Public Policy and Administration Certificate

Unleash your policy leadership potential. Learn how to craft and deliver persuasive policy proposals. Hone your diplomatic and communication skills to gain respect as a policy advisor. Build a practical toolkit of skills to advance your career in public policy.

What Will You Learn in the Public Policy and Administration Certificate?

Government impacts all aspects of our lives. Everyone feels the effects of public policies enacted by the federal, provincial, and municipal governments.

Policy advisors and analysts have the potential to influence how leaders think about and respond to key issues like affordable housing, taxation, the environment, racism, pandemics, etc.

The Public Policy and Administration certificate helps aspiring policy leaders unleash that potential and advance their careers.

In this course, you will learn:

  • How to think systematically, critically, and creatively about challenging public policy issues
  • Exactly how government policy is developed and the realities of working in a policy-making role
  • Key skills and attributes that are required for policy work
  • Diplomacy in politics and persuasive communication techniques
  • How to influence public opinion
  • How to craft strategic, persuasive policy proposals
  • How to gain respect and advance your career as a policy advisor or analyst

Benefits of Online Public Policy Training with Kompass

Most people seeking professional development must balance training with a busy work schedule.

We offer a flexible online format that makes this balancing act much easier, without sacrificing on quality or instructor-student engagement.

Online Public Policy training with Kompass is the ideal way to hone your skills and advance your career.

Here’s how it works:

  • Study online at your own pace from anywhere in Canada
  • Learn from a proven policy leader with extensive experience
  • Get personalized support and coaching throughout the course
  • Exchange ideas with your peers through online discussion
  • Learn practical policy-making skills you can apply immediately at work

Check out this interview with the instructor to learn more about what to expect in the Public Policy and Administration certificate.

Career Paths in Public Policy and Administration

What to expect when graduating

There is consistent demand for skilled policy leaders in several sectors. Policy advisors and analysts are employed by:

  • All levels of government
  • Advocacy groups
  • NGOs
  • Private sector
Smiling woman sitting at desk in office

Learn more about this field and the career opportunities it offers.


Course Schedule and Format

Instructor-Supported Format

Instructor-supported courses come with the support of a dedicated instructor but do not follow a set class schedule. Students work at their own pace to complete the course within a set time period. The instructor may offer pre-recorded lectures that are available for students to review or check-in sessions that students can participate in via video conferencing.

(1 -2 weeks)

All policy is inherently and unavoidably political. Policy is seen as having certain incontrovertible characteristics. It is purposive. It is a decision to pursue a particular course of action and to achieve a specified goal. It is outcome focused; policy decisions consider both ends and means. Policy may involve action or in action, policy must be more than mere political rhetoric. The main goal of the course is to help you think systematically, critically, and creatively in giving policy advice to decision makers in the public sector. The specific objectives of the course are to: help you understand how a problem is identified and defined in the public realm; develop your skills in crafting policy options for addressing the problem; expose you to a variety of qualitative and quantitative tools that will help you select a particular policy option for the problem; and, guide you in persuasively communicating policy advice with multiple and diverse publics in written and verbal form.

(2-4 weeks)

Conflict is inevitable in our day to day lives, relationships, our workplace and family. However, it is also ubiquitous in decision making impacting public policy and politics! Cities are not signing international treaties, nor do they have embassies around the world. However, cities and municipalities can certainly engage in all kinds of negotiations, reach agreements, and influence public policy & politics. Cities form networks, engage in dialogue with counterparts, facilitate public diplomacy, share best practices, and encourage collaboration between private and public entities. This course will discuss the importance of diplomacy as a tool of good governance and how it can serve public policy discourse.

(2-4 weeks)

Policy in Practice delivers the essential toolkit to the public sector. Public Servants are adept at tackling complex policy challenges, from concept to delivery. This complexity means that an increasingly broad range of skills is required if you are to be effective in government. This course will add new tools to your toolkit, sharpen your existing skills, and unleash your policy leadership potential. Who is it that practices Policy? It is rare that any one person, or even any one organisation, is responsible for the identification of a particular problem, the generation of an original solution, the development of a specific proposal and the creation of the necessary support required to see a new policy implemented. These multiple layers of ‘policy making’ allow for a wide range of individuals and organisations to participate in the policy process. While the skills and knowledge required to contribute to different elements of the process may differ, an awareness of other participants is likely to be of use to all involved, if only to ensure that they develop the necessary relationships to ensure that their contribution is supported by others.

(2-4 weeks)

Governments depend on the policy advice they receive to help inform their policy decisions before putting it into action and informing the public and/or relevant actors and stakeholders. In an environment where ministers are bombarded with complex information, such as managing mental health strategies, affordable housing plans, tax cuts, environmental consultations, budgets, crisis communications, high profile project setbacks [Billion Dollar LNG project in Prince Rupert] from a range of sources with varying degrees of credibility and influence, a trusted adviser is of paramount importance!! Such an individual, who can hold the title of Policy Advisor or Analyst [and who we want to target this course towards], provides timely and comprehensive advice that simplifies complicated and technical information, and balances good information with political strategy.


Meet our industry-expert instructors.


Weekly (Mondays)
7 - 14 weeks
Online (Instructor Supported)
Post-secondary education (degree or diploma) OR experience in a related field

Scholarship Offer

Register for this certificate and receive a $200 discount automatically on tuition!

Ready to start?

Classes begin every Monday!

Who Should Take the Certificate?

The Public Policy and Administration certificate is designed for those working in (or seeking to work in) government. The training is also relevant to individuals seeking policy roles in the private sector, NGOs, and advocacy groups.


  • Post-secondary university degree or college diploma; OR
  • Relevant professional experience


*Register for a certificate and automatically receive a $200 scholarship towards tuition!*

Public Policy and Administration Individual Classes

The chart below outlines the cost of Public Policy and Administration classes if you choose to take them individually. Once you register for three or more classes within a certificate, you will be charged the non-refundable $200 registration fee. Individual classes must be paid in full at time of registration – click here to register for an individual class.

Public Policy and Administration Certificate

A $200 non-refundable registration fee is charged when you register for an entire certificate. The $200 scholarship will be automatically applied to your future payments. We offer a payment plan for tuition in three equal payments of $598 at week 1, week 3, and week 6, which will be automatically charged to your method of payment unless otherwise coordinated with accounting.

We also offer an extended payment plan over 14 weeks. Please note your course must be paid in full prior to completion.

Kompass Alumni and Corporate Training Discounts

Students who successfully complete a certificate with Kompass are eligible for 20% off future certificates and classes. Group and employer discounts and custom corporate training options are available for three or more students.


All required materials are provided for this course

Individual Cost
Diplomacy in Policies (2-4 Weeks)
Definition of Public Policy (1-2 Weeks)
Policy in Practice (2-4 Weeks)
Policy Implementation and Evaluation (2-4 Weeks)