Applied Sustainable Ranching

Applied Sustainable Ranching

Become a leader.
Revitalize the agricultural industry with sustainable ranching through TRU.

Apply Now. We’re currently accepting applications for the Fall 2021 Diploma.

Please note: The Fall 2021 intake of the Applied Sustainable Ranching program may be offered in alternative delivery format (virtual/online) due to TRU's response to COVID-19. 

Check out what's going on in TRU's Applied Sustainable Ranching (ASUR) program.

Work with livestock on active ranches and learn how you can help create a sustainable, environmentally friendly agricultural industry.

Gain the theoretical and practical skills needed to create a sustainable model that will take the agricultural industry into the future. The real-life ranch experience you will gain by living on a working ranch or farm provides you with a built-in practicum, offering a true understanding of the culture of farming and ranching while learning daily operations and responsibilities. Whether on a family farm or homestay ranch, you will gain these unique lessons and skills through real-life experience.

You will also learn how to make a profitable, sustainable living through ranching and agriculture.

In-class and/or online courses teach you the business of ranching and land management through business, communications, marketing and economics courses, as well as natural resources, science and technology. The tools you gain will allow you to build and manage a diversified and resilient ranching operation or agricultural business in BC, across Canada and around the world.

ASUR courses will give you a diverse understanding of ranching and agriculture as a business, science and trade. Specifically, you will graduate with:

  • An understanding of enterprise management for the market opportunities available in your area
  • An understanding of how ranch and rangeland ecosystems react to management decisions
  • An understanding of livestock needs and how to best manage the natural environment to produce nutritious proteins to feed the world
  • Employment-ready experience
  • Real-life experience in ranching operations
  • Skills to design ranching enterprises that fit specific environments and resources while providing a return on investment


You don’t have to live in Williams Lake, or even BC, to take this program. The flexible, online and in-class learning model means if you are living and working on a ranch—whether it's in BC, Canada or elsewhere in the world—you can enrol. The choice is yours: engage with peers and professors through weekly seminars in-person or through video conferencing.


Imagine your place in the future of sustainable ranching and agriculture.

As the need for financially and environmentally sustainable ranching and agricultural operations grow, people with hands-on industry experience and business acumen will increasingly be in demand.

As a graduate of the ASUR program you may discover career opportunities within areas such as:

  • Cowboy
  • Customer service or retail manager
  • Equipment
  • Farm input sales
  • Irrigation
  • Land manager
  • Ranch hand
  • Ranch operations manager

You can also use your ASUR diploma to gain credit recognition for Olds College’s Bachelors of Applied Science: Agribusiness. If you decide to branch out and apply your knowledge to another profession, you can also transfer credits gained into TRU’s Bachelor of General Studies.

Whether you are already part of the farming and ranching community or you are a newcomer, the interdisciplinary and practical, hands-on approach of the ASUR program will help you successfully lead and enhance the future of a sustainable ranching and agricultural industry.

Check out admission requirements to find out exactly what it takes to begin the ASUR program.

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