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 Post-Baccalaureate Diploma in Leadership and Management (PBDLM). You will need to complete ten additional credits to satisfy requirements to earn the PBDLM.  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
553-LTLC: The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader WithinJan 7, 2019Feb 3, 2019Dec 9, 2018
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global AdvantageFeb 18, 2019Mar 17, 2019Jan 20, 2019
565-LNCR: Negotiation and Conflict ResolutionFeb 18, 2019Mar 17, 2019Jan 20, 2019
570-LTDV: Team DevelopmentApr 1, 2019Apr 28, 2019Mar 3, 2019
511-LLCR: Leading CreativityApr 1, 2019Apr 28, 2019Mar 3, 2019
571-LSMI: Strategic Management IMay 13, 2019Jun 9, 2019Apr 14, 2019
572-LSCI: Strategic CommunicationsJun 24, 2019Jul 21, 2019May 26, 2019
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive WorkplaceJun 24, 2019Jul 21, 2019May 26, 2019
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational ChangeAug 5, 2019Sep 1, 2019Jul 7, 2019
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


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