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Ask anyone in management what advice they would share with someone wanting a career in management and you will get lots of different answers. But a common thread is that it will involve learning. With that in mind, the Certificate in Skills for New Managers was developed to give you learning experiences to prepare you for that next position.

Everyone’s path to management will vary, just as your education and work experience leading to that point is unique. The first step is to understand your skills and attributes and how they will translate into a role as a manager. Leadership Skills for the New Manager will provide you with an action plan, including what areas you may want to focus your next courses on. 

For many beginning in management, it’s figuring out how to think strategically, in line with the organization while keeping personal goals in mind. Every new manager must understand that a large part of their job involves human resources and so it becomes very important to learn how to best work together. Ultimately the responsibility of every manager is to build processes that work – personally, for the team and for the organization. What you will be doing will change, so how you think about and approach that work will need to change. 

Any new opportunity requires that you build on your current skills and learn new ones. By enrolling in the Certificate in Skills for New Managers you will be gaining fundamental skills in the specific areas you need, while learning from the experiences of other new managers joining in the certificate program. Some of the seminars in this program require some advance preparation to ensure you get the most out of the program. 

Certificate Requirements

The certificate must be completed within a two-year period. Participants must complete the required Leadership Skills for the New Manager seminar plus two elective seminars.

6 Day Certificate


Fee: $2,295
Facilitators: Brenda Fair, BA, CPHRMatt MacPhee, BSc. and Sylvie Thibault, BA, MBA
Location: Saint Mary’s University at 1800 Argyle Street 8th Floor Halifax NS


Required Seminar

Leadership Skills for the New Manager - Develop a plan to prepare for a career in management

  • 2 DAYS
    September 23 - 24, 2019
    January 20 - 21, 2020
    April 15 - 16, 2020

Choose 2 Elective Seminars

Applying Strategic Thinking - Connects the elements of strategy for the organization to your role

  • 2 DAYS
    December 16 - 17, 2019
    April 8 - 9, 2020   

Developing Managerial Effectiveness - Learn to Prioritize, Plan, Prepare and Perform

  • 2 DAYS
    November 20 - 21, 2019
    March 30 - 31, 2020
    June 22 - 23, 2020

Essentials of Managing People - REVISED - HR is the role of every new manager, understand fundamental HR practices and how best to work together

  • 2 DAYS
    October 15 - 16, 2019
    March 16 - 17, 2020