Organizations and researchers consistently identify strong communication skills as key contributors to the success of job seekers and employees. The communication skills developed in this certificate are widely recognized and in demand across a broad range of employment sectors and organizations. 
According to the Government of Canada, this demand will continue in the coming years as communications skills are integral to professional occupations in advertising, marketing, and public relations. The Canadian government projects that available positions in these occupations will exceed the number of job seekers until 2028.

Industry and Careers
The skills taught in this certificate are applicable across nearly all sectors. Whether you wish to enrich your skill set in the following roles, or you are interested in pursuing a new career, this certificate offers opportunities for a variety of career paths:

  • Communications consultant
  • Communications officer
  • Communications specialist
  • Community manager
  • Content creator
  • Content manager
  • Corporate trainer
  • Creative technologist
  • Experience designer
  • Information architect
  • Policy analyst
  • Public relations manager or strategist
  • Search marketing specialist
  • Social media manager or specialist

Who Should Take This Certificate?

  • Professionals looking to improve their communication skills and hone their ability to write, speak, and communicate visually
  • Individuals who want to increase their confidence and ability to reach internal and external audiences
  • Professionals seeking to advance in their organization or career
  • Individuals interested in new media platforms and developing skills to use them effectively

What Will You Learn?

After completing this certificate, you will able to:

  • Utilize your newfound knowledge of and the ability to adapt the basic forms and genres of contemporary professional communication to workplace demands
  • Analyze communication scenarios and develop appropriate and effective organizational and individual responses
  • Understand fundamental principles of effective written, spoken, and visual communication techniques that will allow the learner to apply these skills and evaluate the communication products that rely on them
  • Utilize practical skills that will help them communicate effectively using new media forms
  • Employ communication skills that recognize and help to create equitable, diverse, and inclusive professional environments

Certificate Requirements

  • 6 required courses
  • 2 electives
  • Cumulative grade point average (GPA) of 1.67+


Admission Criteria


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent
    • With 6 Grade 12 U credits (including English, Mathematics (Advanced Functions and one of either Calculus and Vectors or Data Management), and Science (Biology or Chemistry or Physics)) OR M credits with a minimum average of 70 percent or equivalent academic status


  • Mature student status

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