Professional Lands Management Certification Program

In order to implement the Reserve Land and Environment Management Program (RLEMP), NALMA in collaboration with INAC and subject matter experts developed the Professional Lands Management Certification Program (PLMCP). NALMA’s PLMCP is used across Canada to signify that a Land Manager meets specific criteria, keeps current in the field, and adheres to a professional Code of Ethics. It represents both an achievement and a responsibility for the individual Land Manager.

A Land Manager successfully completing Level One: Post-Secondary Training and Level Two: Technical Training will be eligible to receive a Professional Lands Management Certification certificate from NALMA.

Level One:  Post Secondary Training

The Kanawayihetaytan Askiy (KA) Program, formerly the Indigenous Peoples Resource Management Program, is a uniquely designed certificate program that is focused on providing a broad range of topic areas specific to the management of lands and resources.

The KA Program examines basic environmental, legal and economic aspects of land and resource management in Aboriginal communities. The KA Program also provides students with the opportunity to increase skill levels in communications, computers, time management, leadership, research, and project management.

For more information about the KA program, please visit

Level Two:  Technical Training

The Technical Training, delivered by NALMA, deals with specific roles and responsibilities of a First Nation Land Manager operating under the Indian Act (RLEMP).

Students will learn the basic concepts and knowledge that govern land management activities, assisting them in their role as a Land Manager. Technical Training provides the student with skills such as: interpreting policies and procedures, recognizing appropriate authorities, understanding legal rules enabling or constraining land management decisions.

The technical training is offered in both official languages.

To view the PLMC Program Level Two course descriptions click the link below.

Upon successful completion of both levels, NALMA issues a certificate that signifies the completion of a nationally recognized program, and indicates expertise and accomplishment.
Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR)
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 in order to obtain certification.  If a Lands Manager successfully completes the equivalency requirements, they may receive credit for portions of PLMCP.  Policies and criteria for PLAR are currently being developed.

For additional information about NALMA’s Professional Lands Management Certification Program, please visit or contact:

Buffy Hill
Executive Support