Public Sector
Continuing & Professional Education

Certificate
in Applied Land Use Planning

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All 17 courses are part-time and also open to current practitioners
Program enrolment is optional – register without applying

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  • Alberta Development Officers Association (ADOA) members
  • Alberta Professional Planners Institute (APPI) members
  • development officers
  • planning technicians
  • land use planners
  • environment
  • community planners
  • resource managers
  • developers
  • lawyers
  • zoning administrators

Online + in-class web-enhanced courses.

This pro­gram sup­ports the learn­ing needs of pro­fes­sion­als in the areas of munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment plan­ning, devel­op­ment, and bylaw enforce­ment. Designed to match the com­plex­i­ty of a vari­ety of munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment plan­ning needs, it empow­ers stu­dents to use the­o­ries and mod­els as a means to address prob­lems, apply crit­i­cal think­ing, and devel­op a coop­er­a­tive spir­it for their day-to-day pro­fes­sion­al activities.

This pro­gram is designed to match the com­plex­i­ty of a vari­ety of munic­i­pal gov­ern­ment plan­ning needs. Stu­dents range from devel­op­ment offi­cers, plan­ning tech­ni­cians, land use, envi­ron­men­tal, and com­mu­ni­ty plan­ners, to resources man­agers, gov­ern­ment offi­cials, con­sul­tants, devel­op­ers, lawyers, zon­ing admin­is­tra­tors, admin­is­tra­tors in small­er munic­i­pal­i­ties, and oth­ers involved in plan­ning processes.

                                                                   

The infor­ma­tion I gath­ered from the cours­es was very rel­e­vant to my job. I was also able to estab­lish con­tacts with oth­er stu­dents that are employed in the same sector.

Applied Land Use Plan­ning Certificate student

It’s great that the instruc­tors acknowl­edge the con­straints in the life of a mature” stu­dent with fam­i­ly and job commitments.

Applied Land Use Plan­ning Certificate student

A note about COVID-19 measures

If you see a program on our website announced as an in-person or downtown Edmonton offering, please disregard the format—but not the program. Winter, Spring, and Summer 2021 courses have been converted to remote delivery platforms. Register for a course online or apply to a program via email, and keep learning!

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  • Pay as you go
  • This program is currently open for enrolment—apply now

Enrolling in the pro­gram is a require­ment if you want to earn the cer­tifi­cate. You may apply for admis­sion as you start your stud­ies or, if you pre­fer, after you have tak­en one or more courses. 

To enrol, you must have a min­i­mum of a high school diplo­ma (or equiv­a­lent) and two years of relat­ed work expe­ri­ence. If you attend­ed high school in Alber­ta, tran­scripts may be ordered from Alber­ta Edu­ca­tion at 7804275732; for high schools out­side of Alber­ta, con­tact the cor­re­spond­ing provin­cial depart­ment of education. 

You are still invit­ed to apply if you do not meet the admis­sion require­ments. Your qual­i­fi­ca­tions will be reviewed, and con­di­tion­al entrance may be grant­ed. For details, con­tact the pro­gram office at 7804926914 or 7804925532.

If you have com­plet­ed a course from a rec­og­nized post-sec­ondary insti­tu­tion with­in the last five years that is applic­a­ble to the ALUP pro­gram, you may request an exemp­tion up to a max­i­mum of two courses.

List of eli­gi­ble courses

The ALUP program is comprised of four core courses and 117 instructional hours of electives. Designed for part-time study, it can generally be completed within one to two years, but students have up to six years to fulfill their program requirements.

A cumulative grade point average of at least 2.0 is required to obtain the certificate (3.5 or higher earns a certificate with distinction).

Once you are admitted, you can verify your program requirements by logging into the University of Alberta’s student portal, Bear Tracks, to view your Academic Advisement.

  • An appli­ca­tion fee of $100 is required for admis­sion into the program.
  • Tuition is paid on a course-by-course basis as you reg­is­ter for your classes.
  • Cours­es are GST-exempt.
  • Some cours­es require a text­book at an addi­tion­al cost.
  • Eli­gi­ble for the Cana­da-Alber­ta Job Grant.
  • Cor­po­rate mul­ti-reg­is­tra­tion pack­ages are avail­able for most Exten­sion cours­es. Con­tact us at excorp@​ualberta.​ca for pre­ferred pricing.
Bursaries and funding opportunities
Funding source
Eligibility
Amount
Apply by
Canada-Alberta Job Grant 

Available for businesses in all sectors across Alberta

Two-thirds of the training costs (up to 100% if hiring an unemployed Albertan)
any time
Canada Training Benefit 

Residents of Canada, 25-65 years old, who have $10,000-150,000 in earnings for work.

$250+
income tax return
Alumni Professional Development Grant 

Any alumnus of the University of Alberta

75% of course fee
monthly deadline
HRDF 

Employed by the University of Alberta as Non-Academic Staff (NASA)

$750 annually
Dec / Mar / Jun / Sep

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