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.

Leadership Programs

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.

Online Learning

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

Library – Media and maker commons 
Online training Workshops

Continuing Studies Organizational Training
Organizational Training
Lectures and Events

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.!gro…

Vancouver Campus Events

Surrey Campus News and Events

Professional Development Funding

There are several professional development opportunities for continuing APSA Employees at SFU.

Tuition Reimbursement

Policy AD10.10 (Professional Development)

Tuition Reimbursement Application

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)

Policy AD10.11

Professional Development Information Sheet 

Professional Development Expense Fillable Form

Balance: To find the balance in your Professional Development account, go to, 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:

  1. Only Continuing APSA Employees are eligible for this benefit.
  2. You must use your purchase for professional development to be claimed.
  3. The annual allocation is $1,100, total cumulative of $5,500.

Tuition Waiver

Policy AD 10.12

Tuition Waiver Application

Tuition for SFU credit courses is free for Continuing APSA Employees and their dependents.

Professional Development Leaves

Policy AD10.9

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

Canadian Association of University Business Officers (CAUBO)

SFU is a member, so all staff are considered members. They have an annual conference and ongoing Professional Development, including our annual conferenceonline coursesworkshops, 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



Arts and Culture

Museums and Galleries

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.

Trottier Observatory and Science Courtyard

UniverCity Parks and Greenspaces