In this article, we will be looking at the best short courses in Canada.

Short Courses in Canada

1. Certificate in Arts Management, Bishop’s University, Sherbrooke – June 2020

Bishop’s University’s Certificate in Arts Management covers two semesters of tuition in Sherbrooke from June 2020. You can take courses in Business as well as one of the creative arts (Drama, Fine Arts or Music) during this program. Additionally, you will also learn about administering non-profit arts organisations and how they interact with the public and private sectors.

This can be a really useful program for someone looking to work in museums, art galleries, but also concert halls and community organisations, festival management etc. You can apply until 1st of June 2020 and you will need to attend the program on campus on a full-time basis.


2. Online Diploma of Applied Psychology and Counselling, Kelowna Collage of Professional Counselling – Anytime

This is an accelerated one-year program which is offered completely online. You can choose to specialize in counselling, which will lead to entry-level employment in mental health agencies or private practice, or in psychotherapy practice, which is aimed at entry-to-mid-level mental health professionals and will prepare you for careers in private practice or community agencies.

The total number of hours studied is 980 over 16 courses, and everything is available online with optional on-campus study groups if you are able to visit.

Kelowna College of Professional Counselling is well regarded, having received the highest certification for private career colleges from the Ministry of Advanced Education in British Columbia.


3. Certificate in Business Essentials Co-op, Toronto School of Management – November 2020

This 31-week program includes 12 weeks of co-op placement. It is a business essentials course which will teach you organizational structures, functions and behaviors. You will learn how to enhance your business communication skills and how to access finances, as well as how to use financial analysis for decision making.

You will need to attend this short course in Canada on campus for the 7 months.

With this certificate, you can expect to be able to work in administrative support functions, customer service roles, property administration, planning, scheduling etc.

The Toronto School of Management offers a wide range of career-focused courses in business administration, hospitality, tourism, etc. and welcomes students from all over the world.


4. Online Certificate in Executive Coaching, Royal Roads University – Various Dates

This is an accredited coach training program for a duration of 6 months and offered every few months with various deadlines for application (please consult their website:

It’s aimed at working professionals expanding their coaching knowledge and can then be combined into a master’s programme with the university, through credit transfer. Small-group residencies held on campus are available in parallel to the online learning. The programme covers topics such as best practice, foundations of executive coaching, academic integrity and executive coaching in organisations.


5. Human Resources Management Certificate, York University of Continuing Studies

This course is offered on campus in Toronto and lasts seven months. It covers basic topics under human resources such as recruitment and labour relations, health and safety, finance and organisational behaviour. As the program is designed for post-graduates, it assumes that you already hold a degree and it will be taught in quite an intense fashion with classes being held daily, Monday to Friday. You should also dedicate 3-5 hours of reading every week in addition to assignments and test preparation. The programme aims to give you practical, hands-on knowledge rather than theoretical information so it is a good way to enhance your skill set in HR management.


6. Certificate in Content Marketing, York University of Continuing Studies

This certificate is delivered online with three weekends in class on the Toronto Campus. Students are expected to be part-time, so this is ideally flexible for working individuals. The entire program duration is 6 months.

The main aim of this program is to enhance your skills in digital marketing and content creation, in an ever expanding world where techniques are evolving extremely quickly. You will learn how and where to engage your audience with relevant and persuasive content delivered consistently. This short course in Canada teaches strategy as well as technical expertise and will give you the opportunity to test your skills by also working with actual companies on some real-world projects. Therefore, you will also graduate with a portfolio of project work.


7. ABC Business Academy, Toronto Business Academy – Summer School

This 3-week summer school is for people looking to develop business skills and practice a business pitch. Over the course of the program, you will attend interactive lectures on entrepreneurship and international business. You also benefit from visits from guest speakers, mentors and coaches who are leaders in Canadian industry. Toronto Business Academy also organise corporate visits to successful companies for their students. If you have your own business idea, this program is ideal as they will help you develop it. It is also a good networking opportunity. The next summer school will take place in July 2020 and you can already pre-apply now on their website.


8. Online Professional Development Certificate in Global Logistics Management, MacEwan University School of Continuing Education

In association with the Supply Chain Management Association of Alberta, MacEwan University are offering a series of online courses for existing supply chain industry professionals. These will teach you about purchasing and transportation logistics, advanced sourcing and integrated business systems in different domestic and international settings. There are a total of eight courses and they can be taken individually at your own pace, and once you have completed them all you can receive the professional development certificate.


9. Online Course on Software Construction: Object-Oriented Design, The University of British Columbia via edX

This is a free online course running for 6 weeks, which you can complete at your own pace. It teaches the principles of object-oriented design and introduces new abstraction techniques and design patterns. You will learn about Java as well as many software development concepts that you can apply to other languages. While this short course in Canada is free, there is also a certificate available for $125 – this Verified track will give you staff grading for the project and increased interaction with the instructors.


10. English (TOEFL-IELTS Preparation), International Language Institute

Through an eight-week intensive program, meeting every day for 5 hours, you will work on your listening, speaking, reading and writing skills in order to prepare specifically for the TOEFL and IELTS exams. The course includes strategies for approaching the specific exam tasks and testing on the computer. The program includes two mini-exams and one complete practice exam to help you test out what you have learnt.


11. Paralegal Short Course, Algonquin College

This is a one-year Graduate Certificate program over 3 semesters, which will prepare you for applying to the Law Society of Ontario in order to become a licensed paralegal. After the 3 semesters of coursework, you will be required to complete a 120-hour field placement as well. You will be studying the areas of law that are relevant to the type of work you can perform as a paralegal, as governed by the Law Society. You will learn about case management and trial preparation in small claims court proceedings, provincial offences and summary conviction matters, and proceedings before administrative tribunals.


12. WSET Level 2 Award in Wines and Spirits, Institut de Tourisme et d’Hotellerie du Quebec

This is an interesting course for those who already work with wine or are a connoisseur and it is the first step towards obtaining a Masters of Wine certification, the world’s most prestigious title in the sommelier profession. This short course in Canada runs for 2 months at two times of the year and covers an international overview of the wine industry as well as sommelier training. The program runs in autumn or winter each year for a total of 40 course hours and is taught part-time at the institute in Montreal. You should have a good basic knowledge of the wine industry before enrolling.


13. Certificate in Project Management and Professional Communication, MacEwan University School of Continuing Education

This one-year program teaches you the skills to deal with any project: organizing and motivating the right team, delegating tasks, time and budget management, and strategic planning skills. This program applies to projects in any industry. In addition to the training in project management, they aim to develop your skills in verbal, written and non-verbal communication as well as your confidence. They will also cover topics such as the Canadian workplace and intercultural communication. The program start dates are January and September and it will be delivered on campus.


14. Certificate in Heritage Resources Management, Athabasca University

Heritage Resources Management involves working with historical artifacts, both tangible and intangible, and all such elements which society determines are of value and worth preserving.

For this certificate, all courses are offered in distance format with tutor support, and you must complete them all to obtain the diploma. You will learn about heritage research, collections, Canadian policy, conservation, general principles of planning historic places and interpretive programming. The program also includes 240-hour project where you can apply your course learnings in a particular heritage setting.


15. Certificate in Customer Excellence Co-op, Toronto School of Management

This is a 31-week program which includes 12 weeks of a co-op placement. This short course in Canada aims to prepare you for positions in hotels, restaurants or other hospitality and tourism establishments. You could also work in travel agencies and transportation with this certificate.


16. How to Code – Simple Data, Certificate, University of British Columbia UBCx

This 7-week program uses the online platform EdX to teach you how to write well-tested and easy to improve programs, on your way to mastering any programming language. The course focuses on a systematic programming method so doesn’t restrict you to a programming language. It covers how to develop program requirements, how to produce programs with consistent structure that are then easy to modify, and how to make your programs more reliable by building tests as an integral part of the programming process. The course concludes with the design of a simple interactive game.


17. Gourmet Short Courses at Le Cordon Bleu, Culinary Arts Institute of Ottawa

Le Cordon Bleu offer a range of short courses in Canada for culinary enthusiasts without requiring and previous experience. The courses range from one afternoon to four days long and are taught in the Ottawa campus. Currently, upcoming courses cover Julia Child and how to create a main dish inspired by her recipes, and a 6-hour workshop on viennoiseries – how to make butterfly croissants, puff pastries, sweet breads and brioches. You should check their website for new courses and timings which are updated regularly.


18. Brewing Microbiology, Siebel Institute of Technology

This is a 2-week full-time course which will teach you the appropriate methods for biological and sanitary control within the brewery and also the understanding of the essential modern-day tools for effective microbiological evaluation of process and product. You should have at least one year of homebrewing experience to attend, or have completed the Executive Overview of the Brewing Process course.


19. Certificate in Aquaculture, Fleming College

Aquaculture is the farming of marine and freshwater fish and seafood, and this short course in Canada is the only compressed one-year post-graduate certificate on this topic in Ontario.

The program combines hands-on operational experience, field trips to experience aspects of the industry such as trout farming and conservation stocking, and business training. Most of the program takes place in the campus hatchery facilities, which include an Atlantic salmon hatchery and a muskellunge hatchery. The final semester is an 8-week internship to allow you to specialise in your area of interest.


20. Academic English, Languages Across Borders Vancouver

This course allows you to improve your reading skills and grammar in spoken and written English, specifically looking at building academic vocabulary, grammar structures, reading comprehension and academic writing skills. It can be done at 6 different levels of proficiency and lasts 4 weeks, taught full-time on campus. It is an intensive course run on a rolling basis, every month. It will practice your grammar, reading comprehension and ability to understand relationships between words.


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