Applied Sustainable Ranching

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

The Applied Sustainable Ranching program is a 60-credit program, the first of its kind in British Columbia. This program allows you to work with livestock on active ranches and learn how you can help create a sustainable, environmentally friendly agricultural industry. 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.

What to expect

  • Participate in real-life ranching operations in BC
  • Gain employment-ready experience
  • Understand how ranch and rangeland ecosystems react to management decisions
  • Understand livestock needs and how to best manage the natural environment to produce nutritious proteins to feed the world
  • Learn to design ranching enterprises that fit the environment and resources while providing a return on investment
  • Experience a program that is built in BC to address the needs of the local ranching environment
  • Learn to develop and fine-tune enterprise management around the unique market opportunities in your region

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.


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 Bachelor 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.

Application requirements

Admission is limited. Admission is offered on a first-applied, first-qualified (completed application and all requirements met) basis. It is important to complete your application as soon as possible to ensure the best chance of securing a seat.

Educational requirements

  • High school graduation or mature student status.
  • Foundations of Mathematics 11 with a minimum C (or equivalent)
  • English Studies 12/English First Peoples 12 (or equivalent)
  • Students are responsible for finding their own suitable work experience placement.

Additional requirements

  • A good working knowledge of Microsoft Word and Excel
  • Access to a reliable internet source
Course Schedule

Completion of 32 credits will get you a certificate. The full 60 credits is required to get a diploma.

ASUR 1010 Introduction—Residency Lab One week 2
ASUR 1020 Sustainable Business Enterprise 12 weeks 10
ASUR 1030 Environmentally Sustainable Ranching 12 weeks 10
ASUR 1040 Skill Development and Diversification 12 weeks 10
First year total 32
ASUR 2010 Beef Production Six weeks 6
ASUR 2020 Sheep Production Six weeks 6
ASUR 2030 Winter Feed Production Six weeks 5
ASUR 2040 Soft Adventure and Agri-tourism Six weeks 5
ASUR 2050 Final Applied Project Six weeks 6
Second year total 28
Two year total 60

Inquiries and Advising

Phone: 250-392-8000


Phone: 250-392-8020