Environmental Resource Management Certificate

Program Update December 2019:

In response to changing industry needs and stakeholder feedback, we are pleased to announce that the Environmental Resource Management certificate will be suspended effective June 30, 2021, and has been replaced with four NEW specialized certificates in Soil Science, Water Resource Management, Land Reclamation, and Environmental Remediation.

If you are currently enrolled in the ERM certificate program, not to worry. Courses will still be offered until June 2021 to ensure you can complete your program before the suspension takes effect. Please contact the program office at 780-492-5532 or if you need assistance with course scheduling.

Applications for the Environmental Resource Management certificate are no longer being accepted, however we invite you to explore our new course offerings in the new Soil Science, Water Resource Management, Land Reclamation, and Environmental Remediation certificate programs.

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Specialized and up-to-date knowledge is crucial for professionals to effectively respond to the ever-changing world of environmental management. The Environmental Resource Management (ERM) Certificate from the Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta blends theory and practical exercises to provide students with strategies and techniques in environmental planning and management. 

This program offers a solid foundation in soil, air and water processes; environmental monitoring; biotechnology; instrumentation; and experimental design. Students learn about strategies for decision-making and quantitative methods of analysis, as they explore how resource decisions are affected by biological, physical, social, economic, and institutional factors.

Join the growing number of environmental professionals in Alberta and across Canada ["Canada's fastest growing green jobs"]. Our program is recognized by leading environmental associations – AIA, ASPB, APEGA – and may fulfill the educational requirements for the ECO Canada's Environmental Professional (EP) designation.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

Minimum 11 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton.


2-3 years of part-time study (with a maximum of six year to complete).


The ERM program is designed for individuals transitioning into the environmental field, as well as for mid-level professionals who wish to update their skills and knowledge. The certificate will also be of benefit for those aspiring to manager-level responsibilities in environmentally-related fields. Work in the environmental area is highly multidisciplinary, and learners in this program come from a diverse range of professions: agrologists, biologists, engineers, industrial managers, foresters, and technologists, among others.

Program Plan

This program is comprised of six core courses and 168 instructional hours of electives. Designed for part-time study, it can generally be completed within two to three years, but students have up to six years to fulfill their program requirements.

All courses are face-to-face and web-enhanced. Some courses may have pre- or post-class assignments in addition to the scheduled face-to-face classroom work. Schedules are flexible and designed to accommodate the needs of those holding full-time jobs.


  • Core courses (6)

    Courses do not have to be completed in any specific order.

    Environmental Geology
    Principles of Ecosystems
    Introduction to Soils and Soil Resources
    Applied Hydrology
    Environmental Law
    Environmental Project Management

  • Elective courses (168 hours)

    Electives can be taken at any time during the program, provided that the appropriate prerequisites have been met.


If you have completed a course from a recognized post-secondary institution within the last five years that is applicable to the ERM program, you may request an exemption up to a maximum of three core courses.

Qualifications & Admission

Enrolling in the program is a requirement if you want to earn the certificate. You may apply for admission as you start your studies or, if you prefer, after you have taken one or more courses. 

To enrol, you must have two years of relevant work experience and a related two-year technical diploma.

You are still invited to apply if you do not meet the admission requirements. Your qualifications will be reviewed, and conditional entrance may be granted. For details, contact the program office at 780-492-5532 or 780-492-3158.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes; courses are GST-exempt.
  • Electronic course materials for web-enhanced courses will be available in eClass at no extra charge.
  • Some courses require a textbook at an additional cost.
  • This program is eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

You can register for a course without enrolling in the program. If later you decide to apply for the full program, the course(s) you’ve taken will be applied toward your certificate. Alternatively, you may opt for auditing a course, in which case you will not be evaluated for any coursework — audited courses, however, cannot be applied toward the certificate at any time.

Register online or by phone at 780-492-3116 (toll-free 1-800-808-4784). You may also register by mail, fax, or in person.

Classes are held at Enterprise Square, downtown Edmonton, Alberta.

Course schedules are also available in printer-friendly PDF format.

Core courses

    Elective courses

      Enhancement opportunities

      Related field:
      Environmental Remediation

      4 courses including:

      • Applied Hydrology
      • Environmental Site Assessment and Management 
      • Remediation Technologies

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      Related field:
      Land Reclamation

      4 courses including:

      • Classification and Mapping of Soils
      • Land Reclamation Fundamentals
      • Applied Vegetative Reclamation

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      Related field:
      Soil Science

      4 courses including:

      • Applied Soil Physics
      • Applied Soil Chemistry
      • Applied Soil Fertility

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      Related field:
      Trenchless Technologies

      6 courses including:

      • Horizontal Directional Drilling
      • Trenchless Technologies 101
      • Water and Wastewater Pipeline Condition Assessment and Rehabilitation

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      Related field:
      Water Resource Management

      4 courses including:

      • Applied Hydrology
      • Wetland Delineation, Classification, and Assessment
      • Classification and Mapping of Soils

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      Talk to us for additional details: call the ERM Program Office at 780-492-5532 or 780-492-3158, or send us an email.


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