The Restoration of Natural Systems (RNS) certificate is a dynamic, interdisciplinary, non-credit program that provides comprehensive knowledge and skills to those interested in the field of ecological restoration. You’ll learn current restoration practices from experienced and knowledgeable instructors, surrounded by peers who share your passion for the natural world.
Similar to the RNS diploma, this certificate program emphasizes a holistic approach, providing training that combines the research and theory of the biophysical sciences with skills for effective collaboration with communities in restoration work. The certificate is designed to provide foundational skills that will give you the ability to assess a site, develop a restoration plan and put it into action. If you need these skills, and already have a credential in a related field then this program is a good fit. If you are looking for foundational skills with the option of more elective courses with a stand-alone credential, visit the RNS diploma program.
This program is supported by a unique partnership between the School of Environmental Studies and the Division of Continuing Studies, resulting in expertly designed courses that are current, comprehensive and delivered with attention to the needs of adult learners. Achieve your goals at your own pace with online and on campus course options and flexible program completion timelines.
The RNS program has received both the Award of Excellence from the Canadian Association for University Continuing Education (2001) and the Ecostar Award for Environmental Education from the Capital Regional District (2005).
Program information session
Join us for a free 30-minute Zoom information session where we will introduce you to the RNS program as a whole and outline the differences between the two streams. Learn about the program strengths, where our students typically find work and explore if this program is right for you.View information session details
- A holistic approach to ecological restoration
- Flexible program completion timelines
- Combination of on-campus intensive and online course formats
- Courses instructed by restoration professionals
- Different perspectives come together as part of a shared vision
- A recognized university credential for professionals
Faculty of Social Sciences, School of Environmental Studies
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College of Applied Biology ABT (Applied Biologist Technician)
Graduates of the RNS Program are approved for ABT registration.
United Nations Decade on Ecosystem Restoration
Regional UN logo, designed by W̱SÁNEĆ/Coast Salish emerging artist Sarah Jim