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Land and Water Resources Diploma

Location(s): Fort St John


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The Land and Water Resources (LWR) Diploma program prepares students to effectively conserve and repair disturbed land and riparian zones, as well as monitor water quality and quantity. The main focus of the program is reclamation of sites disturbed by industrial development and activity, and the regulations of reclaiming such sites as per the BC Oil and Gas Commission and relevant government bodies.

Employment opportunities are primarily concentrated in the oil and gas sector with some opportunities in mining, forestry, independent environmental consulting firms, First Nation band offices, and municipalities. As resource companies strive to meet government guidelines and industry best practices, this field of work will continue to grow across western Canada. Travel and field work are regular features of careers within this industry.

Career Prospects


Employment opportunities include the following positions in government, industry, First Nation band offices, and consulting companies:

  • Land Reclamation Technician
  • Water Resource Technician
  • Remediation Technician
  • Drilling Waste Technician- Research Technician

Details


Intakes


Location Starting Type
Fort St John Fall* Full-Time Part-Time  
Winter Full-Time Part-Time  
Spring Full-Time Part-Time  

* Full-Time intakes start in the fall of even-numbered years.

Length


65 credits (1057 hours), minimum.

This is a two year program taken over four semesters with minimum of 15 credits per semester.  Part-time studies will take longer. Students in this program select course loads and course schedules that fit their needs and course availability. Registration is completed semester-by-semester.

Estimated Program Fees


Program fee type: Academic

Costs indicated are estimates for a full-time course load.
Book, instruments, supplies, uniforms/clothing and third-party fees are additional.

Domestic Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
Total
Year 1 $ 3,581.40 $ 149.76 $ 207.35 $ 3,938.51
Year 2 (estimated) $ 4,261.87 $ 158.88 $ 259.19 $ 4,679.93

International Fees

  Tuition Student Fees Instruction-related
Fees (includes GST)
International
Medical Insurance
Total
Year 1 $ 11,580.00 $ 149.76 $ 207.35 $ 828.00 $ 12,765.11
Year 2 (estimated) $ 14,350.00 $ 158.87 $ 207.35 $ 828.00 $ 15,544.22

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Admission Requirements


English Requirement

For applicants from countries that practice Standard Written English, one of the following:

  • English Studies 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • English First Peoples 12 with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 050  with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • ENGL 099  with a grade of B or higher, or equivalent
  • Any university-level English course with a grade of C or higher
  • NLC Writing Assessment with placement at the college level (100)
For all other applicants, one of the following:
  • IELTS result with an overall score of 6.0 or higher with no band less than 6.0*
  • TOEFL iBT of 78
  • Canadian Academic English Assessment (CAEL) 60 overall band
  • Canadian Language Benchmark Assessment (CLBA) 8 in each section
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 57
  • Michigan English Language Assessment Battery (MELAB) 76
  • Cambridge-Michigan Language Assessment (CaMLA) 69 plus NLC’s Writing Assessment
  • A post-secondary level credential with equivalent English language requirements
  • Two years of full-time secondary school education in English in Canada and completion of English 12, English Studies 12, English Literature 12, English 12 First Peoples, or equivalent with a minimum grade of B.

The General Academic English Language Proficiency Requirements   outline more details of the academic English requirements.

* Students with a writing band of 6.0 or less are required to complete ENGL 099  with a B grade or higher before or during the first semester of their program.

Math Requirement

One of the following:

  • Pre-calculus 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Principles of Mathematics 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Foundations of Math 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • MATH 040  with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Readiness for MATH 050  as determined by the CCP Math appraisal.

Science Requirement

One of the following:

  • Biology 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • BIOL 040 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Biology 12 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • BIOL 050 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Chemistry 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • CHEM 040 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Geography 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Geology 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Physics 11 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • PHYS 040 with a C grade or higher, or equivalent
  • Successful completion of the BEAHR program or equivalency. 

Post-Admission Requirements


Prior to starting Semester Three, students must:

  • attend a Culture Camp through the Treaty 8 Tribal Association or other approved organization

Prior to starting LAND 290 - Work Practicum , students must submit certifications indicating completion of:

  • H2S Alive
  • Basic First Aid
  • Pipeline Construction Safety Training
  • WHMIS

Important Notes


  1. This program is eligible for Canada Student Loans. Visit StudentAidBC to apply for financial assistance online.  Note that dual credit students are not eligible for Student Aid.

  2. Student must provide personal equipment including hiking or safety boots, warm and waterproof clothing, clip board, and backpack. Practicum activities for LAND 290  will require students to have H2S, Basic First Aid, Pipeline Construction Safety Training, and WHMIS. Students will be responsible for obtaining certification as required prior to the fourth semester of the program. Personal safety gear will be available for students during the practicum activities, apart from protective footwear.

  3. Course transfer agreements allow students to receive course-by-course transfer to other colleges, universities, and institutes in BC, as indicated in the BC Transfer Guide.

Program Requirements


Residency Requirement 50% of all coursework must be completed at Northern Lights College
Minimum Grade Requirements 2.00 program Grade Point Average (GPA); D grade (50%) minimum in all courses
Additional Requirements
  • Students are required to complete this program within a 10 year period from their start date.
  • Prior to the Semester Three, students are required to attend a Culture Camp through the Treaty 8 Tribal Association or other approved organization.  Proof of completion (e.g. Certificate of Completion) must be submitted to the Registrar’s Office. 

Credential


Diploma in Land and Water Resources

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