BLUE SEAL COURSE

Blue Seal RAC & IBM Courses

The AIT Board expresses: […] that the objective of the programs of study should be broad enough in scope to allow students the opportunity to gain exposure in as many of these subject areas as possible[…], therefore The Office of the Registrar for the Royal Alberta College has created a learning pathway for Tradespeople to obtain multiple learning outcomes in various fields, that the learner feels is relevant to their own needs.

The RAC provides online, on-demand, self-study courses and programs that have been created in partnership with some of the world’s largest companies and industry associations.

The courses offered are:

1.) Faster and easier to access than a traditional in-classroom environment.

2.) Learners are not required to take any time off of work, – Learn while you earn.

3.) Students learn at their own pace and

4.) Students can connect with a learning navigator and/or mentor through email or connect through a live online chat at a predetermined time.

The Royal Alberta College (RAC) is a Government of Alberta approved educational service provider to Alberta Trades people (and learners from other jurisdictions that have an agreement with the Government of Alberta) for the Blue Seal Program

The Office of the Registrar has sectioned off the Royal Alberta Business Administration and Applied Communications with a Minor Undergraduate Diploma Program. This program has been divided into sections of key knowledge, each “block of knowledge” will  allow the learner to receive the training that they desire, and a specific certificate, when the learner combines the certificates they will achieve the minimum requirement of 150 hours, and learners always have the option to complete ALL courses if they wish, after they complete the minimum 150 hoursat no extra cost.

The programs stated within this chart, when combined as indicated within the instructional pathways provided below will provide the learner the minimum requirements to achieve the Blue Seal:

CODE

Pathway and Certificate Name

TOTAL TIME 

PM

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Project Management

(15 hours and 27 min)

AF

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Accounting and Finance 

(49 hours and 36 min) 

C

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Communications 

(4 hours and 28 min)

E

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Entrepreneurship

(55 hours and 20 min)

M

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Marketing

(14 hours and 1 min) 

MOLB

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Management, Operations & Leadership in Business

(100 hours and 55 min ) 

HOS

The Royal Alberta College and IBM Certificate in Human Resources, Organizational Behavior & Supervision 

(25 hours and 43 min) 

* * 15 min to 1 hour for assignments and testing, if applicable 

 

Program & Course Descriptions:

(HOS) RAC & IBM – Human Resources, Organizational Behavior & Supervision

The courses shall provide learners with a general understanding that will include, yet not be limited to the following topics and subject areas: Learners will obtain an understanding on how to, attract and retain employees, undertake employee performance management processes, develop an understanding of conflict management, employee relations, motivating and team building, develop methods and understand interpersonal communications in the workplace, understand how to manage productivity, learn about workplace diversity, organizational risk, job scheduling (on a Linux management program), Understand multi-generational issues in the workforce, Understand organizational behavior and dynamics and other relevant topics within Human Resource Management, Organizational Behaviour and Supervision. 

(MOLB) RAC & IBM – Management, Operations & Leadership in Business.

Upon completion learners will obtain an understanding of concepts and theories that shall include: Organizational performance improvement, decision making, risk management, ethics, time management, supervision, managing an operation and how to improve the operation, inventory management, procurement oversight within Operations and Management in Business. Learners will develop an understanding that will include, yet not be limited to following topics and allow them to:

  • distinguish between different approaches to strategy making.
  • Distinguish between strategic and operational issues.
  • Recognize the different organisational levels at which strategy operates.
  • Develope an understanding on the links between the stages of the strategy process: analysing, choosing and implementing strategy.
  • Demonstrate knowledge of the range of financial and financial related risks facing organisations.
  • Understand the approach to risk management through risk identification, risk measurement, and risk management (or mitigation).
  • Understand reputational risk.
  • Understand operational risk and how to manage it.
  • Understand what a product is, the various levels which make it up, and different types of products.
  • Understand how products can be classified, and the nature of the product line and product mix.
  • Managing Inventory & Reporting
  • Inventory Management: Aligning Inventory with Production and Demand
  • Define ‘operations’ and ‘operations management’.
  • Identify the roles and responsibilities of operations managers in different organisational contexts.
  • Apply the ‘transformation model’ to identify the inputs, transformation processes and outputs of an organisation.
  • Identify operational and administrative processes.
  • Describe the boundaries of an operations system, and recognise its interfaces with other functional areas within the organisation and with its external environment.

Leadership: 

Upon completion learners will obtain an understanding of the following concepts, methods within the roles of leadership:

  • Develope an understanding on how to Describe a variety of leadership styles and approaches and analyse how they fit with personal preferences.
  • Obtain an understanding on how to Recognise the skills required for leadership and assess personal experience and capability.
  • Be able to Define followership, from the perspectives of both the leader and the follower.
  • Become enabled to Identify how effective leadership can overcome a variety of common challenges.
  • Have an understanding on how to Reflect on personal experience, start a leadership journal and devise an appropriate plan of action to develop leadership skills.
  • Have an ability to Understand the concept of leadership and re-evaluate one’s perception of it.
  • Be able to Explore and analyse different leadership challenges, and apply different ways to deal with leadership challenges.
  • Distinguish between different approaches to strategy making.
  • Distinguish between strategic and operational issues.
  • Recognise the different organisational levels at which strategy operates.
  • Appreciate the links between the stages of the strategy process: analysing, choosing and implementing strategy.
  • Have the ability to Evaluate the relationship between leadership and collaboration and examine ways to achieve win/win outcomes in leadership through collaboration.
  • Understand how to motivate employees toward growth and Innovation and creativity in the workplace.
  • Maintaining morale, leading teams for high performance and leading change.

(M) RAC & IBM – Marketing

The courses within this pathway shall provide learners with a general understanding that shall include, yet not be limited to the following topics and subject areas: Customer relations, the principles of marketing, marketing online,  advertising, creating a marketing plan, social media.

Customer relations
  • Creating Effective Social Customer
Principles of marketing
  • The People and Planning in Marketing 
  • Product Management: Create a Go-to-Market Plan 
  • The Basics of Marketing 
  • Product, Pricing, and Promotion in the Marketing Mix
  • Effective Digital Community Management 
  • Product Management: Market Research Basics  
Advertising and promotion 
  • Traditional and Online Distribution and Ethics in the Marketing 
  • Social Media and Social Selling
  • Building a Digital Market via Websites and Email
  • Reaching Customers Digitally 
  • Helping Customers Find You 
  • Managing Your Corporate Reputation Online
Recommended reading:
  1. Advertising and Marketing Law in Canada fifth Edition, Brenda Pritchard, Susan Vogt 
  2. Social Media and Internet Law Forms and Precedents – Paul V. Lomic –
  3. Social Media Law for Business – Glen Gilmore

(PM) RAC & IBM – Project Management

The courses within this pathway shall provide learners with a general understanding of the following topic and subject areas: Planning, organizing and executing a project, Cost estimates, Budget project management and cost control, Team Building, Project risk management and other aspects. 

Introduction to Project Management (5 courses) 
  • Introduction to Project Management (2020) | 365 Careers
  • What Is Project Management? | Project Management Fundamentals | PMP
  • Role of the Project Manager 101
  • New Project Manager Essentials
  • Conduct a project
Planning, organizing and executing a project (7 courses):
  • Defining a Project Scope and Team
  • Project Management Needs vs. Expectations
  • 12 Skills for Project Management
  • Initiate and organise a project
  • Communication, Changes & Documentation
  • Strategically Focused Project Management 
Cost estimates, Budgets project management and cost control ( 5 courses): 
  • Scope, Schedule, & Cost Planning
  • Quality & Procurement Planning
  • Creating a Project Schedule and Budget
  • PMP Exam Prep (2021 Update): Planning and Managing the Project Budget
  • Control the Project Schedule (PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition) 
Project Management Team Building (2 courses):
  • Effective Team Communication
  • Strategies for Building a Cohesive Team
Productivity improvement (3 courses):
  • Navigating through Changes and Conflicts in Projects
  • Capturing, Analyzing, and Using Project Lessons Learned
  • Plan and Manage Communications (PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition)
Project risk management (3 courses):
  • Risk Management: Project Risk Assessment
  • Managing a Project to Minimize Risk and Maximize Quality
  • Resource & Risk Planning
Managing projects from start to finish (2 courses):
  • Taking Final Steps to Bring a Project to its Close
  • Project Changes and Closing (PMBOK® Guide Sixth Edition)

(E) RAC & IBM – Entrepreneurship

The courses provided have been created on practical advice from real entrepreneurs and academic theories.By the end of the course, you will be able to:

  • Examine personal pre-existing ideas and assumptions about innovation and entrepreneurship, and see how they compare to those of other people.
  • Identify core innovation and entrepreneurship terms and categories, apply these categorisations to practical examples and recognise where boundaries between these categories are blurred.
  • Recognise the main connections between innovation and entrepreneurship and start to isolate a distinctively ‘entrepreneurial’ role in the innovation process.
  • Understand the nature of entrepreneurship.
  • Understand the function of the entrepreneur in the successful, commercial application of innovations.
  • Confirm an entrepreneurial business idea.
  • Identify personal attributes that enable best use of entrepreneurial opportunities
    explore entrepreneurial leadership and management style.
  • Identify strengths of an entrepreneur and what support is needed to run a business.
  • Evaluate, develop and refine a business idea and create a business model.
  • Identify the gaps in resources and capabilities needed to grow a new business.
  • Create a plan to develop capability and make progress growing a business.
  • Create a pitch to gain support for development of a business.
  • Evaluate the quality of an idea and take steps to turn it into a small business.
  • Understand the legal basics of business entity formation, sales, costs, and other finances.
  • Develop a clear value proposition for your business and customer relationships.
  • Navigate other businesses, including both competition and key partners.
  • Define success for yourself as an entrepreneur, and recognize failure.

(C) RAC & IBM – Communications

The courses within this pathway shall provide learners with a general understanding of essential communication skills that shall include, yet not be limited to:

Written business communication skills
  • Clarity and Conciseness in Business Writing
  • Audience and Purpose in Business Writing
  • Communicating in Writing
Oral Business communication skills 
  • Prepare your talk
  • Making an Impact with Non-verbal Communication
  • Becoming More Professional through Business Etiquette
  • Using Active Listening in Workplace Situations 
  • Choosing the Right Interpersonal Communication Method to Make Your Point
  • The Art and Science of Communication
Electronic communication skills
  • Email etiquette
  • Writing Effective E-mails and Instant Messages
  • Leveraging Social Media for Persuasive Communication

(AF) RAC & IBM – Accounting and Finance

The courses within this pathway shall provide learners with a general understanding of the following topic and subject areas:

  • Management Of Money And Other Assets, 
  • Financial Planning And Decision Making, 
  • Developing An Understanding On How To Analyze Business Problems, 
  • Develop An Understanding On The Preparation Of Financial Statements And Reporting Processes, 
  • Develop An Understanding Of Accounting Issues Related To Business, 
  • Understand How To Analyze Key Financial Information Related To Business, 
  • Understand How To Prepare Accounting Documentation For Payroll, 
  • Develop An Understanding On The Interpretation Of Financial Data, 
  • Record Business Transactions, 
  • Prepare Cash Flow Statements, 
  • Evaluate Assets, Liabilities In A Business Entity 
  • Introduce Financial Tools And Their Application To Corporate Financial Management.

Persons who complete an approved program of study must submit evidence of their successful completion to have the hours credited towards their Blue SealThe Royal Alberta College (RAC) is a Government of Alberta approved educational service provider to Alberta Trades people (and learners from other jurisdictions that have an agreement with the Government of Alberta) for the Blue Seal Program