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Ontario Tech acknowledges the lands and people of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation.

We are thankful to be welcome on these lands in friendship. The lands we are situated on are covered by the Williams Treaties and are the traditional territory of the Mississaugas, a branch of the greater Anishinaabeg Nation, including Algonquin, Ojibway, Odawa and Pottawatomi. These lands remain home to many Indigenous nations and peoples.

We acknowledge this land out of respect for the Indigenous nations who have cared for Turtle Island, also called North America, from before the arrival of settler peoples until this day. Most importantly, we acknowledge that the history of these lands has been tainted by poor treatment and a lack of friendship with the First Nations who call them home.

This history is something we are all affected by because we are all treaty people in Canada. We all have a shared history to reflect on, and each of us is affected by this history in different ways. Our past defines our present, but if we move forward as friends and allies, then it does not have to define our future.

Learn more about Indigenous Education and Cultural Services

Professional Communications Certificate Program

Overview:

This specialized Ontario Tech University five-course (5) certificate program concentrates on the written, verbal and practical leadership skills required by managers, supervisors and professionals. This program expands on the Professional Management Certificate by concentrating on the immediate skills necessary for everyday performance.

Options: 
  • Register for full program (i.e. all required elements) and receive a formal certificate upon successful completion; or
  • Register for any individual class(es) to best suit your training needs.

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Who should attend?

You may use the knowledge and skills developed through this program to enhance your written and verbal communication skills, such as:

  • Professionals and those wishing to enhance their business tool-box;
  • Entrepreneurs, business owners and front line professionals;
  • New managers and supervisors to learn essential skills;
  • Executive assistants, project managers and team leads;
  • Business leaders who are going through change.

Required elements

Complete all five (5) courses listed here to receive a formal certificate, or choose any individual class(es) to best suit your training needs:

  • Critical Thinking & Problem Solving
    • Understand the process and priority of thinking critically
    • Understand the nature of an argument, and the analysis of an argument
    • Discuss the potential of experimentation at the margins
    • Apply the self-development assignment tool for greater self-awareness and contextual awareness
    • Discover and apply the rich resource of diversity
    • Practice critical thinking and problem solving using a real business example within a diverse group setting
  • High Impact Communication Skills
    • Writing reports that work is one of the most effective and direct ways to effectively sell your ideas
    • Learn the strategies necessary to run high impact and effective meetings
    • Identify common meeting pitfalls, chairing skills, managing in-meeting disagreements and uncovering undisclosed agendas
    • Clarify work requests and eliminate wasted time and money
  • Conflict Management & Negotiation
    • Manage conflict and issues to enhance engagement and reduce the possibility of dispute
    • Identify various styles of positional problem solving and negotiation
    • Explore a principled, interest-based approach to problem solving and negotiation
    • Understand the difference between positions and interests
  • Coaching, Mentoring & Networking
    • Understand and respect the opinions of others in new ways
    • Make appropriate and effective requests of others
    • Set limits, saying "no" when it counts the most
    • Understand organizational and interpersonal dynamics
  • Workplace Innovation
    • Communicate in a collaborative environment
    • Handle immediate priorities and become organized inhabits and workspace
    • Maintain work-life balance
    • Learn not to be overwhelmed by technology and learn to manage it effectively

SPRING 2021 Schedule:

Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Part 1) Tuesday April 13, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Critical Thinking and Problem Solving (Part 2) Thursday April 15, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Coaching, Mentoring and Networking (Part 1) Tuesday April 27, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Coaching, Mentoring and Networking (Part 2) Thursday April 29, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Conflict Management and Negotiations (Part 1) Tuesday May 11, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Conflict Management and Negotiations (Part 2) Thursday May 13, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Workplace Innovation (Part 1) Tuesday May 25, 2021  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
Workplace Innovation (Part 2) Thursday May 27, 2021  9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
High Impact Communication Skills  (Part 1) Tuesday June 8, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.
High Impact Communication Skills  (Part 2) Thursday June 10, 2021 9 a.m. to 12 p.m.

*Schedule is subject to change. 

RIBO accreditation

All classes in the Professional Communications program are Registered Insurance Brokers of Ontario (RIBO) Continuing Education Program accredited courses.

Please note that for RIBO spot check purposes, individuals must maintain the continuing education certificates/letters for 5 years to indicate compliance with the Continuing Education Program.

Registration is open to all!

COVID-19 update: All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start on their courses/workshops. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

Online course delivery is a synchronous format. This means you must attend the virtual class at specified date and time.

Google Meet or Kaltura Virtual Classroom (through Catalog) will be used for online delivery of this program to support interaction and engagement.

This course includes, but is not limited to:

  • Content presentations
  • Group and individual work
  • Concept and topic discussions
  • Topic reflections
Online learning requirements:
  • Computer with internet access
  • Stable internet or data connection
  • Microphone
  • Webcam*
  • Audio device (examples: speakers, headphones/earbuds, headset)

*Webcam is preferred but not required.

There are no additional materials required for this program. 

Fees

Full program: $1950 CDN for five (5) classes + HST
**includes University Certificate upon successful completion of all required elements

Individual class: $450 CDN per individual class + HST

Discounts

The Alumni/Staff Discount applies to registration in this full program and these individual classes.

If you are alumni or staff, contact continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca with your Student/Banner ID before registering for details about how to apply this discount.

Regsitration

You can register for this course through the secure online registration form. All course fees must be paid at the time of registration.

To obtain the University Certificate the participant must:
  • Register and make full payment for the certificate option;
  • Attend each required online course; 
  • Actively participant in components of each online course; and
  • Successfully complete any assigned work.
Those completing the Professional Communications program or its individual classes are subject the policies of Ontario Tech University and Continuous Learning. Ontario Tech policies can be found in the Policy library. Continuous Learning policies can be found in the Regulations section of the Continuous Learning website. Specifically, those completing the Professional Communications program or its individual classes are expected to adhere to the the General and Open enrolment regulations.

Professional Management Certificate

The Professional Communications Certificate explands on the Professional Management Certificate by concentrating on the immediate skills necessary for everyday performance.

The Professional Management Certificate Program consists of five (5) courses designed to enhance the managerial effectiveness and leadership abilities of today's business professionals. These courses provide a solid foundation of business skills and practices for supervisors, managers, and technical professionals who require functional management and leadership training.

Note: courses in the this program can be taken independently.

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This specialized 3-hour workshop focuses using social media to enhance sales through building meaningful connections with quintessential professionals. The knowledge gained will enable attendees to create optimized LinkedIn profiles, connect meaningfully with other professionals, and convert these connections into mutually beneficial business opportunities. 

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Personal Branding (LinkedIn)

Enhance your job prospecting, networking and social selling with an optimized LinkedIn presence! This specialized 1.5-hour workshop focuses on understanding your online presence and building your personal LinkedIn profile. The knowledge gained will assist attendees with their personal and specific LinkedIn needs. 

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 Registration Status
Spring 2021: Open

Location
Online*

*All Continuous Learning sessions are being offered online until further notice. Online participation instructions will be emailed to registered learners before the start of their courses. Thank you for your flexibility and understanding.

 Date
Spring 2021: April 13, 2021, to June 10, 2021 

Credential
Certificate

 Fees
Full program**: $1950 CDN for 5 classes + HST
**includes University Certificate upon successful completion of all required elements

or

Individal classes: $450 CDN per individual class + HST 

Online Secure Registration

Contact Information: continuouslearning@ontariotechu.ca