For executives, managers, and individuals poised to take on leadership roles

In today’s increasingly complex organizations, leaders must create environments in which positive things happen, and others are inspired to contribute at their highest levels. Leaders not only serve as change agents who guide, transform, and bring out the best in their employees to achieve extraordinary results, they also understand the importance of self-reflection and challenging their own assumptions.

Leaders are found at all levels within an organization, and leadership can be cultivated, nurtured, and expressed by mastering a set of practices that enhance leadership skills and competencies. Athabasca University’s online Leadership certificate of completion focuses on soft skill leadership development.

Certificate of completion requirements

The online Leadership certificate of completion is made up of eight (8) online courses worth one (1) graduate credit each. Students are required to complete the following four core courses:

Plus an additional four (4) courses from the list below:

Eight (8) courses must be completed to earn the online Leadership certificate of completion. Online courses can be taken in any order (see schedule). No pre-requisites or application forms are required.


Fees are $1108 per course which includes all materials, and Graduate Student Association fees of $13 per credit. AU alumni (degree holders only) will receive a 20% reduction.

Transfer credit available

All eight online courses can transfer to a Graduate Diploma in Leadership and Management (GDLM). You will need to complete ten additional credits to satisfy requirements to earn the GDLM.  In addition, three online courses may transfer for one three-credit elective within Athabasca University’s online MBA for executives should you meet the entry requirements and be accepted into the MBA.

What will you learn?

You will:

  • develop a greater awareness of different leadership styles and preferences
  • participate in diagnostic tools for self-evaluation that help to identify leadership blind spots and developmental opportunities
  • explore and understand one’s own current leadership strengths and areas of challenge
  • challenge your own leadership assumptions and develop new leadership skills and insights
  • develop a greater awareness of why organizations change and the roles of leaders and managers within the process
  • practice essential elements of coaching skills and coaching process with colleagues
  • use a best practices model to plan for a change
  • demonstrate increased awareness in and sensitivity to cross-cultural issues in negotiations
CourseStart DateEnd DateRegistration
554-LCHP: Coaching for High PerformanceSep 16, 2019Oct 13, 2019Aug 18, 2019
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global AdvantageOct 28, 2019Nov 24, 2019Sep 29, 2019
*Course dates subject to change
CourseStart DateEnd DateRegistration
553-LTLC: The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader WithinJan 6, 2020Feb 2, 2020Dec 8, 2019
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global AdvantageFeb 17, 2020Mar 15, 2020Jan 19, 2020
565-LNCR: Negotiation and Conflict ResolutionFeb 17, 2020Mar 15, 2020Jan 19, 2020
570-LTDV: Team DevelopmentApr 6, 2020May 3, 2020Mar 8, 2020
511-LLCR: Leading CreativityApr 6, 2020May 3, 2020Mar 8, 2020
571-LSMI: Strategic Management IMay 18, 2020Jun 14, 2020Apr 19, 2020
572-LSCI: Strategic CommunicationsJun 29, 2020Jul 26, 2020May 31, 2020
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive WorkplaceJun 29, 2020Jul 26, 2020May 31, 2020
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational ChangeAug 10, 2020Sep 6, 2020Jul 12, 2020
554-LCHP: Coaching for High PerformanceSep 21, 2020Oct 18, 2020Aug 23, 2020
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global AdvantageNov 2, 2020Nov 29, 2020Oct 4, 2020
*Course dates subject to change


  • Receive 2/3 tuition reimbursement
  • Up to $10,000 per employee available
  • Up to $300,000 per year per company
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