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Resource and Environmental Law - Diploma

Saskatchewan Polytechnic
70 weeks
Diploma / certificate
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Program description

Resource and Environmental Law - Diploma

From forestry to tourism, from First Nations to park users—we all enjoy Saskatchewan’s natural resources. There are laws and environmental policies in place to ensure the long-term sustainability of our fisheries, forests and wildlife.

If you want to play an active role in ensuring these laws are respected, Resource and Environmental Law will appeal to you. It’s a career that demands a strong belief in what you’re doing, a good understanding of human behaviour and excellent communication skills.

Resource and Environmental Law is a two-year diploma program that specializes in conservation and environmental law enforcement. You’ll develop solid skills in environmental protection, enforcement and investigation. You’ll learn about:

  • Indigenous resource rights
  • Canadian criminal justice system
  • control tactics
  • courtroom procedures
  • environmental and field investigations
  • environmental legislation and compliance
  • environmental sampling
  • investigative techniques
  • park services and enforcement
  • wildlife and fisheries management

Hands-on learning is key. You’ll augment classroom learning with lab exercises, simulated field investigations, outdoor camps and work experience. You’ll work with trainers from different government agencies, participate in ride-alongs and more.

Admission requirements

English is the language of instruction and examination at Saskatchewan Polytechnic. If your first or primary language is not English and/or your country is not exempt, you will need to provide evidence of your English speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. These skills are required to be successful in a Saskatchewan Polytechnic program.

Saskatchewan students graduating from Fransaskois and French Immersion high school programs are not required to meet further English Language Proficiency requirements.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the school website.

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Program content

Semester 1

  • Technical Report Writing
  • Environmental Science and Technology 1
  • Introduction to Forestry
  • Fitness 1
  • Basics of Global Positioning Systems (GPS)
  • Introduction to Mapping and Compassing
  • Introduction to Resource Legislation
  • Elements of Ecology
  • Forest Ecosystems
  • Ecology, Biology and Management of Saskatchewan Wildlife
  • Work Preparation

Semester 2

  • Winter Camp
  • Winter Aquatic Surveys
  • Aquatic Ecology
  • Fitness 2
  • Indigenous Resource Rights
  • Park Enforcement
  • Canadian Criminal Justice 1
  • Canadian Criminal Justice 2
  • Wilderness Survival
  • Firearm Safety
  • Wildlife Anatomy and Systematics

Semester 3

  • Work Experience

Semester 4

  • Natural Resources Field Techniques
  • Resource and Environmental Law Field Techniques
  • Indigenous Cultural Awareness
  • Geographic Information Systems 1
  • Responsibilities and Authorities
  • Field Investigations 1
  • Field Investigations 2
  • Gathering Evidence 1
  • Gathering Evidence 2
  • Wildlife Mgmt Field Techniques

Semester 5

  • Environmental Science and Technology 2
  • Environmental Sampling
  • Fisheries Management
  • Fitness 3
  • Professionalism and Ethics in Law Enforcement
  • Defense Tactics and Fitness
  • Courtroom Procedures 1
  • Courtroom Procedures 2
  • Environmental Legislation and Compliance
  • Environmental Investigation

Program delivery

Length and Start Date

  • Start Date(s):August 30th, 2021
  • Length: 70 weeks

Tuition fees

The Tuition fees for 2021/22 Academic Year

  • Year 1 - $9,165
  • Year 2 - $9,595

Please visit the website for more information about tuition fees.


Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnicoffers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at everycampus. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

Career opportunities

Resource and Environmental Law graduates can choose from a variety of career options. Work in the field as a conservation officer; environmental protection officer; park warden; or fishery, forestry or wildlife officer. Potential employers include environmental agencies, federal and provincial parks, natural resource companies, First Nation communities, even border services or law enforcement agencies.

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is recognized around the world for our international engagement and development projects. With campuses located in the province's four largest cities (Moose Jaw, Prince Albert, Regina, Saskatoon), and through extensive distance education opportunities, we offer career-focused, applied education...

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Saskatchewan Polytechnic

1130 Idylwyld Dr.
S7K 3R5 Saskatoon Saskatchewan

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