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Leadership Certificate


Successful organizations need leaders who can effectively navigate an environment of technological change, global competition, and growing expectations of investors, customers, and employees.

The Leadership Certificate will help managers, executives, and entrepreneurs in any area of an organization become more effective leaders. The program attracts students from a range of industries, locations, and professional backgrounds.

Students will develop a set of essential, practical skills and the knowledge, mindset, and leadership abilities needed for success in today’s challenging corporate environment.

Building on each student’s experience, and an analysis of their strengths and weaknesses, this program will help potential leaders develop the skills, insight, and judgment required to transition from managing to leading people in their organization.




Start Length Credentials Campus Part- or Full-time
Ongoing 1 to 2 years Certificate Downtown Part-time

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International students must first contact International Education at study@vcc.ca or 604-443-8600 to determine eligibility for this program.

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Program Description

Program Description

PROGRAM LEARNING OUTCOMES

On completion of the Leadership Certificate, graduates will be able to:

  • Apply critical thinking concepts at work and identify immediate benefits
  • Manage change within an organization through effective leadership that helps employees transition quickly and smoothly
  • Demonstrate effective problem-solving by developing and implementing action plans and facilitation tools
  • Use the practical information, skills, and confidence developed during the program to resolve workplace conflict caused by differences in goals, employee performance, and work habits
  • Identify the principles of performance management and work with employees to set and reach an agreement on goals, action plans, and follow-up reviews
  • Identify the role of a successful facilitator and apply skills in problem-solving sessions and team meetings
  • Organize, rehearse, and present materials in a confident, effective, and professional manner<
  • Identify the fundamentals of creative thinking and how it is best applied
  • Use leadership skills to provide performance feedback, create a motivational workplace, delegate work, and solve problems
  • Analyze communication patterns in leaders and followers to enable more effective responses in diverse work environments

INSTRUCTIONAL ACTIVITIES, DESIGN AND DELIVERY MODE

Courses involve lectures, presentations, discussions, practical examples, and individual and group work. Learning is enhanced by a variety of interactive and collaborative classroom

PROGRAM DURATION

The Leadership Certificate consists of 12 courses: six required courses and six elective courses. Participants may register for individual courses, but must complete the 12 required and elective courses to receive their Leadership Certificate. Each course is one day (6.5 hours in length). Students study part-time for one or two years based on course availability.


EVALUATION OF STUDENT LEARNING

Evaluation of each course is determined by the instructor and may include a combination of practical assignments, projects, and/or reflections.

Students who successfully complete the required assignment receive an “S”, indicating satisfactory performance in accordance with departmental evaluation procedures.

Students must achieve an “S” in each course to receive the Leadership Certificate.

CREDENTIAL

Upon successful completion of this program, and once an application for graduation has been submitted to the Registrar’s Office, the student will receive a Vancouver Community College Leadership Certificate.

Graduates of VCC’s Leadership Certificate may ladder into BCIT's part-time Certificate Programs in Leadership, Human Resource Management, or Business Management.


REQUIRED COURSE(S)

  • LEAD 1102 Managing Change
  • LEAD 1104 Problem Solving Action Planning
  • LEAD 1108 Facilitation Skills Team Leader
  • LEAD 1111 Stepping Up to Leadership
  • LEAD 1112 Using Leadership Language
  • LEAD 1113 Building a Productive Team

ELECTIVE COURSE(S)

Choose six elective courses from the following (titles vary from term to term):
  • LEAD 1101 Critical Thinking
  • LEAD 1105 From Conflict to Collaboration
  • LEAD 1109 Speak Up
  • LEAD 1110 Creative Thinking
  • LEAD 1114 Finding Time for Results
  • LEAD 1115 Coaching for High Performance
  • LEAD 1119 Science and Art of Leadership
  • LEAD 1138 Business Communication for Leaders
  • LEAD 1169 Challenging Personalities
  • LEAD 1171 Training for High Performance

Some courses in this program require textbooks. Please call or visit the Downtown Bookstore for more information.

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

General

VCC welcomes applications from Canadian citizens and permanent residents.


International students

Please note that not all Continuing Studies programs are available to international students. To determine your eligibility, please contact VCC’s International Education Office at: study@vcc.ca or 604.443.8600.



As Vancouver Community College is a post-secondary institution committed to educating adult learners, applicants should be 18 years of age or older or a graduate of a secondary school.


Program Specific

Missing prerequisites? VCC offers courses in Adult Upgrading and English as an Additional Language to help you meet your goals.

This program does not have any additional admission requirements.


Recommended Characteristics:

  • Strong analytical skills
  • Ability to conduct themselves in a responsible and professional manner
  • Ability to apply lessons learned in other courses and at work
  • Highly motivated
  • Ability to work with confidence independently or on a team
  • Ability to reflect on their own practice
  • Strong oral and written communication skills
  • Excellent interpersonal skills
  • Enthusiastic, positive attitude
  • High performance standards

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

Fees and Other costs


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Program Coordinator: Joy Dalla-Tina, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8671
Program Assistant: Dorothy Giroux, VCC Leadership, 604.871.7000, ext. 8383

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Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2018 (201891)

(LEAD 1102) Managing Change 0.5 credits    $194.13



The only constant in life is change, which can be overwhelming. This course examines the business and human sides of change, presenting strategies for addressing employees' emotions during times of transition. Students explore their own role in the process by analyzing their personal reactions to change while learning the steps of communicating change, how to deal with employee resistance, and how to increase team commitment to change.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10125 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
24-Mar-2018
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1104) Problem Solving and Action Planning 0.5 credits    $194.13



Effective leaders successfully resolve complex problems, whether working individually or on a team. This course analyzes the steps of problem solving, develops interpersonal skills for integrating teams or groups into the process, and discusses how to use a solution to create an action plan.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10422 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
17-Feb-2018
Brindle, Ann
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(LEAD 1108) Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders 0.5 credits    $194.13



Leading productive teams is a vital leadership skill. This course examines team-focusing tools and techniques, generating ideas and solutions, and sharpening facilitation skills through a variety of techniques that complement team synergy.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10124 DTN Rm. 425
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
20-Jan-2018
Gannon, Dawn
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(LEAD 1112) Using Leadership Language 0.5 credits    $194.13



Poor communication is one of the most common causes of workplace problems. This course examines communication in organizations, improves awareness of key issues in organizational communication, and outlines the three key behaviours that enable teams to function effectively. Students examine the impact of perception on communication, analyze four common leadership communication styles, and learn the art of style flexing to achieve results when communicating, negotiating, or delegating.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10123 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
27-Jan-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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(LEAD 1138) Business Communication for Leaders 0.5 credits    $194.13



Learn the importance of effective communication in today's modern, multicultural business world. Examine communication between small groups, teams, and cultures while learning powerful communication skills that contribute to success at work.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10076 DTN Rm. 413
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
24-Feb-2018
Khullar, Sid
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(LEAD 1169) Challenging Personalities 0.5 credits    $194.13



Personalities and communication styles often can’t be changed, but one can learn to work with them effectively. Gain a better understanding of why we get along with some, but run into conflict with, avoid, or feel put down by others. Students will explore techniques that enable them to feel less threatened, more powerful, and more confident.

More Information

CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10080 DTN Rm. 415
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
03-Mar-2018
Mahood, Lynne
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Upcoming schedules for Continuing Studies Apr-Aug2018 Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2018 Continuing Studies Jan-Mar2019 term(s) are in process.
Please check back regularly.

Building a Productive Team (LEAD 1113)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Business Communication for Leaders (LEAD 1138)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Challenging Personalities (LEAD 1169)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Coaching for High Performance (LEAD 1115)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Creative Thinking at Work (LEAD 1110)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Critical Thinking (LEAD 1101)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Facilitation Skills for Team Leaders (LEAD 1108)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Finding Time for Results (LEAD 1114)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
From Conflict to Collaboration (LEAD 1105)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Managing Change (LEAD 1102)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Problem Solving and Action Planning (LEAD 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13
Speak Up (LEAD 1109)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Stepping Up to Leadership (LEAD 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
The Science and the Art of Leadership (LEAD 1119)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Training for High Performance (LEAD 1171)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Using Leadership Language (LEAD 1112)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $194.13


Fees for Continuing Studies programs and courses are approximate and subject to change without notice. Fees include GST (if applicable) as well as College Initiative and Resource Fees, which vary depending on the individual course. Student Union Fees and UPass Fees will be assessed at time of registration where applicable, and are not included in the fees displayed online. Students are responsible for any increase in fees if advanced payments are made.



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