Advanced ecology training that builds on your knowledge in the field.

The Ecological Restoration (ER) Professional Specialization Certificate program provides advanced ecology training for professionals working in the environmental sector. The courses will prepare you to conduct site assessments and restoration projects with special attention to the unique challenges presented by altered environments.

Program Description

The Ecological Restoration program offers specialized training in high-level ecosystem functioning and is designed for practitioners working in restoration and related environmental fields that see problems with current practices and want to investigate alternative and innovative solutions. This program develops critical thinking skills and asks challenging questions that require students to deal with the uncertainty that is present with problems in ecological restoration.

Upon completion of this program, students will be able to conduct detailed site assessments and restoration projects that pay special attention to the unique conditions and challenges presented by built and otherwise highly altered environments.

Courses in the certificate are offered online, appealing to professionals from across North America as a means to meet their annual professional development requirements or to update their skills and understanding.

The certificate builds on the success of the Restoration of Natural Systems program to offer more advanced training for working professionals.

Program Features

  • flexible program completion timeline
  • online courses
  • courses taught by restoration practitioners
  • current course content with real-world applications


This program is offered in partnership with the School of Environmental Studies in the Faculty of Social Sciences

Who is this program for?

This non-credit certificate has been designed for professionals working in the fields of:

  • ecological restoration
  • environmental practice
  • biology
  • landscape architecture
  • landscape design and management
  • forestry
  • agrology

Program outcomes

The program will focus on:

• incorporating of native species into design
• an ecosystems approach in planning and design of restoration activities
• restoration prescriptions patterned on natural processes
• urban ecosystems and the urban/rural interface
• invasive species control and management
• incorporating plant propagation techniques into restoration project design

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Admission and completion requirements

Admission requirements

The program content is equivalent to advanced undergraduate or graduate level work. We recommend that students applying to the program or taking individual courses have one of the following:

• an undergraduate degree in environmental studies, biology, forestry, geography or landscape architecture
• an undergraduate degree in any other discipline plus a minimum of two years of work experience in the field of environmental studies, landscape architecture, landscape design or restoration
• permission of the Academic Administrator

Students admitted into the program do not need to be accepted for credit study at UVic.

Applicants who speak English as a second language must meet the University of Victoria's English language proficiency requirements before applying to the program.

Completion requirements

To earn the Certificate, you must successfully complete four of the five course options, totalling approximately 156 instructional hours. You have up to six years to complete the program. 

Application to graduate: Online form

Career options

Some of our grads have pursued careers in the following roles:
  • Ecologist
  • Biologist
  • Private Industry Environmental Consultant or Restoration Specialist
  • Municipal, Regional, Provincial or National Parks Employee
  • Graduate student
  • Environmental Non-Government Organization or Not-For-Profit Society General Employee or Manager
  • Environmental Project Director, Manager or Coordinator



Estimated fees

Description Fee
Program application fee $125.00
Four required courses $3,000.00
Estimated Total $3,125.00*
Fees listed in this section are only an estimate. Total program fees will vary depending on course selections, student fees, textbooks and taxes.

Application dates

Starting in
January 2018
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Dec. 15, 2017
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May 2018
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April 23, 2018
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September 2018
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Sept. 1, 2018
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How to apply

  1. Contact us ( if you want to discuss your education and experience prior to submitting your application.
  2. Click the APPLY ONLINE button. You will be asked to create an account if you are new to Continuing Studies. Please fill out the application form carefully: incomplete applications will result in increased processing times. Note that you will be asked to provide a credit card number to pay the $125 application fee.
  3. Upon acceptance into the program you will receive an acceptance letter, information about how to register for courses and a list of upcoming courses.