- Ontario College Graduate Certificate
- College Code:
- Program Code:
- Accelerated Delivery:
- DO, BR
- Academic Year:
- 2019 / 2020
Notice:Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
This is an eText program. Learn about our eText initiative.
About the ProgramThis graduate certificate program will provide students with the theoretical and practical knowledge and skills to manage projects from inception to completion. Projects range from basic work projects to increasingly more complex projects for stakeholders in all sectors of the economy.
Program InformationLength: One-year Ontario College Graduate Certificate program (also available part-time)
Brantford - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - September/2019 - Fall | Winter
Doon (Kitchener) - January/2020 - Winter | Spring/Summer
Doon (Kitchener) - May/2020 - Spring/Summer | Fall
Location: Doon (Kitchener) and Brantford
Start: September (Doon and Brantford), January (Doon) and May (Doon)
First-Year Capacity: 70
- A two- or three-year diploma or a degree from an accredited college or university
Note re: Admission Requirements
- Applicants with transcripts from institutions where the language of instruction is not English must demonstrate English language proficiency with a minimum test score on one of the following language proficiency tests or equivalent scores from another internationally recognized English language test:
- IELTS overall band of 6.5 with no band less than 6.0
- TOEFL iBT 88
- CAEL 70, no sub-test band score less than 60
- PTE Academic 58
- Conestoga English Language Test (CELT) Band 6
- We offer a language program for students whose English language skills are below the standard required for admission but all other admission criteria have been met. An applicant will be eligible for admission to the graduate certificate program after completion of level 4 of the General Arts and Science - English Language Studies (ELS) program with an overall grade average of 80% and no grade less than 75%. Placement in the ELS program is determined by scores on an in-house English language test or TOEFL or IELTS.
- Final selection is made following a review of post-secondary background.
- Students in this program are required to bring a mobile device that meets minimum specified requirements.
- Students in this program are required to participate in Conestoga's eText initiative.
Tuition & Fees
Tuition fee details for the 2018-2019 year are listed below. Fees for the next academic year are unavailable at this time. Books and supplies are additional.
Financial AssistanceThe Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website.
For more information, please visit Financial Services/Awards.
Graduate OpportunitiesGraduates will have applied accepted management practices while working independently and collaboratively to achieve the project and organizational goals on time, on budget, and to the full satisfaction of all stakeholders in terms of scope and quality.
On average, 92% of graduates from the last three years (2015 to 2017) found employment within six months of graduation.
For more details on related occupations, job market information and career opportunities, see the Government of Canada website: https://www.jobbank.gc.ca/home
Pathways & Credit TransferConestoga pathways enable students to build on their academic achievements in order to earn a degree or additional credential. Pathways are formed through agreements between Conestoga programs or partner institutions. View the transfer agreement opportunities for this program.
Often applicants have earned credits from another college or university that may allow a student to be granted advanced standing or exemption. Learn more about credit transfer opportunities at Conestoga.
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.
|Course Code||Course Title and Description|
Description: This course is intended to develop the writing skills professionals require to succeed in business communications and academic studies. It introduces a three-stage writing process (planning, drafting, and revising), leads students through the often complex process of creating and revising documents, and encourages critical thinking about written and spoken communication. Basic grammar, spelling, and usage are reviewed.
|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.
|MGMT8300||Introduction to Project Management
Description: This course provides the practical knowledge to prepare for starting and completing a project successfully. It will cover the components and tasks related to complex projects that often involve multiple functional teams and departments. You will explore how the knowledge areas of the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle as well as the processes related to successful project management. An overview of status reporting and the use of MS Project will be covered. This knowledge will help establish priorities and effectively manage your projects. It will be of particular interest to those students who have a long-term goal of attaining the Project Management Professional (PMP)® designation certified by the Project Management Institute.
|MGMT8310||Project Planning - Scope and Quality
Description: Project managers need to ensure that the scope of the project is effectively managed from concept through to implementation. This course will focus on all aspects of scope management, including the link to company strategy, concept development, business case, contract management, requirements gathering, work breakdown, scope definition, and scope control. Directly related is the need to ensure that the project implements the scope as intended. Quality management techniques will be studied in detail.
Description: This course provides an overview of the principles of management, operations, marketing, and accounting. There is a focus on applying strategic management concepts through experiential learning. Students will experience all phases of the strategic process including strategy formulation, strategy implementation and strategic control. Topics include decision making and problem solving, measuring quantitative results, for both for profit and not-for profit organizations. Business cases will be utilized for this course.
|MGMT8360||Projecting Planning - Schedule and Budget
Description: This course will focus on the development of the project schedule and budget as a crucial part of the planning and control process. Project costing and financial management related to projects will be covered. Using the popular MS Project software, extensive project schedules containing time and cost information will be created and analyzed.
Description: Organizations today and in the future, will be looking for employees and managers who possess a significant understanding of the principles and practices of influencing through effective communication and presentation skills. Students will analyse communication theory and their own personal communication styles and develop appropriate strategies for making formal and informal presentations. Students will simulate specific situational applications of effectual communication skills, thereby developing competencies to make strategic contributions to organisational success. This comprehensive approach to communication and presentation skills will address written, spoken, and electronic modes, as well as non-verbal communication and body language, in order to foster business-appropriate competencies for the professional.
Description: Leaders need to recruit, orient, maintain and motivate individuals and teams as part of their business strategies. This course is designed to provide a broad survey of leadership theories. Focus will be placed upon the application of leadership principles to the management of projects. Students will compare the various leadership theories, explain the difference between leadership and management and discuss issues of ethics within projects
|MGMT8370||Project Risk and Issues Management
Description: This course builds on the knowledge acquired in the introductory Project Management course. Students will learn a structured multi-tiered approach that can be used to identify the different types of risks associated with projects such as technical, time, costs, quality and others. Students will learn to communicate risks effectively and share the responsibility of managing risks with team members, customers and management. Students will develop creative thinking skills and problem solving skills in the context of dealing with issues encountered while managing a project.
|MGMT8400||Advanced Project Planning and Control
Description: This course will cover advanced topics in project planning and control, which are either not covered or very briefly covered in the introductory Project Management course. Covered topics will include the Critical Chain method, the Line of Balance method, the S-Curve tool, Earned Value Management (EVM) and Project Management Dashboards as well as any emerging tools and techniques. Students will also be exposed to an online project management software tool, such as @task.
|MGMT8460||Project Management - Capstone
Description: This course prepares the learner to write the (PMI) ® Certified Associate in Project Management (CAPM) ® certification exam. This exam is a valuable entry-level certification for project practitioners. Designed for those with little or no project experience, the CAPM® demonstrates your understanding of the fundamental knowledge, terminology and processes of effective project management.
|MGMT8560||Project Management - Applied Project
Description: This course will include the first phase of an extensive Project Management initiative. A comprehensive business case outlining a business focused project to be implemented will be developed and evaluated.
- Manage the scope, cost, timing and quality of a project including the project success as defined by the project stakeholders.
- Align a project to the organizations strategic plans and business justification throughout the lifecycle.
- Establish project goals, constraints, deliverables, performance criteria, control needs, and resource requirements in consultation with stakeholders.
- Implement the PMI project management knowledge, processes, lifecycle phases, and the embodied concepts, tools and techniques in order to achieve project success.
- Adapt projects in response to issues that arise both internally and externally;
- Interact with teams and stakeholders in a professional manner, respecting differences, to ensure a collaborative project environment.
- Utilize technology tools for communication, collaboration, information management, and decision support.
- Implement business concepts, practices and tools in order to facilitate project success.
- Reflect on their role and effectiveness as a leader and a follower.
- Apply appropriate legal and ethical standards.
- Adapt project management practices to meet the needs of stakeholders from multiple sectors of the economy.
- Apply project management practices to the launch of new programs, initiatives, products, services, and events relative to the stakeholder needs.
Program Advisory CommitteesThe College appoints Program Advisory Committee members for diploma, degree, certificate and apprenticeship programs. Committees are composed of employers, practitioners and recent program graduates. College representatives (students, faculty, and administrators) are resource persons. Each committee advises the Board on the development of new programs, the monitoring of existing programs and community acceptance of programs.
For a list of the current members, please visit our Program Advisory Committees.
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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.