From business and technology to healthcare, education, hospitality, human services
and more, Surge Micro-credentials are the fastest, most innovative way to supercharge
your skills and career. Explore our micro-credentials below.
Delivery Method:Online - Individual
Registration Deadline: December 31, 2022
AI-102 – Azure AI Engineer
In this intermediate-level course you will learn how to create and apply cognitive services (vision, speech, language, search and knowledge); create Bots and enhance them with Q&A Maker; create language understanding with LUIS to enhance bots, and how to integrate cognitive services with bots and agents for a great user experience. This course covers the curriculum required to write the Microsoft Azure AI-102 exam.
This course provides a practical approach to learning about artificial intelligence (AI) and Microsoft Azure services used in building AI solutions. Topics include machine learning, computer vision, natural language processing and conversational AI. This course covers the curriculum required to write the AI-900 exam.The certification exam is included in the cost of this course.
Aligning Your Strategies & Core Values for Talent Management
The Aligning Your Strategies & Core Values micro-credential is designed to help you understand the importance of training and development and the effect it has on talent recruitment and long-term management strategy. As a result, this knowledge will help align your company's functions, mission, vision, and values.
Learn the final steps of the talent acquisition process as you move through screening applicants and narrowing the applicant pool. The, Applicants to Employees Micro-credential, will help you discover valid and reliable strategies to conduct interviews and do background and reference checks legally. Additionally, you will also examine onboarding procedures and how to evaluate your talent acquisition process.
Assessment is an essential component of an effective learning experience. In this micro-credential, you will review the language of assessment, and learn how to use learning outcomes as a framework for assessment. You’ll examine options for assessment that support your goals in education and training.
This course provides IT Security Professionals with the knowledge and skills needed to implement security controls, maintain an organization’s security posture, and identify and remediate security vulnerabilities. This course includes security for identity and access, platform protection, data and applications, and security operations. Topics include Azure Active Directory, Network & Perimeter Security, Application & Storage Security, Database Security, Azure Monitor, Azure Security Center, and Azure Sentinel. This course covers the curriculum required to write the AZ-500 exam.
In this intermediate-level course you will learn how to manage Azure subscriptions, secure identities, administer the infrastructure, configure virtual networking, connect Azure and on-premises sites, manage network traffic, implement storage solutions, create and scale virtual machines, implement web apps and containers, back up and share data, and monitor your solution. This course covers the curriculum required to write the Microsoft AZ-104 exam.This is a special course offering in collaboration with Riipen that includes a work-integrated learning component where students will gain real-world experience and work alongside industry partners to complete small projects that solve real business problems.
This course teaches developers how to implement Azure compute solutions, create Azure Functions, implement and manage web apps, develop solutions utilizing Azure storage, implement authentication and authorization, and secure their solutions by using Key Vault and Managed Identities. Students will also learn how to connect to and consume Azure services and third-party services and include event- and message-based models in their solutions. The course also covers monitoring, troubleshooting, and optimizing Azure solutions. This course covers the curriculum required to write the AZ-204 exam.This is a special course offering in collaboration with Riipen that includes a work-integrated learning component where students will gain real-world experience and work alongside industry partners to complete small projects that solve real business problems.
This beginner-level, two-day course provides foundational level knowledge on cloud concepts; core Azure services; security, privacy, compliance, and trust; and Azure pricing and support. This course covers the curriculum required to write the Microsoft Azure AZ-900 Fundamentals certification exam.The certification exam is included in the cost of this course.
Bookkeeping is an essential skill for managing your early learning and childcare business. The Basic Bookkeeping: Revenue & Payroll self-paced Micro-credential teaches you to set up basic bookkeeping systems, how to demonstrate knowledge of accounts receivable and accounts payable, payroll administration, and common audit practices.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Knowledge of behaviour and cognitive development is important for educators seeking to change behaviour in the classroom. In this micro-credential, you'll explore the characteristics within the stages of cognitive development. Examples of application illustrate behavioural change in challenging situations.
Record keeping is a vital part of designing and delivering lessons in an educational setting. Strategies such as anecdotal record keeping, observation checklists, and rating scales will help your team evaluate and record student success. Learn methods for planning, evaluation and record keeping.
In this self-paced Micro-credential, you will learn an introduction to the key knowledge areas of organizational change. You will uncover the values central to change, and the need to create urgency and emotional appeal for successful change. You will also learn how to compose a change vision and a change story.
Digital communications and technology literacy is becoming increasingly important to workers as well as small businesses. Here you will learn the basics of managing your calendar, how to leverage Microsoft Teams as an effective tool, “netiquette” or etiquette online and the “how-tos” of digital citizenship.
In this micro-credential, you will learn the basics of digital marketing, how to use the digital sales toolbox through effective social media advertising, understand and create data-driven digital selling techniques, and learn how to read and communicate your advertising results to set your clients and stakeholders at ease.
In this intermediate-level course you will learn how to use Azure Machine Learning to operate machine learning workloads in the cloud. You will build on your existing data science and machine learning knowledge and learn how to leverage cloud services to perform machine learning at scale. The course assumes that you are familiar with Python and have some experience training machine learning models. This course covers the curriculum required to write the Microsoft DP-100 exam.This is a special course offering in collaboration with Riipen that includes a work-integrated learning component where students will gain real-world experience and work alongside industry partners to complete small projects that solve real business problems.
Azure Data Engineers help stakeholders understand the data through exploration, and they build and maintain secure and compliant data processing pipelines by using different tools and techniques. These professionals use various Azure data services and languages to store and produce cleansed and enhanced datasets for analysis. Azure Data Engineers also help ensure that data pipelines and data stores are high-performing, efficient, organized, and reliable, given a set of business requirements and constraints. They deal with unanticipated issues swiftly, and they minimize data loss. They also design, implement, monitor, and optimize data platforms to meet the data pipelines needs. This course covers the curriculum required to write the Microsoft DP-203 exam.
In this intermediate-level course you learn the differences between Azure SQL offerings and leveraging their features, implementing a secure database environment, monitoring and optimizing database and server performance, automating database tasks, implementing high availability and disaster recovery, using T-SQL to perform database administration. This course covers the curriculum required to write the DP-300 exam.
This course covers fundamental database concepts in a cloud environment, basic skilling in cloud data services, and foundational knowledge of cloud data services within Microsoft Azure. Topics include core data concepts, relational and non-relational data, and modern data warehouse analytics. This course covers the curriculum required to write the DP-900 exam.The certification exam is included in the cost of this course.
Recruitment and retention are key elements that facilitate stability in the early learning and childcare industry. In this self-paced Micro-credential, you will learn how to prepare a job description, advertise positions, screen the applicants, manage the interview process, and secure an employee on-boarding process.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
This self-paced micro-credential will take you through an exploration of the concept of effective change management. In this micro-credential, you will uncover strategies related to enacting change within a business including how to create an effective vision and manage change over time. The Effective Strategies for Managing Change micro-credential will show how change managers support a workplace culture of innovation, quality, and harmony to gain and maintain employee trust.
This self-paced Micro-credential takes you through the processes involved in developing a compensation system that fits your employee’s and business needs. The Employee Compensation Strategies Micro-credential will teach you the steps in formulating a compensation strategy, the various factors and constraints that will influence your decision-making, and how to design a point factor job evaluation system that aligns with the principles of pay equity.
In this self-paced Micro-credential, you will learn how to implement HR policies designed to help you find the best new talent for your team. The Equal-Opportunity Talent Acquisition micro-credential will provide you with a roadmap to equitable hiring. This includes understanding the importance of labour laws, building an effective interview process, and the analysis of competitive compensation strategies.
This micro-credential will increase your knowledge of mechanical ventilation. You will receive information on mechanical ventilation, strategies, alarm trouble shooting, and participate in video and online demonstrations. This micro-credential will provide you with understanding of patient sedation, paralysis, use of medications, proper implementation, expected patient response, possible complications, and safe use pre-hospital. Lastly, you will learn what ETC02 and Blood Gasses are, how to interpret their results, and what they mean regarding patient status.
Perhaps you've noticed that vendors of products and services from children’s toys to enterprise software systems to industrial equipment are touting the AI features of their products and services? You may have asked yourself "What are they talking about?" This short micro-credential is a brief Introduction to artificial intelligence, machine learning, and deep learning that should help answer this question. The topics covered include: Working definitions of artificial intelligence, machine learning, deep learning and intelligence; How AI uses mathematical machine learning and deep learning models trained on datasets to predict other values, classify data values into pre-defined groupings, and find patterns of similarities and difference in datasets that are used to data points into previously unknown groupings; and, Factors to consider when considering developing AI systems to help solve business problems. The micro-credential focusses on foundational principles, examples, and businesses cases rather than mathematics and technical details.Coming Soon
The self-paced Foundations of Business Operations Micro-credential will teach you about the critical elements of business operations. Some of these include health and safety, financial document management, and basic accounting principles. Having a foundational understanding of these topics will allow you to cultivate a work environment that is both responsible and profitable.
The self-paced Guiding Young Children Micro-credential focuses on how early childhood educators can use mindfulness to help children regulate their emotions. This Micro-credential will teach you how to take care of yourself in ways that help facilitate patience and calm when dealing with difficult children.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Harvesting Data: Using Python and Data Science in the Field of Agriculture
Python is a general-purpose program used in data science worldwide to harvest insights from their data and inform decision-making. In this introduction to machine learning, you’ll learn to manipulate data, and get acquainted with the tools to begin designing classifiers so your computer can help you make decisions.Coming Soon
Hiring Better: Labour Laws & Effective Interviews micro-credential will help you grow your awareness of employment laws and human rights legislation that protect both the employer and the employee. Your knowledge of employment laws and human rights legislation will help you to develop workplace policies and help you prepare as you work to add the best talent to your team.
The Implementing Employee Benefits Frameworks Micro-credential introduces you to the concepts surrounding compensation, rewards strategy, and management frameworks to support your business goals. You will examine compensation and benefit plans and how to use them to improve employee.
Are you interested in learning about the basics of green home efficiency? The Home Energy Science Micro-credential provides you with the fundamental learnings of building science in the areas of heat, air, and moisture flow. You will learn about the procedures for insulating and sealing the business envelope and the various types of materials available and their effectiveness. Energy efficient windows and doors as well as basic knowledge of HVAC systems is also covered in this course. Lastly, you will gain an understanding of the National Building Code requirements.
Indigenous Leadership: Culture, Crisis and Nationhood
Develop cultural awareness, learn about Indigenous diversity, identity and nationhood. Discover how Indigenous leaders’ efforts helped their peoples survive through pandemics, epidemics and other health challenges. Learn how to organize workplace Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) awareness opportunities.
Introduction to Administration of a Family Childcare Home Business
A family childcare home is not only a home, but a business as well. In the self-paced Home Childcare Business Administration Micro-credential, you will determine administrative practices related to Saskatchewan childcare regulations, create program policies and procedures, and apply required record-keeping skills.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
This self-paced micro-credential will introduce you to two areas of Canadian law that directly apply to recruitment: the Canadian Human Rights Act and the Employment Equity Act. You will learn the value of applying job analysis information when establishing the foundation of your business’s human resources management system. You will gain an understanding around the use of job analysis information and how to apply it in creating job design, recruitment, selection, training and development.
In the Job Design Strategies for Employee Engagement Micro-credential, you will learn how the employee appraisal process is a tool that can be used to motivate and engage everyone. You will examine job design strategies improve employee engagement, understand the components of the job cycle, and consider the critical elements of job satisfaction. Lastly, you will investigate the link between employee motivation and welfare and the well-being of the organization.
In this self-paced micro-credential, you will learn about the Saskatchewan Employment Act, how unions impact workplaces, how social and economic factors influence Canadian labour relations, and how a balanced collective agreement is developed.
In the Leadership Visioning for a Motivated Workforce Micro-credential, you will explore the importance of understanding your own personal leadership style and vision. Using leadership theory that can be directly applied to the workplace, you will learn at your own pace how to develop and communicate your leadership vision to motivate workers and create a positive work environment for your employees.
Loose parts inspire creative play. In this Micro-credential, you will explore and be an active participant in the dynamics of play and how loose parts can be used to support the holistic development of a child.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
The self-paced Managing Resistance to Change Micro-credential focuses on developing a broad understanding of a manager’s role in change resistance. You will also focus on when and how to use the six-image framework for change. You will also compare change models and contrast change communication strategies.
This self-paced Micro- Credential focuses on sustaining organizational change. You will learn how to examine organizational culture, understand the significance of sustaining change, describe threats to the sustainability of change, differentiate between KPIs and milestones in measuring change, and much more!
In this course you will learn to describe finance and operations apps and extend apps by using Microsoft Power Platform technologies; configure administrative features and workflows; manage Finance and Operation data; and validate and support the solution. The course will prepare you to write the MB-300 exam.Coming Soon
Candidates for this course are Messaging Administrators who deploy, configure, manage, troubleshoot, and monitor recipients, permissions, mail protection, mail flow, and public folders in hybrid and cloud enterprise environments. Messaging Administrators are responsible for managing hygiene, messaging infrastructure, Messaging Administrators hybrid configuration, migration, transport, mailboxes, and client access. Messaging Administrators collaborate with the Security Administrator and Microsoft 365 Enterprise Administrator to implement a secure hybrid or cloud-only topology that meets the business needs of an enterprise. This course covers the curriculum required to write the MS-203 exam.
Microsoft 365 Essentials is an introductory micro-credential to the Microsoft 365 platform and its core services and features. The micro-credential seeks to differentiate Microsoft 365 from other Microsoft products and services. Learn how to use Microsoft 365 with demonstrations, examples and use-cases. Take advantage of Microsoft 365’s core services and features to improve productivity, teamwork and communication.
This course focuses on securing user identity and access, threat protection, information protection and data governance. This course was designed for IT Professionals who manage and deploy security technologies for Microsoft 365 in their organization. This course covers the curriculum required to write the MS-500 exam.
This course includes principles of cloud computing, business values and capabilities of Microsoft 365. Focus areas include productivity and teamwork solutions; business management capabilities; security and compliance; and licensing, service and support options. This course covers the curriculum required to write the MS-900 exam.The certification exam is included in the cost of this course.
Cooking and nutrition are an essential part of being a childcare provider from your home. Through discussion and practical exercises, you will learn about the nutritional requirements for children six months of age and older. In addition to learning about nutrition and child development, the Nutrition for Family Childcare Home Providers Micro-credential will teach you how to demonstrate safe food-handling practices, identify Child Care Regulations in the Canada Food Guide, and examine practical examples in menu creations.
This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
The new Permanent Residency 101 Micro-credential teaches you the process and necessary steps for obtaining permanent residency status. You will examine the documentation required and identify relevant agencies to help support the process.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Personal Health and Wellness for the Early Learning & Childcare Employee
Wellness starts with you. In this Micro-credential, you will examine the components of wellness that are necessary to find balance in your life. The focus of the Personal Wellness & Balance Micro-credential is on strategies that promote wellness with an emphasis on support for mental health.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Understanding how to choose, initiate, and plan projects are key in improving the success rate of an organization’s projects. This micro-credential will take you through the initial steps, from creating the project work breakdown structure to the activity lists and schedule.
Understanding how to control a project is key to improving the success rate of an organization’s projects. This micro-credential will teach you how to manage a project after its launch, from delivery to closing.
In this course you will learn to build apps with low-code techniques to simplify, automate, and transform business tasks and processes using Microsoft Power Platform. The course will prepare you to write the PL-100 exam.Coming Soon
Course topics include roles and responsibilities of the data analyst; Power BI products and services; identifying and retrieving data; cleaning and loading data; data models and optimization. This course covers the curriculum required to write the PL-300 exam.This is a special course offering in collaboration with Riipen that includes a work-integrated learning component where students will gain real-world experience and work alongside industry partners to complete small projects that solve real business problems.
In this intermediate-level course you learn the business value and product capabilities of Microsoft Power Platform. Create simple Power Apps, connect data with Data verse, build a Power BI Dashboard, automate processes with Power Automate, and build a chatbot with Power Virtual Agents. This course covers the curriculum required to write the PL-900 exam.
Understand how to analyze and design jobs during the talent acquisition process for today’s workplace in the Preparing a Job Analysis Micro-credential. The skills gained from this Micro-credential will help you meet your business goals and increase the overall success of your business. This new Micro-credential will guide you through job analysis, writing job descriptions, preparing job specifications, and identifying workplace trends.
Creating solid relationships is fundamental when working with children, families, colleagues, and other early learning professionals. In this new self-paced Early Learning Workplace Professionalism Micro-credential, you will identify positive and professional work habits, discuss teamwork, and gain an understanding of the role professional organizations have in supporting early childhood educators.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
The day-to-day changes in an infant’s development are fascinating. The self-paced Infant Needs & Development Micro-credential will focus your learning on creating an environment that is responsive to the unique needs of each child to support their physical, social, and emotional, cognitive, and language development.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
The Programming for School Age Children Micro-credential will explore school-age children’s unique and individual qualities. This knowledge will support your learning in creating indoor and outdoor spaces that reflect the child’s needs in their living and learning environment.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Toddlers can be a very busy age group. The Programming for Toddlers self-paced Micro-credential will focus your learning on creating an environment that is responsive to the holistic development of toddlers. You will gain and understanding of the role of the early childhood educator in supporting toddler’s indoor and outdoor play and exploration.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Understanding the knowledge and process areas of project management is key to success as a project manager. This micro-credential progresses through key concepts, the role of the PM, and developing effective PM teams.
Understanding how projects produce value for an organization is necessary for today’s global economy. This micro-credential will walk you through topics such as stakeholder analysis, project scope, risk analysis, and the importance of a well-developed communication plan.
Recovering from the Pandemic in Early Childhood Education: Practicing Mindfulness
Many early childhood educators are experiencing compassion fatigue from the effects of the Covid-19 Pandemic in both their personal and professional lives. Mindfulness practice as an early childhood educator can help balance out the demands of the workplace. In this course, you will learn to utilize the techniques of mindfulness to support ongoing mental and physical wellness.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
This self-paced micro-credential focuses on the importance of incorporating training and development initiatives in your business’s long-term strategy. Being proactive through training and development will help you effectively manage change. Learn how compensation, rewards strategy, and management frameworks can support your business’s goals and help you determine an appropriate management strategy.
Improve the safety culture of your workplace by learning and applying the concept of Effective Change Management. The Safety Culture & Effective Change Management self-paced Micro-credential will help you learn how to safely activate your workforce by using up to date OH&S systems and proven change management practices.
SC-900 - Microsoft Security, Compliance, and Identity Fundamentals
This course provides foundational level knowledge on security, compliance, and identity concepts and related cloud-based Microsoft solutions.The certification exam is included in the cost of this course.
Schema Theory and Practice in Early Childhood Education
Schema Theory in Early Childhood Education self-paced Micro-credential helps you learn to recognize schema patterns, concepts, and repeated actions in children’s play. In addition, you will also explore how these actions support all domains of development in both an indoor and outdoor environment.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
This micro-credential is designed to increase your knowledge of patient sedation and paralysis when it comes to mechanical ventilation. You will learn information regarding the use of medications, when they are required, complications that may be encountered, and how medication can be utilized safely pre-hospital.
Small Business Financial Documentation: Tools for Financial Success
This is a self-paced micro-credential that focuses on business financial statements and ratios, and a basic accounting principle. Review the key statements, ratios, and the information in the financial statements to determine the health of a business.
This is a self-paced micro-credential that focuses on small business taxes. Learn the tax obligations of business including goods and service tax obligations, remittances and exemptions. Explore types of business ownerships in the Canadian business world.
Classrooms have an increasingly diverse student population. Strengthen your skills by exploring different approaches to instruction. Elevate your teaching by examining methodologies that support diverse learners and multiple intelligences in the classroom.
In the Talent Acquisition Process Micro-credential, you will gain an understanding of the importance of talent acquisition to the success of an organization. This Micro-credential will examine need-to-know strategic planning information, Canadian Laws to adhere to, as well as analyzing the candidate journey and talent acquisition funnels.
Techniques for Guiding Behaviour of School-age Children
As an early childhood educator, modelling positive social and communication skills is essential to your work. These skills and others will be explored in the Guiding School Age Children’s Behaviour Micro-credential as part of the building blocks in creating relationships. You will engage in topics surrounding the emotional, creative, physical, social, and spiritual developmental using age-appropriate strategies that are distinctive to school-aged children.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
The topic of trauma is usually focused on adults, but trauma also affects children. In this specialized Trauma Informed Care for Young Children Micro-credential, you will explore the role of an early childhood educator in identifying a child that has experienced trauma, the symptoms that may follow, and how to support young children in their treatment and recovery.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
Using positive guidance in optimal learning environments increases student capacity for self-regulation and control. Learn tips for educators as they guide student behaviour and promote a positive sense of self, while developing life-long learners and engaged citizens.
Union and Labour Standards and Early Learning and Childcare Settings
Union and Labour Standards are the backbone of the administrative processes within early learning and childcare organizations. The Union & Labour Standards in Childcare Settings Micro-credential will explore the regulatory bodies of childcare facilities.This micro-credential is part of the Building The Futures program.
This micro-credential is designed to increase your knowledge of mechanical ventilation. It will provide you with information regarding what mechanical ventilation is when it's required, complications that may be encountered and the different terms you need to know when working with them.
The Workplace Conflict Resolution Micro-credential will help you gain foundational knowledge of conflict management techniques in a workplace setting. At your own pace, you will learn the different approaches to conflict, the steps involved in the decision making processes, various communication strategies, and how to effectively negotiate conflict resolution.