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Natural Resource Compliance

Lethbridge College

Lethbridge College
Combining resource management and conservation law, this two-year diploma offers learners a solid foundation in conservation law enforcement. Students will develop an understanding of the fundamentals of detection and investigation of natural resource violations. With a blend of lectures, labs, and field trips, students will develop the confidence to perform entry level work in the conservation enforcement field. Learners completing the diploma in Natural Resource Compliance are also able to continue their education by entering directly into the third year of the Bachelor of Applied Science in Conservation Enforcement degree program.

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3000 College Drive South
Lethbridge, Alberta, T1K1L6, Canada

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  • Program Type Occupational
  • Credential Type Diploma
  • Length 2 Years
  • Part Time Only
  • Cooperative Education
  • Continuing Education
  • Distance Learning
Admission Requirements

General Admission Requirements: All applicants must meet the general admission requirements for Lethbridge College programs, as indicated in the Admissions section of the calendar.

Academic Requirements: In addition, applicants to this program must also satisfy the following specific course requirements (or equivalencies):

  • Grade 11 biology
  • Grade 12 math (equivalent to Alberta’s Math 30-2 or a higher level math)
Basic computer literacy in the use of the Internet, email, word processing and fundamental processes of spreadsheets is required for the student to be successful in this program. Students lacking these skills are strongly urged to complete a basic computer literacy course prior to entering this program.


  • Specific physical requirements such as vision, hearing and physical fitness must be filled for Natural Resource Law Enforcement Officer positions. The specific requirements differ with each agency and is the applicants' responsibility to confirm that they meet these requirements.
  • Persons with a criminal record may have difficulty competing for jobs as Conservation Enforcement Officers in Canada.
  • Valid Standard First Aid or Wilderness First Aid Certificate and/or a CPR Certificate are often required by employers to be eligible for seasonal and/ or permanent employment. Students are encouraged to obtain these certificates either prior to entering the program or during the first term.
  • A number of workshops and short courses sponsored by various agencies are available on evenings and weekends. Students are encouraged to attend these sessions to enhance their credentials for employment.

Field Studies Supplies: Students on field studies are expected to provide their own equipment and supplies. This includes:

  • warm sleeping bag, ground sheet and pad
  • tent may be required (notification will be given at orientation)
  • back pack for gear
  • adequate clothing for cold/wet weather, hiking boots, work gloves
  • cooking and eating gear (may be shared)
  • food
  • binoculars
  • digital camera (standard feature)
  • orienteering compass
  • chest waders
  • field equipment vest (recommended)
  • “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book
  • water bottle
  • sunscreen
  • safety glasses (3rd year)
  • 30 cm metric steel ruler

Field studies schedules are dependent on many variables and may require students to participate on weekends. All program field studies require mandatory attendance.

Other Required Supplies: 
Available from Lethbridge College Bookstore:

  • Lab coat, safety glasses, Douglas protractor, “write-in-the-rain” treated field notebook/surveyors book, 16X hand lens, dissection kit, metric triangular scale with 1:20, 1:25, 1:50, 1:75, 1:100 and 1:125 graduations.  
Available from Sporting, Hardware, and Office Supply Stores:
  • Nexus Type 115 or Silva Ranger compass (with declination adjustment screw), clipboard, 4 GB or higher USB memory stick, chest waders, scientific calculator ($15 - $30 range), 12 or more colored pencils (pencil crayons), binoculars (8 X 40 or 10 X 50 magnification), 30 cm metric steel ruler. 

For additional information concerning supplies, contact the lab coordinator at 403.320.3202, Extension 5594.

Note:  Applicants who lack the required academic admission requirements can apply to the College and University Preparatory Program to upgrade for your program.

Prior Learning Assessment (PLA): If you have experience working in this field of study, you may be eligible for Prior Learning Assessment.

Application Deadline
New students are accepted into the Natural Resource Compliance program for the fall (September) term only.

Student Aid

This program is eligible for full-time post-secondary assistance by Student Aid Alberta for the funding year 2018/08/01 to 2019/07/31*.

  • Tuition $3,839.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,906.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $1,106.00 Year One

* Tuition, books, supplies, instruments, and other/mandatory fees are provided to Student Aid Alberta and may be used when processing full-time post-secondary funding applications. The educational costs provided are based on a 100% full-course load and may not reflect current or all educational costs charged by the school. Contact the school to obtain accurate educational cost information.

Transfer(s) Eligibility

Search Transfer Alberta for course and program transfer information including transfer agreements between post-secondary schools in Alberta, British Columbia, Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon.

Transfer(s) available outside of Transfer Alberta: Royal Roads University (BC)

Updated September 12, 2017. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

Educational program information is provided as an introduction and for general reference. For current information about programs and school requirements or policies, check the school calendar, visit their website or contact the school directly.
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