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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.

Hours: 0
Course Code: SAFE-1005


A foundational course in ecology. Students study animal behaviour, habitats and niches, life histories, and conservation. Also, students explore the relationships among various organisms in ecosystems.

Hours: 60
Course Code: BIOL-1200

Animal Ecology

An examination of the parameters of population structure, identification of mammals, birds, amphibians and reptiles, and basic genetics. Also, students learn to make field identifications, conduct animal population surveys and assessments.

Hours: 123
Course Code: BIOL-1201

Plant Ecology I

A survey course of common plants of the local plant communities including bog, dune, forest, roadsides and fields, ponds and saltmarshes. Students experience hands-on plant collection, identification and habitat assessment instruction in a variety of local habitats. Students prepare archival quality plant specimens and present them in the form of a plant collection.

Hours: 72
Course Code: BIOL-1205

Plant Ecology II

Building on the skills and knowledge gained in Plant Ecology I students learn plant adaptations, plant families, plant anatomy, diseases and winter identification of plants.

Hours: 60
Course Code: BIOL-1206


A fundamental study of the ecology of freshwater rivers, streams and lakes. Subjects covered are watersheds, streams, lakes, lake types and water quality.

Hours: 60
Course Code: BIOL-1220

Invertebrate Zoology

An introduction to the study of zoology and a survey of invertebrates with a focus on field and lab identification of invertebrates commonly encountered by wildlife technicians. This course includes the use and care of microscopes, and the collection and preservation of specimens.

Hours: 63
Course Code: BIOL-2200

Vertebrate Zoology

A survey of vertebrates with a focus on their importance from a management perspective. Included in this course are specimen preparation, preservation and vertebrate anatomy and dissection.

Hours: 60
Course Code: BIOL-2201

Environmental Chemistry

Exploration of basic chemistry and chemical processes as they apply to nutrient cycling, soils, climate change, long range transport of atmospheric pollutants, waste management/nutrient enrichment, heavy metals in the environment, toxic organic chemicals/pesticides, and water pollution and purification. Knowledge gained will be applied to aspects of environmental monitoring.

Hours: 54
Course Code: CHEM-2000

Communications in the Applied Sciences

The vital role that communication plays in the science field will be emphasized in this course. The importance of accurate recording of laboratory and field activities as well as the ability to communicate findings to both the scientific and general communities will be stressed.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMM-1110

Computer Essentials

In this course, students are introduced to the fundamentals of various software programs and information processing systems used in today's workplace and educational environments. Students develop the skills necessary to understand and efficiently use common workplace productivity tools. The main areas of focus include: operating systems, e-mail and groupware, word processing, spreadsheets, electronic presentation software, and the integration of these technologies.

Hours: 45
Course Code: COMP-1000

Map Use and Analysis

Use and practice mapping and navigation skills in the field. Students gather and translate data, prepare maps, and experience how a Global Positioning System (GPS) and Global Information System (GIS) are applied in occupational fields.

Hours: 72
Course Code: GEOG-1000

Natural Science Math

This course in mathematics for applied science programs begins with an intensive overview of measurement, emphasizing both metric and imperial units, conversion of simple and derived units, proper treatment of significant digits, and techniques for handling measurement error. Following a review of algebra and Euclidean geometry (including many scientific calculator functions), the course will continue to apply mathematical skills to solve systems of two and three linear equations by means of graphic, algebraic, and determinant methods; derive and graph functions; and utilize factoring techniques to solve fractional and quadratic equations. The course will utilize trigonometric and vector analysis to solve practical problems involving angles in any quadrant, as well as right and oblique triangles. Finally, the relationship between exponents and radicals, and the relationship between exponential and logarithmic functions will be applied to biotic systems.

Hours: 60
Course Code: MATH-1200


Exploration of the essentials of statistical collection, analysis, and interpretation. Topics covered include the principles of statistical design, frequency distributions, descriptive statistics, measures of central tendency and dispersion, basic probability, standard normal distributions, linear regression and correlation, and a variety of statistical tests for goodness of fit, differences between means, and identification of outliers. Emphasis will be placed on the use of statistical software for data analysis.

Hours: 30
Course Code: MATH-1300

Workplace Hazardous Materials Information Systems

Students complete Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) training and certification.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1002

ATV Safety

Students will be trained and certified in safe ATV riding practices.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1100

Silviculture Worker Lesson Plan

While dealing with the tools of the forestry trade, particularly chainsaw safety and the physical well being of the worker, the Lesson Plan also covers the mental well being of the worker by covering such areas as harassment and employee rights. The plan begins with intensive classroom instruction and is followed with practical one-on-one, hands-on instruction in the woodlot.

Hours: 35
Course Code: NCPR-1101

Pleasure Craft Operator

Students receive training and certification in safe boating practices,rules and regulations and will know what they mean and how to apply them in real life situations. Also they will understand and use charts, aids to navigation, and know how to communicate effectively with other pleasure craft operators. They will be prepared for and know how to avoid dangerous situations and how to protect our environment.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1102

Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Students receive training and certification in Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid, ideal for those participating in wilderness or remote activities within hours or days of advanced medical care. This course will enable participants to have an appreciation for the realities of providing First Aid in a wilderness and remote environment. Emphasis will be on practical skills, decision making, and management of the outdoor environment. Basic First Aid and CPR are included.

Hours: 40
Course Code: NCPR-1103

Canoe Safety

Students are trained and certified in aspects of operating a canoe safely.

Hours: 3
Course Code: NCPR-1104

Canadian Firearms Safety Course

Students are trained and certified in firearms safety: the evolution of firearms, major parts, types and actions; basic firearms safety practices; ammunition; operating firearm actions; safe handling and carry procedures; firing techniques and procedures; care of non-restricted firearms; responsibilities of the firearms owner/user; and safe storage, display, transportation and handling of non-restricted firearms.

Hours: 9
Course Code: NCPR-1105

Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (cabin) Field Assistant Training

The objective of the CABIN Training Program is to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct nationally standardized freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring and assessments. Upon completion of this program, participants will be certified to assist CABIN Field Technicians/Program Managers in CABIN protocols.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-1107

Forest Fire Suppression

Students are trained and certified in basic forest fire suppression techniques.

Hours: 6
Course Code: NCPR-2100

Hunter Education

Students are trained and certified in aspects of hunting safety. This includes an online portion and a field day.

Hours: 12
Course Code: NCPR-2101

Backpack Electrofishing

Students are trained and certified in backpack electrofishing. The training includes online study and on-site practical training. Topics include: what is electrofishing; why electrofish; wlectrofishing theory; impacts of electrofishing; electrofishing safety guidelines; field procedures and techniques; and recommended standard operating procedures.

Hours: 9
Course Code: NCPR-2102

Trapper Education

Students are trained and certified in safe trapping practices.

Hours: 18
Course Code: NCPR-2104

Wildlife Conservation Technology OJT

On-the-job training provides the student with an opportunity to relate what they have learned in the Wildlife Conservation Technology program to a relevant work environment. Students assume, with appropriate supervision, the duties and responsibilities normally expected of an entry-level person in a similar position. Using their own observations and initiative, students are expected to acquire and apply new skills as may be expected of a new employee in their respective workplace setting.

Hours: 160
Course Code: PRAC-2045

Field Camp I

Students experience camp life combined with field surveys, tours of parks and wildlife rehabilitation centers, evening and night animal surveys, Global Positioning Systems use, and habitat surveys. Students learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.

Hours: 50
Course Code: WCTN-1100

Field Camp II

Building on skills and knowledge of camp life combined with wildlife observations, taking particular note of seasonal differences and evening and night animal surveys. Students learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.

Hours: 50
Course Code: WCTN-1110

Natural Resources Policy and Law

An overview of the policies and legislation at the municipal, provincial and federal levels, governing natural resources: fish, wildlife, land and forestry. Students examine jurisdiction, authority, and power, the making of policies and laws, as well as, specific pieces of legislation in Prince Edward Island and Canada.

Hours: 45
Course Code: WCTN-2005

Wildlife Management I

Students study many aspects of wildlife management. Subject areas to be examined include the capture and tracking of wildlife, assessment of wildlife habitat, and the evolution of wildlife conservation.

Hours: 66
Course Code: WCTN-2010

Wildlife Management II

A comprehensive course on wildlife management issues and practices. Subject areas include: wildlife population survey techniques, socioeconomic surveys, consumptive and non-consumptive uses of wildlife, and habitat use by wildlife. Students assess an assigned area of habitat and create a comprehensive habitat management plan for the area.

Hours: 54
Course Code: WCTN-2011


Students learn fish identification techniques, harvesting methods, population assessment, marine mammal and saltwater fish species, and habitat management. In addition, students collect and preserve specimens, conduct surveys, and determine age for various species.

Hours: 65
Course Code: WCTN-2020


A comprehensive review of the forest industry and forest management. Subject areas examined include: commercial forestry, forestry for wildlife and recreational values, forest pests and diseases, forest harvesting and regeneration, silviculture and holistic forest use. Additionally, students learn about fire as a management tool, fire ecology and forest cruising techniques.

Hours: 63
Course Code: WCTN-2030

Field Camp III

This course builds on skills developed during previous field camps. Students experience camp life combined with field surveys, evening and night animal surveys, Global Positioning Systems use, radiotelemetry, immobilization, and habitat surveys. Students will learn the skills necessary for bonding, living together, team building, work load balancing, survival, camping procedures, maintenance and use of camping equipment, and wildlife/human interaction.

Hours: 50
Course Code: WCTN-2100