Please note:

To effectively participate in this program, students must have reliable Internet access and a device that meets these requirements.

About the program

The Volunteer Management certificate program provides students from across Canada with the knowledge, resources and tools to be effective, creative and inspiring managers of volunteers. The program is completed entirely online within a year. We offer an enhanced program format and virtual classroom discussions for students who would like extra support and networking.

This national program is offered in partnership with the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada (VMPC). The courses align with the accepted professional and program standards established by the Volunteer Management Professionals of Canada, Volunteer Canada and the National Occupational Standards. Students receive up-to-date professional information; resources and the tools necessary to develop and implement best practices. Using a unique portfolio approach, students create a customized and comprehensive set of tools and resources for their organization.

The program is ideal for anyone who works with volunteers, from faith-based or community organizations to large hospitals and municipalities. The skills are highly transferable for supervisory or leadership roles, including those in the not-for-profit sector. Graduates are seen as leaders who can affect positive change in their communities through facilitating quality volunteer engagement.

Alumni use the program as a foundation to further their professional development and to pursue their international designation in Volunteer Administration. It is strongly recommended that applicants to the program have previous volunteer experience. It is an excellent complement to the Recreation and Leadership, Social Services or Health Care programs.

Program information

All courses must be completed within 4 years of acceptance into the program.

Admission requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, OR 19 years of age or older.

Note re: admission requirements

  • Students must be able to receive instruction, respond and research in the English language.
  • We strongly encourage potential applicants to contact the program Coordinator ( or 519-748-5220 ext. 8250) prior to applying to this program.

Admission procedures

  • Submit a completed Conestoga College Program Application Form.
  • Attach proof of Admission Requirements.
  • Final selection is made following an assessment of the admission requirements.

Graduate opportunities

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Program outcomes

  • Recommend strategies to address trends and issues in volunteerism that support volunteer engagement and mitigate risks. 
  • Develop a volunteer management plan based on national competencies and standards that strategically engages volunteers and supports organizational goals.
  • Construct a framework that supports and encourages volunteer recruitment, placement and development.
  • Recommend strategies to illustrate the impact and value of volunteer contributions in order to sustain volunteer involvement. 
  • Design a volunteer management records system to meet to organizational and legislative requirements.
  • Examine various approaches to strategy development in order to promote and enhance volunteer services within the organization and community.
  • Construct a framework that supports and encourages the creation of an ethical, accountable and engaged volunteer services. 

Program related resources

Program contact

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Upcoming registrations

Mark your calendar with our registration dates, so you can plan your future.

Spring registration: Opens March 11, 2024
Fall registration: Opens July 22, 2024