University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management

At a glance

  • Credential: university certificate
  • Credits: 30
  • Next start: monthly

Heritage resources management involves working with those things of the past – both intangible and tangible – that a society determines are of value and worth preserving.

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About University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management

At Athabasca University, we offer a comprehensive online University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management that equips you with the skills and knowledge to work effectively in this valuable field. The program covers a wide range of topics, from planning historic places and managing exhibits to ethical decision-making and understanding Canadian heritage policies. Plus, you'll benefit from a customizable practicum experience that aligns with your interests, making this program a perfect fit for those already working in the sector or those looking to start a rewarding career in heritage resources management.

Admission requirements

There are no formal admission requirements for this program. All you need is to be 16 or older. You can enrol anytime and start right away, regardless of your previous education.

Please note: The University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management program is designed for students who do not already hold an undergraduate degree. If you have an undergraduate degree, you may be interested in the Graduate Diploma in Heritage Resources Management.

Program details


Athabasca University's online University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management is designed for people who want a solid foundation in both general theory and established practice in this field.

Get practical knowledge about important issues and trends, including:

  • planning historic places and cultural landscapes
  • interpretive programming and managing and maintaining exhibits
  • preventive conservation
  • making ethical decisions
  • the heritage policies of various Canadian governments

You will also benefit from a practicum that can be tailored to your interests and experience.

Why take the University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management?

The heritage sector is a broad and vital field with many different and specialized practices. These include the work done at:

  • historic places
  • museums, collections, and archives
  • cultural landscapes
  • Indigenous cultural places
  • interpretive centres

This program is ideal for those who are working or volunteering in the field, or those who wish to pursue careers or other involvement with heritage resources practice.

Routes and options

Ladder to a degree

University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management program students have the opportunity to use the courses they have taken towards a Minor in Heritage Resources Management in the 4-year Bachelor of Arts degree.

In most cases, the University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management will ladder fully into the following programs:

The University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management will also partially ladder into several other bachelor's-level AU degrees. If this interests you, be sure to speak to an academic advisor about how your University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management coursework can fit into a degree program.

Completion times

Finish this program in as little as 1 year of full-time study, or work at your own pace and take as long as you need. There is no time limit for completion. The program may be completed faster if transfer credit is applied toward your certificate.

How to apply

You can apply to AU online, anytime. Once you’ve completed the online application form and paid the one-time general application fee (and transfer credit evaluation fee, if applicable), you’re officially an AU student and can start registering in courses.

How to enrol in an undergraduate program

Transfer and advanced credit

If you have previous post-secondary education or significant life and work experience that relates to this program, you may be eligible for transfer credit or Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR). This could mean fewer courses to get your AU certificate.

If you transfer credit, you must complete a minimum of 6 credits at AU.

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