Professional Development Institute

Lifelong Learning

Credited Courses

Many alumni return to studies, whether to continue their professional development or to follow new interests. The University of Ottawa offers numerous services to part-time or full-time students to help them achieve their academic goals.

Special Students

Special students are those who register either for credit or as auditors (just to sit in), but are not seeking a degree, diploma or certificate. Courses are generally at the undergraduate level. A select number of graduate courses may be available to qualified students, in which case it is best to contact the academic department directly.


Auditors are students who are authorized to register without obtaining credits, either at the undergraduate or graduate level. Each faculty offers a number of courses for which auditing is accepted. To find out about auditing specific courses, please contact the faculty directly. See Faculties and Departments.

Non-credited professional development courses

For over 25 years, the Professional Development Institute at the University of Ottawa has offered certificate programs and courses that do not count towards university credits. These courses are tailored to meet the needs of active professionals who want to improve or update their skills with a view to improving their work performance.

University of Ottawa alumni are eligible for a 20% rebate when they enroll in the professional development courses offered by the Professional Development Institute.* 

To access the alumni discount when registering online:

  • Choose the <Invoice Me> payment option when registering online.
  • Along with your invoice number, send a scanned copy of your alumni card by email to 

*Certain conditions apply. To learn more, contact the Professional Development Institute at 613-562-5802 or 


Back to top