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Coastal Protection Environmental Technologies

Get the training you need to address contemporary issues in coastal environmental management and gain technical skills to use in the field.

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Typical Length:
7 Weeks
Certificate of Professional Studies

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Unique in Atlantic Canada, this program focuses on contemporary issues in coastal environmental management and the technical skills used in the field. 

You learn how to:

  • Collect physical samples and evaluate coastal ecosystem data using technology and traditional observational approaches
  • Identify and contextually explain key metrics and indicators of coastal ecological health using scientific and Indigenous knowledge systems
  • Interpret agreements and facilitate community relations around coastal management, applying a balanced perspective to support knowledge-sharing and consensus-building
  • Describe the environmental, legislative, and cultural context for coastal ecological protection in Nova Scotia, applying a perspective that balances Indigenous and Western approaches
  • Evaluate sustainable approaches to coastal management that recognize trends in human and natural interaction with the ecology and their impacts on social, cultural, economic and environmental conditions

The program includes an online preparatory phase in advance of the 6-week in-person training. The course culminates in a week-long field camp and technical project. 

Campus-based Indigenous elders and knowledge-holders will provide mentorship and guidance related to Indigenous perspectives for coastal observation and stewardship.

2022-23 programs

Program delivery may be subject to change based on Public Health guidelines.

October 2021

Campus Location Full time/part time Delivery Availability
Strait Area Campus Classes at Nautical Institute Full time In-class In-classDelivered in-person. Some courses may have online elements. Seats available

Admission requirements

  • A diploma or undergraduate degree in geography, engineering, or marine technologies; or an undergraduate degree in natural or social sciences.


2022-23 tuition will be announced in the late Spring once approved by the government of Nova Scotia. Program costs and fees (textbooks, supplies, etc.) are additional. Amounts below were for the 2021-22 academic year.

Tuition (Domestic):
Tuition (International):

Tuition, fees and program costs

In addition to tuition, there are program costs (books, tools, etc.) and student fees for college services, your student association and parking.

View detailed program fees page(s). Please note that amounts on these pages are meant for planning purposes only. They don't represent final amounts owing.

Funding available for women and Indigenous peoples
To help meet the marine industry demand and diversify the workforce, the federal government is providing $2.5 million in bursaries for women and Indigenous peoples.

  • As a woman or Indigenous person, you may qualify to have 90% of your costs covered by a bursary for your education. View funding details
  • As an Indigenous person, you are automatically considered for additional funds (up to $300 per week) to help with living expenses while enrolled in nautical courses.

Career options

The program prepares students to work as field technicians, consultants, advisors or project leads in many coastal environment management settings. Upon successful completion, you can be involved in research projects, coastal development and protection activities, remediation and recovery events and construction. Employers include municipal, provincial, federal and First Nations governments, Indigenous organizations, universities and private environmental groups.

Future study options

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