University of Calgary

New ContEd certificate

New certificate focuses on leadership skills

By Angie Hart

A new certificate program recently introduced by Continuing Education may be of interest to support and management staff across campus.

The Certificate for Emerging Leaders focuses on five topics—communication, building relationships, personal and professional effectiveness, and coaching—all of which are recognized as competencies necessary for effective leadership in today’s workplace.
“Our business seminars have always been extremely popular with university staff,” says Elizabeth Scott, program director.

“It’s partly because the seminars offer the convenience of daytime learning right here on campus.”

The Certificate for Emerging Leaders, which is eligible for tuition support, is designed to be a flexible program that can be tailored to meet the needs of individuals and organizations alike.

“A student can develop his or her leadership skills while working towards a certificate, and organizations can use it as a guideline for leadership training for their staff and a framework for personal development,” says Scott.

Certification requires 98 hours, or a total of 14 days of learning. A minimum of one day is required in each topic area.

Continuing Education seminars run in one- to three-day formats, depending on the focus of the seminar.

“Staff members who have taken seminars in the last five years may be able to use past seminars for credit towards the certificate, as long as it fits within the structure,” says Scott.

More information is available in the Continuing Education Program Guide, available on campus on the first and second floors of the Education Tower, or on the ContEd website at