Length of Program:  1 YearProgram Intakes:  Fall Intake (September program start)

Post-Diploma Certificate

Post-Diploma Certificate

The one-year Post-Diploma Certificate (30 credits) at Olds College is designed to enhance your previously obtained post-secondary education with practical and employable skills in an area of specialization (e.g., Agriculture, Horticulture, and Environment).

What can you expect from our program?

Through a mix of classroom instruction and hands-on learning on the Olds College farm, landscape pavilion, in greenhouses, and in-field experiences, students will benefit from small class sizes and instructors with extensive knowledge and experience.

Who is this program for?

  • The Post-Diploma Certificate is ideal for international students who have earned a diploma or equivalent in their home country and are looking for a international experience.  International students should review our international webpage.

  • The Post-Diploma Certificate is also suited for recent graduates who have earned a diploma or degree in a general field like business or science, and who are looking to round out their education with focused and career-ready skills.

  • The Post-Diploma Certificate may also be an excellent choice for mature learners with previous education and who are looking to retrain for a new career.

Course Selection

  • After admission, students will work with an advisor in the Office of the Registrar to determine areas of interest;

  • Prior to starting, students will select suitable courses based on availability;

  • Course selections will normally be from one area of specialization, however applicable courses from other areas of study may be considered.


Program at a glance

Credential: Post-Diploma Certificate

Length of Program: 1 year

Method of Delivery: Olds Campus

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: October 1 for the Fall Intake

Selection Process for Admission: First Qualified, First Accepted

Tuition, Mandatory Fees, Books, and Supplies: Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for details

  • Tuition & Fees: $5,470 / Books & Supplies: $1,400

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that all fees are best estimates and are subject to change.

Admission Requirements

  • GPA of 2.5 in a previous diploma or degree;

  • Applicant must develop a proposal in consultation with an advisor in the Office of the Registrar;

  • Students may not receive advance credit/standing based on credits considered as part of the admission requirement;

  • Up to 12 students can be enrolled each year on a first qualified, first admitted basis.

  • All applicants to Olds College must meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement (completed at minimum 3 years of formal education taught entirely in English or provide the results of a recognized English Language Proficiency exam).
Can I take this program over 2 years?

No, this program is to be completed in two consecutive terms.

What can I do with this program?

This program is intended to supplement and enhance your previous education, and provide more employable skills for specific sectors.

Can I transfer credits from another institution to this program?

No. Credits from this program cannot be transferred.

Can I transfer from this program to another program at Olds College?

Yes, courses from the Post-Diploma Program may be applied towards other programs at Olds College. For information regarding admission to other programs please see the Office of the Registrar.

Does this program qualify for Alberta Student Aid (student loans) and Olds College scholarships and bursaries?