NALMA’s Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP) was created for the purpose of recognizing the accomplishments of professionals working in First Nation lands and environment disciplines. Certification establishes professional credibility at a national level, formally recognizes and verifies skills and knowledge, and enhances marketability for a First Nation. It assures that an individual meets specific criteria, remains current in the field of discipline and maintains a professional code of ethics. This represents both an achievement and a responsibility for the individual.

Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP)

The PLMCP is currently in transition. NALMA will be reviewing current course offerings and developing innovated program alternatives. This methodology will enhance the land and environment management training process.

Level One: Post Secondary Training

Level one is the post-secondary component. The “Indigenous Peoples Resource Management (IPRM) delivered by the University of Saskatchewan will continue to satisfy the level one proficiencies.

IPRM program is designed to provide land managers with the necessary training to examine the basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land management. Upon completion of the program, the student will obtain an IPRMP Certificate, which is achieved by completing all six IPRM degree-credit courses, while attaining a minimum 60% overall average throughout the Program. In the future NALMA is aspiring to offer other alternative programs.

Level Two: Technical Training developed and delivered by NALMA

The second level of NALMA’s technical training consists of three components:
The program is comprised of 6 courses, each course delivered over 5 days in intense mode format. Each course is 39 contact hours as required by the Canadian post-secondary standards. A Certificate of Achievement is used to illustrate the completion of a professional program.

  1. Five, one-week technical courses, each course delivered over 5 days in intense mode format, delivered in 5 sessions throughout a 7 month period; and one, five-week technical course delivered on-line in intense mode format.
  2. Completion of thirty-seven hours work experience in First Nations Lands Management
  3. Completion of final exams which address the six technical development courses.

A substantial amount of time and effort on the part of the student is required to successfully complete this program. All courses will contain aspects of communication and organization through computer skills, time management, research, and project and office management that will benefit students in their workplace.

Unlike a conference or workshop, NALMA’s Level Two technical training certification courses are considered as university-level credit courses that may be transferable to other institutions and universities in Canada.
Upon successful completion of both levels, NALMA issues a “Certificate” as a practitioner in First Nations lands and environment management that signifies the completion of a nationally recognized program, and indicates expertise and accomplishment.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR): For future consideration, in recognition of capacities and skills of First Nations, a Prior Learning Assessment will be used to determine the extent to which a Lands Manager with significant land management knowledge requires training. If a Lands Manager successfully completes the equivalency requirements, they may not be required to complete portions of PLMCP. Criteria for this PLAR are currently being developed.
For additional information about NALMA’s Professional Lands Management Certification Program, please contact:

Debra Campbell
NALMA Master Instructor

Buffy Hill
Executive Support