Career Essentials

Career Essentials is an applied certificate program that will provide the essential tools you need to be successful in your career. Build the knowledge, skills and confidence to find a rewarding job, advance your career and increase your success in further training. Career Essentials will help you meet your goals.

During your 20-week program you will have the opportunity to:

  • build fundamental digital/computer and keyboarding skills
  • assess your skills, interests, values and personal style
  • research the occupations and jobs that most interest you
  • set meaningful and realistic career goals
  • refresh the essential skills most relevant to your career goals
  • develop the tools you need to conduct a successful job search
  • add a variety of professional development achievements to your portfolio of skills

For the final component of your Career Essentials program you will work on-site with a local employer, in exchange for training, skill development, networking, and the opportunity to be considered for current and future employment opportunities.

Career Essentials is currently offered and supported only by Skills Training Allocation (STA), or through contractual arrangements with our sponsor. Sponsored students must be unemployed or underemployed Saskatchewan residents who are legally entitled to work in Canada.

Career and salary information

Your career

Graduates of the Career Essentials program may be found in a broad range of occupations and roles, from entry level to professional. The career you target will depend on your qualifications, skills, aptitudes, interests, and the opportunities currently available in your labour market.


Admission requirements


Sponsored students will be required to complete a pre-program skills assessment.

For more information about how to apply in Regina, contact Lori Hall at or 306-775-7577.

Admission method

Open Access

Tuition and fees

Tuition and fees are funded by STA, or through contractual arrangements, for those approved to attend training. You may be eligible for the  Provincial Training Allowance or continuation of EI benefits while attending.


Get credit for what you know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.

See link(s) below to get more information about PLAR.

Transfer credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

Student awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Related courses

Career Enhancement

Experience Counts

Additional information

Lori Hall
Program head

Personal Readiness