Personal Development in Vancouver

US$99 for a Project Management Certification Bundle from IT University Online (US$795 Value)

IT University Online

Online Deal

$795 $99

Nationally recognized PMP certification trains projects managers on running projects from pre-planning to completion

$99 for an IT Database Admin Online Training Bundle from Database Training Academy ($3,595 Value)

Database Training Academy

Online Deal

$3,595 $99

More than 150 hours of training in all areas of database technology ranging from SQL to Oracle

C$449 for a BC Real Estate Exam Test Prep Course from Real Estate Prep (C$899 Value)

Real Estate Prep

Online Deal

C$899 C$449

Live and interactive webinars led by experienced industry professionals help students prepare for BC real estate exams

C$59 for Math and English Tutoring Program from AcademyOne Learning (C$354 Value)

AcademyOne Learning

On Location

C$354 C$59

Diagnostic math and English programs, as well as fun, interactive learning tools boost skills with research-backed education techniques

C$99 for a Four-Week Spanish Course at Hola Spanish Centre (C$335 Value)

Hola Spanish Centre

Mt. Pleasant

C$335 C$99

Native Spanish speakers offer quality instruction for all levels, needs, and interests; course materials included

Six Months or One Year of Driving Supervision from How Do I Drive (Up to 73% Off)

How Do I Drive

Online Deal

C$120 C$39

Info gatherers keep tabs on registered vehicles, reporting any traffic violations to the vehicle’s owner or to the parents of the driver

C$50 for Four 30-Minute Introductory, Private Music Lessons at Bravo Music (C$100 Value)

Bravo Music

Marpole

C$100 C$50

Students receive beginner-level instruction for the piano, violin, viola, cello, guitar, or voice; experienced instructors

One or Two Months of App-Creating Classes of Kids at Under the GUI (Up to 64% Off)

Under the GUI

Renfrew-Collingwood

C$139 C$69

Instructors teach kids 9–14 computer programming skills, demonstrating how to make games such as Angry Birds and Pokemon

C$19 for One Week of Parent/Child Art and Science Classes at Discover Sunshine Studio (C$38 Value)

Discover Sunshine Studio - Kerrisdale

Kerrisdale

C$38 C$19

Adults and parents join their child for educational classes such as fine art, painting, science, rainbow loom, or mini language session

One-Hour Boudoir Photo Shoot with Print Credit and Option for Makeup at Kari Heese Photography (Up to 70% Off)

Kari Heese Photography

Downtown Vancouver

C$250 C$75

Kari Heese, a photographer with more than a decade’s experience, captures natural shots of lingerie-clad subjects

C$59 for 2.5-Hour Photography Tour from Rob Kruyt Photography (C$250 Value)

Rob Kruyt Photography

On Location

C$250 C$59

Professional photojournalist Rob Kruyt teaches beginners how to capture stunning outdoor shots while leading photo tours around Vancouver

Two, Four, or Eight Salsa Classes for Two People at World Dance Co. (Up to 69% Off)

World Dance Co.

Multiple Locations

C$60 C$25

Three-time world champion Diego Sanchez and other talented instructors guide couples through eight levels of salsa

One-Day Bar Chef or Wine-Tasting Program at Metropolitan Bartending School (64% Off)

Metropolitan Bartending School

Kitsilano

C$125 C$45

A superstar bartender teaches students how to mix complex cocktails after having wowed Rachael Ray with an "extreme bartending" performance

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Talented filmmakers at this film school teach courses that hinge on hands-on involvement. Single- and multi-session classes cover everything from screenwriting and editing to motion graphics, and venture beyond documentary making with lessons in drama and still photography. While practicing techniques and pole-vaulting on boom mics like the pros do, students use a combination of their own gear and gear they've rented from the school. In addition to firsthand filmmaking experience, documentary students get hands-on experience, partnering with community charities to create short films used for education, outreach, and fundraising.

306 Abbott Street
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Micah, Luch, and Alicia of Metropolitan Bartending School draw on over a decade of bartending chops apiece to impart the art of alcoholic alchemy. Students enrolled in at-home or comprehensive certification courses might recognize Micah Dew as the resident drinkspert of the Province newspaper, or remember his dazzling “Extreme Bartending” performance of juggling and fire-breathing for a stunned Rachel Ray. Between also working a bartending job five nights a week at The Roxy Vancouver, Micah lends industry-veterans Luch and Alicia a hand in leading a lineup of diverse classes and workshops. The sessions range from wine-tasting seminars to Serving It Right certification, a legal necessity in British Columbia. All of these classes take place behind real bars at Metropolitan Bartending School's facilities, equipped with the most commonly used liquor bottles, a POS training-mode system for running tabs, and an animatronic priest, rabbi, and minister.

3141 Broadway W
Vancouver,
BC
CA

The Modern Languages program at Vancouver's International House fills the heads of children, curious adults, and globetrotting businessfolk with useful grammar and vocabulary knowledge during intensive, engaging classes in 11 languages including French, Farsi, Spanish, Japanese, Korean, and Mandarin. Classes are taught by native speakers and qualified teachers who focus on practical conversational skills rather than teaching their students what to say when they encounter a unicorn. Class size is kept small, with a maximum of 10 students learning together, which ensures everyone gets some one-on-one instruction. Adventurous language learners can also fully immerse themselves in the words and culture of a foreign country through study abroad programs to distant locations ranging from Qingdao, China to the French Riviera.

200 West Broadway
Vancouver,
BC
CA

The Vancouver campus of Utopia Academy focuses specifically on massage therapy, where students steep their minds in healthcare instruction from a skilled faculty. The registered and accredited programs guide students toward flourishing careers by building skills through interactive clinics that are open to the public. Under careful supervision, students gain tangible field experience as they knead away tension, perform anti-aging peels, or style the coiffures of an entire poodle wedding party.

181 Keefer Pl
Vancouver,
BC
CA

Established in 2002, Universal MMA has become a well-known mixed-martial-arts facility in the area with locations in both North Vancouver and downtown Vancouver. With members ranging from beginners to intermediate students to competition fighters, Universal MMA provides a fun and friendly training environment. Classes include no-gi jiu jitsu, muay thai boxing, brazilian jiu jitsu, women-only kickboxing, and kids' martial arts.

1260 Granville St
Vancouver,
BC
CA

It's a fairly common image from the Middle Ages and from fairy tales: an armoured knight on horseback, riding triumphantly into battle wielding a sword. Today, of course, such a sight would have shocked witnesses almost immediately—unless they're at Academie Duello. A centre for European swordplay and Western martial arts, Academie Duello has revived centuries-old scenes similar to the one above. It teaches students ancient battle techniques, but does not re-enact epic duels or the well-documented silly-string wars that ensued when swords broke.

The 5,000-square-foot facility extracts skills and weapon information from authentic combat manuals and primary-source texts. Its instructors turn that knowledge into an in-depth curriculum, which today provides both adult and children's programs. Most of those programs also help students stay fit, as they replace weights and treadmills with longswords, shields, and rapiers. To immerse themselves further into knighthood, students can check out Academie Duello's museum, which preserves an ever-growing collection of weapons of war, armour, and fight books.

412 W. Hastings St.
Vancouver,
BC
CA