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Land & Environment

Continuing Education Programming

  • Decision Making for Wetland Management

    Continuing Education Wetland Decision Making

    What can you expect from the program/course?

    The Alberta Wetland Policy is creating a rapid and critical need for land managers, landowners and land developers to have specific knowledge and skills about wetlands. Ill-informed decisions and actions can be costly and can create many risks. If you work in a position where your decisions and actions can affect wetlands, or if you have a role in water quality, flood, drought and biodiversity management, this course is for you. This course, created by Ducks Unlimited Canada, has involved numerous key stakeholders in wetlands management in order to ensure an informed and comprehensive educational experience.

    Delivery Method: Olds Campus

    Program Dates:  TBD

    Tuition: $295 + GST


  • Introduction to Geographic Information Systems


    Olds College is offering introductory courses in QGIS and ArcGIS Pro for professionals using the software in the workplace and anyone with an interest in GIS technology. These two-day courses are each designed to provide comprehensive basic training of two different types of available software, with industry-specific examples and exercises to ensure you meet your applicable training needs. Custom group training is also available.

    Who should attend?
    Anyone that works for or has an interest in: agriculture, environment, geoscience, agrology, municipal planning, surveying, turf and golf course management.


    • ArcGIS Pro: TBD
    • Introduction to QGIS: TBD

    Cost: $699


  • Land Agent Licensing

    Continuing Education Land Agent Licensing

    What can you expect from the program/course?

    Please note that this course is currently unavailable, if interested, please contact the Land Agent Licensing office at:
    Tel: 780-415-4600

    This distance learning course* will review all relevant information in the reference manual for Alberta Land Agents which was developed by members of the Land Agent Advisory Committee. Through the course students will write instructor prepared land agent’s exams that will prepare them for the government land agent license exams. 

    *Please note this course is not a replacement for the 2-year post-secondary requirement for an Interim Land Agent Licence.

    Length of Program: 10 Weeks

    Delivery Method: Online

    Tuition: $1199

    Program Dates: TBD


  • Lawn & Garden Domestic Pesticide Dispenser

    Lawn & Garden Pesticide

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    All Alberta sales outlets selling Domestic Class Lawn and Garden Pesticides must employ a Certified Pesticide Dispenser. Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser Certification ensures that consumers have access to correct information regarding pest control and that someone at each retail outlet has knowledge of pesticide sales regulations and safety requirements. Certificate holders will not be pest control experts, but will be familiar with pesticides, pesticide safety, provincial regulations and provincial reference materials.

    Length of Program: The Lawn and Garden Pesticide Dispenser home study course is available at any time throughout the year allowing you to study the course at a time convenient to you in the comfort of your home and to write the certification exam at a location close to home. Online exam proctoring is available with Olds College.

    Registrants have up to one year from the date of registration to complete the exam.

    Delivery Method: Home study, on-campus group tutorial,  onsite group tutorial, or online group tutorial. Online group tutorials also include online exam proctoring following the tutorial.

    Location: Tutorials can be facilitated at your corporate office, online with participants at their own computer, or at Olds College. Home Study packages will be mailed to the company representative and must be distributed to participants at least 1 week prior to the tutorial.  

    Program Dates:

    • Home Study: Continuous enrollment 
    • Tutorial: Custom Corporate Tutorials Available 


  • Pesticide Applicator Tutorials

    Student in field

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Industry experts will help you prepare for your Agriculture, Industrial and Landscape exams in-class and with hands-on sessions! We have several tutorial sessions options available. 

    • Agricultural, Landscape & Industrial Designation Tutorial: February 21 - 24, 2023
    • Authorized Assistant Tutorial (covers the core portion only): February 21, 2023
    • Agricultural, Landscape and Industrial Designations Tutorial (no core): February 22 - 24, 2023

    Register Now


  • Pesticide Applicator Recertification

    Pesticide Applicator Recertification

    What can you expect from this workshop?

    Pesticide Applicator Certificates are issued for up to 5 years, prior to expiration you need to either complete the required number of Continuing Education Units (CEU) to recertify or rewrite the exam. If you choose to complete your CEU's to recertify, we have workshops available that will keep you up-to-date with the newest ideas and technology as well as build your professional network.  

    There are 10 concept areas for training: Application Technology, Emergency Response, Environment, General Information, Human Health, Labeling, Pesticide Safety, Pest Management , Professionalism and Regulations.


    Workshop #1 AM: February 22, 2023 - CEU Approved

    Workshop #2 PM: February 22, 2023 - CEU Approved

    Workshop #3 AM: February 23, 2023 - CEU Approved

    Workshop #4 PM: February 23, 2023 - CEU Approved


  • How to Become a Certified Pesticide Applicator?

    Take the steps needed to become a Certified Pesticide Applicator. Learn how to purchase your Home Study Manual, book a tutorial, how to write your exam and what to do to keep your certification once you have earned it.


  • Reclamation Workshops

    Continuing Education Reclamation Workshop

    What can you expect from this program/course?

    Mirriam-Webster Dictionary defines reclamation as “to rescue from an undesirable state or to restore to a previous natural state.” In the world of Land and Environmental Reclamation, this often refers to the act of cleaning up a work site, such as those in the mining or oil and gas industries. Olds College offers a number of courses based on teaching the fundamentals of reclamation in terms of mitigating environmental impact of industry, so companies can thrive without damaging the world around us.

    Oilfield Reclamation:

    • Delivery: Online
    • Program Dates: April 3 - May 26, 2023
    • Fees: $799 + GST 
    • Length of Program: 8 Weeks