietors, and will also cover the most notable recent tax changes.

During this seminar, the CRA Liaison Officer will:

  • Explain common tax errors
  • Demonstrate how to use financial benchmarks for relevant industries
  • Provide information on the CRA’s services
  • Explain general bookkeeping concepts and best practices 

Wednesday, February 5 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm
Click here to register

Introduction to social enterprise (presented by Business Link)

We’ve heard of business as a way of doing well for ourselves, but how about as a tool for doing good in our communities? Join us to explore the exciting world of social enterprise. In this workshop, we’ll lay the foundations for a strong understanding of social entrepreneurship; what it is, and how it can be leveraged to create innovative social change.


Thursday, February 13 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

Click here to register


Start up 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, March 12 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

Click here to register


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, April 23 | 10:00 am – 12:00 pm

FREE + optional Ask A Business Advisor appointments after the session

Click here to register


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Practical Nurse Diploma (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 Diploma 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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

Have a question? Want to apply? Call, email, or visit the campus!


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