Anyone in the Department of Biological Sciences may attend free short courses as they are offered throughout the year, with priority given to students, faculty, and staff using GIS in their research. The first place courses are announced is on the GIS User Group email list.
On-line learning is available at ESRI Self Study (Virtual Campus) Online Training, with free modules in some of the courses... check it out at http://training.esri.com and contact Cindy.Stewart@ualberta.ca for the UofA subscription course access codes.
There are many other options available if you wish to learn more about GIS and how to use the software. The following is a list of GIS-related courses offered at the University of Alberta (alphabetically by Department) that you may wish to take for credit to further your knowledge and skills:
Additional courses in Edmonton:
To obtain advanced GIS-specific credentials, you may be interested in the following really good programs outside of Edmonton:
This web page lists the resources for higher educational institutions with GIS programs.