Program Description

The aim of the certificate is to equip professionals with graduate-level applied, relevant, and theoretical expertise in leading and supporting individuals and organizations through change. The program focuses on the application of learning in areas such as:

  • connecting change efforts to organizational strategy
  • whole systems interventions
  • culture transformation
  • managing power and influence
  • engagement and communication strategies
  • building sustainable change leadership capacity
  • measurement and evaluation of change management efforts

Who It's For

This program is recommended for managers, supervisors, change leaders and enablers who desire, or have a recognized business need, to enhance their competency and successfully manage change in their organizations or communities. Those wishing to become effective, in-demand Change Management Practitioners, will be equipped with the knowledge, tools, and key skills necessary to create a comprehensive change strategy that engages all levels of an organization. 

Upon successful completion, graduates can apply for transfer credit in select Royal Roads University’s master's programs with a portion of the tuition waived.

RRU is a Qualified Educational Provider (QEP™) for the Association of Change Management Professionals (ACMP®). The Graduate Certificate in Change Management aligns with ACMP’s Standard for Change Management© (The Standard) and adult education best practices.

Delivery Model

The Graduate Certificate in Change Management program includes a five-day on-campus component, followed by two online courses, and concludes with a final three-day on-campus Capstone. This unique structure provides working professionals with an opportunity to benefit from the synergy of an on-campus experience and learn through the online medium while still meeting professional and personal responsibilities.

On-Campus Learning

Students can expect the residency periods to be quite rigorous. The daily schedule for residencies is usually from 8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Homework, readings, and team assignments are completed outside of these hours, so it is recommended that you keep your evenings available for these activities.

Online Learning

The online portion of our Graduate Certificate in Change Management program is delivered through the Moodle learning platform. There are deadlines for assignments; however, students work through the requirements of the course at their own pace. A number of different information delivery methods are used, including textbooks, articles, case studies, interactive learning and "chat" bulletin boards for corresponding with your team members, who may be on the other side of the country. Students are assigned to a team during the first residency and continue to work together during the online courses.

Each 9-week online course is taken consecutively and requires a level of effort of approximately 15 to 20 hours per week. During the first online course, the amount of time required may be higher as students familiarize themselves with our online learning platform.

Advanced Standing

Upon completion of this certificate program, successful graduates may apply credits towards our MBA, MA in Tourism Management, and MA in Interdisciplinary Studies programs. The tuition will be adjusted accordingly.