Exploring Career Choices
Dual Credit - Green Certificate
Alberta Agriculture and Forestry (AAF) works in partnership with the agriculture industry and Alberta Education to offer the Green Certificate Program to all Grade 10-12 high school students in Alberta. Trainees select one of the following specializations:
- Bee Keeper Production Technician
- Cow-Calf Beef Production Technician
- Dairy Production Technician
- Feedlot Beef Production Technician
- Field Crop Production Technician
- Irrigated Field Crop Production Technician
- Sheep Production Technician
- Swine Production Technician
- Greenhouse Technician
- Equine Technician
- Poultry Production Technician
Under the guidance of their own trainer, students work towards mastering all of the skills within their training program.
- Earn Level 1 (technician level) of an agriculture apprenticeship while still in high school
- Have fun learning more about agriculture in a practical, hands-on environment
- Increase your knowledge and skill level and gain valuable work experience, to be added to your resume for future work opportunities
- Reach further educational goals; many post-secondary agricultural institutions and scholarship programs look favorably upon Green Certificate involvement
- Explore career options in the agriculture industry
- Earn recognition for what you already do on the farm
Credits - 16, 30 level CTS
Open to CBE high school students who:
- Are in grades 10-12 during the program and minimum 15 years of age
completed the following pre-requisite course:
- Students must have access to an agricultural facility (within 50 km of Calgary city limits) and provide their own trainer.
- The program follows guidelines from Alberta Education’s Off-campus Education Handbook, requiring a workplace inspection and supervising teacher.
- Students must be available for testing at least once per school year
- Each subject area requires a trainee to successfully complete 3 tests in order to receive their certificate.
- The tests are oral and practical, hands-on tests. Trainees will have to be able to describe and talk about the information in the curriculum book, as well as show a tester using machinery/animals/props provided at the test site.
Program Delivery & Location
- Students work alongside their trainer at their own pace at their designated agricultural facility
- Testing occurs multiple times throughout the year in Olds, Hanna and Cochrane
- Students can register at any time through the school year
- Students have until the end of their grade 12 year to complete their Green Certificate program
How to Apply
- Students must attend an online information/induction session with the Olds College Green Certificate coordinator. Please email Tom Wong at
firstname.lastname@example.org for dates and information.