Length of Program:  2 YearsProgram Intakes:  Fall Intake (September program start)September 2020


Surface Land Management Diploma

***The Surface Land Management Diploma Program is under review and applications will not be accepted for the 2020-2021 academic year.***

"I found Olds College to be the perfect school. The instructors I had during the course of my two years were more than I could have ever hoped for. They were extremely knowledgeable, patient, helpful, and supportive. My experience with each and everyone of them was positive. I can comfortably say that I would recommend the College to anyone. I am extremely thankful to everyone for making my time there one of the best experiences of my life."

Calvin Hagel, Class of 2012

Olds College Land Agent student working in the field

What can you expect from our program?

Are you an excellent communicator? If so, this maybe a career suited for you. As a Surface Land Agent you will learn how to work with industry, government and landowner stakeholders to arrive at mutually beneficial solutions to the acquisition of land for well sites, pipeline routes, highways and utility right of ways and alternate energy sites. Olds College is the leading educational institution in the training of surface land agents in Western Canada. You can play a vital part in negotiating land agreements while acting as a liaison between corporate or government agencies and the landowner.

What will you learn?

With our hands-on training in classrooms, labs and field settings you will learn how to play a pivotal role in the acquisition of land. The Surface Land Management program teaches land acquisition, land administration, land and agricultural management systems, legal rights, petroleum fundamentals and specialized land and petroleum terminology. During your second year as a student, you will participate in a practicum assignment to further develop your skills.

The Olds College Surface Land Management program is strongly supported by Canadian Association of Petroleum Landmen, International Right-of-Way Association, and Alberta Association of Surface Land Agents. Olds College students are encouraged to join these associations (at a reduced fee) to interact with industry and build their professional network and secure employment after graduation.

Program at a glance

Credential: Diploma

Length of Program: 2 Years

Method of Delivery: On-Campus Delivery

Due to COVID-19 restrictions the fall 2020 term of this program will be offered remotely (online). Learn more...

Directed Field Study/Work Term/Practicum: An industry practicum is completed during the winter mid-term break of the final year of the program.

Program Intakes: Fall Intake (September program start)

Program Dates: Please visit our Dates & Schedules page to confirm start and end dates of your desired program and confirm campus closures.  

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

  • Year 1: Tuition & Fees: $5,470 / Books & Supplies: $900
  • Year 2: Tuition & Fees: $5,440 / Books & Supplies: $900

*These fees are provided as estimates only for the purposes of budgeting. Please note that this is an estimate for domestic students (international students should refer to the Fee Schedule) and all fees are subject to change.

International Students will require a Co-Op Work Permit as well as a Study Permit for this program.

What do I need to apply?

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 Science 20 OR Chemistry 20 OR Biology 20
  • 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)
  • Complete a Career Investigation

Applicants to the Surface Land Management program are required to complete a Career Investigation. In this process, students are required to interview one or more licensed surface land agents to ensure they have a reasonable understanding of this unique career path and the skills required to be successful in the surface land agent industry.

The Career Investigation form and a contact list of licensed surface land agents can be found here:

Check out the Career Opportunities Available to Graduates of the Program.

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*

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. Further information can be found on our website under International Students.

Where can I live on campus?

CHOC is the exclusive service provider of on-campus housing for Olds College. Live in Centennial Village, our newest campus living facility featuring 450 private suites (no roommates), or in College Courts our 4-bedroom townhouses. Enjoy a short commute to class, partake in weekly residence life events and enjoy the safety of living on campus.

Learn More

I have some more questions. Who do I contact for help?

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

The Canadian Right of Way Educational Foundation Scholarship

The Canadian Right of Way Educational Foundation is now accepting 2018/2019 Scholarship Applications to be awarded to a high school student who will be entering a full time course of study in any of the various fields impacting the right of way profession. Areas of study include (but not limited to) law, surveying, engineering, planning, real property appraisal, public administration or environmental studies. The Official Scholarship Application can be found on the IRWA website (www.irwaonline.org) as well as on the Canadian Right of Way Education Foundation website (www.crwef.ca).

The scholarship will be awarded at the annual International Right of Way Education Conference in the amount of $2,500.00 (Canadian Dollars). The scholarship amount may be awarded to one applicant or split among more than one applicant. This scholarship is open to every high school graduating student in any of our member countries. Students applying are NOT required to be a relative of an IRWA Member.

Deadline for scholarship application submission is March 31, 2019.

Scholarship applications, together with supporting materials, should be sent via email to CRWEF Scholarship Committee at info@crwef.ca by March 31, 2019 to be eligible for this award.

Scholarship Application Form

Admitted Students

Admitted Student Information

Program Dates: Find out when you 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 strongly recommended that you come to Olds College with the following technology:

  • A laptop is preferred (Mac or PC)

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:

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.

Other Important Information:

  • Time Requirements: As part of your studies you will be provided with the opportunity to participate in field trips and attend industry presentations. This is an excellent opportunity to see and participate in experiences talked about in class and to network with the industry. There may be additional costs associated with selected field trips and conferences. Expect to attend classes approximately four to six hours per day, between 8 am and 5 pm daily. It is strongly recommended that you plan to review the day’s work in the evening or during spare times throughout the day. Students in the Surface Land Management program will attend two eight-month academic years (four semesters).

  • 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.

  • Commissioner for Oaths Appointment: A Commissioner for Oaths appointment is required for Surface Land Agents who wish to work in Alberta or for an Alberta company. The Commissioner for Oaths designation is available to any Canadian resident who is working and living in Alberta. To be eligible for a Commissioner for Oaths appointment you must meet specific criteria. A criminal record may prevent an appointment. If you have a criminal record you will have to apply for a pardon.

  • Interim Land Agents Licensing Certificate: Prior to working as a surface land agent, you will also need your interim land agents licensing certificate. To achieve this, you will need to write a government exam. The Registrar of the Land Agents Licensing Office will often administer the exam during your second year here as a service to the College and it’s land agent students. There is a fee to write this exam.