Student Leadership Certification Program



Welcome to the Canadian Student Leadership Association’s



For the last 35 years, CSLA has worked with student leaders across Canada through the Canadian Student Leadership Conference (CSLC) and more recently, Horizons Leadership Conferences. Our leadership training spans from coast to coast to coast, and have heard from you, our student leaders, that you want more specific leadership training.


Introducing CSLA’s SLCP

The SLCP is a 4-level self-directed leadership program for student leaders across Canada aged 13-18 that covers all facets of student leadership from the early stages of planning to facilitating events to community outreach, school culture and climate and understanding more about yourself as a leader. Learn more below about how to register, and some frequently asked questions about the program.

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Register Today!

You can register to complete the Student Leadership Certification Program (SLCP) as an individual or as part of your school/class.


Individual Students

If you are registering for the SLCP as an individual student outside of your school, please complete the registration form here: SLCP Registration Form

Following the completion of the registration form, you will be contacted to complete the payment process. Payment can be accepted via e-transfer or credit card (credit cards will be charged a $1 surcharge for processing fees).


Classrooms/Groups of Students

If you are registering for this program as part of a larger class, please await instructions from your teacher advisor. Teachers/Advisors, to register your class for the SLCP, please contact us at and include the following information:

School Name

School Mailing Address

Your Name + Personal Email Address (this will allow you to access the program)

Number of Students to be Registered

Level(s) to be registered for

*please note this is a progression program that requires each level to be completed in sequential order*


Following the submission of this information, we will provide your school with an invoice for the total cost of each students’ registration.

Once your invoice has been paid, we will provide you with a registration form for each student to complete and be added to the program.

CSLA Member Schools: Teachers/Advisors who register more than 10 students for the SLCP will also gain free access to the program (1 teacher/class). Additional instructors will be charged $10/level.



What will I learn in this program:

Level I, Level II, Level III and Level IV are now available.

Level I:
includes the following topics, and will take approximately 6-8 hours to complete:

  • Planning, Organizing, Strategizing
  • Teamwork and Communication
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship
  • Speaking and Facilitation
  • Combating Nerves
  • Choices in Leadership
  • Leadership Styles and Actions
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • & much more!


Level II:
continues the work of Level I by enhancing the conversation on many topics and covering multiple new topics. Level II should take students anywhere between 10-16 hours to complete:

  • Event Planning and Evaluation
  • Delegating
  • Understanding Your School Community
  • Followership
  • Pep Rallies and Building Spirit
  • Integration of Media in School
  • Marketing and Creative Design
  • Recognition and Appreciation
  • Community Outreach
  • Mental Fitness
  • & much more


Level III:
brings the understandings and experiences of Level I and Level II to an academic and practical level. Level III should take students anywhere between 16 – 20 hours to complete:

  • The Basics of Team Building
  • Motivating Yourself and Others
  • Fundraising and Sponsorship
  • Leading by Example
  • Social Media and Community Impact
  • More Mental Fitness
  • Backwards Planning
  • Understanding Rights vs. Privileges
  • Working with Your Administration
  • When Things Go Wrong
  • & much more


Level IV

Students will take part in a passion project where they will aim to make a positive change or impact in their community. Students will also complete a leadership development plan that will guide their goals and aspirations in leadership over the next 15 years. This program requires regular meetings with our instructional team and students are encouraged to seek out additional mentorship in their school or community.


Do I have to work on the program on specific days and times?

This program is a self-directed study, which means you can work at your own pace throughout.

Every Thursday, we will host a virtual meeting within the program to meet with student leaders and discuss what they have learned so far, what’s next, and connect students from across Canada with ideas, activities and open collaboration time! Times are to be determined and will be shared within the program.


What is the cost of the Student Leadership Certification Program?

CSLA Member School Students: $25 per Level (plus $1 online processing fee).

For example, if you enrol in all 4 Levels, your total program cost will be $104


CSLA Non-Member School Students: $40 per level

For example, if you enrol in all 4 Levels, your total program cost will be $164


Becoming a CSLA Member School is easy! Visit to learn more. CSLA Membership costs $92 for a full school year.


What is in it for me?

The CSLA SLCP is a 4-level certification program offered by the Canadian Student Leadership Association.

Following the completion of each level, students will be awarded a certificate of completion, and receive access to the resources from the program in a Student Google Drive. Once all four levels are completed, students will receive an additional certificate recognizing this accomplishment and their dedication to personal development in leadership.

      The SLCP can be done by students on their own time and through their own initiative, or through their classroom/school. This program can help compliment in-class or extra-curricular learning. Our goal is that our weekly online meetings will help students by:


  • Reviewing their work with their peers and SLCP instructors
  • Making face to face connections with students from across Canada
  • Learning about leadership from valued community partners
  • Discussing their goals and next-steps on their own leadership journeys

Our program instructors for Level I will be available at any time through the program, and are committed to ensuring student leaders get the best experience, education and personal leadership development from this program! Although this is a self-directed program, our instructors will be along for the ride to assist whenever needed.


Meet Your Instructors!


Can I register for all 4 Levels at once?

We recommend that you register and pay for one level at a time. This program is a progression program that requires each level to be completed in sequential order. Once you complete each level, you will be invited to register for the next level.

If you would like to register for all four levels at once, please email to arrange this type of registration.


When does the program start?

Once we have received your registration and payment, you will be invited to join the program. Please note that you will require a personal, Google-based email address to join (ex. To create a new Gmail account, visit:


Is the program available in English and French?

Yes, our program is available in English and French. To learn more about our French program, click here:


Where can I find the Terms and Conditions, Refund Policy and Code of Conduct for the SLCP?

Right here!

Refund Policy

Terms and Conditions