Executive and Professional Development


Certificate in Policy Development and Implementation

Policy is the link between organizational intent and behaviour. It is reflected in what organizations do, and in what they do not do.

When it is clearly articulated, communicated, implemented and managed, policy provides focus and consistency. It clarifies intent and enables organizations to manage expectations; it enables leaders to empower and provide guidance to their people. It enables them to monitor, oversee and manage for results.

More and more organizations are opting to use documented policy statements and manuals as the primary means of providing that focus and consistency. However, many organizations struggle with what policy is, with when and how it is most effectively developed and applied, and with how to articulate it in ways that are relevant, appropriately comprehensive, and understandable. Too often they misstep and the results are policies that aren’t really policies; policies that have no impact or unintended impacts; and policies that aren’t implementable or enforceable. Learn the elements in properly evaluating your policy’s effectiveness.

The Certificate in Policy Development and Implementation has been designed for practitioners of all experiences taking one from the initial stages of policy development to the final stages of documenting it.  Participants will be introduced to strategies by experienced policy practitioners to enable them to lead, manage, support, and influence the policy process.

Certificate Requirements

The certificate must be completed within a two-year period. Participants must complete all three seminars.

7 Day Certificate


Fee: $2,715
Facilitators:  and 
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Required Seminars

– Introduction and overview to effective policy and decision making

  • 2 DAYS
    November 7 - 8, 2018
    March 13 - 14, 2019

- Implementation Strategies and how best to communicate

  • 2 DAYS
    January 21 - 22, 2019
    May 23 - 24, 2019

- The language of policy and writing for clarity.

  • 2 DAYS
    December 10 - 11, 2018
    April 29 - 30, 2019

- NEW - How is the policy working?  Do people understand it? Are there compliance concerns?

  • 1 DAY
    February 27, 2019
    June 5, 2019