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University Certificate in Indigenous Community Economic Development and Planning

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At a glance

  • Credential: university certificate
  • Credits: 24
  • Next start: monthly

Effectively manage Indigenous organizations and businesses by integrating traditional and contemporary Indigenous knowledge and principles with management practices. This new and unique program is written and developed by Indigenous business scholars and practitioners.

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About University Certificate in Indigenous Community Economic Development and Planning

At AU, our University Certificate in Indigenous Community Economic Development and Planning is designed with insights from Indigenous experts to equip you with the tools to successfully lead Indigenous organizations. The program blends Indigenous values with modern management techniques, preparing you for the distinctive environments Indigenous entities operate in. Beyond learning the basics of Indigenous business and governance, you'll engage in a community-led capstone project to gain a deeper understanding of your own community or organization.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. If you’re 16 or older, you can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education. A high school diploma is not required.

Program details


The University Certificate in Indigenous Community Economic Development and Planning will provide you with training and in-depth knowledge of the unique context of Indigenous communities, Nations, and organizations, including:

  • the principles of Indigenous business and governance
  • indigenous law and how it applies to Indigenous communities
  • economic development and community planning
  • unique insight into your community or organization through a community-led capstone project
  • methods of community engagement and facilitation
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Accredited by the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB)

Our Faculty of Business also holds AACSB accreditation, placing us among the elite 6% of business schools worldwide. This distinguished accreditation, known as the gold standard in the industry, is a testament to the rigor and depth of our program, and the high-quality education it provides.

Routes and options

Completing this certificate puts you on your way to achieving your Bachelor of Commerce, Major in Indigenous Business.

If you are considering transferring your certificate to a degree program, you should discuss your course selection with an Indigenous program advisor.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your degree.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

Work, life, and past educational experience may be eligible for credits towards your Faculty of Business education. If you’ve studied at other post-secondary institutions or want to challenge a course for credit, there are ways that you could earn credits towards your Faculty of Business program or course. AU’s process for transferring credits helps ensure eligible credentials from your previous education or work and life experience can contribute towards your program or course. If you’re still unsure, call an Indigenous student advisor at 1-800-468-6531. They can help you uncover credits you may already have and to navigate your next steps.

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