Please note: You must be a Canadian citizen or have Canadian permanent resident status to apply for this program.
In the Conservation Enforcement program, you will take courses in topics such as conservation investigations, defensive driving and traffic control, national use of force framework, scenario/reality-based training, and professional patrol tactics. After completing on-the-job training, you will be prepared to work in natural resource agencies as a conservation enforcement officer and in other related fields of enforcement and security throughout Canada.
Conservation Enforcement students are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on-the-job training.
This program has degree pathways, giving you the opportunity to receive credit for your Holland College diploma when you continue your education. For a complete list of agreements, visit the Degree Pathways page.
Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration
Graduates receive 24 credits toward a Bachelor of Science in Criminal Justice Administration degree.
Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
Minimum one year of post-secondary education*
19 years of age by program start date
Successful completion of the Minnesota Multiphasic Personality Inventory (MMPI-2). The applicant is responsible for this cost. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions. Note: Testing for all applicants takes place in P.E.I. except for applicants in Newfoundland. All other applicants are expected to be in P.E.I. for the date of their testing. Newfoundland applicants will be contacted to arrange a date for their testing.
Certification in swimming – “Swim to Survive” or equivalent
Standard First Aid, CPR Level C and Automated External Defibrillator (AED) must be valid for the duration of the program. View a list of providers here.This training must be taken in person, NOT online.
Pleasure Craft Operator Card
All-Terrain Vehicle (ATV) safety training course from a certified trainer
Successful completion of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
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
*Preference is given to candidates who are qualified Forestry, Wildlife, Fishery, or Environmental Technicians or graduates of a renewable resource program. Completion of a two-year diploma in one of these areas is a requirement for employment in New Brunswick, Nova Scotia, and Prince Edward Island.If you do not have a two-year diploma in one of these areas, your employment options may be limited.
1 pair of black polishable shoes – Military or Police Style
2 long sleeve plain white dress shirts suitable to wear a black tie. (no button-down collars)
1 pair of black dress pants
1 pair of quality running shoes
3 pairs of black socks
1 black tie – plain, single colour/no patterns (clip-on preferred)
Towels and personal toiletry articles
1 alarm clock or clock radio
1 mouth guard
Provincial and federal conservation wildlife and parks enforcement authorities.
Many Holland College programs have degree pathway agreements with other post-secondary institutions. You can receive credit for your Holland College diploma toward a university degree or other post-graduate credential, saving you time and money! Find out more on the Degree Pathways page.
Course Name & Description
PEI Occupational Health and Safety
An overview of the Occupational Health and Safety Act of Prince Edward Island. Students examine the legislation, how PEI employees are protected while on the job and the responsibilities of employees and employers.
Conservation Officer Firearms Proficiency and Tactical Training
This course consists of specialized firearms safety, marksmanship and tactics. At the end of this course students will be skilled in firearms safety and will be prepared to use a variety of firearms (9mm handgun and 12 GA. shotgun) in various situations.
Legislation and Regulation
This course will examine various pieces of Federal and Provincial Legislation and Regulation. This examination will enable students to navigate through Legislation and Regulation that relate to the execution of their duties as a Conservation Officer. Students will understand how to apply the powers given to them under these Acts and will become familiar with specific case law that impacts Conservation Enforcement.
Law: Criminal Code
This course is an introduction to the Criminal Code and prepares Conservation Officers to effectively use the parts of the Criminal Code that apply to their work. Students discuss and explore legal topics that relate directly to their work as Conservation Officers. The topics to be covered include legal terminology, Powers of Arrest, search and seizure, the Charter, disclosure, case citation, warrants and statements. Case law regarding these issues are discussed. Through a mock course exercise, students experience acting as a crown witness and compelling a subject to appear in court.
This course will prepare students to conduct conservation enforcement investigations. Through a variety of delivery methods students will learn and practice sound investigative procedures. Students will focus on effective note taking practices, investigative report writing, information/evidence gathering, and practical skills applications.
Professional Patrol Tactics
Professional patrol tactics introduces incoming Conservation Officers to basic tactics involved in the protection of themselves, other officers, and the public. Professional patrol tactics are designed to enhance officer safety and enhance the ability to control situations likely to be encountered on the job.
Conservation Enforcement Compliance Patrol
This course examines the different types of conservation enforcement compliance patrols and the factors that must be considered when choosing the appropriate patrol type. Students learn to utilize information to plan an efficient and effective compliance patrol. This course also enables the student to effectively use the mobile communication system.
In this course, students examine communication, including types, barriers, as well as skills and strategies for effective communication and de-escalation. Students gain an awareness of mental disorders and cultural diversity, and their potential impact on human relations.
Conservation Officer Physical Abilities Development
This course is designed to prepare students for the rigors of the Conservation Officer profession and the various physical tests that conservation departments require of their officers and applicants. This course encourages and challenges students to improve their fitness level through fitness programming and nutrition.
Defensive Driving and Traffic Control
This course provides the student with enhanced driving skills to assist them in their work and everyday driving. Students complete the driving course which covers defensive driving skills, controlled responses, skid control techniques, and emergency stopping techniques. Additionally, students learn to secure and manuever trailers safely and efficiently. Students are also shown the prescribed method for directing traffic (vehicle and pedestrian), and performing vehicle stops. Students practice these skills on the driving track to industry standards.
Conservation Officers are required to both verbally and physically intervene and control the outcome of a variety of situations. In this course, students demonstrate proficiency in the application of their intervention, defusing, and situation control skills by implementing various aspects of a current use of force model. Students also practice using the appropriate verbal requests, directions, commands, techniques, equipment, and weapons during the various interventions.
Judgmental Scenario Training
This course is designed to increase officer safety as well as the ability of an officer to respond appropriately to specific threats, including lethal force. This course helps to develop decision-making skills along with the ability to effectively respond to threats, including those that are likely to cause bodily harm or death to those involved.
Conservation Enforcement OJT
On the Job Training provides the opportunity for the student to be involved in all aspects of the conservation enforcement field. The student officer works under the supervision of a training officer and is involved in regular duties with that officer. As the training officer observes the student's performance in a variety of real world situations, observed competencies are measured and evaluated.
Crisis Intervention and De-escalation
Participants learn to use the Crisis Intervention and De-escalation (CID) Model and apply techniques to effectively de-escalate crisis situations, specifically those incidents involving intervention in a mental health crisis. This blended course consists of online learning activities through the Canadian Police Knowledge Network (CPKN), classroom training, as well as scenario based training.
Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems
Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.
Professional Ethics and Deportment
The purpose of this course is to examine and practice ethical and professional behaviors to prepare students for making ethical choices during their time at the academy and in their professional public safety careers. Students are required to produce and follow a personal code of ethics, work as a team, and to exhibit behaviors and values that are consistent with the expectations of the profession and the public.
The program gave me not just the foundation, but also the skills and confidence to take on the often unique situations encountered by conservation enforcement officers. Whether it’s performing fishing checks on a crowded river, or interacting with a hunter alone in a remote location, The program set me up for success in these and many other situations. This allowed me to adapt to unfamiliar situations and gave me the tools to find successful enforcement outcomes.
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