Distance education

In a distance education course, students work from a self-study guide, which consists of 7 modules.  Each module contains a set of self-study questions (based on readings from a textbook), supplemental readings, and a project.   Students submit their work for each module through email to the instructor for comment and feedback.  Each student works at his or her own pace.  The only deadline is the end-date of the course.  Courses are 10 weeks in duration.

Once all modules are completed to the satisfaction of the instructor, the student will receive a certificate of completion (no letter grades or academic credit are given). 

All instruction is in English.  Though the textbooks readings and content of the course is applicable to archivists across many cultures and languages, the supplemental readings usually provide a Canadian perspective.

Courses are structured as a one-to-one relationship between student and instructor. There is no live chat, no software portal to log into, no discussion forums, no interaction between students. 

Students can expect to work 10 to 12 hours a week on the course.


AABC Anti-Racism Bursary

February 1, 2021

The AABC Anti-Racism Bursary is now open for applications. A key action item of the Executive Committee’s commitment to anti-racism, the bursary covers registration and textbook costs for one Indigenous, Black and/or Person of Colour (IBPOC) per distance education course. This will begin with the upcoming course titled “Managing Archives” (April 12 - June 21, 2021).

More information about the Bursary program can be found HERE.


Registration information

Payment for all distance education courses is by credit card and completed during the secure online registration process. Cheques, bank orders or international money transfers will not be accepted.

Member institutions can send a maximum of 3 employees/volunteers to a workshop or distance course at the reduced membership rate.

Registration fee does not include cost of textbook(s).

To become an AABC Member go to the Membership page.

A full refund for the course registration fees may be granted only if the instructor is notified in writing 3 weeks (21 days)  before the course starts.  A $15.00 administration fee will be charged to process the refund. After that date and once the course has started, no refunds are given.


Cost of each individual course:

       AABC Member $350.00 CAD

       AABC Non-member  $500.00 CAD


Course calendar


Oral History: From Theory to Practice

January 11 - March 22, 2021; registration October 5 - November 30, 2020


Managing Archives

April 12 - June 21, 2021; registration February 1 - March 20, 2021


Managing Plans and Drawings

September 13 - November 22, 2021; registration June 1 - July 31, 2021



Introduction to Archival Preservation

January 10 - March 21, 2022; registration October 1 - November 30, 2021


Introduction to Archival Practice

April 4 - June 13, 2022; registration February 1 - March 16, 2022

Managing Archival Photographs

September 12 - November 21, 2022; registration June 1 - August 31, 2022


For more information please contact: Lisa Glandt, EAS Coordinator, aabc.advisor@aabc.ca

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