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In-Class Certificates

Our Professional Development certificates provide you with a wide variety of tools and techniques which will help you achieve your personal and career goals. Each certificate is comprised of 3 - 5 courses which are offered at various times throughout the year. See our course schedule for a complete listing.


 

"The University of Waterloo's Professional Development program facilitates an outstanding learning experience with highly developed, qualified, and credible instructors. I highly recommend these courses and certificate programs for any professional looking to specialize and enhance their skill sets, or like in my case, build a toolbox of their own!"

Jared Foxworthy, CAPM

Project Manager, The Green Rocket

 

Business Analysis Certificate

This in-class certificate provides you with the knowledge and skills you need to excel and succeed as a business analyst.

The program’s curriculum is consistent with the business analysis industry standard set by the International Institute of Business Analysis (IIBA®) and prepares participants for the IIBA’s Business Analysis Professional (CBAP®) certification.

Who is it for?
This certificate is designed for business analysts, those interested in pursuing a business analysis career, and/or those interested in performing business analysis work.  It will equip you with a wide range of skills including business analysis planning and monitoring, enterprise analysis, requirements elicitation and management, solution assessment and validation, and other underlying competencies such as analytical thinking and problem solving.

Requirements
Complete the following courses:

Your Certificate
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name,
  • certificate name,
  • courses completed (names and dates), and
  • current mailing address.

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The communication courses I’ve taken through the University of Waterloo’s Professional Development program have provided me with concrete skills and information that translate well to both my own interactions, and to the material I produce for monthly training videos that go to over a thousand stores across the country.  Whether it’s adult learning principles, understanding human behaviour, conflict resolution, or effective leadership and presentation skills, this is real-world training that applies personally and professionally across the board.  I keep coming back, and I keep bringing colleagues with me!     

Heather Matthews

Home Hardware Stores Limited

Business Communications Certificate

In today’s highly competitive workforce, effective communication skills are more vital than ever to your career. Employers are looking for people who can speak, write, and communicate clearly and concisely – within all levels of their organizations. Whether you’re an experienced manager or just entering the workforce, improving your communication skills will definitely broaden your future career prospects.

This in-class, interactive certificate program will provide you with the skills to:

  • Be heard! Present ideas clearly and confidently
  • Be understood! Effectively respond to questions and comments
  • Be successful! Get the desired outcome

Who is this for?
This program is designed for professionals who want to become powerful communicators capable of tailoring their messages to get results.

Requirements
Complete 5 of the following*:

* Courses may be taken in any order.

When completed
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates)
  • current mailing address

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Essentials of Supervision

An organization is only as strong as its first line supervision. The key supervisory positions have the capability to leverage productivity and impact key metrics.

What sets this certificate apart is its practical look at the fundamentals of effective supervision: hiring the right people, keeping them, communicating, delegating, managing conflict and getting results. It will provide you with the skills and knowledge to work effectively with direct reports to enhance their commitment and maximize their performance. You will learn how to make a successful transition from employee to supervisor and also how to manage workload to deal with the constant demands of a supervisory job.

Upon completing this certificate you will possess the skills and knowledge to surround yourself and your organization with the human capital necessary to thrive.

Who is this for?
This certificate will provide valuable insight, knowledge, and skills for new supervisors, existing supervisors and especially people aspiring to supervisory positions in future.

Requirements
Complete the following 5 courses*:

* Courses may be taken in any order but we highly recommend taking Essential Skills for New and Potential Supervisors first.

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Leadership Certificate

For any modern organization, the key to long-term success lies in developing managers who can provide effective leadership and successfully plan and organize work.

This in-class program will provide you with the skills to

  • provide leadership and direction for a work group
  • create team commitment and involvement in planning and organizing work

Who is this for?
This program will provide useful insight, knowledge, and skills for both supervisors and managers - as well as people identified in an organization as having the potential to achieve supervisory and management positions.

We use experiential learning to guide you to question your fundamental assumptions, beliefs, and values regarding leading people. This training will focus on the practical aspects of working with people to obtain their maximum commitment to organizational, work group, and personal goals.

Requirements
Complete 5 of the following*:

* Courses may be taken in any order but we highly recommend taking Understanding Human Behaviour first.

.When completed
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates)
  • current mailing address

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Advanced Leadership Certificate

Effective leaders are the key to success, continuous improvement, and the longevity of modern organizations. And leadership skills are complex, requiring a great deal of knowledge. To develop as an effective leader you must become adept in the current leadership best practices. In response to this need, Professional Development has created the Advanced Leadership Certificate.

This in-class program will provide you with the skills to

  • transform a team or organization and build continuous improvement into your operation
  • use meetings as powerful tools to communicate, make decisions, and forge consensus
  • resolve complex organizational problems and eliminate them from within the organization
  • continuously develop through planned and effective delegation of work
  • improve how you create and maintain a productive work climate, through effective talent management, that attracts and retains the best staff available.

Who is this for?
This program is designed for people who have completed the Leadership Certificate and want to delve deeper into leadership best practices. It will be extremely useful for supervisors, managers, team leads, and people who aspire to leadership roles.

We use experiential learning to teach you to question their fundamental assumptions, beliefs, and values regarding leadership. It focuses on the practical aspects of working with people to obtain their maximum commitment to organizational, work group, and personal goals.

Requirements
Complete the Leadership Certificate and 4 of the following* :

* Courses may be taken in any order. These courses will be offered again in the Winter of 2017.

When completed
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates)
  • current mailing address

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"This course provided me with an excellent systematic overview of project management best practices while providing a practical methodology for utilizing its core tools. These new skills will enhance and streamline the projects I give oversight to."


James Coolidge - Consultant

Project Management Certificate

This in-class program provides you with the knowledge and skills to excel and succeed as a project manager. You will gain a solid understanding of sound project management techniques and processes, and the confidence to apply them effectively.

The curriculum is compatible with the project management industry standard set by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Waterloo partners with a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP) to provide you with PMP® Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Who is this for?
This program is designed for people who want to become project management specialists capable of consistently delivering projects on-target, on-time, and on-budget.

Requirements
Complete the 2 compulsory courses (6 days) and a minimum of 4 days from the list of electives, for a total of at least 10 days and 70 PDUs.

Compulsory Courses

Elective Courses

Elective courses may be taken in any order.


When completed
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates)
  • current mailing address

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Advanced Project Management Certificate

This in-class program is designed to provide project management professionals with the ability to further differentiate themselves from others in the field, while continuing to expand your knowledge in specific areas of project management.

The curriculum is compatible with the project management industry standard set by the Project Management Institute (PMI). Waterloo partners with a PMI Registered Education Provider (REP) to provide participants with PMP® Professional Development Units (PDUs).

Who is this for?
This program is designed for those who want to gain additional project management training while retaining flexibility in choosing which courses are most beneficial.

Requirements
Complete the Project Management Certificate and a minimum of 6 days from the list below, for a minimum of at least 42 PDUs (in addition to the PDUs completed for the Project Management Certificate).

Courses used to meet the elective requirements for the Project Management Certificate cannot be used for the Advanced Project Management Certificate. Courses may be taken in any order.

If you who have previously completed any of the above courses through Professional Development they can be applied towards the certificate.

When completed
Email makeithappen@uwaterloo.ca with the following and we will mail the certificate to you:

  • your name
  • certificate name
  • courses completed (names and dates
  • current mailing address

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