Part-time, in classSocial Innovation Certificate
Frequently asked questions about this program
Q: Can I take individual Social Innovation courses without enrolling in the full certificate program?
A: Yes, you may register in any of the Social Innovation courses on an individual basis, apart from the practicum component, which is reserved for certificate students. Visit our courses section for other details.
Q: I think I've taken a similar course to one in the program. Can I get credit for it?
A: As a student in the Social Innovation Certificate, you may request one exemption for an equivalent course you have completed at SFU or other educational institutions.
Email the following information to firstname.lastname@example.org. We can assess your request only if you submit all of the following items:
- Name of the specific course within the Social Innovation Certificate for which you are requesting an exemption
- Name of the course you have completed that you feel matches the SFU course in content and hours. You must have completed the course within three years of your request.
- Course outline/syllabus of the course you have completed. This must show details of curriculum content, evaluation methods and course hours.
- Official transcript
If approved, we'll charge a $50 exemption fee.
All courses and programs offered through SFU Continuing Studies are non-credit—they do not carry university credits. The work doesn't transfer toward other university degrees, and most institutions, including SFU, would not accept the course work completed as transfer credits toward undergraduate or graduate programs.
Q: I’ve previously taken SFU Social Innovation courses. 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 courses and an applied practicum/coaching element within a three-year period. In order for the courses 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 courses and a practicum project within a three-year period. When you complete your final course, 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?
If you work in the private or non-profit sector in B.C., your employer may be eligible for the B.C. Employer Training Grant, which provides funding for employers to support skills training for their current and new employees.
The provincial government offers 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.
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. If you are a beneficiary of a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP), you may be able to withdraw funds from your RESP to pay for Continuing Studies programs and courses. Please contact your RESP provider for details.
Individuals from the United States who have completed an approved term of national service in AmeriCorps programs may be able to use funding from the Segal Americorps Education Award towards tuition for programs and courses at SFU Continuing Studies.
Q: What is your sick/absence policy?
A: It is your responsibility to inform program staff at email@example.com 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.
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 Engagement, Executive Leadership, Social 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 Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship 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?
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 firstname.lastname@example.org or 778-782-8000 if you have questions.
Q: How do I request a transcript?
Q: Can I access my grades online?
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 email address(es) and home and business telephone numbers.
Q: What is your policy on program withdrawals and tuition refunds?
Q: When I complete my program, what will my alumni status be?
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.