Program Overview

Why a Certificate in Program Leadership?

The Government of Canada’s Policy on Results instructs deputy heads with ensuring departments maintain the capacity to deliver results for major programs in their Inventory.

The Certificate in Program Leadership (CPL) is designed to ensure leaders in government are adept and assured at leading public sector programming in a digitally enabled world where fast-paced change, ambiguity and risk are the norm. Certificate graduates are prepared by the program to lead and ultimately deliver measurable success.

The CPL focuses on large, multifaceted government endeavors involving the delivery of various program components. Components may include central agency requirements, new and changed business models, heightened public expectations, demands of political leaders, and overall changes to the structure and capabilities of the public service.

The goal in delivering complex programs is that priorities are delivered on time, on budget and within scope. Further, in accordance with TBS requirements, these programs and their implementation must be properly aligned to the Departmental Results Framework and the Program Inventory while Performance Information Profiles are maintained.

The certificate program nurtures participant competencies in strategic thinking; understanding risk while assessing program effectiveness and efficiency even as priorities invariably shift. The cohort program emphasizes the importance of data for enhanced decision-making while building the necessary skill set required to work effectively across diverse teams and with stakeholders both within and outside government. The program provides the template to allow participants to define and frame complex problems while actively creating opportunities for disruptive innovation.

What do we mean by a Government Program?

The CPL defines a government program as a complex, multi-year initiative that involves a significant expenditure of public funds. It requires the commitment and active involvement of a team and stakeholder organizations to achieve the desired outcomes. It delivers, or enables, one or more benefits i.e., measurable improvements resulting from an outcome and perceived as an advantage by one or more stakeholders.

What is Program Leadership?

Program leadership uses inputs to achieve results and outcomes of strategic relevance. Program leadership differs from "traditional" project management where approaches are insufficient for complex, long-term undertakings.

Good program leadership creates the structure and practices needed to lead the initiative and enable senior-level leadership, oversight and control. Strategically, it encompasses the relationship between oversight and the department's overall business, and sets the stage for a disruptive future. It encompasses all decision-making roles and responsibilities involved in the program effort.

Upcoming Cohort

Registration is now open for the third cohort of this program which starts in January 2020.

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