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Athabasca University

Post-Baccalaureate Certificate in Instructional Design
Program Application

  1. Complete and submit the online PBCID Application form (if you haven't already done so), along with the electronic application fee. Please use the form PBCID Application to complete and submit your application.

    For applicants who have previously received an Athabasca University (AU) student ID number, please note: you will need to "Login" using your AU student ID number before completing the form.

  2. Complete and submit the PBCID Questionnaire. This form and the accompanying forms (see below) can be downloaded.

  3. Submit an up-to-date résumé.

  4. Complete and submit the PBCID Record Card.

  5. Supply your official transcript(s)* showing granting of a bachelor's degree. Transcript(s) must be received directly from the accredited institutions supplying them.

    Transcripts should be sent to:

    Program Director
    Certificate in Instructional Design
    Athabasca University
    1 University Drive
    Athabasca, AB  T9S 3A3

    *Applicants submitting any official documents (e.g., transcripts) in a language other than English or French must provide an official translation of such documents. If the credential being submitted has been earned outside Canada and the US, documentation attesting to its equivalence to a Canadian baccalaureate degree is required. Such documentation can be obtained from an assessment agency that is a member of:

    ACESC – Alliance of Credential Evaluation Services of Canada


    NACES – National Association of Credential Evaluation Services

    When requesting an assessment please select the "Basic" assessment type that simply indicates the North American equivalent of your degree. The credential assessment agency will assess each student's international educational documents and compare them to educational credentials in Canada.

    All assessments, regardless of the agency used, must be completed using original documents or certified copies—official documents issued directly from the sending institution are preferred. Students must also submit copies of all foreign transcripts used in the assessment to AU. Please note, AU reserves the right to request that official documents be sent directly from the institution to AU.

  6. Submit a reference* from an individual, preferably in a supervisory position, who is familiar with the applicant's work history, motivation and work habits, and capacity for independent and self-directed learning. Applicants can download the PBCID Reference Template to send to their referee.

    * It is the applicant’s responsibility to notify his or her referee that, in accordance with the Province of Alberta’s Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act, the information contained in the letter of reference is not considered to be confidential.

    The applicant, upon request, may view the information. Contact Susan Moisey, Program Director, PBCID, for more information.

Application Deadline

There are two PBCID program intakes per year. The Centre for Distance Education office must receive all program application materials by March 1 for consideration into the diploma program starting in September of the same year, or by October 15 for consideration into the diploma program starting in January of the following year.

Advanced Standing

Students seeking advanced standing will be required to submit official transcripts (if these were not submitted in support of their application for admission) and the appropriate evaluation fee to the PBCID program director for review.

Students will also be required to submit detailed course descriptions for such courses. Failure to supply the transcript or detailed course descriptions (if required) shall result in no advanced standing being awarded. For more information, email the Centre for Distance Education.

Non-Program Students

In order to register as a non-program student, you must place your name, contact information, and course selection information on a non-program student wait-list. This wait-list works on a first-come, first-served basis.

After the program students are placed, we contact non-program students from the wait-list and offer space in either the course requested or their choice of an alternate course. To be placed on the wait-list, please email Centre for Distance Education with your selections and we will confirm via email that we have received your request.

For more information on non-program status, contact the Centre for Distance Education.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2017 to Aug. 31, 2018.

Updated June 21 2017 by laurab

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