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Leadership Certificate of Completion

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 (AU’s) online Leadership Certificate of Completion (LCC) focuses on soft skill leadership development.

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.

What will you learn?

Through the various courses in the Leadership Certificate of Completion, you will:

  • develop a greater awareness of different leadership styles and preferences
  • use diagnostic tools for self-evaluation to help identify leadership blind spots and developmental opportunities
  • explore and understand your own current leadership strengths and areas of challenge
  • challenge your own leadership assumptions and develop new 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

Program structure

The Leadership Certificate of Completion is made up of 8 online courses worth 1 graduate-level credit each. All courses are paced, with scheduled start and end dates and assignment deadlines. Courses are asynchronous, so you never have to be online at a specific time.

The following 4 core courses are required:

Choose 4 additional courses from the list below to complete the Leadership Certificate of Completion:

You can take the courses in any order, but you must complete all 8 to earn the certificate of completion.

Earn transfer credit

Completing your Leadership Certificate of Completion will give you a head start on other AU programs.


Master of Business Administration

If you want to pursue your Master of Business Administration (MBA), 3 LCC LMD courses may transfer for one 3-credit online elective in our online MBA for executives program. You must meet the entry requirements and be accepted into the MBA to receive this credit.


The following fees are effective for courses starting September 1, 2023, to August 31, 2024. All fees are quoted in Canadian dollars and are subject to change. Academic-related fees are exempt from the Federal Goods and Services Tax (G.S.T.). G.S.T. is added to all other goods and services, for example, workshops, some publications, self-help seminars, and Athabasca University promotional sales items.

Each Leadership and Management Development course is $1,248 + $14 Graduate Student Association fee for a total of $1,262.

All AU alumni who earned a degree with AU are eligible to receive a 20% discount.

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Leadership Certificate of Completion

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