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Change Management and Innovation Certificate

Program Start: 16 October 2023
Application Deadline: 9 October 2023
Location: Online
Credit Granting Institution: U of R


Gain the knowledge, tools and confidence you need to support or lead change and innovation – no matter how big or small. 

Developed in consultation with leading subject matter experts, the Change Management and Innovation Certificate will help you strategically problem solve, identify innovations and successfully engage staff, clients and stakeholders to make improvements.

These skills are invaluable to anyone wanting to advance their career by learning to lead improvement and innovation across public, private and sectors such as non-profit and healthcare. It is recommended to take the Fundamentals of Innovation as the first course.

Students who complete the Advanced Leadership Certificate gain in demand skills and become University of Regina Alumni.

Course Descriptions


Identifying InnovationOct 16-18 1:30-4:30pm, also Feb 6-8 8:30-11:30am
This course provides practical tools for how to identify and analyze problems, select the best opportunities for innovation, and create an implementation plan to close gaps.  You will learn the roles for leaders, employees, and clients in applying these tools.

Fundamentals of Innovation - Jan 16-18 8:30-11:30am
In this introductory course, you will learn the fundamental tools and skills of improvement and innovation. Topics covered include understanding value from the client’s perspective and the differences between value-add and non-value-add work. You will be introduced to approaches that engage the workforce and clients in identifying innovative solutions.

Students can expect to leave the class with knowledge and skills in basic innovation tools. It is recommended to take the Fundamentals of Innovation as the first course in the Change Management and Innovation Certificate.

Operational and Strategic Problem Solving - Feb 27-29 1:30-4:30pm
Learn an 8-step process for problem solving that can be used for any type or size of problem. You will learn about the cycle of improvement based on the scientific research method and proven techniques for root cause analysis.  Gain practice in using the tools so that they can be applied immediately upon return to your organization.

Implementing Change - Apr 16-18 1:30-4:30pm
Improvement and innovation can be exciting, but it is often hard to sustain the gains.  Learn visual management approaches and standard work practices to help sustain change.  Learn how to develop and track measurements to ensure your innovation sticks.

This is the final course in the Organizational Innovation certificate and must be taken last.

Electives (3 Required):

Inspiring Innovation - Creating a Culture for Change - Nov 13-15 1:30-4:30pm
In this course, you will explore how to create a sense of urgency and compelling vision to guide innovation efforts.  It will focus on developing the narrative, building engagement and sustaining focus.  Learn how to build strategic alignment and deployment to implement innovation in any organization.  The course will help you build an organization of problem seekers and solvers through coaching, monitoring, and measurement.  Students will learn how standard work for leaders can create and sustain a culture of change.

Facilitating Improvement - Staff and Client Engagement - Dec 11-13 8:30-11:30am
Learn the roles required to successfully set up teams to drive improvement and innovation in any organization. Students will gain knowledge of how to identify and leverage team dynamics to advance improvement and innovation projects.  Practical tips for engaging clients/customers and staff will be covered, as well as specific tools and techniques to capture the client/customer experience that can be used to drive innovations. Practical approaches for engaging staff in everyday idea programs will also be presented.

Change Management - Dec 13-15 8:30-11:30am
Tackle and lead change with confidence. Learn how concepts such as "respect of people" are critical to ensuring successful improvement and innovation initiatives in your organization.  You will gain practical tips and tools for managing change throughout the lifecycle of the innovation journey.

Navigating Change - Leading Through Uncertainty - Mar 13-15 1:30-4:30pm
Learn “What’s in it for me?” (WIIFM) and how to assess organizational readiness to adopt change. You will gain an understanding of the adoption curve and how it impacts where and when to focus efforts.  Learn concepts such as “fail forward fast” that support the mindset needed to create a learning organization.  This course will cover the phases of innovation from basic to advanced.  The role of the leader and how to establish line of sight on your organization’s innovation work will also be explained.  A day in the life of the leader and opportunities to make more time to lead will be explored.  By the end of the course, you will  also understand how the seemingly unpredictable can be predicted.

Data Analytics for Innovation - Apr 1-3 1:30-4:30pm
Learn about the different types of measures and methods for data collection, analysis and display that support an innovation agenda.  You will discover how practical tools such as driver diagrams can help you measure progress towards your goals and identify actions and measures to assess the performance of your innovative ideas.  At the end of the course, you will be able to identify the differences between data for accountability, improvement and research.  Practical tips for how to address barriers to measurement in your innovation project will also be covered.



Comprised of: 4 required courses and 3 electives
Duration: 14 hrs per course X 7 = 98 hrs total
Delivery: Face-to-face and remote offerings
Achievement: Change Management and Innovation Certificate
Assessment: Course completion based on pass/fail assigned by instructor. Based on 80% attendance of each day synchronous learning; completing assignments and group work; and active participation. You must commit to a total of 14 hours of learning including: pre-work, after class work with your group, and on your own.
Completion timeline: Within three years from the term in which you begin the program.

*Students must commit to all modules days.*

Tuition: $4,865*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


*GST and PST will be added to the tuition cost.


Note: all Professional Development Certificates are non-credit/non-academic and do not offer course credit at the Universities, Sask Polytech, or other academic institutions.


PLEASE NOTE: This course is not eligible for a T2202A tax slip.  Courses must be a minimum of 10 hours classroom study per week for a minimum of 3 consecutive weeks to qualify.

This course is not eligible for International admission.

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