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Conservation Enforcement

The Conservation Enforcement program provides training to wildlife and forestry technicians. Students acquire the skills and knowledge they need for a career in conservation enforcement. They will be prepared for work in natural resources agencies as conservation enforcement officers and in other related fields of enforcement and security throughout Canada.

The Conservation Enforcement program is a mandatory residential program. Cadets are required to live in residence in single-person rooms for the duration of the training, excluding the on the job training component of the program. The residential environment serves as a training lab in the same way as the driving track and firing range do. The residence provides experiential learning that would not be possible if students interacted with one another in an instructional setting alone. Residence life allows students to develop skills in teamwork, problem solving, time management and communications, and allows for the development of gender and cross-cultural sensitivity, which are essential to a successful career in the policing community.


Each room includes a bathroom, fridge, TV, air conditioning, and heat. There is a common (Coin Operated) laundry area, common sitting area with television and kitchen (non-cooking) facilities. Cadets are provided with 14 meals a week: breakfast, lunch and dinner Monday through Thursday, breakfast and lunch on Friday.

Program Facts

Start: August
Length: 16 weeks
Location: Atlantic Police Academy, Slemon Park, Summerside
Credential: Certificate, Conservation Enforcement Officer
Minimum passing grade per course:

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Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Minimum one year post-secondary education
  • Pleasure craft operator’s certificate
  • Must be 19 years of age or older by program start date
  • Must have a Psychological Profiling Test (The applicant is responsible for this cost. Testing for applicants from the Maritimes is held in PEI. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions.)
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form
  • Criminal Record Check (CRC) and Vulnerable Sector Verification (VSV) with no findings of guilt
  • Proof of Canadian citizen or Canadian permanent resident status (a copy of a Canadian birth certificate, Canadian citizenship certificate, or a permanent resident card)
  • Must hold a valid driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of this license, regardless of Holland College training.)
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Completion of Immunization Verification Form (download PDF or MS Word). This completed form is not required until after an applicant has been accepted.
  • Certification in swimming – “Swim to Survive” or equivalent
  • Certification in Standard First Aid and CPR Level C – must be valid for the duration of the program
  • Automated external defibrillator certification – must be valid for the duration of the program
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
  • Successful completion of PARE (Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation) Test
  • Résumé including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program including work and volunteer experience with applicable dates, membership in groups, associations or athletics, awards and distinctions, and any other information about yourself relevant to the program

NOTE: Preference is given to candidates who are qualified Forestry, Wildlife, Fishery, or Environmental Technicians or graduates of a renewable resource program. If you do not have a two-year diploma in one of these areas, your employment options may be limited.

Graduate Opportunities

Various provincial and federal conservation wildlife, enforcement and parks enforcement authorities. Some of these employment opportunities may be dependent upon post-secondary education completed prior to taking this program.


The National Occupational Classification (NOC) is the nationally accepted reference on occupations in Canada. It organizes over 40,000 job titles into 500 occupational group descriptions. It is used daily by thousands of people to compile, analyze and communicate information about occupations, and to understand the jobs found throughout Canada’s labour market. This program provides skills training that falls within the duties described in the following: NOC 2224.

Open Academic Studies program

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Credit Courses

Interested in taking a credit course but don’t want to register for an entire program? Credit courses provide credit toward a diploma or certificate program. Holland College has a variety of options for studying part time during the day, or, in some instances, in the evening or on the weekend.

Tuition & Fees

View a full breakdown of costs for this program.

If you have any questions concerning the Conservation Enforcement program, contact:

Arlene Heffell



Degree Pathways

This program has degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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