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The Professional Development Institute (PDI) is the proven leader in growing professional expertise and building workplace knowledge. Every year, thousands of public sector professionals and private sector leaders benefit from a variety of continuous professional development activities. 




Fall Strategic Communications and Change Cohort

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Cyber Security Literacy

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Building Culture in the Future of Work

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Business Communications and Influence for Engineers

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Disinformation: Challenges and Dangers to Democracy 

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Important Update

Welcome back to in-person learning with uOttawa PDI!

On May 2nd, 2022, the Institute returns to classroom courses alongside our continued online programming. For more information on reduced capacity, in-class, face-to-face course safety measures please visit

Whether aiming for a higher level of education or tackling new interests, PDI courses and programs are designed to advance careers, life aspirations and fit your busy schedule.

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About us

The University of Ottawa’s Professional Development Institute (The Institute), originally branded the Centre for Continuing Education, was established over 25 years ago to offer higher learning opportunities to private and public-sector professionals and the community at large in Ottawa.  Over the years, we developed and nurtured expertise, growing significantly in both course offerings and new specialty knowledge areas, outgrowing its original mandate.

The Professional Development Institute (PDI) provides recognized career learning to tens of thousands of decision makers and professionals at all levels in the public service and the private sector to advance their knowledge and expertise.

PDI is a leader in professional learning and is currently seeking new instructors to join its team.

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