Burnaby, Canada - Simon Fraser University Continuing Studies – Certificate in Community Capacity Building

Please note that this program is not available for individual registration. We offer it only in collaboration with community organizations and groups.

Learn to engage your community

Develop the skills you need to create the kind of community you want to live in with SFU’s Certificate in Community Capacity Building. This program, which we offer in collaboration with community organizations and groups, accredits and recognizes the rich learning that occurs in community project work. You will study in the classroom and choose, plan, implement, and evaluate a real project that will have a positive impact in your community.

Nurture community leadership

You and the other program participants will become more effective community leaders by learning the theory and practice of community-engaged work. You’ll get the tools you need to make a positive difference, learn about issues of critical importance to your community, build connections with community members, and get experience that you can easily put into a resume, portfolio, or school application to help you pursue your goals.

Through many learning and community-building activities, you’ll gain skills like the following:

  • Community mapping

  • Needs assessment

  • Project planning

  • Budgeting

  • Proposal writing

  • Networking

  • Global currents

  • Community history

Benefit from a program and schedule that’s customized for you

This program is available in a variety of ways and with a focus on any number of community issues. It can take anywhere from six months to two years to complete. We recognize the strength and value of diverse learning styles and experiences, and we emphasize experiential and authentic learning opportunities.

We can craft the content to address many different issues, including the following:

  • HIV and social determinants of health

  • Adult and community literacy

  • Youth engagement

  • Aboriginal health and wellness

  • Food security

Contact us to discuss how we can work with you and your group or organization to create a program that will work for you.

Is the Certificate in Community Capacity Building for you?

The Certificate in Community Capacity Building is for people who want to expand their skills, share them with others, and make a positive difference in their communities. We’ve designed it specifically for people who experience systemic barriers to post-secondary education, and we can customize the program in collaboration with your organization to meet the capacity-building needs in your community.


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