Each new specialized certificate takes only three courses to complete.

Specialized communication certificates shorter, more flexible

Three new specialized communication certificates are replacing the previous Certificate in Professional Communication (CPC).

About the new certificates

What's new

  • The Certificate in Professional Communication (CPC) is now three short certificates.
  • Each specialized certificate takes only three courses to complete.
  • It's easier to earn a certificate before you graduate.
  • Choose the certificate that matches your goals.
  • Be more marketable to future employers.
  • All courses offered by the Graham School of Professional Development in the College of Engineering

Admission requirements

1. Completed at least 60 credit units of post-secondary studies

2. 60% average in the most recent 18 credit units of completed coursework

3. Completion of RCM:200 Effective Professional Communication (formerly RCM 300), or an approved equivalent

4. Proficiency in English 


  • Apply by June 30 to start your specialized certificate this September. 


  •  Email graham.school@usask.ca

CPC - Leadership and Negotiation

In the Certificate in Professional Communication – Leadership and Negotiation (CPC-LN) you will learn both theory and practical strategies that will help you become an effective leader and negotiator, making you a well-rounded and versatile colleague.

In learning leadership as communication, you will be challenged to develop your abilities to guide, motivate and support others toward common goals. You will also learn more about the fundamental elements of negotiation as they relate to written and spoken communication. 

Learn more about the CPC-LN and apply.

CPC - Persuasive Communication

When you take the Certificate in Professional Communication – Persuasive Communication (CPC-PC), you will learn how to use the art of persuasion in written and oral communication. Topics that you will study include understanding what makes a message convincing, how to craft effective messages for a variety of audiences and learning how credibility is established. 

Learn more about the CPC-PC and apply.

CPC - Technical and Professional Writing

During your courses in the Certificate in Professional Communication - Technical and Professional Writing (CPC-TPW) you will develop the writing and editing skills you need to communicate clearly and effectively with the public and in academic, professional and technical contexts.

You will be equipped with tools to analyze your purpose and audience before you begin writing. You will learn the composition, editing and technical skills needed to craft well-written material, whether your task involves a few sentences or a full report. You will also learn how to summarize technical and scientific information and adapt it for a general audience. 

Learn more about the CPC-TPW and apply.