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Academic Preparation Certificate

The Academic Preparation Certificate is designed to help you prepare for your time at Laurier. The more time you put into thinking about your study strategies before you begin, the easier it will be to adjust and adapt to the university learning environment. The 6 required activities in the Certificate have been developed to help you think about and practice the skills that you will need to succeed in your first year.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Academic Skills (ASk) Certificate

The Academic Skills (ASk) Certificate offers a variety of opportunities that will help you improve your study skills and achieve academic success. The workshops are activity-based and cover a variety of topics. To earn your ASk Certificate you must attend eight ASk activities (workshops and study sessions) in one semester, with at least four being ASk workshops.

Available in Waterloo.

Academic Skills Workshop Series

Each week, Learning Skills and Development offers you a workshop on a specific writing or study skill with multiple times to choose from! Registration is required for all workshops through the Student Success Portal.

Available in Brantford.

BU121 Academic Success Workshop Series

The BU121 Academic Success Workshop Series assists students in identifying their academic strengths and challenges and develop a plan for success in BU121 through a four-part workshop series. Students will explore and implement study strategies to learn course material in a way that increases comprehension and decreases the need to cram for tests.

Available in Waterloo.

Certificate in Accessibility

The Certificate in Accessibility, run by the Accessible Learning Centre, educates students, faculty, and staff through a practical approach to learn best practices for the Accessibility for Ontarian's with Disabilities Act (AODA). You develop skills to promote accessibility and universal design in your academics, professional and personal lives.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Dollars & Sense Money Management

The Dollars & Sense Money Management Certificate is designed to enhance your money management skills and confidence. The certificate is based on four foundational components of financial knowledge:

  • budgeting
  • credit
  • investing
  • financial planning

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Department of Residence Leadership Certificate

The Department of Residence Leadership Certificate largely focuses on self-awareness, as well as community integration and participation. This certificate program is rooted in intentional reflection, where you engage in four classroom-style workshops and submit reflections upon completion of each workshop.

By participating in this series of workshops, you will seek to understand your personal values, how those values define you as a person and as a leader, how your values guide your choices and how choices define your leadership philosophy.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Diversity and Equity Certificate Program

The Diversity and Equity Certificate program was created to engage, challenge, and educate student participants on topics related to diversity. You must attend four to six workshops and have been actively engaged in each workshop to receive this certificate.

Available in Waterloo.

Financial Literacy Workshop: A Three Part Series

The Faculty of Education will be hosting a Three Part Financial Literacy Workshop Series, sponsored by Manulife.

Throughout this series, we will address topics like:
   • Where is financial literacy in the Ontario Curriculum?
   • Personal finance topics to help you cope with your financial life
This is a virtual three-part series:
   • Investing in Yourself as a Teacher & the Earn − Save − Invest Cycle
   • Teacher's Pensions, Real Estate & Long Term Goals
   • Investments, Advisors and Insurance

Each workshop will discuss how these financial literacy topics are incorporated in the Ontario Curriculum. To obtain this certificate, you must attend 2 out of 3 workshops

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Food Justice Certificate

The Food Justice Workshop Series offers 2-hour educational sessions aimed at increasing participants' connection to food. Topics include information about decolonization, improving food security, practicing healthy and culturally appropriate eating, building personal and community resiliency, addressing social inequities and mitigating environmental degradation and climate change.

Available in Brantford.

Intercultural Certificate

The Intercultural Certificate, run by Laurier International, provides modules covering cultural dynamics, privilege, cultural manifestations in everyday life, personal filters as a result of culture and intercultural awareness and communication.

The certificate requires you to attend all six sessions. Each module is 90 minutes in length, totalling nine hours of learning to complete this certificate.

  • Introduction to Concepts of Culture
  • Introduction to Exploring One's Own Culture
  • Exploring Difference
  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication
  • Introduction to Cultural Adaptation
  • Lifelong Intercultural Learning

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.

Language, Culture, and Coding Workshop Series

In this two-part workshop series, participants were introduced to conversational Ojibwe by Barb Nolan, a Nishnaabee-kwe renowned for her lifetime of work revitalizing her Nation's language. Participants also heard from Brenda Sherry and Peter Skillen to learn their story of how relationships across the Connected North network in Northern Canada led to the creation of an Ojibwe version of a coding program and how the coding language is being used to help students, teachers and community members understand Indigenous ways of knowing mathematics.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo

Mastering The Details: Practicing Piano Tutorial

The purpose of this intensive Spring term piano lab is to master a weaker area in the student's playing by dedicating three weeks to working on it exclusively, which would enable handling similar challenges in subsequent repertoire with more ease. Students get three 45-minute individual lessons per week and minimum one masterclass in total (subject to enrollment).

Available in Waterloo

Peer Academic Coaching Sessions (PACS) Program

Peer Academic Coaching Sessions (PACS) is a program designed specifically for first year students on the Waterloo campus and is an excellent opportunity to connect with a senior student academic coach and develop strong academic skills. Students will meet weekly for 80-minutes with their academic coach and will learn from their peers in small faculty-specific groups. Weekly PACS topics and activities will include: Time Management - creating semester, weekly, and daily schedules, Procrastination - learn how to avoid procrastination and prioritize tasks, Note Taking Strategies - making useful and meaningful notes, Reading Strategies - effective reading for online and text materials and Preparing for Midterms and Finals. Students must attend 8 out of 11 PACS to be eligible to add the experience on their Laurier Experience Record.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo

Penny Drops' Personal Finance Workshop Series

This workshop series provides Laurier students with the basic financial tools needed to successfully manage their money in their student and post-grad lives. Created in collaboration with the Credit Counselling Society, this workshop series provides accurate and reliable financial information to allow students to make their own informed decisions. Throughout this program, participants will get the chance to learn about budgeting, investing, credit and the inner workings of the banking system.

Available in Waterloo

Professional Academic Skills Workshop Series - Graduate Students

Students who complete 3 of 4 graduate student professional academic skills workshops in an academic year (over the fall and/or winter terms) are entitled to have their participation recognized through the Professional Academic Skills Workshop Series Certificate.

  1. TA Skills: Giving Meaningful Feedback on Undergraduate Student Writing
  2. Mendeley Part 1: Organizing Your Research
  3. Mendeley Part 2: Simplifying Citation
  4. Editing with Ease: Formatting Features for Your Proposal, Thesis, or MRP

Available in Brantford

Project YOU

Project YOU is a 6-week workshop series that teaches students a new, practical skill every week that students can implement immediately to their professional lives. Some of the workshops this year included a resume building workshop, a sales workshop, and a workshop on how to get started in the tech industry. These workshops were taught by professionals from reputable companies such as Shopify, Blackberry, and Microsoft. At no cost, students gain access to the program through an application process and attendance is tracked.

Available in Waterloo

Tech Tools for Academic Success 

Tech tools for academic success is a series of 3 workshops designed to provide students with accessible, low-tech strategies they can use for their academic tasks. Hands on demonstrations and presentations will teach students how to best utilize templates and programs to be more efficient in their academic tasks. The workshops are designed to introduce students to tech tools that can assist with note taking,  planning, and organization. Students are encouraged to follow along with their own computers to practice the skills demonstrated to them during the workshop. Students must attend 2/3 workshops and complete activities on my learning space associated with the workshops attended for credit. Time commitment is 3 hours in total.

Available in Brantford

Tier 3 - Advanced Professsional Development - Residence

A Don/Residence Education Advisor (REA) is a leader, mentor, counsellor, and role model in residence. Dons and REAs create and support residence communities and provide an atmosphere for students conducive to academic success and personal growth. As a Don/REA, there is the opportunity for Professional Development. By completing the highest level of professional development offered, Advanced Student Staff Professional Development (Tier 3) challenges staff members who are looking to continue to learn more within their role. Tier 3 also provides additional opportunities for staff who are looking to continue in the Student Affairs field to advance their knowledge of the profession. Overall, student staff who complete Tier 3 will gain greater knowledge and understanding of their role as a member of the Department of Residence, further understand ways to achieve success in the six performance domains, and explore ways to ensure personal wellness in their role.

Available in Brantford and Waterloo

Wilfrid Laurier’s Sustainable Happiness Certificate

The Wilfrid Laurier Sustainable Happiness Certificate workshops are about sustainable happiness, well-being and reflection. In this certificate program we will explore how our happiness and well-being is intertwined with the well-being of other people and the ecosystems that sustain us. By participating in these highly engaging group sustainability exercises, group knowledge building and individual reflections, we will work to collaborate on local environmental and social issues. These hands-on workshops are geared to developing an appreciation and understanding of the natural environment, embrace knowledge from various cultures, and lead us to take action towards social and ecological justice.

In addition to the workshops each participant will receive a copy of the “Sustainable Happiness 100-day Journal”. Writing prompts in this journal are designed to help participants reflect on topics relating to sustainable life choices, well-being, education, relationships, and happiness.

Wilfrid Laurier’s Sustainable Happiness Certificate workshops are open to all students, faculty and staff. Participants who attend and participate in a minimum of 8 workshop and complete a personal sustainable activity as defined in the series of workshops offered throughout the academic year, will be eligible to add this experience to their Laurier Experience Record (LER)

Topics covered range from:

· Introduction to sustainable happiness and the Sustainable Development Goals
· Connecting with nature and well-being for all
· Sustainable and responsible consumption
· Mindfulness, gratitude, compassion and reciprocity
· Nature affluence
· Eco-anxiety and hope
· Sustainable campuses
· Sustainable projects (each participant is required to plan and carry out a sustainable happiness act or project)

Available in Brantford and Waterloo however, each 2-hour workshop will be offered on or near the Waterloo Campus, at different times, to accommodate various timetables and your ability to attend. We encourage you to join us creating a sustainably healthy and happy community at WLU!

Writing Certificate

The Writing Certificate, run by Writing Services, has students participate in individual sessions to systematically develop effective skills in academic writing. You are eligible to receive the Writing Certificate if you have attended and completed at least two writing workshops and two writing appointments during your studies at Laurier.

If you would like to register for a writing workshop and/or book a writing appointment you can do so at

If you have any questions, you can contact Writing Services at

Available in Brantford and Waterloo.