Professional Development for APSA Members
Below is a list of some of the professional development resources available to you. Please note that this is not an exhaustive list, and while we try to keep this list up-to-date, please confirm the details with the program manager, as they are subject to change without notice.
APSA Events and Workshops
APSA offers day-long, half-day, and lunchtime sessions on various topics to support members’ workplace development and provide opportunities for members to network with APSA colleagues. Areas of focus include career, management, leadership, and life skills. These workshops are open to APSA members only, and there are no fees to attend. For more program information and to view upcoming courses, please click here.
SFU Professional Development Offerings
Here are general workshops for continuing SFU staff.
Find SFU courses for managers and supervisors here.
If you are new to SFU or a newly promoted manager or director, consider applying for the Leadership Foundation program for Newer leaders.
For experienced managers, you can get support here.
SFU staff can access LinkedIn Learning which is available at no charge. Sign up for access to Linked In Learning.
Professional Development Offered by Departments
Faculty of Education Workshops and events
AEM Training Sessions
Training in Adobe Experience Manager
CRM/Salesforce Training Sessions
Work and Research Safety Training/Orientation
Ricoh Printer training - IT Services
SFU Events Has lectures and talks from a variety of departments and faculties.
Vancouver Campus Events
Surrey Campus News and Events
Professional Development Funding
There are several professional development opportunities for continuing APSA Employees at SFU.
With the approval of their supervisors, continuing members are eligible to apply for reimbursement of up to $1000/year for costs related to job-related learning opportunities, including courses (credit and non-credit), seminars, webinars, round tables, conferences or workshops that enhance performance in their positions.
Professional Development Expenses (Reimbursement)
Balance: To find the balance in your Professional Development account, go to my.sfu.ca, login, and under Staff Resources, click “Professional Development Expenses.”
This policy reimburses Professional development expenses such as professional dues, computer hardware and software, and conference fees. It is important to note that:
- Only Continuing APSA Employees are eligible for this benefit.
- You must use your purchase for professional development to be claimed.
- The annual allocation is $1,100, total cumulative of $5,500.
Tuition for SFU credit courses is free for Continuing APSA Employees and their dependents.
Professional Development Leaves
SFU may grant Continuing APSA Employees who have completed six years of service Professional Development Leaves of up to twelve months.
Staff Internationalization Fund
Through SFU International:
Supports ongoing international engagement of the University community by providing funds for staff projects to deepen SFU’s international partnerships and growing SFU’s international activities.
Other Professional Development
SFU is a member, so all staff are considered members. They have an annual conference and ongoing Professional Development, including our annual conference, online courses, workshops, and webinars. We also produce a Guide to Communications in a University Context, available online.
Health and Wellbeing
There are a wide variety of programs and discounts provided to you by SFU. A great place to start for a list of events is the SFU HR website.
SFU Health Promotion - SFU offers many opportunities for health and wellness at the workplace and to maintain personal and work-life balance. The following are links to some of the on-campus and off-campus resources available to employees.
Employee and Family Assistance Program: Health Coaching, Nutrition, Stress, Financial, Fitness, Professional Counselling, Family Support
Embark Learning Gardens: Embark operates three Learning Gardens at Simon Fraser University, including outdoor raised-bed Learning Gardens on both the Burnaby and Surrey campuses and an indoor vertical garden inside SFU Surrey.