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The Online Certificate in Management Essentials (CME) provides you with the skills you need to be the best supervisor or manager you can be. This program is completely online and self-paced so you can stay competitive regardless of your location and schedule. Designed by subject matter experts, the curriculum has been reviewed and approved by the University Senate.

If you already have some management skills, you can customize this program to focus on your skills and knowledge gaps by taking individual courses instead of the entire certificate.

Today's employers want team members who are good at their jobs, and that means you. But a lack of necessary skills or experience may cause them to look elsewhere. Our CME program can help give you the skills you need to manage effectively and provide you with a competitive edge.

Benefits for employees

  • Increase your opportunity to break into or advance in your management career
  • Learn real-world skills, techniques, and processes that you can apply in any supervisor or manager position
  • Gain the insight needed to effectively and efficiently facilitate people and processes within any organization
  • Set yourself apart from the competition

Benefits for organizations

  • Increase the knowledge base of existing managers or provide development for promising non-managerial employees
  • Develop an effective performance management process aligning the individual's efforts with your organization's goals
  • Facilitate and support the employee, providing tools to help identify gaps, create a learning plan and review progress
  • Retain top performers
  • Address the individual's needs and reinforce themes and core competencies required by the organization


  • You can register at any time but each course must be completed within six weeks from confirmation of registration.
  • You should plan to spend an estimated 15-18 hours per course on content, readings, tests, and assignments.
  • To receive the certificate, you must successfully complete the six required courses, starting with Leading from Within (CCME 1000), plus four out of 12 electives.
  • Courses also provide a final evaluation that allows employees to demonstrate their learning and progress.

Required courses

Elective courses

Price: $295 per course

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We are currently offering a pre-recorded online information session about the Certificate in Management Essentials, free of charge. Get access now

Implement successful change initiatives

According to the Association of Change Management Professionals® (ACMP®), change management is "the practice of applying a structured approach to the transition of an organization from a current state to a future state to achieve expected benefits".

We are proud to partner with Mariner to provide you with virtual, instructor-led courses related to Change Management. The approaches learned in these courses support employees in understanding change, embracing change, and sustaining change within your organization.

When change management principles are understood and applied by change leaders, organizations are better positioned to:

  • Proactively respond to employee resistance
  • Support transformation initiatives
  • Address employee needs and expectations
  • Anticipate problems

Our courses help learners understand critical concepts of change management that can be applied and integrated into the work that they do.

We are currently offering a pre-recorded online information session about Change Management courses, free of charge. Get access now.


Accelerating Change through Leadership (QEP™): This course is a virtual instructor-led course that provides you with an introduction to the fundamentals of change management concepts and processes, as well as the practical tools and approaches needed for your Change Leadership role, what support is available, and how you can support the change management strategy and plan.

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Fundamentals of Change Management (QEP™): This course is a virtual instructor-led course that provides you with the fundamentals of key change management concepts and processes, evaluation types and when to use them, roles and responsibilities within a change program, and how to build, tailor and roll out a change management strategy and plan.

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Mariner Innovation holds the Qualified Education Provider™ (QEP) status from the Association of Change Management Professionals® (ACMP®) for our Fundamentals of Change Management and Accelerating Change Through Leadership courses. ACMP® is a professional membership association dedicated to advancing the career growth of individuals and the effectiveness of organizations by advancing the discipline and practice of change management.

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These courses offer Professional Development Units (PDUs) for individuals seeking education credits to certify or re-certify as a Certified Change Management Professional™ (CCMP™) or other certifications such as Project Management Professional (PMP®).

Mariner offers Change Capabilities Development and training sessions in partnership with the University of New Brunswick College of Extended Learning.

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Take your career to the next level

Whether you want to move into a management position or upgrade your management skills, this program is for you.

In only 17.5 weekday sessions (spread over 16 modules), you will learn relevant skills that address today's business issues - skills that you can apply in the workplace immediately. You may also be eligible for up to six university credit hours upon successful completion of this program. A university degree or diploma is not required for this program.

At the end of the eight-month program, your Certificate of Proficiency will show your employer that you have mastered the skills of effective management.

Benefits for employees

  • Teambuilding and leadership
  • Networking and communication
  • Managing change and conflict
  • Managing finances and projects
  • Strategic planning

Benefits for organizations

  • Cost-savings due to improved management techniques and processes
  • Leaders who boost productivity and motivate employees
  • Engaged, pro-active managers committed to professional development
  • Recognition as employers who value their managers and employees


  • Understanding Personalities Using Insights™ and Communication
  • Team Building
  • Organizational Behaviour
  • Change Management
  • Human Resources Management
  • Performance Management Systems
  • Employment Law
  • Diversity, Equity and Inclusion in the Workplace
  • Strategic Planning
  • Creating Healthy and Effective Workplace Cultures
  • Financial Management
  • Conflict Management
  • Project Management
  • Manager as Innovator
  • Quality Management

Upcoming date(s): Nov. 1, 2024 to May 30, 2025
Price: $4646 (no HST)

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Step into leadership with confidence

Transitioning into a position of authority means many unique challenges, including new responsibilities and skills. This seminar is designed to help you comprehend the challenges and exciting opportunities of making a transition to a leadership role.

What you learn in this class will equip you with a powerful new set of skills, strategies, and techniques for dealing with the issues you may encounter as you take on your new position and move forward in your career.

Date: TBD
Cost: $825 (+HST)

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About the instructor

Terry Fearon founded his LMI Canada business and has served as President since its incorporation in 1999. Terry is based in Fredericton and operates throughout Atlantic Canada.

To his consultative and executive coaching roles, Terry brings over twenty-five years of personal, organizational and leadership development. He has enjoyed senior management roles in Canada and the U.S. with Canadian Pacific Ltd., Chrysler Corp. and CSX International. During that time he has received numerous business and leadership awards including Chrysler's Director's Award 1996 (Recognition of Excellence) and LMI's 2002 Motivator of the Year for Canada.

Terry was one of the founding content architects of University of New Brunswick's Renaissance College (Leadership Studies Degree) as well as Leadership Fredericton. He remains active with both. He is also involved with Chamber, Enterprise and business association events throughout the Atlantic Region. Church duties and other charities also keep him occupied. Education includes Civil Engineering at UNB and Industrial Engineering at Humber College.

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About the instructors

Dr. Kelly VanBuskirk is a Partner at Lawson Creamer in Saint John. He teaches labour relations, human resource management, and upper-level courses in particular areas of business law at the undergraduate and MBA levels. He also teaches Trial Practice at UNB's Faculty of Law and Labour & Employment Law in the Law Society of New Brunswick's Bar Admission Course.

Dr. VanBuskirk holds a Bachelor of Arts '89 (UPEI), Bachelor of Law '92 (UNB), Master of Laws '03, Employment Law (University of Huddersfield), Ph.D., Employment Law '14 (Nottingham Trent University), and is a Chartered Arbitrator '14 (ADR Canada).

Dr. Bill Howatt is the founder of Howatt Human Resources Consulting and an international expert in Workplace Psychological Health and Safety. He is a highly sought-after speaker on leadership, mental fitness, and creating inclusive, psychologically healthy and safe workplaces. A behavioural scientist, he is passionate about supporting employees and leaders to create thriving workplaces.

Dr. Bill's 30-plus years of professional experience includes providing services in clinical mental health, teaching courses for colleges and universities, being a committee chair, and filling various senior leadership roles in Canada and the United States, including the Wall Street financial district. His firm provides HR consulting globally, focusing on employees' psychological safety.

Dr. Bill has published over 60 books and 600 articles and regularly contributes to workplace mental health research like WSPS Moving to Action: Implementing Workplace Safety and Prevention Services' Mental Harm Prevention Roadmap and Boston Consulting Group's recent study, The Next Frontier of Workplace Culture, viewed by over 30 million readers.

He is the founder of Mental Fitness IQ Inc. and creator of the University New Brunswick's Certificate in Psychologically Safe Leadership. He publishes a weekly workplace mental health newsletter for leaders and workers called Exploring Workplace Mental Health.

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