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School of Continuing Studies | University of Toronto

Leadership Essentials Certificate

Are you a manager ready to develop your leadership skills? Gain that professional edge quickly with fast and focused courses in the Professional Development (PD) areas of Conflict Management, Critical Thinking, Top Performers and Leading Effective Teams, Managing People Effectively, Negotiation Skills and Strategy.

To complete the Leadership Essentials Certificate, you will need to complete all the courses in any three Professional Development (PD) areas, for a total of 6 courses.

Conflict Management

SCS 2355 Understanding and Managing Conflict
SCS 2705 Conflict Management Skills

Critical Thinking

SCS 2149 Critical Thinking Essentials
SCS 2329 Critical Thinking Advanced

Top Performers and Leading Effective Teams

SCS 2753 The DNA of Top Performers
SCS 2754 The DNA of Highly Effective Teams

Managing People Effectively

SCS 2089 Managing People Essentials
SCS 2242 Managing People Advanced

Negotiation Skills

SCS 2072 Be an Effective Negotiator
SCS 2080 Powerful Negotiation Skills


SCS 2523 Win with Strategy
SCS 2524 Strategy in Turbulent Times


  • Students have three years from the start date of your first course to complete the certificate.
  • Prior Learning Assessment (PLA) may be granted for one course.

We are committed to helping students as they progress through Certificate programs or individual study plans. If you wish to speak to our program office staff about your study plans or your individual situation, please feel free to contact Eva Lum, Program Administrator, Leadership Essentials at eva.lum@utoronto.ca or 416-946-3502 or contact our Student Services Department at learn@utoronto.ca or 416-978-2400.

Upon completion of your certificate requirements, you must request your certificate by submitting a Certificate Request Form. Click here to complete the form online.