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Leadership Skills

Applied Certificate
Leadership Skills

Program Overview

Saskatchewan Polytechnic's Leadership Skills applied certificate program is offered online. The courses are designed to introduce you to some of the skills required to move into a supervisory, leadership or management position.

Accreditation

The 6 courses below are accredited by the Canadian Construction Association toward the Gold Seal designation.

Learn Online

Of the 6 accredited courses, the first 3 courses are compulsory and the next 3 are elective courses. They are all offered online with interactive content including case studies and engaging discussions. 

  1. LEAD 115 – Leadership Principles
  2. MGMT 115 – Management Principles
  3. SUPR 115 – Supervisory Principles
  4. LEAD 116 – Coaching and Teambuilding for Leaders
  5. MGMT 116 – Business Management
  6. MGMT 189 – Managerial Skills

You can also choose electives from Courses below.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

A Leadership Skills applied certificate gives you lots of choices. You can advance within your company to leadership and supervisory roles. You can increase your earning potential and open the door to opportunities in management positions; positions like lead hand, supervisor, shift manager, site manager, and coaching or mentoring other employees. There are positions at construction sites, mines, and mills, and within the hospitality industry, government departments and small businesses.

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): Varies by course
For more information, contact Dalton Mervold at (306) 659-4077.
Length: 180 hours

Locations

  • Distance Learning options available

Admissions

Admission Requirements

Note: Students do not apply to the program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate once all courses are completed.



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Not applicable

Admission Method

Not applicable. Students do not apply or have admission requirements assessed for this program, but take courses part time and apply to graduate once all courses are completed.

Tuition and Fees

Courses in this program are taken through part-time studies. View the part-time studies page for upcoming courses, fees and registration options.

For more information, contact Dalton Mervold at (306) 659-4077

Courses

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Core Courses

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
LEAD 115
Leadership Principles
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You will focus on the goals, functions and roles of leadership. You will learn what leadership is and what it takes to become a successful leader. You will examine different types of leaders, the ways that they are effective, and consider situations where one leadership style may be better than another.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 115CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
MGMT 115
Management Principles
2
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You will focus on the goals, functions and roles of management. You will learn what management is and what it takes to become a successful manager. You will examine different types of managers, the ways that they are effective, and consider situations where one management style may be better than another.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 115CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
SUPR 115
Supervisory Skills
2
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You will examine the fundamentals of supervision. It will cover the role of a supervisor, managing change, communication, working with groups and other supervisory skills.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): SUPR 115CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group

Electives (minimum of 3)

Code
Name/Description
Credits
 
ADMN 206
Leadership Development
4
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You will obtain a solid understanding of organizations and personal leadership. Your study will focus on blending principles and techniques of leadership, motivation, management, and self-development in an effort to help you develop your own philosophies about managing and being managed. Key topics include: the history and evolution of leadership thought, leadership effectiveness through the application of motivational techniques, facilitating follower empowerment, experiential learning and strategic leadership.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 206CE, MGMT 124
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Televised/SCN
ADMN 220
Organizational Behaviour
4
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You will study human behaviour in organizations and develop the skills needed to deal with people at work. Your studies include content on individual behaviour, values, interpersonal relationships and communications, groups and team dynamics, organizational culture, leadership, and change. You will study these aspects of human behavior within the context of diverse formal organizations.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 220CE, BUS 182
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
ADMN 224
Entrepreneurship
5
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You will learn the specifics of organizing and opening a small business, including legislation, licenses, types of businesses and location. The course will end with an assignment that performs all the steps up to the opening of your business including the development of a Business Plan.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 120
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 224CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Televised/SCN, Web Assisted Delivery Group
ADMN 255
Conflict Management
4
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You will focus on an introduction to conflict resolution, designed to provide you with interest-based conflict resolution models and primary interpersonal skills to handle workplace conflicts. You will obtain insights and be educated in conflict theory, negotiation strategy, needs grounding related to basic interpersonal communication and management skills, such as rapport building, empathetic listening, behaviour modelling, reframing, problem solving, and decision making. You will develop conflict resolution skills through a combination of lecture material, in-class assignments, role-plays and demonstrations, reading assignments, and problem-solving challenges.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 255CE, DRCP 221
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
BKPG 140
Bookkeeping for Small Business
3
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The course provides an introduction to bookkeeping. You will learn how to set up a bookkeeping system, record transactions, post to ledgers, prepare adjusting and closing entries, and prepare financial statements. The course content includes payroll, government remittances and bank reconciliations. You will gain hands-on experience by actually working through a set of books.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 51.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Group
BKPG 141
Automated Simulation
1
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You will study the procedures for setting up a record keeping system for a company using Sage 50 Accounting software. You develop a level of proficiency in the use of the Sage 50 Accounting software through the completion of a bookkeeping simulation.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Prerequisites(s): SYST 147
Potential Learning Method(s): Lab/Practical, Online
BKPG 142
Small Business Expenses
1
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The course introduces you to the use of the Statement of Business or Professional Activities form for an unincorporated business. Your studies will include the following topics: business income and common business expenses focusing on motor vehicle, business-use-of-home, and capital cost allowance expenses.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
BUS 154
Operational Strategy
3
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The course describes the operations of a small business. Your studies will include the following topics: selecting a location, planning an efficient layout, describing the licensing and regulatory requirements, choosing a business name, determining hours of operation, determining fixed asset requirements, managing inventory, locating suppliers, investigating insurance and estimating start-up costs. The course content and learning activities will help you develop an operational strategy for your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 166 or MKTG 155
Corequisites(s): HR 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual
BUS 155
Business Plan Preparation
3
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The course will help you prepare a business plan that combines your finalized marketing, operational, human resource, and financial strategies with a mission statement and executive summary. You will develop a verbal presentation of your business plan and deliver it in a simulated business environment.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): FIN 151
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual
CEXP 142
Discovering Entrepreneurship 1
1
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You will explore the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs, the advantages and challenges of owning a business and the reasons for business failure. You will also complete a self-assessment questionnaire to determine your personal strengths and weaknesses. The course content includes personal goal setting and personal budgeting.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
FIN 145
Financial Statement Analysis
1
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You will examine strategies that use ratios to evaluate financial statements. You will also examine methods for conducting a trend analysis and make comparisons to industry standards.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Print Distance Individual
FIN 151
Financial Strategy
4
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The course describes the methods used to finance a business. You will investigate sources of financing, learn how to approach lenders and examine the basic forms of collateral security. You will also prepare a statement of projected costs and sources of funding for your business. The course describes financial projections focusing on the projected cash flow statement and projected income and expense statements and uses this information to determine the breakeven point and return on investment. You will develop a financial strategy for your business.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 60.0
Prerequisites(s): BUS 154, HR 145
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
HR 120
Introduction to Human Resource Management
4
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Your studies will focus on an overview of human resource management and practices. You will learn the impact of job analysis; planning, recruiting, and selection processes; training, developing and compensation considerations, and management performance and labour relations. You will discuss employee and organizational ethics throughout the course, and your studies will emphasize the use of human resource management to achieve high organizational performance.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 222, HR 120CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning
HR 145
Human Resource Strategy
2
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You will identify human resource requirements for a small business, including creating job descriptions, hiring staff, and managing performance. You will also examine the issues of compensation, discipline, training plan development, and labour standards. You will select a professional support team, and prepare a resume for inclusion in your business plan. You will prepare a complete human resources strategy for your proposed business.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 36.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 166 or MKTG 155
Corequisites(s): BUS 154
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
HR 230
Talent Acquisition
4
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You will focus on the role and functions of sourcing of applicants and the acquisition of employees in human resource management. You will develop an appreciation for professional sourcing, acquisition, and onboarding practices that meet Canadian legal standards. You will develop an understanding of the essential role of sound talent acquisition practices in relation to an organization’s performance management goals. You will recognize the constraints under which an organization operates and how it relates to the process of sourcing and acquisition of talent.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 230, HR 230CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 232
Training and Development
5
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You will analyze the strategic value of developing talent within organizations with a focus on employee training and career development. Specifically, through a combined theory and hands-on approach, you will examine the functions of training and development needs analysis, training program design, the selection and application of training methods, transfer strategies, training evaluation and building employee engagement in career development.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 232, HR 232CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 233
Labour Relations
4
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Your studies will focus on labour relations, including union certification procedures, union structure, managing in unionized environments, applicable legislation affecting labour relations, collective bargaining, dispute resolution methods, and recent developments in the labour relations field. You will be encouraged to discuss and debate labour relations issues, to critically evaluate case studies and to monitor and report on current labour relations events. Through intensive simulations and experiential exercises, you will develop practical skills and abilities to reach a collective bargaining agreement.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 233, HR 233CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Televised/SCN
HR 234
Employee Engagement
5
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You will focus on the major influences on employee engagement and the impact on individual managers and the organization. You will examine the importance of sound employee relationship practices in the role of reaching organizational objectives. You will look at equity and fairness, the influence of culture, diversity and equity, motivation, job design principles, performance management and occupational health and safety. You will research and develop a proposal that management can implement to enhance corporate employee engagement.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 234, HR 234CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Televised/SCN
HR 236
Organizational Change
4
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You will develop strategies and processes related to creating and fostering an evolving workplace culture that supports innovation, change, quality and learning. You will also explore your own attitude toward change as a means of understanding that of employees. The result of this approach to organizational change will be harmony between the organization’s needs and employee’s expectations while remaining consistent with the organization’s business plan in a competitive and changing environment. The course content emphasizes the importance of implementing change in the proper sequence of events and interactions
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ADMN 236, HR 236CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Televised/SCN, Web Assisted Delivery Group
LAW 220
Commercial Law
4
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Your studies will focus on the field of commercial law. You will examine in detail the concepts of contract law and how these concepts are influenced by various legislative acts and common law. Other legal concepts in your studies will focus on: torts, agency, various forms of business organizations, the sale of goods, employment, bailments, insurance, real and intellectual property, and secured transactions.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ACP 170, LAW 220CE, LAW 240
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
LEAD 116
Coaching and Teambuilding for Leaders
2
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You will examine what a team is and how to become part of a functioning team and even a high performing team at times.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): LEAD 116CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
MGMT 116
Business Management
2
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You will focus on business structure and financial management. You will focus on ownership types, financing, and liabilities of a business. You will identify the financial and business structures that will enable success in the workplace.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 116CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online, Prior Learning, Web Assisted Delivery Group
MGMT 150
Leadership
1
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You will review and practice aspects of leadership, including motivation, delegation, teamwork, and decision making, in the context of small business.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 15.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Print Distance Individual
MGMT 189
Managerial Skills
2
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You will focus on the goals, functions and roles of management. You will focus on team building, leadership, and management principles. You will identify essential and employability skills that will enable success in the workplace.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): MGMT 189CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Independent Study, Lecture/Lab, Online, Web Assisted Delivery Group, Work Based Delivery
MKTG 148
Selling Skills
1
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You will learn about the importance of selling skills in small business. You will examine the attributes of successful salespeople, identify the skills involved in the sales process and develop a sales plan. You will practice selling and dealing with objections.
Credit Units: 1
Course Hours: 18.0
Equivalent Course(s): TOUR 141
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
MKTG 164
Market Research 1
3
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You will learn how to conduct primary and secondary marketing research. You will learn how to describe the product, competition, industry, and supplier network for your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MKTG 165
Market Research 2
3
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You will examine the target market of your business, and how to communicate with them through traditional and electronic means. You will describe the target market, and prepare a promotional plan for your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 164
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MKTG 166
Marketing Strategy
3
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You will focus on projecting the revenue for your business. You will examine external factors such as economic conditions, technology, social trends, and regulations; discuss common pricing methods; and calculate market potential and market share. This revenue projection, in combination with the research from MKTG 164 and MKTG 165, will create a marketing strategy for your business.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 45.0
Prerequisites(s): MKTG 165
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online
MKTG 223
Marketing Research
5
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You will prepare a basic marketing research report using an applied approach, and you will have the opportunity to participate in projects and simulations that have practical application to a career in marketing. You will design different research instruments and compile a research report.
Credit Units: 5
Course Hours: 80.0
Equivalent Course(s): MKTG 223CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Lecture/Theory, Online
MKTG 228
Project Management
4
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You will learn the skills and techniques required to make an effective contribution to, and have an immediate impact on, successful projects. You will develop communication and team building skills to effectively manage a project. Your studies will include techniques and strategies for planning and estimating project costs and budgeting, for forming and managing a project life cycle and scheduling, and for allocating resources. You will develop the knowledge required to monitor project risks, to control and to close out a project. Through group participation in real-world and/or project simulation(s), you will gain a solid foundation in project management.
Credit Units: 4
Course Hours: 64.0
Equivalent Course(s): ECON 222, MKTG 228CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Theory, Online
PR 145
Customer Service
2
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You will examine the value of customer service and retention of customers through the provision of excellent service. The course content includes the principles of good customer service, telephone skills, handling complaints, and dealing with difficult people.
Credit Units: 2
Course Hours: 30.0
Equivalent Course(s): PR 145CE
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online, Prior Learning
SYST 147
Automated Accounting
3
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You will learn the procedures and develop the skills to use the following Sage 50 Accounting modules: the company, receivable, payable, payroll, inventory, and banking. You will develop practical and relevant automated accounting skills used in business and industry.
Credit Units: 3
Course Hours: 48.0
Prerequisites(s): BKPG 140
Potential Learning Method(s): Lecture/Lab, Online

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