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Preparing yourself for a 'green' economy? Gain the most recent specialized knowledge and skills needed for effective practice in the dynamic field of environmental management.

Explore uniquely Canadian problems within a global perspective. Learn systems, processes, tools, strategies, risk management techniques and legal requirements that help you assess and manage air, water, soil and waste. The Environmental Management Certificate program blends theory and practice while focusing on the need for sustainable development and the use of market-driven solutions.

This program is ideal for:

  • University and college graduates looking to transition into the environmental sector.
  • Professionals with credentials from other countries who are looking for a Canadian perspective on the industry and a credential to add to their resume.
  • Individuals with workplace experience who would like to move into the environmental sector.
  • Anyone with a keen interest in the environment.

Students may take either BMC 281 Auditing of HSE Management Systems and Compliance or BMC 116 Management Tools and Techniques for Environmental Issues in their core component. If both courses are taken, one will be assigned to core and the other will be assigned as optional.


Courses are delivered in classroom, online, and in blended formats allowing you to complete your program at a pace that fits your needs and schedule.

Whatever the delivery format of your course, you should plan on studying and working approximately six hours per week per course.

Online learning is a learning option that caters to busy schedules by taking the learning experience out of the traditional classroom. It is learning that relies on the Internet for access to learning materials as well as interaction with instructors and fellow learners.

In most online courses, you will work within scheduled start- and end-dates, and assignment timelines. Readings, assignments and contributions will be required on a weekly basis. Graded assignments, participation marks, and sometimes exams contribute to your final letter-grade mark.

It is strongly recommended that you log into the University's online learning software three to four times per week to keep pace with the class. In most cases, the times you choose to work will be entirely up to you. Some online courses may require you to meet online with your class at specific times. Some courses are offered in a blended format that combines classroom and online components.

Before taking your first online course, you are required to take BMC 352 Learning Online. If you have already completed fully online courses in the past, you may apply for a prerequisite waiver for BMC 352 Learning Online. To apply, complete the online application form.


All Continuing Education Certificates have been developed with part-time learners in mind.

The Environmental Management Certificate is a 300-hour program. Students are required to complete 150 hours of core courses. The remaining 150 hours will be chosen from the list of Optional Environmental Management Courses.

In general, most students complete the program in two to three years. Given that most students have other significant time commitments, we recommend taking no more than two courses at one time. Students who are keen to fast-track their programs are encouraged to contact a student advisor to discuss their specific situation and options that may be available to them.


Plan your certificate...


You can take courses first and enrol in the certificate later; however, as programs are subject to change, we recommend you apply for admission to the certificate program as early as possible. Once you are admitted, you can be confident that you have locked in the requirements leading to your graduation.

You must be a minimum of 18 years of age to be admitted to the program. Successful completion of a Grade 12 diploma and relevant work experience are recommended. If English is not your first language, please review the English language proficiency requirements.

A degree or diploma is not required to enrol in this program.

Apply for Certificate Admission

Prior Learning Assessment

Prior learning from other post-secondary institutions

Advanced Standing* may be granted for equivalent, graded courses completed at other post-secondary institutions. Credit may be granted for up to a maximum of 100 hours towards this certificate.

To apply for advanced standing:

  1. Submit an Application for Advanced Standing, specifying the course for which you are requesting exemption, and the equivalent course credits you have obtained.
  2. Include a non-refundable administration fee of $100 for the course credit you request (payable online by credit card)
  3. Include a course outline and description of the equivalent course that you are submitting for advanced standing.
  4. Include a proof of attendance and final grade of the equivalent course from the educational institution you attended.

Transferring credit from other Continuing Education certificates

If you have completed requirements for another University of Calgary Continuing Education certificate, you may be able to transfer* some credits between programs. For details, please review the Transferability section in the certificate programs that you have completed. To transfer credits, please contact a student advisor.

Pre-Approved Seminar Credit (Maximum 30 hours)

Students may receive a maximum of 30 hours credit from pre-approved U of C Continuing Education Business Seminars and part-time English as a Second Language (ESL) classes taken in the last five years. Credit equals approximately 2/3 instruction hours to a maximum of 30 hours, i.e. a 15-hour course or seminar will give you 10 hours credit.

Please note that you must apply for advanced standing for seminars and ESL courses that you have completed with U of C Continuing Education as not all of them apply. To find out if you are eligible for advanced standing credit, please contact a student advisor.

* Note: The combined total of Transferability and Advanced Standing credits cannot exceed 150 hours for this certificate.


On completion of this certificate, up to 150 hours of equivalent courses may be transferred toward certificates in Health, Safety and Environment or Professional Management. The number of hours will vary based on certificate requirements and courses.


Awards are given to deserving students not only for their academic achievement, but also for community involvement. Award sponsors include both corporate and private donors.

To apply, you must meet eligibility criteria and submission deadlines. Students in this program may be eligible for:


To graduate, a student must satisfy all certificate requirements including:

  • Successful completion of the core, optional and elective program requirements.
  • Attain a minimum of a C in all courses used to meet program requirements.
  • Attain minimum instruction hours to meet program requirements.

NOTE: If a student attains a grade of C-, D+ or D in one course only, a program director has the discretionary authority to approve a student for graduation. It will be the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval. Approval is usually granted for exceptional circumstances and it is the student's responsibility to contact the program director to request approval.

It is the student's responsibility to ensure all requirements for graduation are fulfilled, and to apply to graduate. Student advisors are available to meet with students to review status and determine outstanding certificate requirements.

Apply for Certificate Graduation

Contact Information

Questions can be directed to advisors in person, by phone or email.

Continuing Education Administrative Offices
Phone: 403-220-2988 or 1-866-220-4992
Email: business.conted@ucalgary.ca

  Core Courses 
Minimum Required:  150  Hours |  Maximum Allowed:  150  Hours
    BMC 281   Auditing of HSE Management Systems and Compliance 30.0 hours
    BMC 274   Ecosystems: Functions and Impacts 30.0 hours
    BMC 112   Environmental Law 30.0 hours
    BMC 169   Environmental Stewardship and Sustainability 30.0 hours
    BMC 129   Introduction to Environmental Management 30.0 hours
  Optional Courses 
Minimum Required:  150  Hours |  Maximum Allowed:  230  Hours
    BMC 279   Corporate Social Responsibility 20.0 hours
    BMC 296   Design and Analysis of Ecological Field Experiments 30.0 hours
    BMC 265   Environmental Impact Assessments and Reporting 30.0 hours
    BMC 252   Environmental Issues and Canada's Aboriginal Communities 30.0 hours
    BMC 282   Environmental Management Systems and Standards 30.0 hours
    BMC 215   Environmental Risk Management and Communication 15.0 hours
    BMC 153   Environmental Site Assessment 40.0 hours
    BMC 304   GIS: Introduction to Geo-Information Systems 30.0 hours
    BMC 138   Global Warming and Climate Change 15.0 hours
    BMC 352   Learning Online 10.0 hours
    BMC 116   Management Tools and Techniques for Environmental Issues 30.0 hours
    BMC 197   Occupational Hygiene: The Basics 40.0 hours
    BMC 298   Oil Sands: Overview, Environmental Impacts, and Regulations 30.0 hours
    BMC 262   Renewable Energy Technologies 30.0 hours
    BMC 357   Stakeholder Engagement 20.0 hours
    BMC 259   Waste Management Systems 30.0 hours
    BMC 258   Water Management for the 21st Century 30.0 hours
    BMC 246   Water Quality 30.0 hours

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