Holland College | Wildlife Conservation Technology

Wildlife Conservation Technology

Start Date: September
Length: 2 Years
Location: Prince of Wales Campus
Credential: Diploma, Wildlife Conservation Technician
  • Grade 12 or equivalent with credits at or above the general level
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic English, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic math, minimum of 65%
  • Grade 11 or 12 academic biology, minimum of 65%
  • Rabies and tetanus vaccinations – form to be completed after acceptance. The program will arrange, with the Public Health agency, a schedule to complete the vaccinations, which are covered under the Holland College Student Health Care Plan. You must be enrolled in the Holland College Student Health Care Plan to be eligible for the coverage.
  • Completion of a Holland College Medical Form (this is a PDF and will open in a new window)
  • 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

NOTE: If your first language is not English please review our English Language Requirements page.

Fees for the academic year 2020/2021. Please note: Tuition and Fees are listed in Canadian dollars.

First-year international students pay an additional $4,000 CAD student fee, second-year international students pay an additional $3,250 CAD student fee (2020/2021 only).
International Health Fee is an additional $750 per year.
International Student Fees are due on the first day of class.

Tuition and Other Fees 1st Year 2nd Year
Tuition $ 4,992 $ 4,260
Lab Fee $ 360 $ 360
Student Union $ 168 $ 168
Health Insurance Fee $ 420 $ 420
Fitness Centre Fee $ 80 $ 80
Grad Fee   $ 100
Additional Courses $ 845 $ 370
Total $ 6,865 $ 5,758
1stinstallment due upon first day of class $ 3,383 $ 3,794
2ndinstallment due January 6 $ 3,482 $ 1,964
Other Program Costs 1st Year 2nd Year
Books $ 420 $ 420
Materials/Supplies $ 85 $ 85
Equipment $ 200 $ 200
Pleasure Craft Operator/Hunter Education Course $85  
Total $ 790 $ 705

Graduates from this program may find employment with:

  • Parks Canada
  • Canadian Wildlife Service
  • Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • Provincial fish and wildlife agencies
  • Natural resource agencies
  • Private sector, including industry and consultants

Please note: some occupations in this field require a Criminal Record Check.

Degree Pathways

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

Program Overview

Wildlife Conservation Technology combines the great outdoors with classroom learning. You will learn about plant and animal ecology, environmental chemistry, map use and analysis, canoe safety, advanced wilderness and remote first aid, and wildlife management. You will spend many hours in field camps, where you will conduct habitat and night animal surveys, tour parks and wildlife rehabilitation centres, learn about wildlife and human interaction, and much more. You will use your new skills during 160 hours of on the job training.

Students take part in songbird banding every year, contributing to songbird population and migration research on a regional and global scale.

You may also combine this program with the Conservation Enforcement program to become a conservation enforcement officer, or use it as a stepping-stone to your Bachelor in Wildlife Conservation degree from UPEI.

The Wildlife Conservation Technology program is accredited by the North American Wildlife Technology Association. All students graduating from this program will receive North America-wide recognition as a Wildlife Technician and will receive a certificate from the accrediting body upon graduation.

This program is located in the Centre for Applied Science & Technology and the Charlottetown Centre. Click on the links to take a virtual tour of each building.

View a detailed list of courses for this program.


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