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Athabasca University

University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management

Regulations effective September 1, 2016.

Work in the heritage sector involves many different and specialized practices. These include the work undertaken at archives, at a huge range of museums, interpretive centres, historic places and heritage landscapes, and as part of some types of scientific and cultural activity. These many differences reflect the vitality and range of the contemporary heritage field.

The University Certificate in Heritage Resources Management (HRM) is a comprehensive program of study that is designed for people who want a broad perspective on Heritage Resources Management, who wish to pursue careers or other involvement with heritage resources practice, or who are working or volunteering in the field and who wish to improve their skills in heritage practice.

There is a required practicum component in this program: HERM 491, which serves as the capstone for the certificate. Students must be registered in their final courses, or have completed all other courses before the practicum begins. Before students register for this course, they must demonstrate that they can make adequate arrangements for the completion of the required practicum. For more information about the practicum and this program, phone 780.675.6955 or email

The HRM program is offered by Athabasca University’s Centre for Integrated Studies. All courses are offered in distance format with tutor support.

Heritage Resources Management website

Program Structure
Total credits in the program 30
Required credits 30
Residency requirement. At least 15 credits must be obtained through Athabasca University. 15
Maximum Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition (PLAR) credits None permitted

General certificate regulations

Required Courses (30 credits)
HERM 301 Introduction to Heritage Resources Management (3)
HERM 312 Heritage Research (3)
HERM 322 Heritage Collections (3)
HERM 327 Heritage Policy in Canada (3)
HERM 339 Conservation (3)
HERM 342 General Principles of Planning Historic Places (3)
HERM 361 Interpretive Programming (3)
PHIL 334 Professional Ethics in Heritage Resources Management (3)
HERM 491 Heritage Certificate Practicum* (6)



* The practicum requires the completion of a 240-hour project. In consultation with the professor, Heritage Resources Management Program, students will identify in advance on their application for enrolment in the practicum details of their practicum project and a suitable on-site practicum supervisor. The professor will act as the course professor for the practicum. Students should plan to make application for their practicum several months before they plan to begin it. The application is to be submitted to the HRM program. Please see HERM 491 syllabus for the application and details.


Information effective Sept. 1, 2016 to Aug. 31, 2017.

Updated June 28 2016 by laurab

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