The Green Certificate Program provides high school students who are interested in the agricultural industry the opportunity to earn locally developed high school credits and earn an industry recognized certificate from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry. To complete the program successfully, students must be tested in three training levels. Upon successful completion of all three levels in their specialization, students earn the Technician Level Green Certificate for that specialization; the certification is issued by Alberta Agriculture and Forestry.
The program uses an apprenticeship-style of delivery that ensures that participants learn through actively performing the skills required. Students work closely with a trainer who is knowledgeable in their chosen specialization.
Students can earn an industry recognized certificate from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry in the following areas:
- Field crop
- Irrigated crops
- Greenhouse production
In order to begin Green Certificate, interested students must:
- Attend an induction meeting: An orientation meeting with the off-campus education teacher and a representative from Alberta Agriculture and Forestry
- Complete AGR3000 (an online Agriculture Workplace Safety course)
- Complete an Off-Campus Education Agreement (contract): This document must be signed by the student, along with their trainer and parent/guardian (if they under the age of 18) and a CCSD district supervisor.
Once the off-campus education teacher has completed a work site visit and approved the workplace, the student can begin their Green Certificate Program.
Note: Only Agricultural sites that provide a safe, positive and caring training environment for the student and meet the requirements of related legislation, regulations, codes and policies will be approved.
In each Green Certificate program students can earn up to 16 high school credits towards their first 100 credits needed to graduate and a Technician Level Green Certificate for their chosen specialization.
For more information about Green Certificate or to apply, please contact your school’s off-campus education teacher or career practitioner.