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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.

AI Technology, Governance, and Strategy

Join an iterdisciplinary group of University of Waterloo faculty and Centre for International Governance senior fellows to discover how you can position your work and organization strategically amidst rapid AI advancement.

AI and Business Strategy

Join Dr. Joël Blit and Dr. Jimmy Lin for this three-part executive sprint to learn how the AI landscape is evolving and the implications this will have for the future of work and organizational strategies at large.

Secure Coding

Learn key concepts for securing software applications so you can protect sensitive data, prevent security breaches, and ensure the reliability and trustworthiness of software products. 

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.

Unsupervised Machine Learning

Explore three key concepts and practices of unsupervised machine learning—dimensionality reduction, association rules, and clustering and learn how they can be used to discover patterns and similarities in unlabelled data sets without human intervention.

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

February 7, 2024

Unlocking the power of AI

WatSPEED’s new executive program explores opportunities to leverage AI to drive business strategy. Read the full story.

January 2, 2024

Higher Ed’s Responsibility to Support Corporate Success

The future of higher ed lies in working in concert with industry to train, upskill, reskill, and retain employees. But institutions can only accomplish that by closely collaborating with employers to understand their needs.

December 20, 2023

Waterloo receives recognition with QS Reimagine Education Awards

Both Co-operative and Experiential Education (CEE) and WatSPEED earned honours at the Quacquarelli Symonds (QS) Reimagine Education Conference Awards held in Abu Dhabi at Khalifa University. Read the full story.