Indigenous Public Works and Housing Management Program

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Program Description

SIIT shares the priorities of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) in terms of building capacity for self-determined services at the community level. SIITs vision for the IPW&HM program is to facilitate current or future Indigenous community public works and housing managers who wish to build upon their knowledge and abilities and earn a certification from SIIT.

The Indigenous Public Works and Housing Management Certificate Program (IPW&HM) is designed for individuals interested in expanding their knowledge and learning how to implement best practices in all public works and housing management areas. Using a variety of learning approaches, the program explores and applies best practices of public works and housing management through a lens focused on the unique and varying priorities of First Nations communities. Essential skills courses will ensure a baseline understanding of math and personal development skills. Fundamental courses are occupational-specific courses that will provide opportunities for students to review what they know as well as some introductions to new concepts. Micro-credentials will provide upskilling for students to build upon their current education and professional experience. The entire certificate program, including essential, fundamental, and micro-credential courses, is 960 Hours and 64 Credits.

Should you have any questions about the program, please reach out to the Admissions Team at or call 306-477-9325.

Admission Requirements


To be eligible for entry into the IPW&HM Certificate Program, students should be currently employed in the public works and housing management industry. Students should also be willing and ready to commit at least 15 hours per week towards completing the program.

Adult Basic Education, Trades and Industrial, and Post-Secondary Programs

More than 30 Academic and Quick Skills programs

SIIT is a First Nation Governed, credit granting post-secondary institution

More than 1000 employers work with SIIT Career Centres every year

Established in 1976

90% Indigenous student body

Over $350,000 in Awards are available to SIIT students every year

9 Career Centres province wide connect job seekers to employment opportunities

SIIT offers a wide range of Student Services and Cultural Supports

Programs are offered at 3 campuses and over 35 community learning sites per year

Students from more than 70 First Nations, Metis, Inuit, and Non Indigenous communities attend SIIT

JobSeries provides foundational, in-community pre-employment training

More than 65% of SIIT Staff and Faculty are Indigenous

JobConnections mobile career services are available for rural communities

More than 60,000 Alumni

Acceptance Policy

Strong preference is given to applicants who are Status First Nations, but SIIT programs are open to anyone.

English Language Benchmark

SIIT is not currently legislated to accept International Students. You must be a Canadian/ Permanent Resident to apply.

To be admitted into this program you must be able to understand and communicate in English (Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment of six – CLB6).


Essential and Fundamental

  • IPWH 100 – Essential: Communication Skills (60 Hours)
  • IPWH 101 – Essential: Personal Development (60 Hours)
  • IPWH 102 – Essential: Math Skills (60 Hours)
  • IPWH 103 – Essential: Thinking Skills (60 Hours)
  • IPWH 110 – Fundamentals of Managing Personnel (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 111 – Fundamentals of First Nation Housing & Land Structure (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 112 – Fundamentals of Housing Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 113 – Fundamentals of Public Works Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 114 – Communication Fundamentals for Managers (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 115 – Leadership Fundamentals for Managers (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 116 – Professionalism & Accountability Fundamentals for Managers (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 117 – Fundamentals of Managing Resources, Assets and Finances (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 118 – Fundamentals of Workplace Health, Safety and Environment (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 119 – Fundamentals of Technology & Information Systems (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 120 – Fundamentals of Strategic Planning, Implementation & Evaluation for Managers (30 Hours)

Micro Credits

  • IPWH 122 – Housing Operations and Maintenance Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 123 – Public Works Operations & Maintenance Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 124 – Principles and Practices of Effective Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 125 – Impactful Leadership (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 126 – Legal & Ethical Considerations for Managers (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 127 – Principles and Practices of Asset Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 128 – Principles and Practices of Health, Safety & Environment (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 129 – Using Technology in the Workplace (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 130 – Human Resource Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 134 – Modern Communication (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 135 – Leadership Styles in Management (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 136 – Contract Law & Policy Writing (30 Hours)
  • IPWH 144 – Public Relations for Managers (30 Hours)

What to Expect

Delivery Method

The 960-hour (64 Credit) certificate program includes essential, fundamental and micro-credential coursework. There are 4 “Essentials” courses, that are paced and expected to be completed over 16 weeks (about four months), 11 “Foundational” courses, paced and expected to be completed over 22 weeks (about five and a half months). The 13 “Micro-credentials” are not paced, but students should strive to complete them within 26 weeks (about six and a half months). Students taking more than 80 weeks to complete the IP&HM Certificate Program will need to re-apply to the SIIT Registrar for program activation and graduation.


The essential and fundamental courses are delivered online with a once-per-week instructor-led session. This session is designed to be a half-day during the typical working day and may include lectures, group discussions and activities. Students must complete coursework in the evenings and on weekends, as required. Instruction of the program courses is a combination of instructor-led, virtual-classroom sessions, independent online learning, and coursework, and may include some in-person workshops. Assignments will be completed and submitted to the instructor via SIIT’s LMS – Brightspace. Micro-credit courses will be completed independently online.

Attendance Policy

Students are required to attend instructor led, online lectures and group activities, and must maintain a minimum of 90% attendance throughout the program.

Academic Policy

This course is based on a numerical assessment model. Students must successfully complete each Essential, Fundamental and Micro-credential course to complete the certificate program.

Students completing micro-credentials at SIIT earn digital badges that are delivered through MyCreds. Micro credits are evaluated based on the same system as essential and foundational course work; however, they are created to be entirely delivered online and self-paced.


Upon completion of four essential skills courses and 11 fundamental courses, students will earn a SIIT IPW&HM Applied Certificate.

The Certificate program consists of four essential skills courses, 11 fundamental courses, and 13 micro-credential courses. All three components work together to prepare students in the public works and housing management industry and earn an IPW&HM Certificate.


Classroom tests, assignments, and practical tasks form the assessment for the program. A minimum of 70% must be achieved on every test, assignment, and practical task.

Career & Post-Secondary Opportunities

Public Works and Housing Managers often work in various settings, including the office or the field/community. They also work alongside community members, community leaders such as the chief and council, public works and housing staff, contractors for infrastructure, housing maintenance and capital projects, and federal and provincial government agencies. Therefore, establishing a professional attitude and ethos is pertinent.

The many duties of a Public Works and Housing Manager may require long periods of standing and/or repetitious physical tasks, which could make the work tiring. The standard 40-hour week could also require odd hours of the day, such as early mornings or late nights, depending on the situation. They may also be required to be around workers who operate tools or machinery designed for specific maintenance needs and construction projects. For that reason, utilization of proper personal protection equipment (PPE) is also a standard requirement. For example, hard hats, Hi-Viz vests, safety glasses, earplugs, and/or steel-toe boots. Some tools, depending on the task, may also be required.

Students who complete the IPW&HM Certificate Program will be eligible to join the SIIT IPW&HM Alumni Association – a professional association geared to provide professional development and mentorship opportunities. Additional microcredits will also be available for graduates of the IPW&HM program to ensure on-going professional development.

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