Leadership Essentials Certificate

Recent events around the world have shown the pressing need for leaders who can navigate the uncertainty and complexity of our times. Designed for new or aspiring leaders, this online certificate program will allow you to develop the critical social and emotional intelligence required to build collaborative relationships, manage change, and create an equitable and inclusive organizational culture. You’ll focus on creating a socially just and equitable workplace as you explore innovative ways to address issues of power and privilege, leverage deep diversity, and challenge yourself to decolonize your leadership practice.


Courses: 4
Completion time: 1 year
Location: Online
Next info session: Wed, 8 Jun 2022 8:00 AM PDT


Why this program?

  • Build a holistic set of skills, from personal leadership to practical tools for leading teams and organizations
  • Earn your certificate in as little as one year
  • Take fully online courses on a flexible schedule
  • Learn from experts in the leadership field
  • Connect with a professional network of peers who work in diverse contexts
  • Graduate with a certificate that confers SFU alumni status





Program completion

1–3 years (from start date of first course)
To graduate, complete all courses required to complete the program.

Program dates


Course duration

10 weeks

Course work

10 hours/week


Self-paced within set deadlines

Learning materials

Course materials included


$75 program application fee

Application info

No application deadline. Take individual courses and apply to the program at any time.

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Application requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent
  • Mature students who do not meet this requirement may qualify with at least 5 years of appropriate experience
  • English Language Requirements

Register for individual courses at any time, with the option to apply to the program later.

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Enroll in the certificate program to:

  • Track your progress in your student account
  • Access potential tax credits
  • Be eligible to graduate when you finish

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