Soil Science Certificate

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Further your education and expand your professional portfolio within the environmental industry with specialized studies that offer official recognition from the University of Alberta.

Soil science applications are integral within numerous aspects of economic, agricultural, environmental, commercial, recreational, and innovative advancements within Alberta, and Canada. Courses will explore topics related to the solid and liquid phases of soils, reactive chemical constituents, fertility and plant growth, as well as soil formation, evaluation, sustainability, and management.

These courses offer hands-on applications with real-world situations and responsive education. Students will enhance their professional skill-set and knowledge based on current research, regulations, and applications.

Program at a Glance

Program structure

4 courses needed to graduate.

Location & Format

Classes held in downtown Edmonton and Calgary.


1-2 years of part-time study (with a maximum of three years to complete).


This UA credential will enhance the professional portfolio of practitioners working with soil as monitors, auditors, technologists, engineers, agrologists, biologists, foresters, consultants, and regulators.

The courses are recognized within the ERM Certificate and by the Alberta Institute of Agrologists as senior level agrology courses related to entrance into the profession and to augment core knowledge requirements related to a practice area in AIA.

Students are expected to already possess entry-level knowledge of the subject matter through job training, a past diploma/degree, or work experience in a complementary environmental sector. Course assessments may include assignments and exams (unless the student elects to complete the course via 'audit' enrollment).

Program Plan

Once four courses (156 hours) have been successfully completed, an official University of Alberta parchment will be issued.


Complete 4 courses:

  • EXERM 4281
  • EXERM 4282 (Winter course)
  • EXERM 4284
  • EXERM 4297 (Spring course)


All courses count for credit toward the Environmental Resource Management Certificate program. Select courses also count for credit within the Environmental Remediation Certificate, Land Reclamation Certificate, and Water Resource Management Certificate.

Qualifications & Admission

There are no prerequisites or entrance requirements to take the courses within the certificate. Prior knowledge of content area, however, is expected for student success. Courses may be completed individually or as part of the Certificate.

This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now!


  1. Click on the ‘Apply now’ button below to download the Application for Program Admission form. 
  2. Obtain an official transcript of your previous studies (two-year technical diploma).
  3. Submit your completed application, along with the transcript and a $100 admission fee.

This program is currently open for enrolment and you can start any time

Tuition & Fees

  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you register for your classes.
  • This program and its courses are eligible for the Canada-Alberta Job Grant.

Courses Offered

39 hours per course. Courses are offered in Edmonton (Enterprise Square, downtown); select courses in Calgary.

Courses are scheduled over daytime, evening, and weekend classes, and schedules may vary by term. 

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.

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


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