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Applied Organizational Leadership and Development (Part-time)

Ontario College Graduate Certificate
Program Code:
Business and Hospitality

About the Program

This part-time program is designed to provide individuals with applied skills to increase their knowledge and ability in leadership and management practices. Students will be exposed to current leadership and management theories as well as practical application to increase individual effectiveness in the workplace. In addition to a greater capacity to accept promotion or increased responsibility, graduates will have developed competencies and self-awareness for the challenges and development required to lead other individuals and/or groups. The program is targeted for candidates from professional working environments across various business and industrial sectors.

Program Information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Note: Admission to the program is required prior to registration for courses.

Admission Requirements


Note re: Admission Requirements

Admission Procedures

How to Apply

Students may obtain a Conestoga College Program Application Form from any Conestoga College campus, OR by writing directly to the Registrar's Office, OR by using the college website at

Send completed applications to:
Conestoga College
Admissions Office
299 Doon Valley Dr
Kitchener, Ontario
Canada N2G 4M4

How to Register for Courses

Go to How to Register for detailed registration information.

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)

Conestoga recognizes prior learning of skills, knowledge or competencies that have been acquired through employment, formal and informal education, non-formal learning or other life experiences. Prior learning must be measurable at the required academic level and meet Conestoga standards of achievement for current courses. Challenge exams and portfolio development are the primary methods of assessment. Other methods of assessment may be available depending upon the nature of the course objectives. Successful completion of the assessment results in an official course credit that will be recorded on the student's Conestoga transcript. PLAR cannot be used by registered Conestoga students for the clearance of academic deficiencies, to improve grades or to obtain admission into a program.

Learn more about PLAR.

Graduate Opportunities

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Program Outcomes

Program Courses

Click on the course code or title below for a full description of the course. If available for registration, clicking on "Details" in the status column will open a new browser tab or window in the Student Portal.

Course Information
Course Code Course Title Status
BUS8490 Sustainability Business Plan
Description: In this capstone course students create a professional business plan that meets the highest industry standards and is ready for submission. Students present viable business plans, including marketing and operational plans and a three-year financial plan, to industry specialists in their industry of choice.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4
MGMT1500 Leadership Models and Application
Description: This course teaches the theory and practice of leadership in today's organizational structures. Emphasis will be on contemporary models with a focus on communication and understanding interpersonal and organizational dynamics. Concepts learned will be developed through case studies, role-play and experiential discussion.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
MGMT1530 Performance and Competency Management
Description: Competency and performance improvement remain urgent goals of most organizations. In this course, students will learn systematic approaches to improving individual performance in ways that help achieve change. The course will cover successful and unsuccessful methodologies to performance appraisal and management. The student will learn through role-play and case study, the most effective and personally comfortable process to conduct performance evaluations. Several examples of actual performance appraisals are made available in this hands-on course.
Hours: 36
Credits: 3
MGMT8270 Change Management and Facilitation
Description: This course examines the role of Human Resources in organizational effectiveness through change management strategies Students will learn about various change management models and how to monitor and report the progress of major change initiatives. As well, students will explore the dynamics of the relationship between the organization's strategy, the objectives of the change initiative and the effectiveness of change on the organization or unit. The student will describe the role the HR professional plays in the planning and managing of organizational change to ensure organizational effectiveness. This course will also provide a practical experience in facilitation.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
MGMT8290 Facilitating Team and Group Dynamics
Description: In this course, the student will discover the steps needed to create and manage effective work teams, including how individual communication and personal style affect performance of others. The student will study how groups differ from teams, and how collective problem-solving and decision-making differ from methods used by individuals.
Hours: 42
Credits: 3
MGMT8430 Sustainable Leadership
Description: In this course, students learn leadership skills and examine roles and responsibilities to become tomorrow's sustainable business leaders. Students explore the principles, values and best practices of industry leaders in a wide array of sectors to create sustainable solutions. This course examines the practices of some of the world's most successful local and international business leaders to evaluate their performance against set criteria. Students will apply their knowledge and skills to lead a transformation to a smarter, more successful, and more sustainable enterprise.
Hours: 56
Credits: 4

Annual Delivery Schedule

Course Code Course Title Fall Winter Spring
BUS8490 Sustainability Business Plan X
MGMT1500 Leadership Models and Application X
MGMT1530 Performance and Competency Management X
MGMT8270 Change Management and Facilitation X
MGMT8290 Facilitating Team and Group Dynamics X
MGMT8430 Sustainable Leadership X

All in-class course offerings are scheduled at the Doon (Kitchener) campus


The College reserves the right to alter information including requirements and fees and to cancel at any time a program, course, or program major or option; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies in the job market or for budgetary reasons; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations, over-acceptance of offers of admission, budgetary constraints, or for other such reasons. In the event the College exercises such a right, the College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to the College.

Students actively registered in cohort delivered programs who take longer than the designed program length of time to complete their studies are accountable for completing any new or additional courses that may result due to changes in the program of study. Unless otherwise stated, students registered in non-cohort delivered programs must complete the program of study within seven years of being admitted to the program.


Program Contact

Aaren Hopkins,, 519-748-5220 ext. 3205


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