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Conservation Enforcement

In this program you will take courses in topics such as conservation investigations, defensive driving and traffic control, and professional patrol tactics. After completing on the job training, you will be prepared to work for natural resource agencies as a conservation enforcement officer and in other related fields of enforcement and security throughout Canada. Students are sworn in as armed provincial conservation officers for six weeks during the fall hunting season.

Conservation Enforcement students are required to live in residence for the duration of their training, except when they are in on the job training.


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
  • 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. Testing for applicants from the Maritimes is held in PEI. This test will be arranged by Holland College Admissions.
  • Completion of an APA Medical Form
  • Criminal Record Check (Vulnerable Sector) with no findings of guilt
  • Proof of Canadian citizenship or Canadian permanent resident status
  • Valid Class 5 (cars and light trucks) driver’s license (students holding restricted or graduated licenses must abide by the conditions of the license)
  • Three letters of reference, not from family members
  • Immunization Verification Form (download PDF or MS Word). Required after acceptance
  • 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
  • Pleasure craft operator’s certificate
  • Successful completion of the Canadian Restricted Firearms Safety Course
  • Successful completion of Physical Ability Requirement Evaluation (PARE)
  • 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

Provincial and federal conservation wildlife and  parks enforcement authorities.

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.

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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

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

Arlene Heffell



Degree Pathways

Many Holland College programs have degree pathways. For more information, see our Degree Pathways section.

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