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- one year certificate
- starts in September


This one-year certificate is for those who enjoy demanding physical work in an environment that serves the needs of people. The operation of major recreation areas and facilities is the primary focus of this training. It is an ideal program for those who would enjoy a career that includes the operation and maintenance of ice arenas, curling rinks, athletic parks, swimming pools, golf courses, resort hotels or public buildings.

One advantage of this certificate is that students can begin with a commitment of one year. They may graduate and find employment or they may continue their education by seeking admission to the Recreation and Community Services Management program and achieve that diploma after only one additional year of study.




Fees Due August 4, 1999 Nov. 29, 1999
Lectures Begin Sep. 1, 1999 Jan. 4, 2000
Add/Drop Period Sep. 1-9, 1999 Jan. 4-11, 2000
Last day to Withdraw Nov. 17, 1999 March 28, 2000
Last Day of Lectures December 13, 1999 April 20, 2000
No Classes Sep.6, Oct.11, Nov.11 Feb. 21-25, 2000
Field Trips n/a n/a
Practicum Placement n/a n/a
Final Exams Dec. 14-17, 1999 April 24-27, 2000


New students are admitted into the Recreation Facility Operations program in the Fall term only.

Academic Requirements
Applicants are required to have an Alberta High School Diploma or equivalent.

Alternate Admission applicants are required to have received a minimum 60th percentile in Reading and 50th percentile on Sentence Skills sections of the Computerized Placement Tests available through the LCC Assessment Centre.


Year I Tuition
Studentsı Association
$ 71
Books and Supplies
$ 625

All fees are approximate and are based on a full credit load for each program (the number of credits may depend upon the elective courses selected) and is subject to change. Costs of books and supplies are estimated. Supply costs include only the specialized materials and equipment needed for the program and not basic stationery supplies. The LCC Studentsı Association fees are subject to change. For more detailed information on tuition fee calculation and other fees, students are advised to consult the FEES section of this Calendar.


Students accepted into this program have the opportunity to apply related employment, volunteer, educational or training experiences toward the completion of the program. For information on Prior Learning Assessment, students should contact the Registrarıs Office.


Upon successful completion of all program requirements and completion of Alberta Best certification, First Aid and CPR, students are awarded a Certificate in Recreation Facility Operations.


See above.


Graduates of the Recreation Facility Operations certificate may elect to continue their studies by applying to the second year of the Recreation and Community Services Management option. With one additional year of study, students can achieve the diploma which consists largely of management courses and allows for more flexibility when seeking employment.


  1. Students should expect that a minimum of one class each term is offered in the late afternoon or evening. This may interfere with employment opportunities, family obligations, etc. but is necessary to accommodate the schedules of instructors and certain students.
  2. Students are advised that course availability is limited. Failing or withdrawing from courses in a given term may cause serious disruption to the student’s progress through the program. Students enrolling in a course for the first time may have priority over those students repeating the course.
  3. Fieldwork placements may be completed during the Fall, Winter or Spring terms and may conflict with employment for students. Field work may be combined with suitable summer employment, but most often such assignments are voluntary. Fieldwork evaluations must be completed by the end of June.
  4. Standard First Aid and Basic Rescuer CPR should be taken when possible and must be in place for graduation. Students are to arrange to take these courses, offered through LCC Division of Continuing Studies, Red Cross or St. John’s Ambulance directly. Certification must be current at graduation.
  5. Alberta Best Certification is required for graduation. This qualification is achieved by attending a seminar available once during the Fall or Winter terms. It is usually held on a Saturday, a fee of $30 is charged which covers the cost of instruction and certification.
  6. A variety of certifications are available to students upon satisfying government standards through the completion of the coursework in this program or through passing additional evaluations. Certificates are available in arena operations, swimming pool operations, building operations, pesticide applications, etc. These are optional and require payment of additional fees totalling approximately $200.

Year I Fall Term Hours/Week Credits
AFO 140 Building Systems Maintenance (3-0) 3
AFO 150 Landscape Development & Maintenance (3-0) 3
AFO 152 Area and Facility Planning (3-0) 3
AFO 155 Field Work I (75 hours) 1
AFO 172 Turf and Landscape Irrigation (3-0) 3
AFO 180 Aquatic Facility Operation & Management (3-0) 3
AFO 184 Ice Arena Operation and Management (3-0) 3
CPU 151 Introduction to Computers (3-0) 3
ENG 156 English (3-0) 3
Total 25 credits

Year I Winter Term Hours/Week Credits
AFO 130 Parks Equipment Operation (0-2) 2
AFO 142 Applied Building Maintenance (3-0) 3
AFO 154 Area and Facility Design and Operation (3-0) 3
AFO 156 Golf Course Specialties (3-0) 3
AFO 160 Pesticide Application (3-1) 4
AFO 165 Field Work II (75 hours) 1
BUS 177 Entrepreneurship (3-0) 3
CPU 251 Computer Applications (3-0) 3
MGT 155 Customer and Team Relations (2-1) 3
Total 25 credits





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