LERN Certificates

LERN Certificates

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic is a member and partner with The Learning Network (LERN). LERN is a network of over 4,000 training institutions in 20 countries. Learn any where, any time and earn a LERN certificate. You'll gain practical skills to advance your career.

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Featured Courses

remote work

Managing Remote Workers

This two-course LERN certificate will provide the keys to communicating with and managing remote workers, one of the fastest growing sectors of the workforce.

Non-profit administration

Non-Profit Administration

This two-course certificate in Non-Profit Administration will deliver the best training on revenue generation and program evaluation for nonprofits.

Applied Project Management

Social Media for Business

From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn and more, discover the new principles of communication in this three-course LERN certificate. Learn how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization.

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Non-financial managers need to understand and use financial concepts and accounting processes. This three-course LERN certificate will provide the concepts used in most businesses to increase your effectiveness. 

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Understand the seven steps in the accounting cycle and use financial information in decision making. Gain the knowledge to analyze resource allocation and evaluate financial performance.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Cash is arguably the most important factor in business success. Discover how to maximize cash flow, report and evaluate the cash cycle, project cash needs, and explore funding sources.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Assess and analyze financial information on your business reports. An understanding of this information will help you make smart decisions when it comes to budgeting, setting goals, and assessing performance within your own area of influence.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Whether it relates to serving or retaining customers, or turning inquiries from potential customers into sales, good customer service is a major factor in organizational success. This two-course LERN certificate will provide the concepts and skills for strong customer-centred service.

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Through this course, you will become skilled at being an exceptional service provider. You can help your organization and your career by translating your good service intentions into a workable plan and gain knowledge of how to consistently deliver great service.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Extraordinary customer service comes from focusing on the few essential elements that yield big results. Discover how easy it is to tweak your customer service from the ordinary to the extraordinary. You’ll take away a customer service plan that will improve your capacity and reputation.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for two months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Begin with getting a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Then learn how many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. You will know the statistics behind these group differences and relationships. Finally, you will find out how to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this certificate will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.

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Data Analysis is quickly becoming one of the most sought-after skills in the workplace. Companies have vast amounts of data, but it is rare to have someone with the ability to analyze that data to see trends and make predictions. This course will give you a basic understanding of how to analyze data in a business setting. Businesses look for candidates with an understanding of how to analyze the data they have been collecting; this course will help you start on that journey.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Many of your business decisions involve comparing groups for differences. For example, would men and women prefer different product features? In addition, you may look at relationships between variables. Does product recognition relate to subsequent product purchase? This Intermediate Data Analysis course will introduce you to the  statistics behind these group differences and relationships. In addition, you’ll learn how to work with ratings, graphs and user-friendly reports of statistical results.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

After taking this Advanced course in Data Analysis, you will be able to perform inquiries that will be useful to your business or organization, and have the skill necessary to communicate these results through graphs and text that your fellow employees will understand. Take the guesswork out of important company decisions and make decisions based on statistically significant information. Whether your business is home based or a large company, this class will take you to the next level where important decision-making is concerned.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Come get a fundamental yet advanced introduction to eMarketing, including improving email promotions, analyzing your web site traffic, doing search engine optimization, and how to successfully employ online advertising. Relevant for any type of organization, including businesses, companies, non-profits, and government agencies. No eMarketing experience or expertise is necessary. If you are already at an advanced level, your instructors are experts and can provide the latest most advanced information and answer your toughest questions.

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Discover new ways to improve your email promotions, including when to email, what to email, and testing email copy. Then find out how to analyze your email response rates, including getting the bench marks for open rates and click through rates. Learn how to improve your email promotion and responses with tracking and testing. Get a basic introduction to email promotions. If you are advanced, your instructor is an email expert and can answer your toughest questions as well.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum

Acquire the basic skills to boost your web site traffic, including how to analyze your visitor traffic, how to use search engine optimization (SEO) to get greater visibility and  exposure in Google searches, and how to redesign your web site copy to increase your visitors and results. No experience necessary, but if you are at an advanced level, your instructor is an SEO expert and can answer your toughest questions as well.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Get the keys to making online advertising work for you and your organization. See how pay-per-click advertising with Google AdWords works. Find out how to test low budget Adword campaigns. Learn how you can target local audiences. Then discover Facebook advertising and how you can determine the demographics and even numbers of people you want to reach. No experience necessary, but if you are at an advanced level, your instructor is an online ad expert and can answer your toughest questions as well.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Create a business plan and a step-by-step approach to attract and keep customers with this three-course LERN certificate.

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This course provides insight into the knowledge and skills needed to become a successful entrepreneur. Learn how to start or grow your business by identifying the abilities of successful entrepreneurs, developing goals and outlining your plan and learning techniques to manage your business.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Whether starting or growing your business, a business plan serves as a roadmap to help you secure funding. Learn how to build a business plan, one step at a time, that uncovers hidden risks and assesses the business from a marketing, management and financial vantage point.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Entrepreneurs must know how to effectively market their product or service. You will learn a step-by-step approach to attract and keep customers using a realistic budget, how to build your brand and implement your marketing plan.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

The Adobe software tools are the leading software for graphic design. Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web. Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page-layout program that works with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop seamlessly. InDesign allows you to create simple to complex multi-page documents such as brochures, flyers, books and magazines. Use Adobe Photoshop to effectively work with selection and editing tools, layers, and masks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images or create your own composite digital art work. Access to the Adobe software tools required.

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Adobe Illustrator is the industry standard computer illustration software. Use Illustrator to draw shapes and design logos, flyers, posters, banners, business cards or any other vector graphics for print or web. In this course, you will learn Adobe Illustrator fundamentals to set up a print document and use various tools to draw, type and color all kinds of shapes and illustrations. Learn how to efficiently manage layers and artboards, and create print-ready PDF documents. Access to Adobe Illustrator software required.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Adobe InDesign is the industry standard page-layout program that works with Adobe Illustrator and Photoshop seamlessly. InDesign allows you to create simple to complex multi-page documents such as brochures, flyers, books, and magazines. This course is a comprehensive exploration of InDesign tools and capabilities to create professional  documents. You will learn how to manage the InDesign environment, create, setup, design, enhance and finalize multi-page documents. Access to Adobe InDesign software required.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

This fundamental course covers Adobe Photoshop CC most used tools, menus and panels. You’ll learn all the basics of Photoshop to effectively work with selection and editing tools, layers, and masks to edit, retouch and enhance existing images or create your own composite digital artwork. Impress your business organization, friends, and family by enhancing their photos and create magazine cover quality enhanced images. Access to Adobe Photoshop required.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Additional costs

Students are required to provision their own subscription for the graphics design software. Saskatchewan Polytechnic recommends subscribing to the Adobe Creative Cloud for the duration of the training as this provides the most flexibility. It is estimated to cost $30 per month based on average US to CAD exchange rate. The total price including GST, student fees and Adobe Creative Cloud subscription for three months for this three course program is approximately $860.

Enhance your management skills through this program for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness. Then you will explore the principles of collaborative management and gain insight on how to expand your collaborative skills for success of your team or organization. Finally, get the keys to manage different generations in your workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value.

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Enhance your management skills through this course for supervisors, managers, and emerging leaders. Nothing creates success like a solid foundation. Discover the keys for effectively managing your employees. Find out how to create clear expectations, engage and motivate employees, and increase your effectiveness through use of the DiSC personality profile (included). By the end of the course we will have you managing like a pro - quickly and with confidence.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Whether you manage or lead people, collaborative skills are essential to help harness the energy of groups and teams for maximum performance and productivity. Knowledge collaborative skills will enable you to gain participation quickly, get input and buy-in for building consensus and plan for cooperation to get crucial projects completed. This course will help you explore the principles of collaborative management and gain insight on how to expand your collaborative skills for success of your team or organization..

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Get an understanding of managing workers in different generations in the workplace. Discover what motivates each generation at work, what incentives they respond to, and what messages they value.Generations X and Y are significantly different than the Boomer generation. Each generation has different expectations and styles of work in the workplace. Come explore the characteristics of the different generations in the workplace. Discover the current motivations of Boomers, Gen Xers and Gen Yers and what messages they value. Then Identify practical, how-to tips and techniques for managing Boomers, Gen Xers, and Gen Yers in the workplace..

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

This two-course LERN certificate will provide the keys to communicating with and managing remote workers, one of the fastest growing sectors of the workforce.

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Discover the keys to successful managing in the new workplace of the 21st century. Learn to manage remote workers better, with greater productivity and efficiency. Topics include: moving work from activity to outcomes; supervising remote workers; running effective virtual meetings; working with your superiors.

Gain new insights, experiences and advanced tips for working from home. Find out the five bad habits too many remote workers and their managers acquire from lack of experience, tools and expertise. Then acquire the latest strategies for communicating with remote workers.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for two months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

This two-course certificate in Non-Profit Administration will deliver the best training on revenue generation and program evaluation for nonprofits.

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Build revenue streams for your non-profit organization. Discover how to increase revenue from your current activities. Develop strategies for building new ones. Know how to effectively set prices or fees. Understand the 20% that generates 80% of your revenue. These are basic concepts that will yield greater results.

  • Course length: 24 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Find out how to improve your evaluation planning, data collection, data analysis and data use. Special attention will be paid to the real-world challenges that organizations may face when conducting evaluation, including staff time, costs and reporting evaluation results to funders.

  • Course length: 24 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers two courses for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

In this three-course LERN certificate you will learn to build or improve an online course, foster online discussion, and develop strong assessments. You will receive the fundamentals of teaching online and advanced tips and techniques.

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In the 21st century, half of all learning will be online. Discover how to plan, develop and teach an online course. Take home a ten step model for developing your online course. Learn how to create online audio lectures with slide shows and find out how self quizzes enhance learning.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Learn about the online instructional environment, envisioning your online course, developing a web course, phases of design and development and design guidelines Discuss the phases of design and development and models, motivating student-student interaction, and managing interaction. Get the latest information on copyright issues, assessment and evaluation

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Discover how to build student success through your interaction, how to give online learners feedback, communicating with them about everything from subject matter to delicate issues to grading. You will come away with advanced, practical, how-to tips from one of the foremost authorities on fostering online discussion. And you will see how your instructor models great interaction and engagement in the online environment.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Six Sigma professionals are in strong demand by organizations around the world. On the front-lines of Six Sigma efforts are Green Belts. LERN’s Green Belt training teaches participants problem-solving skills, using the DMAIC (Define, Measure, Analyze, Improve and Control) model.

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This first course in the certification program explains the basic terms and proven Six Sigma problem-solving methods, team building tools, and descriptive statistics that are the basis for the statistical tools that contribute to the success of improvement projects and to the overall success of your organization. Topics covered include Lean Principles, Failure Mode Effects Analysis, Team Tools, Project Charters, and Basic Statistical Tools. The instructor uses the “flipped” classroom technique and expects participants to go beyond the classroom and use the Internet and other resources to learn the material.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

This Intermediate Six Sigma Green Belt course builds on the ideas and skills learned in the Introduction to Six Sigma Green Belt course that organizations use, specifically their Six Sigma teams, to improve. In this second course in the certification program, participants will learn process analysis, data collection and analysis, probability and valid statistical conclusions, and hypothesis testing. Many participants find this course to be the most challenging of the certification courses. 

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course Mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Topics included in this course include hypothesis testing, design of experiments, and statistical process control. Participants will have to apply the concepts learned in the Introduction and Intermediate Six Sigma Green Belt courses. The instructor will share many handouts, spreadsheets, and web links that have tools participants will use while completing Six Sigma projects.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

From Facebook to Twitter, blogging, YouTube, LinkedIn and more, discover the new principles of communication in this three-course LERN certificate. Learn how these specific social networks work and the possible uses for your organization. This program consists of three courses to earn your LERN certification.

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Learn what social networks are and their role in your business and personal life. Find out how businesses are using their sites for communication, customer retention, branding, marketing, market research, needs assessment and serving customers and clients. Explore the options for your organization. Look at case studies of what other organizations are doing.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Develop a two-way communication and marketing strategy for your organization using social networks. Learn quick, easy ways to use Twitter, blogs and LinkedIn to engage your customers or clients and keep them interested in your organization or business. You’ll find out the advantages and disadvantages of each, and learn what’s right for your work and kind of organization.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Take away a practical strategy and techniques for implementing social networks for your organization or business. Learn how to create your own private social network using Ning, work socially using Google Docs and calendars, and move your web site to an interactive Web 2.0 site. Find out what you can be doing, what you should be doing, and take back a plan to integrate social networks into your communication and marketing.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Get practical, easy to understand, and insightful methods for supervisors and manager in this single-course LERN certificate. Learn about effective delegation, performance management, and writing performance review, and strategies for improving your overall effectiveness as a leader.

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Get practical, easy to understand, and insightful methods for supervisors and manager in this single-course LERN certificate. Learn about effective delegation, performance management, and writing performance review, and strategies for improving your overall effectiveness as a leader.

  • Course length: 32 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

This program will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course. During the two months learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

Online users say a website’s design is the number one criteria for deciding whether a company is credible or not, according to recent research. Understanding what it takes to produce effective web design is essential in today’s market of highly saturated digital competition. First discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. The No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. After the first course you will have the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Then find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications. Take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and Search Engine Optimized. Finally, learn about responsive design process, advanced layout and design features using the Bootstrap framework. Plus explore CMS frameworks and industry standard technologies and frameworks.

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Discover the basics of web design using HTML and CSS. The No prior knowledge of HTML or web design is required. Throughout the course you will get the info you need to plan and design effective web pages. Come away knowing how to implement web pages by writing HTML and CSS code. And discover ways to enhance web pages with the use of page layout techniques, text formatting, graphics, and images.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Anyone wanting to find out how to create effective and dynamic websites/applications will want to take this course. You may be a webmaster or a graphic designer already creating static websites wishing to take your skills to the next level. You will acquire the fundamentals of the most popular Web 2.0 technologies. You will take away a functioning web application hosted on a web server that is both accessible and Search Engine Optimized.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Acquire advanced techniques in web design. Upon completion of this course, you will have a thorough knowledge of web design and development. Topics include the responsive design process, advanced layout and design features using the Bootstrap framework, exploration of CMS frameworks and industry standard technologies and frameworks.

  • Course length: 16 hours
  • Course mode: Online, self-paced with instructor support.
  • Assessment method: Final quiz and discussion forum.

Online delivery

The programs will be delivered to students through online content. The program offers one course per month for three months. During the month learners complete the course at their pace when it is convenient for them.

Start date and fees

We offer these courses individually and other business-related courses, too.

Registration

To register, you need the name of the course, course registration number (CRN) and the start date. This number accompanies each available course offering for the academic year. Learn more about registering for a course

Contact us

For more information, contact Donna Wilchuck at 306-775-7481 or Corporate.Training@saskpolytech.ca.

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