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.


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.


Administrative Skills Fundamentals (ADMN 9203)

Jan 14 – Feb 4, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 17:30 – 20:30


Financial Accounting – Introduction (ACCT 9101)

Jan 21 – Mar 5, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 17:30 – 20:30


Microsoft Excel – Introduction (COMP 9301)

Mar 10 – Mar 31, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 13:30 - 16:30


QuickBooks Introduction (ACCT 9401)

Mar 10 – Mar 31, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 17:30 – 20:30


Financial Accounting – Intermediate (ACCT 9102)

Apr 2 – May 19, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 17:30 – 20:30


Budget and Financial Reports (ACCT 9201)

May 21 – Jul 7, 2020 – Tues/Thurs 17:30 – 20:30

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

Learn to decode your financial information to make informed decisions

If your company’s finances are a bit of a mystery to you, you’re not alone. Many entrepreneurs wonder about their businesses’ financial health: they’re unsure what to make of seemingly conflicting information such as sales being up but not profits, or why their business looks successful on paper but not in their bank account. Effective financial management and cash flow analysis will support business growth and decision making. This workshop will provide tools and knowledge to help entrepreneurs understand and proactively manage their company’s finances.


Thursday, November 20 | 1:00 pm – 2:30 pm


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Marketing 101: Tried, tested and LOCAL strategies to attract and retain customers

Build your business marketing plan with tried, tested and LOCAL strategies to attract and retain customers. In this workshop, you’ll hear from four local entrepreneurs who are finding success in our community including PUSH Cycling Studios, Tara Molina Real Estate, oranj fitness and Switchback Creative. 


Tuesday, November 26 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


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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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Fireside Chat: How to build a saleable business

In order to increase the probability of a successful sale, entrepreneurs need to develop a roadmap for transition. Whether a sale is near-term or many years away, factors such as growth prospects, financial health, management team and strategic fit must be considered to maximize business value and exit your business with confidence. In this informal session, Sid Van der Meer (President NWEL Holdings Ltd.) and Calvin Hughes (President & CEO, Paladin Capital Advisors) will review critical steps entrepreneurs should consider in developing a business transition plan and building the right team to support the transition. 


Wednesday, December 11 | 7:00 pm – 8:30 pm


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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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