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Professional education

Designed for professionals looking to stay strong and competitive in their careers, WatSPEED professional education delivers training on leading edge business practices, disruptive technologies, and essential job skills. 

Executive programs

WatSPEED executive programs equip leaders to transform, compete, and thrive, while driving real-world impact in a rapidly shifting technology landscape. Our applied learning and discovery process incorporates cutting-edge technology and creates direct personal and business value.

Custom training

WatSPEED custom training delivers the expertise and forward-thinking approach today’s organizations need to futureproof their workforce and keep pace with technology while driving innovation.

Featured programs and courses

Career Accelerator Programs

Gain the knowledge and experience needed to achieve a new job or promotion in the advanced manufacturing or secure coding fields. Receive technical and professional skills training, career coaching and supports, and engage directly with industry clients and mentors.


Gain the valuable insights and skills needed to lead teams to success.  Access experiential learning to help your question your fundamental assumptions, beliefs, and values regarding leading or managing people. 

Data Science

Learn advanced statistical modelling, machine learning, and big data tools. Course content covers the seven domains of INFORMS' Certified Analytics Professional (CAP) certification.

Data Analytics for Behavioural Insights

Establish foundational knowledge in statistical analysis and gain essential programming skills with Python and R. Designed for beginners with no prior coding or analytics experience.

Python for Machine Learning

Perfect for beginners and professionals! This course is designed to introduce you to machine learning in Python. 

Digital Transformation

This eight-week course addresses the impact that technology is having on our workforce, and helps you discover new technologies and develop a plan for their integration into your workplace.

Python I

Designed for beginners or professionals! Take this course if you want to learn Python as a stepping stone for future learning and development goals.

More than 25,000 professionals have completed a WatSPEED course or program

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Hear from our learners

This course blended the theoretical and practical really well - everything from avoiding the "bright shiny objects" on the path to transformation, to how to raise the right discussions with leadership, and keys to success for engaging employees and technology. Not every transformation will succeed - but with this course and learnings in hand, our chances of success improve!

David H. | Director, Continuous Improvement and Strategy Deployment
Digital Transformation Certificate Course

The material is simple and accessible. The instructor was very good at explaining complex concepts. The pace and workload was excellent for someone who is also working. The assignment and project really help you put into practice and integrate what you have learned. I highly recommend this class!

Sarah Berube | Policy Analyst, Government of Canada
Python and Public Data Certificate Course

The data science program provided me with the foundation of data sciences and laid the groundwork to build on my acquired skills. As an oil and gas professional, I enrolled in this program to expand my hard skills and enable my pivot to the tech industry. I found the program to be very practical, with lots of content and teaching support. The final group projects in every course also led me to expand my network.

Yasser Khan | Data Lead, 303 Sparky
Data Science Certificate Program

This course is invaluable for new supervisors—it provides insight into what motivates, frustrates, and inspires the various personality types on your team. I loved it and plan to refer back to my notes often!

Pia Zeni
Essential Skills for New and Potential Supervisors Certificate Course

Super organized and engaging! I really enjoyed it. Best virtual course I have done yet and my entire masters was online. Very well done.

April Pollington | Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health
Managing the Opportunities Provided by Conflict Certificate Course

My DiSC report offered a complete analysis of my current leadership style and the areas where I need to improve. I have a clear understanding and roadmap of how to work on my weaknesses.

Rafal Rusiniak | Handtmann Canada Limited
Understanding Your Agile EQ Certificate Course

Honestly, I learned a lot through this course. I do not intend to become a project manager, but this course gave me some tools for managing projects (as a functional manager) and also gave me a great understanding of the purpose and needs of project managers. The highlight of the course was interacting with the instructor. Her energy was infectious.

Alisa Sivak | Unviersity of Waterloo
Project Management Applied Tools and Techniques Certificate Course

As an aging software developer, the Foundations of Large Language Models course was able to provide me with an understanding of how LLMs actually work and provide a new edge in the market. The elegance of applied mathematics truly continues to change mankind for the better, and I am thankful for the clarity into these amazing systems.

Samuel H. | MindModel AI Inc.
Foundations of Large Language Models Course

I am an experienced software developer (C#/Java) but using Python for the first time. I found the course challenging but I also learned a lot. I would recommend this course!

Deniz Berkin
Python for Machine Learning Certificate Course

WatSPEED news

June 20, 2024

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WatSPEED convened senior health care leaders and executives to explore the transformational potential of artificial intelligence (AI) in enhancing Canadian health care services. Read the full story.

June 4, 2024

Celebrating 1,000 Days of innovation and collaboration at WatSPEED 

WatSPEED, the University of Waterloo’s professional, executive, and corporate education arm, celebrates 1,000 days in operation. Read the full story.

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Governance and policymaking in the AI era

WatSPEED’s new program empowers policy leaders in adopting an AI framework to address the government’s core challenges. Read the full story.