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Land & Water Resources Diploma

Applications Open: October

Length of Program: Two Years

Program Status: Open

Open yourself up to environmental career options that will make a global impact with the Land and Water Resources diploma. This two-year program offers you work-integrated training in applied environmental sciences that will prepare you for careers in land reclamation, environmental stewardship and rural planning emphasizing environmentally sustainable land management practices.

In-field study and future-focused curriculum help you acquire the skills needed to manage soil, plant and water resources in agricultural and natural ecosystems. Students in this program have the option of choosing to major in three areas of specialization: Surface Land Management, Land Reclamation and Remediation, and Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning.

Accreditation: Graduates are eligible for membership in the Alberta Institute of Agrologists (AIA) where they can pursue the following professional designations: In-Training Program (ATT), Professional Agrologist (PAg) and Registered Technologist in Agrology (RTAg). 

Program Intake: Fall Intake (September program start)

Applications Open: First Wednesday (9 a.m.) of October

Length of Program: Two Years

Method of Delivery: Olds Campus

Credentials: Upon successful completion of this program, graduates will receive a Olds College diploma in Land and Water Resources with a major in Surface Land Management, Land Reclamation and Remediation or Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning.

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Students choose a major to specialize in. Options include:

Surface Land Management Major

With the Surface Land Management Major, you can look forward to a career in land and stakeholder engagement, facilitating successful relationships between industry, government and landowners through the negotiation and acquisition of right-of-way for well sites, pipelines, power lines, cell towers, roadways, alternate energy sites and other surface uses.

Land Reclamation and Remediation Major

Gear up for a rewarding career in the reclamation industry by helping restore land to its original state after it has been disturbed or contaminated by industry development. Increasing pressure to meet government and industry regulations has led to a spike in demand for land reclamation professionals within the oil and gas, mining and forestry sectors throughout western Canada.

Environmental Stewardship and Rural Planning Major

Make a positive impact on the world around you with a career in environmental stewardship and rural planning, ensuring sustainability of the soil, water and wildlife resources amidst agriculture or land development activities.The rapid growth of Alberta’s towns and cities has made both environmental stewardship and rural planning extremely important in order to avoid environmental damage and reduce conflicts that arise between agricultural, industrial, and residential development.

The major is certified nationally by the Canadian Association of Certified Planning Technicians (CACPT) and is the only certified planning diploma in western Canada.

  • "Olds College provided me with the skill sets needed to find a job in the industry I wanted. Through the small class sizes and hands-on learning, I gained skill sets relevant to getting a career in the environmental field today. I made some of the most meaningful friendships with people who are as passionate about this industry as I am."
    • Megan Miller, 2018 Graduate

Admission Requirements

  • 50% or better in English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2
  • 50% or better in Math 20-1 or 20-2
  • 50% or better in Chemistry 20 (Mandatory Requirement)
  • 50% or better in Biology 20 OR Science 30
  • Meet the English Language Proficiency Requirement

Academic Upgrading and High School Applicants: Applicants currently in high school or who are completing academic upgrading must submit proof of enrollment and any available interim/midterm marks. Final marks must be submitted within one month following the completion of the course(s) and no later than one month prior to the program start date.

Alternate Admission Option: Alternate Admission status may be offered to applicants who have not or will not complete one of the academic admission requirements. To be considered under Alternate Admission Status, applicants will be asked to provide the following:

  1. (Required) Transcript(s) showing any completed high school and post-secondary courses
  2. (Required) Letter of Introduction and Intent, outlining the following:
    • Introduce yourself
    • Indicate why you wish to enrol in the program
    • Elaborate on your career goals
    • Detail your experience relevant to this program and the industry
  3. (Required) A resume of your work history, extracurricular activities, volunteer service, etc. for the last 5 years
  4. (Optional) Include copies of any tickets and/or certificates you currently hold (e.g.: first aid, safety tickets, etc.)
  5. (Optional) Letter(s) of reference from current or past employers/coaches/etc. (maximum of two letters)

*Submitting Alternate Admission material does not guarantee admission*

Transfer Options: Olds College has developed agreements with other educational institutions to allow for transition to Olds College, or to another institution to continue your education. Articulations & Agreements

Out of Province Applicants: Please refer to the Provincial Equivalency Chart for course equivalencies.

International Applicants: Olds College welcomes applications from International Applicants and those who have completed their high school education outside of Canada. Please note, it is still necessary to meet all of the noted admission requirements, including English Language Proficiency.

Tuition & Fees

  • Year 1: Tuition: $5,020 / Fees: $1,290 / Books & Supplies: $1,400

  • Year 2: Tuition: $5,020 / Fees: $1,300 / Books & Supplies: $400

Please refer to the current Fee Schedule for complete details.

* Please note that international students pay 3.5 times the domestic tuition amount. These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. All students should refer to the Fee Schedule for the most accurate information and all fees are subject to change.*

Tuition, Fees & Payments

Scholarships & Student Awards

Olds College offers over 450 awards, valued at $500,000+ in scholarships, bursaries and prizes. Thanks to our industry partners, alumni, and friends of Olds College we are fortunate to offer a generous student awards program to students.

For additional information on scholarships, bursaries and prizes at Olds College, visit Scholarships & Awards

Entrance Awards Available!

Entrance awards range from $250 - $1500 for students applying for the 2022-2023 academic year and have a paid tuition deposit by June 15, 2022.

Awards are selected randomly from those that have applied and qualify based on the criteria.
Award will be applied as a tuition credit to the student's account after the add/drop course deadline, confirming full-time attendance.
Not all that apply will receive an entrance award.

Student Funding

For information on how to apply for government student loans, financial aid or for help with financial planning, visit our Student Funding page.

Course Details

For course descriptions and requisites, view the Academic Calendar.

Academic Calendar: Land & Water Resources

Term 1
  • Completed the following:
    • EVS1210 - Applied Ecology (3-2-0 hrs)
    • GPS1200 - GPS, Site Mapping and Graphics (0-5-0 hrs)
    • PLS1010 - Plant Science Principles (3-2-0 hrs)
    • SOI1000 - Fundamentals of Soil Science (3-2-0 hrs)
    • WTR1330 - Water Fundamentals (3-2-0 hrs)
Term 2
  • Completed the following:
    • AGN1540 - Introductory Pest Management (3-2-0 hrs)
    • COM1020 - Workplace Communication (3-0-0 hrs)
    • CHE1020 - Environmental Chemistry (3-2-0 hrs)
    • EVS1730 - Land Reclamation and Ethics (3-2-0 hrs)
    • LUP1620 - Land Systems and Legislation (3-2-0 hrs)
Term 3
  • Major Specific Courses
Term 4
  • Major Specific Courses

Career Opportunities

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Olds College has a solid reputation working with employers in the industry! This directly translates into jobs for our graduates. Opportunities include, but are not limited to:

  • Land Reclamation Technician

  • Drilling Waste Technician

  • Environmental Monitoring Technician

  • Remediation Technician

  • Environmental Consultant

  • Conservation Group Coordinator

  • Rural Planner

  • Surface Land Agent

  • Municipal Development Officer

  • Land Use Planning Assistant

  • Environmental Technologist

  • Water Quality Technician

  • Agricultural Fieldman

  • Research Assistant

Visit ALIS to find Occupational Profiles with current wages, industry trends and more!

ALIS Occupational Profiles

Admitted Students Information

Program Dates

Find out when your term start and end dates are, so that you know when you are expected to be in attendance. For more information, please review the Program Dates & Fee Schedule.

Class Registration

You will be registered into your classes automatically. This will happen approximately 1 month prior to the start-date for your program. You will be notified once you have been timetabled into your courses. You will be able to see your class schedule in your My Olds College account. If you need to make any changes to your class registration, please contact the Office of the Registrar.

Technology Recommendation

It is required that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A Windows based laptop capable of running Microsoft Office and ESRI ArcGIS Pro 2.5. Students will be using these programs extensively in lectures and classes. The software will be available for installation once you are on campus.

  • The minimum requirements for this laptop are:

    • Operating System: Windows 8.1 (64 bit) or Windows 10 (64 bit)

    • CPU: 2 cores, hyperthreaded (4 cores or more recommended)

    • RAM: 4 GB (8 GB or more recommended)

    • Storage: 32 GB of free space (Solid State Drive recommended

As part of your student accounts, all students have access to Office 365 for the duration of their time with Olds College. To access this you just need to follow these steps:

  • Go to portal.office.com
  • Enter your Olds College email address and password
  • Once logged in there is a button on the right that says "Install Office Apps"

This will give you access to the full Office suite on your computer, for both Windows and Mac based platforms.

Materials & Supplies:

It is recommended that you come prepared with the following items for your field experiences: 
Rain/Snow Gear, including
  • waterproof jacket & pants
  • rubber boots
  • solid hiking books (no flip flops or sandals)
  • umbrella
  • rain poncho 
  • Long Pants
  • Sunhat
  • Sunglasses (if desired)
  • Sunscreen & bug spray (if desired)

Many courses at Olds College require instructor prepared modules as a substitute for textbooks. These modules provide you with the essential course notes and laboratory exercises. They also serve as excellent reference materials for you after you leave school. Modules typically cost between $25 - 40, depending on the size.

Information on other required textbooks and any further supplies will be provided as you attend each class. All books and supplies will be available during the first few weeks of classes in the College Campus Store.

Textbook Order Form

Other Important Information:

  • Time Requirements: An exciting component to this program is you will participate in an off campus hands-on field school experience.

  • Additional Skills: Basic computer skills are recommended for all and it is certainly beneficial to have some prior experience with computers before you arrive at college. A familiarity and comfort in the use of Google products, word processing, spreadsheet and e-mailing software will be a definite asset.

  • Student Clubs: The Land and Water Resources students have a student club which you are strongly encouraged to join. The club involves both social activities and opportunities for professional networking through their annual career day.

  • Opportunities: The Land and Water Resources (LWR) program includes the opportunity to take field trips and attend conferences as part of your studies. These provide real world grounding of subjects learned at the college and allow you to begin to network with industry people.

  • Alberta Institute of Agrology: Every graduate of the LWR program (both Majors) is eligible for membership in the Alberta Institute of Agrology (Agrology Technologist In-Training - ATT).  An Agrology Technologist In-Training (ATT) must meet the educational requirements and be approved for registration by the Registration Committee. Upon completing the In-Training Program, the ATT is eligible to become an Registered Technical Agrologist (RTAg).

For More Information

Our Admissions office can help navigate you through the admissions process and answer any questions you have about your program of study.

☎ 403.556.8281
☎ 1.800.661.6537
✉ land@oldscollege.ca

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