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Natural Resources Technology

Portage College

Portage College

Established in 1968, Portage College serves over 1,000 full-time students each year. The corporate centre is located in Lac La Biche, with regional service centres in Cold Lake and St. Paul, and community campuses in Bonnyville, Frog Lake, Saddle Lake, Vegreville, Goodfish Lake and Wainwright. Portage offers more than 50 certificate and diploma programs in areas such as academic upgrading and job readiness, business, forestry and natural resources, general studies, health and wellness, human services, Native cultural arts, trades and technical, and university studies. In addition, many courses transfer to other colleges and universities. Portage College provides small class sizes to allow more time with instructors. The Learning Assistance Centre offers educational support to help students achieve academic success. The Lac La Biche campus includes a student residence, full service cafeteria, family housing, a childcare centre and a student activity centre. The College is a strong competitor in ice hockey, and offers recreational facilities for students, as well.

Satellite Campuses or Offices

Boyle, Cold Lake, Frog Lake, Goodfish Lake, Saddle Lake, St. Paul


Box 417, 9531 - 94 Avenue
Lac La Biche, Alberta, T0A2C0, 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

Program Description: The Natural Resources Technician Diploma is the second year of the Natural Resources program. This program blends theory and applied science skills that are valuable to forestry, oil/gas/mining exploration, utilities sectors, municipalities, parks. Learners will be valuable to any organization that develops, explores, researches or protects our forests and natural resources. Graduates are the people physically on the ground actively collecting data, summarizing and analyzing, reporting results, and implementing and enforcing environmental standards. The Natural Resources Program is designed to prepare students for lifetime engagement with the major environmental challenges facing society. This program prepares learners for increasingly diverse career opportunities in the private sector, in government, and in non-governmental organizations. The program emphasizes the importance of stewardship of the natural resources that involves cooperative planning and management of environmental resources with communities and organizations to engage in the prevention of loss of habitat and facilitate its recovery in the interest of long term sustainability. The program explores the integration of ecological knowledge with an understanding of social institutions and policies in ways that support biodiversity, the practice of sustainable resource management, and the careful management of other ecological and environmental systems. These courses expand upon the Natural Resources Certification Program and include Petroleum Land Management, Alternative Energy, Environmental Legislation, Environmental Assessments (Phase 1, 2 & 3), Reclamation and are intended to emphasize the importance of knowing all the components that influence the management of our environment. There is emphasis on applied knowledge and, as a complement to classroom instruction, many courses have field components. Entrance Requirements: Natural Resources Technician Certificate. High school diploma with at least English Language Arts 30-1 or 30-2  or English 30 or 33, Biology 30 or Chemistry 30, Math 30 or 33. High school transcripts. Must be in good physical health. For software requirements, please refer to the following link.

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 $3,484.00 Year One
  • Books/Supplies/Instruments $1,968.00 Year One
  • Mandatory Fees $845.00 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: Not available

Updated May 18, 2018. The information contained in this profile is current as of the date shown.

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