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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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If you're ready and know the program you want, register now. Download and complete the (PDF) application/registration form and mail it to VCC Registrar's Office Visit the CS Registration Desk at our Downtown campus, 2nd floor, 250 West Pender Street, Vancouver [business hours]

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 16 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.

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.


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


Application Fee


Info Sessions

Info Sessions

VCC's Leadership, Administration and Management (LAM) course offers specific child care management and administration training for professionals who work (or plan to work) as child care  program supervisors, managers, coordinators or directors. 


Join us at VCC’s Downtown campus, 200 block Dunsmuir at Hamilton, two blocks west of the Stadium SkyTrain station.





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Contact Us/Request Info

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Questions?

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Contact us:

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

Program Highlights

Program Highlights

Course Schedule

Courses Schedule

 


Currently Scheduled in Continuing Studies Sep-Dec2019 (201993)

(LEAD 1105) From Conflict to Collaboration 0.5 credits    $204.01



Learn how to resolve conflict caused by differences in goals, employee performance, and work habits. Explore causes of conflict, practical management skills, and conflict management concepts and styles, while applying the conflict resolution process to everyday work situations.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30185 DTN Rm. 424
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
26-Oct-2019
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1109) Speak Up 0.5 credits    $204.01



Communicate ideas more powerfully, overcome nervousness, handle impromptu speaking, and organize and practice for business presentations by using a selection of proven communication techniques. Course involves giving a presentation and receiving constructive feedback in a supportive environment.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  30176 DTN Rm. 414
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
19-Oct-2019
Duncan, Robert
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Upcoming Schedules in Continuing Studies Jan-Mar20 (202091)

(LEAD 1104) Problem Solving and Action Planning 0.5 credits    $204.01



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
  10654 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
01-Feb-2020
Brindle, Ann
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(LEAD 1111) Stepping Up to Leadership 0.5 credits    $204.01



Becoming a leader requires learning new skills and developing an understanding of new roles. This course examines effective leadership techniques such as coaching, giving feedback, motivating, delegating, and problem solving. Students will return to work with an action plan for applying their new skills.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10661 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
18-Jan-2020
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1113) Building a Productive Team 0.5 credits    $204.01



Building a productive team is the first step towards achieving the results desired by you and your employer. This course examines the characteristics of an effective team and discusses how strong teams build workplace synergy, increase productivity, improve work quality, and enhance morale.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10662 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
07-Mar-2020
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1115) Coaching for High Performance 0.5 credits    $204.01



Coaching involves unlocking an individual’s potential and maximizing their performance through careful guidance. Students learn essential steps in the coaching process, assess their coaching skills, develop methods for improvement, and discuss concepts such as when and how to coach. Exercises include conducting a coaching discussion to improve/sustain performance and providing effective feedback regarding employee performance.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10653 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
11-Jan-2020
Duncan, Robert
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(LEAD 1138) Business Communication for Leaders 0.5 credits    $204.01



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
  10649 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
08-Feb-2020
Khullar, Sid
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(LEAD 1169) Challenging Personalities 0.5 credits    $204.01



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.

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CRN Campus - Room Day(s) Time Date Instructor Register
  10651 DTN Rm. TBATo Be Assigned
SM-Monday, T-Tuesday,
W-Wednesday, R-Thursday,
F-Friday, S-Saturday,
U-Sunday

0900 - 1630
29-Feb-2020
Mahood, Lynne
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Building a Productive Team (LEAD 1113)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
Business Communication for Leaders (LEAD 1138)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
Challenging Personalities (LEAD 1169)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
Coaching for High Performance (LEAD 1115)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
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 N/A
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 $204.01
Managing Change (LEAD 1102)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Problem Solving and Action Planning (LEAD 1104)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
Speak Up (LEAD 1109)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits N/A
Stepping Up to Leadership (LEAD 1111)
course schedule schedule
0.5 credits $204.01
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 N/A


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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