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Activity Coordinator Certificate (ASCHA)

ASCHA Activity Coordinator


The Alberta Seniors & Community Housing Association (ASCHA), in collaboration with Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP), is proud to offer accessible, flexible, and sector specific online learning opportunities to Activity Coordinators in the rapidly growing seniors’ housing sector. The certificate program is designed for individuals with an interest in developing skills, insights, and the confidence needed to plan, supervise, and implement recreation and leisure programs to enrich the lives of seniors, to build a sense of community, and to create a warm socially inclusive atmosphere for them.


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Length and Materials:

  • Each course is one hour per week for six weeks
  • A mic and headset are required for all online ASCHA courses
  • Each course may take up to a total of 21 hours learning time with the 6 hours of scheduled synchronous sessions included in the 21 hours.
  • Technical requirements: reliable Internet connection, headset, and microphone.

Delivery Method:



$525.00 + GST per course

Funding Options:

Laura Crawford Certificate Program Scholarship Award - Sponsored by ASCHA

The Laura Crawford Scholarship Award of $1000 is granted to one applicant, every year, registered in or attending the Site Manager or the Activity Coordinator Program. 



Admission Requirements:

No pre-requisites or online learning experience required.

Program Details:

Communication & Conflict Management

Develop interpersonal and oral communication skills. Focus on gaining skills and knowledge to manage conflict and build relationships. Come prepared to learn about the conflict management model, processes, and practices.

Leadership Skills

Acquire new knowledge and skills in leadership. Focus on moving an organization or a site to a new, higher level of effectiveness, efficiency and/or workplace fulfillment.

Aging Processes

Gain knowledge of aging processes. Understand the impact of aging on the individual and explore concepts of successful aging and how these may be utilized to achieve life well lived.

Program Development

Examine recreation and leisure activity planning. Focus on knowing your clientele, creating meaningful recreation and leisure opportunities, and effectively planning the delivery of quality programs. Leave with a toolkit of recreation and leisure activities.

Principles of Recreation & Leisure

Define terminology, scope of recreation, and leisure. Study psychological and sociological programming considerations. Examine current practice and future opportunities for prolonged health, happiness, and independence of seniors.

Personal & Professional Development

Gain skills in presenting yourself professionally and achieve work/life balance. Assess your personal and professional needs and develop an action plan to support short and long-term work and personal growth.

Older Adult Fitness

Focus on understanding the impact of aging and good health on the individual, learn concepts of appropriate fitness and how to utilize them in your professional role. Gain the confidence to support aging adults to attain their full capability.

Program Completion Requirements: 

The methods of evaluation are based on applied learning opportunities relating to the profession. Completion/submission of all assignments and projects is required. A 65% average or better on course work outlined in Methods of Evaluation. You must acquire a 65% in all courses, in order to earn the certificate.

How to Register:

Registration is available online 24/7. Both Visa and Mastercard payments are accepted. If you are a business or organization looking to register one or more employees, contact us for information on setting up a Company Profile.

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  2. Select desired courses and add to cart
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  4. Click Checkout, follow prompts
  5. You are done!

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