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Distance Education

The AABC offers a series of 6 distance education courses that are offered in a rotation of 3 different courses per year. To learn more about each course, click on the course calendar links.

We are pleased to support a wide-range of students who have successfully completed AABC distance education courses - archival professionals looking to brush up their skills or learn about a specific record type (photographs, architectural records etc.); museum, library, and gallery Curators/collections staff who work with archival records; colleagues in the general heritage profession; history students; archives volunteers; and members of the general public who have an interest in archives.

There are no prerequisites required to register for any of the courses, however it is beneficial to have some experience working or volunteering in an archival setting in order to complete assignments in a meaningful way.

The courses may be taken in any order and students are welcome to take as many (or as few) courses as they like. At this time our distance education courses are not University-accredited. 

Course Calendar


Introduction to Archival Preservation

January 8 - March 18, 2024registration October 1 - December 20, 2023

Introduction to Archival Practice

April 8 - June 17, 2024registration February 1 - March 23, 2024

Managing Archival Photographs

September 9 - November 18, 2024registration June 1 - Sept 5, 2024


Managing Plans and Drawings

January 6 - March 17, 2025; registration November 1, 2024 - January 3, 2025

Managing Archives

April 7 - June 16, 2025; registration February 1 - March 10, 2025

Oral History: From Theory to Practice

September 8 - November 17, 2025; registration June 1 - August 11, 2025

Course Format

The distance education courses are fully self-directed and there are no online components or group webinars. This allows students to work on the course at their own pace and schedule. At the start of the course the students are provided with a course overview, expectations, and the Self-Study Guide which contains the required readings.

The course content is developed to provide an introduction to the course-related archival theory and then specific best-practices related to the topic as supported by the textbooks and supplemental readings. The courses are divided into 7 thematic Modules and each contains questions and a small, applicable project that are completed by the student and then submitted to the course instructor for review and marking.

The courses run 10 weeks and students can expect to spend up to 10-12 hours per week on the readings and assignments.

The course instructor is available by email to help along the way if students have any questions. All instruction is in English. Though the textbooks readings and course content is applicable to archivists across many cultures and languages, the supplemental readings usually provide a Canadian perspective.

After successfully completing all of the Module questions and projects within the course time frame, students receive a certificate of completion for the course. 

For more information please contact the EAS Coordinator at

Registration Information & Course Fees

Cost of each individual course:

  • AABC Member = $350.00 CAD; plus the cost of course textbook(s)
  • AABC Non-member = $500.00 CAD; plus the cost of course textbook(s)

Payment for all distance education courses is by credit card (VISA or Mastercard) and completed during the secure online registration process. Cheques, bank orders, American Express credit card, or international money transfers are not accepted at this time.

Upon successful course registration, students will be sent information on how to order the relevant course textbooks. Students are required to promptly order and have the course textbooks on-hand when the course starts, course extensions will not be given for delayed textbooks.

Member institutions can register a maximum of up to 3 employees or volunteers per distance course at the reduced membership rate.

Registration Refund Notice: 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.

AABC Anti-Racism Bursary

Introduced in February 2021, the AABC Anti-Racism Bursary covers registration and textbook costs for one Indigenous, Black and/or Person of Colour (IBPOC) per distance education course. 

More information about the Bursary program and instructions on how to apply can be found HERE.

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