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No matter what your role, you need to be able to communicate. Over 70 percent of our workdays are spent interacting with others, so communication is an activity that we rely on heavily. The Certificate in Business Communications allows you combine courses suited to your needs to build a certificate to fit your requirements, whether to improve your interpersonal, written or verbal skills. Once you complete one writing course, you can decide what other communication skills you want to work on.

Here are some ideas on how to choose from the courses listed below to improve your daily communication. As a team member or team leader, you need to have well-developed interpersonal communication skills to get your ideas across clearly. Your writing is under continuous scrutiny and you want to gain some strategies for the government environment. And finally, regardless of your role, improving your writing skills will increase your ease and effectiveness in keeping people informed to maintain strong working relations.

If your goal is to improve your confidence and skills as a communicator then the Certificate in Business Communications is a good place to start.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate must be completed within a two-year period. Participants must complete the required Business Writing Skills seminar plus two elective seminars.

Individual Writing Analysis: Completion of each writing-related seminar in the Certificate in Business Communications entitles you to register for an additional analysis session.

6 Day Certificate


Fee: $2,295
Facilitators: donalee Moulton BA, Michael Kennedy BSc, CAE, MEd
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Required Seminar

Business Writing Skills - Edit for clarity and conciseness

  • 2 DAYS
    September 25 - 26, 2019
    February 3 - 4, 2020
    May 7 - 8, 2020 

Choose 2 Elective Seminars

Editing Essentials - How to edit that first draft for effective communication

  • 2 DAYS
    November 14 - 15, 2019
    Apr 6 - 7, 2020

Grammar and Punctuation Boot Camp - Learn how to avoid the most common grammatical mistakes

  • 2 DAYS
    October 23 - 24, 2019
    March 9 - 10, 2020
    June 18 - 19, 2020

Improving Interpersonal Communication – How to communicate successfully 

  • 2 DAYS
    December 2 - 3, 2019
    March 19 - 20, 2020
    June 1 - 2, 2020

Techniques and Strategic Communications for Government Professionals - Key strategies for sifting through the information to make recommendations

  • 2 DAYS
    January 13 - 14, 2020
    April 22 - 23, 2020