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Leadership Certificate

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What is it?

The BYU Engineering Leadership Certificate is an opt-in, non-academic program exclusively for BYU engineering students sponsored by the Weidman Center for Global Leadership. Through a deeper study and practice of leadership in engineering contexts, you will be more prepared to assume leadership roles in respected companies.

At completion, you will have an additional 100 hours of experience and training to discuss with prospective employers. The program is designed to realistically complement your academic coursework without creating undue burden. For graduation, you will receive a letter from the college describing your accomplishment, a Leadership Program certificate and exclusive swag to wear at college convocation.

How do I get started?

Attend the Launch Party!
Tuesday, Sept. 14, 4-5 PM
EB Event Space, 204
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Learn how this new certificate program can help set you apart by developing your personal leadership skills.

Applications are open.

What's required?

  1. Leadership Literature Study
  2. Leadership Workshops
  3. Engineering Experiences

Requirements may be done at your own pace, beginning as early as sophomore year. Seniors graduating in 2022 have some accommodations available. For more details, see certificate instructions. A sample schedule is provided below to see one way the program may be spread out, but feel free to create your own plan!

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If you have more questions, send us an email at global-leadership@byu.edu. For more details, see certificate instructions.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Q: Who can enroll in the Leadership Certificate program?
    A: Any Ira A. Fulton College of Engineering sophomore, junior, or senior student enrolled in 200 level major courses or beyond. Freshman are not accepted.

    Q: How do I apply for the Leadership Certificate program?
    A: Click on the "Apply Now" button above and complete the application form.

    Q: Does the Leadership Certificate program replace the 231 Foundations for Global Leadership course requirements for my major?
    A: No. You will still need to take the Foundations for Global Leadership course or its equivalent if it is required for your major. Since the ELC program is extra-curricular, it does not satisfy any course requirements. Some engineering study abroad programs include 231 in their curricula and since they are approved experiences, you may use that study abroad to count as one ELC experience. However, you may not use readings required for 231 to count toward the ELC literary study requirement.

    Q: Do I get academic credits for enrolling in the Leadership Certificate program?
    A: No. The Leadership Certificate is not an academic program, so no credits are associated and it will not show on your transcript. The intent of this program is NOT to add credits to your academic load, but to develop you personally as a leader and make you more employable. Additionally, the ELC encourages you to explore out-of-classroom experiences that will increase your confidence and ability to serve others with your new technical skills.

    Q: How do I inform the committee that I have finished all the requirements for the Leadership Certificate program?
    A: Submit the Completion Survey found under the Exams tab in the Learning Suite Community.

    Q: I have other questions. Who do I contact for answers?
    A: Contact the Weidman Center Leadership Committee at global-leadership@byu.edu. You may also send an email using the Learning Suite Community located under the Home tab.

  • Q: I will be a leader with my club, can I use that as an experience?
    A: Club leadership varies greatly from club to club. If you believe your experience matches the outlined guidelines, submit an Alternate Experience Proposal form.

    Q: Can I spread my 30 hours over longer than a semester?
    A: Though the experience can last longer than one semester, the minimum 30 hours must be completed within one semester. This is to ensure active participation and an engaging experience.

    Q: Can I count my capstone project?
    A: No. Capstone projects are a graduation requirement for many students and do not count.

    Q: I am working on a 'capstone' project, but I am not using it for graduation, can this count?
    A: If it is not for your graduation requirements, (Ex: you are on the Mars Rover team/competition), then you can count this experience with committee approval. Please submit an Alternate Experience Proposal form.

    Q: I will be doing an internship; can I count that?
    A: Internships must be approved by the committee and must meet all other criteria in order to be considered for approval. Please submit an Alternate Experience Proposal.

    Q: How do I get an alternate experience approved?
    A: The experience must meet the criteria described in the Requirement 3 section of the Leadership Certificate Instructions. Submit an Alternate Experience Proposal form in the Learning Suite Community under the Exams tab. You will receive an email with approval or denial within approximately 2 weeks of submission.

    Q: I did a study abroad or other applicable experience before enrolling in the certification program, can I still count it?
    A: Experiences must be completed after enrolling in the program. Students graduating 2022 may use past experiences as outlined.

  • Q: Do I have to get my papers checked by the Research and Writing Center or could I get them reviewed by a qualified friend?
    A: You must have your papers checked by the Research and Writing Center.

    Q: Can I get all of my papers checked at the same time or do I have to have separate appointments?
    A: The writing center must report to the Weidman Center that they reviewed your paper. Each paper must have its own appointment time, but it can be done either synchronously or asynchronously.

    Q: What books are approved?
    A: See list https://reserve.lib.byu.edu/course/30265/

    Q: How do I get a book approved that is not on the approved reading list?
    A: Submit an Alternate Book Proposal form in the Learning Suite Community under the Exams tab. You will receive an email with approval or denial within approximately 2 weeks of submission.

    Q: Are the reports graded or accepted based on completion?
    A: Reports are based upon completion, but are expected to be high quality. Similar to a pass/fail structure, reports that do not meet the standards outlined in the rubric will not be accepted and must be reworked.

  • Q: When are the Leadership Workshops?
    A: Look for the workshop schedule on the Weidman Center homepage’s Workshops quicklink and advertising in the engineering buildings.

    Q: Do I have to go to all the workshops every year?
    A: You have to go to all six workshops. You can attend all six in one year or spread your attendance out over two years.

    Q: How do I report that I went to the workshop?
    A: Submit the survey corresponding to the workshop you attended. These surveys are found on the Learning Suite Community under the Exams tab.