Certificates

Start your certificate online in 2022!  Take advantage of courses being offered that can count towards a certificate, diploma or degree. 

 

Fully online certificates 

Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture

CERTIFICATE OF SPECIALIZATION IN ORGANIC AGRICULTURE

Get a head start on an agricultural degree with the Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture. You'll have the opportunity to specialize in the expanding area of organic agriculture.

There are also opportunities for self-employment on smaller farms that might not be profitable under conventional production.

All of the courses within the certificate are available only online. Students will have 3 years to complete this certificate.

If you are not currently a Dalhousie Student, please go to Applying for Undergraduate Studies and apply as a Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate then choose the application type "Dal Undergraduates Certificates" option. Next select your planned course of study, which is the Certificate in Organic Agriculture. Once accepted, you will receive a letter and information on how to register for the upcoming courses.

Supplies/materials for the course can be ordered through our on-campus bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for pricing information: bookstore.dac@dal.ca

To receive a Certificate of Specialization in Organic Agriculture you must have an overall average of at least 60% in four of the eligible organic agriculture credit courses. If you are a current Dalhousie student you must declare your organic certificate in Dal Online under Admissions > Declare your Major/Minor, then submit the certificate under the program options, with no major/minor (unless you are in a degree and want to update at that time). If you are just beginning your organic certificate courses you must also apply for the certificate in organic agriculture or declare your organic certificate in Dal online for a record to be processed and the system to notify you for when you can apply to graduate. December 1st is the deadline to apply to graduate in May and July 2nd is the last day to apply to graduate in October. You can apply to graduate through Dal Online

AGRI 2000 - Transition to Organic Agriculture (Fall)
APSC 2003 - Composting and Compost Use (Fall)
HORT 2001 - Principles of Organic Horticulture (Fall) 
AGRN 2000 - Organic Field Crop Management (Winter)
ANSC 2004 - Organic Livestock Production (Winter)

You may substitute two of the courses with approved organic courses offered by external institutions. These alternate courses will be taken on a Letter of Permission.

Tuition is $910.80/course

An additional Distance Education Course Fee of $53.50 is charged for all distance education course sections.

Incidental fees are paid by all students at Dalhousie University. These are mandatory, non-academic fees, in addition to your tuition, that helps to fund various student programs. Incidental fees are outlined below.

Full-time Student Fee             $326.47 per term (3 or more courses)
Part-time Student Fee            $100.95 per term (2 or less courses)


*Please note that tuition and student fees are subject to change each year

Certificate of Nutrient Management Planning

CERTIFICATE OF NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING

This online certificate will provide training to nutrient management planners and those implementing nutrient management plans in Atlantic Canada.

To receive the certificate a student will work at their own pace through subject area modules online and complete a nutrient management planning exercise in one of areas of application, and complete an online examination.

Topics include: Environmental Impacts of Nutrient Use, Basic Soil Science Concepts, Nitrogen in Crop Production, Phosphorus in Crop Production, Potassium in Crop Production, Lime and Liming Materials, Diagnostic Tools, and Delivering Nutrient Management

Nutrient Management Plan Exercise (choose one) Field Crops, Forage Crops, Perennial Crops, Biomass Crops, Vegetable Crops, Potato Production Systems, Organic Cropping Systems, or Forest Plantations

Students will have four weeks to complete this certificate. Students can assess their progress by successfully completing an electronically administered self-test at the end of each module. To complete the final module, the nutrient management exercise, a nutrient management plan will be submitted for assessment.

The certificate will be awarded upon successful completion of each of the module tests and the nutrient management exercise.

What You Will Learn

  • The use of nutrients in agriculture and the potential for impacts on the environment.
  • Understanding the role of soil properties such as texture, organic matter and pH in influencing nutrient availability
  • Practices for the utilization of nitrogen to enhance crop growth.
  • Practices for the utilization of phosphorus to enhance crop growth.
  • Understanding the methods used to sample and analyze soil, plant and fertilizer materials and their use in making soil nutrient management recommendations.
  • Calculations, using basic chemical principles, rates of fertilizers and amendments needed to correct plant nutrition problems in the field.

ELAG-SOIL0010 NUTRIENT MANAGEMENT PLANNING

If you require further information please contact extended.learning@dal.ca, phone 902.893.6666.

 

In-class certificates 

Certificate in Technology Education

CERTIFICATE IN TECHNOLOGY EDUCATION

The next cohort will start September 2022, enrolment pending. 

Deadline to apply is June 1, 2022.

 

Eligible students who submit their complete applications with full supporting eligible documentation will be given priority in the acceptance process to each cohort.

If you are a teacher of technology presently working in Nova Scotia, you can upgrade and diversify your technology background with the Certificate in Technology Education.

Explore a variety of hands-on experiences and teaching methodologies that strengthen traditional skills and introduce new technologies to better meet the demand for qualified technology educators for the public school system. 

You must complete 10 approved courses with a cumulative average of 65 per cent. Eight of the 10 courses must be from the Faculty of Agriculture's course list. The other two courses are teaching methodology courses offered by Acadia University for this program. You will have a maximum of six years to complete the program. Courses are conducted outside regular school hours in evenings and summer sessions. There are no transfer credits accepted into this program.

Application Documents

You must have a valid Nova Scotia teacher’s license and be a current Technology Education teacher or a teacher designated to teach Technology Education. 

1)      Paper copy of the application form can be downloaded here [PDF].

2)      A copy of your NS Teachers License.
3)      A listing of all teaching experience (Resume/CV).
4)      All Post-Secondary OFFICIAL Transcripts. You DO NOT need your high school transcript.
5)      Application fee for Dalhousie University is $70 by either cheque or state Visa or Mastercard number on the form.
6)      Principal's letter of support if not currently a Technology Teacher.

Please forward all of the above information to Extended Learning on the Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS.

Note: DO NOT send to the Registrar's office in Halifax. Those applications submitted directly to Halifax will not be processed or considered for the current course offering. 

Send to:

Dalhousie University Faculty of Agriculture
Extended Learning, Haley Institute
23 Sheep Hill Lane
Truro NS  B2N 5E3
or Fax 902.895.5528

We are currently accepting applications to be waitlisted for future cohorts. Please begin the process by emailing extended.learning@dal.ca and by ordering transcripts to be sent to the Faculty of Agriculture - Extended Learning from ALL post-secondary institutions that you have attended.

Note: It is the responsibility of individual teachers to ensure they comply with the requirements of the NS Department of Education for continuing education and upgrades.

Tuition

The 8 courses taken at the Faculty of Agriculture is $910.93/course

Tech Ed Program Fee is $185/course

All NS students will receive an NS government bursary for each course they register for that is approximately $128.31. Please note this bursary may change from year to year. This amount will be deducted from your tuition cost each semester.

*Please note Dalhousie reserves the right to make changes without notice in its published scale of changes for tuition and other fees. Tuition will typically increase in April each year. 

Students are required to apply to Acadia University before registering for the two online courses. The Program Manager will help you with this process.  The Acadia application fee is $50. Course tuition is set through Acadia University.

Please note: there are two applications fees for this program: Dalhousie is $70 and Acadia is $50. 

The certificate is completed over two years. 

Courses

Classes all take place on the Agricultural Campus in Truro and will run one evening a week from 5:30-8:30 pm for 12-13 weeks. Within those weeks students will be required to participate in two full Saturdays (8:30-4:30) to complete the hours required for each class.

There will be two classes that will be completed over the summer and run during the first three weeks in July. Those classes will run back to back, 7 days each, from 8:30-4:30 each day, excluding weekends. 

In no particular order

*Wood and Metal Construction classes will require steel-toed boots (must be CSA approved footwear) and safety glasses. 

Students are responsible for arranging their own summer accommodations for the summer courses. 

Acadia University courses (delivered online)

  • EDUC 5873- Technology & Curriculum: Technology Studies -Online
  • EDUC 5053- Problems in Education: Technological Education and Sustainability - Online

*Please note that you will be required to apply to Acadia with a $50 application fee during your time in the program. You will require your Dalhousie transcript, to verify you are taking courses in the Technology Education program, which you will request after you have started this program. Both courses will be offered with a Faculty of Agriculture course in two of the semesters throughout the certificate. Be prepared to complete two courses at the same time in two semesters.  

If you require further information please contact extended.learning@dal.ca, phone 902.893.6666.

 

In-class and fully online certificates 

Certificate in Sustainable Soil Management

CERTIFICATE IN SUSTAINABLE SOIL MANAGEMENT

This certificate will focus on sustainable soil management - from understanding the fundamental properties and characteristics of soil systems to understanding how soil management impacts food and energy production, water quality, waste management, climate change and biodiversity.  Students graduating with this certification would possess the knowledge to assess, develop and implement sustainable soil management practices that would ensure that soil resources are meeting economic and environmental expectations.

The Certificate in Sustainable Soil Management is open to students eligible for admission to or enrolled in a BSc. or BSc. (Agr.) program at Dalhousie University.

If you are not currently a Dalhousie Student, please go to Applying for Undergraduate Studies and apply as a Faculty of Agriculture Undergraduate then choose the application type "Dal Undergraduates Certificates" option. Next select your planned course of study, which is the Certificate in Organic Agriculture. Once accepted, you will receive a letter and information on how to register for the upcoming courses.

Supplies/materials for the course can be ordered through our on-campus bookstore. Please contact the bookstore for pricing information: bookstore.dac@dal.ca

Courses within the certificate are available online and in-person. To inquire further about the requirements for the Certificate in Sustainable Soil Management or how to complete fully online, please contact: Dr. David Burton. The requirements for the certificate include a total of 12 credit hours to be completed within 5 years (maximum). 

Required Courses:

SOIL 2000 Introduction to Soil Science (Fall) 
SOIL 3000 Soil Fertility and Nutrient (Online, Winter)

Elective Courses: 

AGRN 2000 - Organic Field Crop Management (Online, Winter) 
HORT 3000 - Environmental Processes and Landscape Functions (In-Person, Fall) 
ENVA 3000 - Environmental Impact Assessment (In-Person, Winter)  
ENVA 3003 - Environmental Studies Field Course
ENVA 3005 - Geographic Information Systems (In-Person, Fall)  
ENVA 3021 - Ecohydrology (Online, Fall) 
SOIL 4001 - Directed Studies in Soil Science (Fall)  
MCRA 4002 - Microbiomes in Agriculture (In-Person, Winter)  
AGRI 5250 - Soil Microbiology 
AGRI 5450 - Environmental Soil Chemistry

Tuition is $910.80/course

An additional Distance Education Course Fee of $53.50 is charged for all distance education course sections.

Full-time Student Fee             $326.47 per term (3 or more courses)
Part-time Student Fee            $100.95 per term (2 or less courses)

*Please note that tuition and student fees are subject to change each year