Organizational Innovation Certificate

Developed in consultation with leading subject matter experts, the Organizational Innovation Certificate will help you strategically problem solve, identify innovations and successfully engage staff and clients to make improvements.

  • Classes to complete: 4 core courses and 3 elective courses
  • Number of hours: 7 courses X 14 hours = 98 hours
  • Achievement: Organizational Innovation Certificate
  • Course Fee: Each course is $695+GST
    Each certificate course is being offered in a blended format using Zoom and CCE Community. You will be required to commit to a total of 14 hours of learning including: pre-work, after class work with your group, and on your own.

WATCH: Instructor Chris McKee on the Importance of Innovation

Through case studies, instruction and simulation, students get the opportunity to practice applying this innovative approach so it can be immediately applied in the workplace. You will be prepared to deliver exceptional results, tap into your team’s potential for innovation and improve your own and your organization’s problem-solving capabilities.

These skills will be invaluable to anyone wanting to advance their career by learning to lead improvement and innovation across public, non-profit, healthcare or private sectors. The program can also be customized to meet your organization's unique needs.

Funding Opportunities

Our non-credit programs may qualify for the Canada-Saskatchewan Job Grant, Canada Training Credit, Re-Skill Saskatchewan Training Subsidy (RSTS) and the URAA Alumni Professional Development Award.


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Required Courses Course Name
Prerequisite Fundamentals of Innovation (must be taken first)
Sep 27-29
Required Identifying Innovations
Oct 17-19
Required Operational and Strategic Problem Solving
Nov 2-4
Required Implementing Change (must be last certificate course taken)
Winter 2023
Elective Courses (3 are required)
Elective Change Management Winter 2023
Elective Inspiring Innovation - Creating a Culture for Change Nov 14-16
Elective Data Analytics for Innovation Nov 30-Dec 2
Elective Navigating Change - Leading Through  Uncertainty
Dec 12-14
Elective Facilitating Improvement - Staff and Client Engagement Winter 2023

Course Descriptions

Fundamentals of Innovation


In this introductory course, you will learn the fundamental tools and skills of improvement and innovation.  Topics covered will include understanding value from the client’s perspective and the differences between value-add and non-value-add work.  You will be introduced to approaches that engage the workforce and clients in identifying innovative solutions.  Students can expect to leave the class with knowledge and skills in basic innovation tools.

Identifying Innovations


This course provides practical tools for how to identify and analyze problems, select the best opportunities for innovation, and create an implementation plan to close gaps.   You will learn the roles for leaders, employees, and clients in applying these tools.

Operational and Strategic Problem-Solving


Learn an 8-step process for problem solving that can be used for any type or size of problem.  You will learn about the cycle of improvement based on the scientific research method and proven techniques for root cause analysis.   Gain practice in using the tools so that they can be applied immediately upon return to your organization.
Implementing and Sustaining Change


Improvement and innovation can be exciting, but it is often hard to sustain the gains.  Learn visual management approaches and standard work practices to help sustain change.  Learn how to develop and track measurements to ensure your innovation sticks.

This is the last course to be taken in the certificate program.

Data Analytics for Innovation


Learn about the different types of measures and methods for data collection, analysis and display that support an innovation agenda.   Learn how practical tools like driver diagrams can help you measure progress towards your goals and identify actions and measures to assess the performance of your innovative ideas.  Learn the differences between data for accountability, improvement and research.  Practical tips for how to address barriers to measurement in your innovation project will also be covered.

Navigating Change - Leading Through Uncertainty


Learn WIIFM (“What’s in it for me?”) and how to assess organizational readiness to adopt change.   Students will gain an understanding of the adoption curve and how it impacts where and when to focus efforts.  Learn concepts such as “fail forward fast” that support the mindset needed to create a learning organization.  This course will cover the phases of innovation from basic to advanced.  The role of the leader and how to establish line of sight on your organization’s innovation work will be explained.  A day in the life of the leader and opportunities to release more time to lead will be explored.  Understand how the seemingly unpredictable can be predicted.

Inspiring Innovation - Creating a Culture for Change


In this course, we will explore how to create a sense of urgency and compelling vision to guide innovation efforts.  It will focus on developing the narrative, building engagement and sustaining focus.  Learn how to build strategic alignment and deployment to implement innovation in any organization.  The course will help you build an organization of problem seekers and solvers through coaching, monitoring, and measurement.   Students will learn how standard work for leaders can create and sustain a culture of change.

Facilitating Improvement - Staff and Client Engagement


Learn the roles required to successful set up teams to drive improvement and innovation in any organization.  Students will gain knowledge of how to identify and leverage team dynamics to advance improvement and innovation projects.  Practical tips for engaging clients / customers and staff will be covered.   Learn specific tools and technique to capture the client / customer experience that can be used to drive innovations.  Practical approaches for engaging staff in everyday idea programs will also be presented.

Change Management


Learn the foundations of change management including common approaches.  Learn how concepts such as a “respect of people” are critical to ensuring successful improvement and innovation initiatives in your organization.   Students will receive practical tips and tools for managing change throughout the lifecycle of your innovation journey.

The Details: What you need to know

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