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Pillars of Management

Pillars of management is a discipline that typically includes four general functions: planning, organizing, directing, and controlling. Individuals can develop their knowledge and skills in these areas to be more effective managers and leaders, while accomplishing organizational goals.

Whether you are new to management or plan to move into a management role in the future, our Pillars of Management Certificate of Completion will help you develop the fundamentals skills needed to be a successful manager. In this program, discover practical techniques for improving your communication skills, learn the fundamentals of human resources management, and increase your understanding of how to interpret, evaluate and analyze financial statements.


  • Online delivery
  • Enhance your career prospects
  • Demonstrate workplace competencies to potential employers
  • Learn from experienced industry professionals
  • Earn a recognized credential
  • This program is eligible towards Blue Seal Certification

Program Format

  • 4 required courses (60 hours)
  • Can be completed in 4 months or up to 3 years

This program is offered in collaboration with Mount Royal University.

Required courses

  • XMGD 20004 – Effective Workplace Communication
    • Examine how strong communication skills are crucial for outstanding performance and career advancement. Increase the effectiveness of your skills using practical techniques for clear communication, active listening, and non-verbal and electronic communication.
  • XMGD 20020 – Human Resource Basics
    • Gain a fundamental overview of human resources management. Acquire an appreciation and basic comprehension of legislation affecting employees, knowledge regarding the recruitment/selection process, training and development, and managing day-to-day performance.
  • XMGD 20017 – Understanding Leadership
    • Learn how to become an outstanding leader as you explore the concept of leadership, and identify leadership functions and roles. Participate in hands-on activities that help you understand what effective leadership entails. Discover the difference between leadership and management, and be able to apply theoretical concepts to your job the very next day.
  • XMGD 20003 – Understanding and Using Financial Information
    • Learn how to interpret, evaluate and analyze financial statements to manage finances more effectively. Use ratio analysis to assess the performance of a business from the balance sheet, income statement and other financial information. Gain an understanding of how to apply generally accepted accounting concepts to your work.

Course Schedule

Subject CodeCourse Reference NumberStart DateEnd DateCourse HoursCourse Fees
(Plus GST)
XMGD 20004Not offered this semester
XMGD 20020Not offered this semester
XMGD 20017Not offered this semester
XMGD 20003Not offered this semester