Part-time, in classSocial Innovation Certificate

Frequently asked questions about this program

Q: Can I take individual Social Innovation modules without enrolling in the full certificate program?

A: Yes, you can register in some of the Social Innovation modules independent of the full certificate program. Visit our modules section for other details.

Q: Can I be exempt from any of the modules in the Social Innovation Certificate?

A: No. We do not offer exemptions or transfer credit from other institutions. In special cases, a challenge assignment may be possible for certificate students who are unable to attend a specific module on the date it is offered, or who believe they already hold core competencies. We will assess challenges on an individual basis. A fee will apply.

Q: I’ve previously taken SFU Social Innovation modules. Can I apply those courses to the certificate?

A: Yes. In order to be awarded the Social Innovation Certificate, you must apply to the program, pay the application fee, and complete all five modules and an applied practicum/coaching element within a two-year period. In order for the modules you’ve taken previously to qualify, you must have completed all assignments.

Q: What do I need to do to graduate?

A: To receive the Social Innovation Certificate, you must successfully complete all modules and a practicum project within a two-year period. When you complete your final module, apply to graduate.

We will verify that you've completed the requirements and tell you when you will receive your certificate parchment. Certificates are granted by the Senate Committee on Continuing Studies (SCCS), which meets twice yearly in the spring and fall.

Q: Are scholarships or other funding available?

This program may be eligible for a Canada-British Columbia Job Grant, which could cover up to two-thirds of your tuition costs. Work with your employer to confirm your eligibility and share tuition costs with the Government of Canada.

If you are an Internationally Trained Professional, you may contact S.U.C.C.E.S.S. for potential financial assistance from the Foreign Credential Recognition (FCR) Loan Project.

The provincial government recently announced a tuition waiver for former youth in care attending public post-secondary institutions in British Columbia. B.C. students who are between 19 and 26 years of age who have received care from the Ministry of Children and Family Development or a Delegated Aboriginal Agency through the Child, Family and Community Service Act may be eligible for a tuition waiver for all Continuing Studies courses and programs. We will provide further updates as more information becomes available.

The program is not eligible for any other B.C. or Canada Student Loans, but you are welcome to obtain funding through other sources such as your personal financial institution (line of credit, borrowing from RRSPs, etc.).

Q: What is your sick/absence policy?

A: It is your responsibility to inform program staff at cep_info@sfu.ca before the start of class if you are unable to attend. If you submit a request less than five business days before the course start date, you will not receive a refund.

Decisions regarding time missed and credit assigned will be assessed on an individual basis.

Q: Can I speak to or meet with a staff person in advance of registering for a certificate or course/module?

A: Yes. You are welcome to contact us at any time and request a meeting with program staff, either on the phone or in person. You can also register for an upcoming online info session and watch our program-specific informational videos. 

Frequently asked questions about SFU Continuing Studies

Q: Where do your courses take place?

A: Simon Fraser University has three campuses: in Burnaby, Vancouver and Surrey. While undergraduate and graduate courses take place at all three campuses, we offer SFU Continuing Studies courses primarily at the Vancouver and Surrey campuses as well as the Surrey City Centre Library.

Please check course or program pages to find out where classes meet.

SFU Continuing Studies also offers online programs and courses, which are available to students anywhere in the world.

Q: When do your courses start?

A: While undergraduate and graduate courses start at the beginning of each semester (January, May and September), SFU Continuing Studies programs begin throughout the year. Please check course or program pages for start dates.

Q: Do I need to apply for admission if I want to take SFU Continuing Studies courses?

A: You do not have to apply for admission to register for most Continuing Studies courses, but there are application procedures for our certificate and diploma programs. Visit the certificate or diploma program pages for details.

Q: Can I apply for a study permit for SFU Continuing Studies programs?

A study permit is not needed if you want to take short-term courses or programs of study of six months or less. Our part-time Dialogue and Civic EngagementExecutive LeadershipSocial Innovation and Urban Design certificates as well as The Writer's Studio, and our full-time English Language and Culture Program and Interpretation and Translation Program are the only programs that may entitle you to qualify for a study permit. For more information on study permits, contact Citizenship and Immigration Canada directly. The permit procedure for undergraduate and graduate students is available on SFU's Student Services website.

Q: Is there a different fee structure for international students?

A: Although undergraduate and graduate programs have different fee structures for international students, fees for Continuing Studies courses and programs are the same for domestic and international students.

Q: How do I find out about your free public events?

A: Click on the public lectures and events link on the sidebar.

Q: Do you have a course about ... ?

A: Please search our website for courses and programs that might interest you. If you don’t find what you’re looking for, we probably don't yet offer a course or program in that area. Please contact us at learn@sfu.ca or 778-782-8000 if you have questions.

Q: How do I request a transcript?

A: Go to our online form to request a transcript of courses you have completed through SFU Continuing Studies.

Q: Can I access my grades online?

A: Once you have an account, you can review your courses, schedule and grades online. Instructions for accessing your grades are available in our online guide.

Q: Will I receive an income-tax receipt for my tuition?

A. If your SFU tuition fees exceed $100 in one calendar year, they may qualify as a tax credit. The payment receipt that we'll email you after you register is your official tax receipt. To determine whether your tuition fees qualify, consult the Canada Revenue Agency guidelines.

Q: What is your policy on course cancellations and instructor substitutions?

A: We reserve the right to substitute instructors or cancel courses without liability. In the event of a cancellation, we will make every effort to give registered students adequate notice. To make this process easier, when you register for courses, please provide full contact information, including your home and business telephone numbers, email address(es) and a fax number.

Q: What is your policy on program withdrawals and tuition refunds?

A: Our Refund Policy is posted on our Registration Information page.

Q: When I complete my program, what will my alumni status be?

A: Graduates of SFU certificate and diploma programs become SFU alumni, complete with all of our alumni benefits.

Q: What is a cohort?

A: We call several of our programs cohort programs. This means you will work through the program courses with a group of your peers (called a cohort). Some program courses are available only to cohort students—that is, students who have been accepted to and are working through the entire program.