Online Leadership Certificate of Completion

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.

Each LMD online course is $1,170 + $13 Graduate Student Association fee for a total of $1,183. The capstone course is $3,549 ($1,183 x 3-credits). Alumni (degree holders only) receive a 20% discount.

Note: All Fees are payable in Canadian dollars and are subject to change.

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 LMD courses can be taken in any order. No pre-requisites or application forms are required.


Fees are $1183 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 (8) 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

Course Schedule


Course Start Date End Date Registration Deadline
553-LTLC: The Leadership Challenge – Exploring the Leader Within January 4, 2021 January 31, 2021 December 6, 2020
565-LNCR: Negotiation and Conflict Resolution February 15, 2021 March 14, 2021 January 18, 2021
570-LTDV: Team Development March 29, 2021 April 25, 2021 March 1, 2021
511-LLCR: Leading Creativity March 29, 2021 April 25, 2021 March 1, 2021
571-LSMI: Strategic Management I May 10, 2021 June 6, 2021 April 12, 2021
572-LSCI: Strategic Communications June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
510-LCIW: Creating the Inclusive Workplace June 21, 2021 July 18, 2021 May 24, 2021
551-LMOC: Leading People Through Organizational Change August 2, 2021 August 29, 2021 July 5, 2021
554-LCHP: Coaching for High Performance September 13, 2021 October 10, 2021 August 16, 2021
569-LCCL: Cross Cultural Leadership for Global Advantage October 25, 2021 November 21, 2021 September 27, 2021

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