Leadership Development Series

College-Approved Certificate (10 courses) Part-time Online
Program Code: 1817X07PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017

This program is listed under the following fields of study:

This program replaces the previous OMDP program.

Our Program

Developed and administered in association with Ontario's community colleges, leading business and industry professionals, this College Certificate enhances leadership skills and develops new skills to help meet career and organizational objectives. This program is intended for individuals from a variety of sectors who are interested in enhancing their leadership skills. Students build on existing skills and experience and apply these skills to workplace situations. Content includes communications, ethics, performance management, change management, team building, planning and project management.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Success Factors

The program is well-suited for students who:

  • Have good oral and written communication skills.
  • Are motivated, focused and committed to attaining goals.
  • Enjoy critical thinking and creative problem solving.
  • Thrive in team-based environments.
  • Enjoy leading and working with others.

Your Career

Graduates may find employment in entry-level management positions in a variety or settings, such as business, hospitality, client service and sales.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).


  • Courses are listed in the optimal progression.
  • It is recommended that LDS0002 - Employment Law for Leadership Development be completed prior to taking LDS0003 - Human Relations.

Program Progression

As per policy AA39: Program Progression and Graduation Requirements when students are admitted to a program, they are assigned to the Program of Study that aligns with their start date. If a student takes a break for two or more consecutive terms the Program of Study is reset to align with the current version (when studies are resumed). For more information please contact your Program Coordinator.

CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information, please email OL@algonquincollege.com or call 613-727-4723 ext. 3330 or toll-free 1-888-684-4444.


Online:Online Learning   
HoursCourse NameSummer
LDS000130.0CommunicationsOnline Learning
LDS000230.0Employment Law for Leadership DevelopmentOnline Learning
LDS000330.0Human RelationsOnline Learning
LDS000430.0Performance ManagementOnline Learning
LDS000530.0Leading TeamsOnline Learning
LDS000630.0Managing ChangeOnline Learning
LDS000730.0FinanceOnline Learning
LDS000830.0Project ManagementOnline Learning
LDS000930.0Leading ResponsiblyOnline Learning
LDS001030.0Critical and Creative ThinkingOnline Learning


LDS0001 Communications

Communication skills are essential to all aspects of life but this course will specifically address business communications. With the various technology tools available and communication mechanisms today it is important to know what is available and what mechanism should be used to communicate which message. Managing the various communication channels today requires time management and effective informal and formal communication skills. This course will cover the communication styles, mechanisms, presentation skills as well as facilitating meetings, social marketing and ways to improve all communications.

LDS0002 Employment Law for Leadership Development

Today's workplace is highly regulated from the commencement of the employment relationship through to its termination. An examination of both statutory law and common law will be undertaken in both federal and provincial jurisdictions. Students will review employment standards, health and safety, labour relations, pay equity and human rights legislation as they apply to management and unionized employees and leaders.

LDS0003 Human Relations

Leaders today require the appropriate skills and knowledge to be able to effectively recruit personnel, train them, and manage their performance in a professional manner. Students will use their knowledge of the concepts of statutory and common law to conduct interviews, handle performance problems, counsel and discipline as required, plan and direct training needs assessments, methods and program delivery.

LDS0004 Performance Management

Leaders and managers need to know and demonstrate techniques for managing employee performance in order to increase productivity and organizational effectiveness. This course will focus on performance analysis, counseling, coaching, constructive feedback, conflict resolution, performance management systems and overall strategies for performance management.

LDS0005 Leading Teams

The leader's role in the development and success of teams in the workplace is essential. Leaders learn the differences between a group and a team, analyze various types of teams including Self Directed Work Teams, and explain how coaching and mentoring skills assist team effectiveness.

LDS0006 Managing Change

Today's leaders are often called upon to implement and support the change process. They need to be able to identify and respond to internal and external factors that will determine when and what type of change initiatives are required. Environmental scanning, identifying trends, implementing and measuring successful change are all essential to developing and managing change to the benefit of the organization. Organizational readiness and risk assessment will also be covered in the context of best practices.

LDS0007 Finance

Leaders in any organization need to understand the cost of doing business. Financial documents are used to explain how money is used in a business and can be interpreted to predict an organization's success. The ethical and effective use of financial statements and ratio calculations for forecasting and budget preparation can ensure investments or withdrawals within an organization will produce a healthy return or mitigate decline in other areas. Knowing the processes for assessing Return on Investment (ROI), creating a budget and anticipating variances are critical in any organization in order to make effective decisions.

LDS0008 Project Management

Leadership today involves all aspects of an organization and multiple skills, duties and responsibilities. This course is designed to meet the needs of leaders in any organization who may be new to project management or who have not had formal project management training. This course provides the practical knowledge to start and complete a project successfully from a leadership perspective. You will learn how the elements of the Project Management Body of Knowledge are applied during each phase of a project's life cycle and the implications of project management on leadership within an organization. This will help establish priorities and effectively manage your projects and project teams.

LDS0009 Leading Responsibly

Sustainability in business is often related to profitability. Organizations need to incorporate practices that include a more holistic approach to the responsibility corporations have to their communities and the environment. Leaders need to assess the impact of the business in an ethical and globally sustainable way using measures such as Corporate Social Responsibility and triple-bottom line accounting.

LDS0010 Critical and Creative Thinking

Today more than ever, leaders need to be creative and critical thinkers in order to deal with all aspects of organizational, strategic and societal situations or environments. This course will build on the knowledge and skills covered in the previous courses. You will learn how to think creatively and critically in order to apply those skills to roles in the organization, and professional and personal situations. These skills will assist with analyzing information in order to respond to a wide variety of work and personal situations.