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Business Communications Microcertificate

Program Start: 4 October 2023
Application Deadline: 3 April 2024
Location: Online
Credit Granting Institution: U of R


Do your writing, public speaking or facilitation skills need a boost?

Employers consistently share that employees at all career stages need training to communicate more effectively and consider communications key to advancement and success. 

With the Business Communications Professional Microcertificate, develop your written communications including emails and documents, as well as your confidence and storytelling abilities.  Adopt strategies for communicating clearly and concisely and learn how to tailor content to specific audiences. With the skills gained, you will be ready to engage and persuade your audience, as well as competently address sensitive topics.

You can take one, two or all three courses because they are standalone.  If you complete all three within two years,
you will be awarded the Business Communications Professional Microcertificate.  The courses can be taken in any order and there are no pre-requisites.

Who is it for? Anyone looking to:

  • upskill, reskill or build skills
  • gain recognition for a specific skill or skillset
  • obtain industry-recognizable credentials
  • boost their resumé

Course Descriptions

Written Communications - Oct 30-Nov 1 8:30-11:30am or Jan 24-26 8:30-11:30am
Do you ever feel stuck or uncertain when trying to express yourself professionally in an important email or document? Do you get feedback that you need to improve your writing for it to be more effective?  Learn how to write with confidence and clarity, analyze your audience, set the tone and influence others. Discover the benefits of using a writing framework to create content for both technical and non-technical audiences, and for real-world situations where your writing makes an impact.

Facilitation & Consensus Building - Oct 4-6 1:30-4:30pm or Apr 10-12 1:30-4:30pm
Did you know facilitation is an art that can be learned?  With proven skills and techniques, you can feel more in control and at ease when leading groups.  Learn to build trust and participation during meetings and discussions while creating the right conditions for powerful dialogue and consensus building.  Best practice techniques will help guide you from start to finish, whether through basic meeting management or larger staff and stakeholder activities.  With new skills and confidence, you can effectively engage with different audiences, seamlessly facilitate group settings and achieve actionable outcomes.

Presentation & Public Speaking - Nov 20-22 8:30-11:30am or Feb 28-Mar 1 8:30-11:30am
Have you ever admired a speaker for their finesse or ability to capture an audience’s attention and wished you could do the same?  Learn proven strategies for taking your presentation to the next level.  Whether speaking in a team meeting, delivering a proposal to a prospective client, or presenting to a large audience at a conference or event, professional public speaking skills will help build your confidence, assist in the delivery of your message, persuade others and generate enthusiasm.  This course is designed to help you overcome personal challenges such as fear and apprehension, while developing your own personal style and voice.  With your enhanced preparation and delivery skills, you will become a presenter others hope to emulate.


Number of hours: 14 hours per course x 3 = 42 hours total
Assessment: Participation: 80% attendance of each day
Previous education required: None
Delivery: Remote
Completion timeline: Within two years from the term in which you begin the program.

Tuition: $2,085*
*Note: Tuition, Books and Supplies, Health and Dental amounts are approximate, based on last year's program and may change at anytime.


Funding Opportunities: Our non-credit programs may qualify for the Canada Training Credit and Canada Saskatchewan Job Grant


*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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