Certificate in University & College Administration (CUCA) I


The fully online Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) I program is designed for mid-level administrators practicing in a post-secondary setting.

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Program Description

Based on a needs survey of administrative staff, the certificate program is designed to provide a background to the complex cultures and administrative challenges to be found in modern universities and colleges, and to help practitioners become integral members of the academic administrative team.

Credential Awarded



Who is the Program for?

The Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA) Level I program is designed for mid-level administrators practicing in a post-secondary setting.

Admission Requirements

Prerequisite requirements include:

  • A combination of professional skills and some experience in post-secondary administration appropriate to the core courses; and
  • Current employment within a post-secondary institute

Documentation to accompany the application: a letter of reference (stating participant’s current position) and a current job description.

Program Objectives

The CUCA LEVEL I program aims to:

  • Provide an understanding of university and college cultures and governance
  • Provide a background so that participants can function as part of the academic/administrative team
  • Provide an understanding of student roles, needs and accessibility issues
  • Emphasize the role of accurate and concise communication skills for administrators provide an understanding of some of the group dynamics of the workplace

Program Structure

The program consists of eight courses, a core of four courses, plus four electives to be selected from three groups of courses, with at least one course being selected from each group. Periodically new courses on emerging issues will be offered in each group.

Program Length

Each completed course is granted 25 contact hours. The total length of the CUCA Level I Certificate Program is 200 contact hours. The maximum time for completion of the program is seven years.

Course Instructors

The course instructors are experienced practitioners drawn from the post-secondary sector, and the primary emphasis will be on experiential learning and practical application.

Delivery Methods

Each course will be delivered online using UM Learn with up-to-date resource material available.


For participants enrolled in a certificate program, courses are graded on a pass/fail basis.


$100 program application fee plus $495 per course


The program consists of eight courses – a core of four courses, plus four electives to be selected from three groups of courses, with at least one course being selected from each group.

Core Courses

Group A

Group B

  • Aboriginal Students and the Post-Secondary Journey
  • Working with Cultural Differences
  • Supporting International Students (Formerly Supporting New Cdn Students)
  • Supporting Students with Disabilities
  • Assessment of Academic Advising
  • Current Issues in Advising
  • Advising International Students

Group C

Course Schedule

 Fall 2017Winter 2018Spring & Summer 2018
September – DecemberJanuary – AprilMay – June
CorePowerful Communications through WritingMission, Culture and Governance
Financial Management and BudgetingThe Role of the Student and Student Needs
Elective Group AEffective CommunicationsConflict Resolution
Elective Group BSpecial Topics: Aboriginal Students and the Post-Secondary JourneyWorking with Cultural DifferencesSpecial Topics: Current Issues in Advising
Special Topics: Advising EssentialsAssessment of Academic AdvisingSpecial Topics: Advising International Students
Elective Group CSpecial Topics: Applying Responsibility-Centered ManagementKey Performance Indicators and AccountabilityStrategic Planning at the Unit Level


What is Online Learning?

Online learning is how we offer the course content. The where and when and is completely up to you. You’re free to decide the way that you’d like to integrate the classroom into your life, whether you’d like to do the course work on lunch breaks, in bed, or on a picnic table on a leisurely Saturday afternoon. Simply download the course modules, and learn at your own pace. Remember, instructors are still available to help when you need it. Online courses are delivered through UofM’s online learning management system UM Learn.

Can I just enroll in a single course if I'm not interested in the entire program?

Yes, you can enroll in just a single course. Completed courses can later be applied towards a Certificate in University and College Administration (CUCA).

Apply to the Program

Applications may be made to the certificate program at any time.


Fill Out an Application Form

Download and submit a completed Program Application Form.

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Application Fees

There is an application fee of $100.00 for admission to the program. If the applicant does not qualify for admission to the program, $50.00 of the application fee will be refunded.

Transfer Credits

If an applicant has successfully completed equivalent courses offered by CHERD or by other institutions, transfer credits may be granted. To be eligible for credit, courses must have been completed within the last four years. The total of these credits may not exceed one half of the program credits.

Transfer Credits: Previous CHERD Courses

Upon the applicant’s admission to the certificate program, CHERD will review any previous courses taken with CHERD. For any course that meets the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, the credit hours will be transferred. No fee is charged for these transfers.

Transfer Credits: From Other Institutions

If the applicant has successfully completed courses at other institutions that meet the criteria listed under Transfer Credits, a request may be made in writing to CHERD at the University of Manitoba. Documentation such as course outline/course content, length of course and proof of successful completion will also need to be included with the request. You may include more than one course in your request – it is not necessary to send a separate letter for each course.

Student Performance

All participants in the certificate program are graded on a pass/fail grade for each course. Participants are assessed on their active contribution and completion of all aspects of the course, including assignments, group discussions, etc.

Register for a Course

You can register for courses either online, by phone or by mail.

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Register by Mail

1. Download and fill out a Course Registration Form (PDF)
2. Payment can be made by cheque, Mastercard, Visa. Make cheque payable to: The University of Manitoba. (Note: No invoices will be issued.)
3. Send your completed form by mail to:

Extended Education

185 Extended Education Complex
University of Manitoba
Winnipeg, MB, Canada
R3T 2N2
Phone: +1 204 474-8800
Toll Free: 1 888 216-7011
Fax: +1 204 474-7661
Email: extended@umanitoba.ca

Course Cancellations

CHERD reserves the right to cancel courses in the event of insufficient registration. If a course must be cancelled, all registrants will be placed on a waitlist, and notified once the next offering of the course is available.


If payments have been processed prior to course cancellation, arrangements will be made for either a full refund or a credit to be applied towards another CHERD course offering. This credit will only be carried over for one year.

Participant Cancellations

If a participant cancels their registration in a course prior to the course start date there will be no fees charged. Cancellations must be submitted in writing or by email prior to the course start date.

Participant Withdrawals

If a participant withdraws from a course after the course start date there will be no refunds issued. Course withdrawals must be submitted in writing or by email.