Program Information

The Lambton College Advanced Project Management – Environmental, Ontario College Graduate Certificate prepares graduates for careers in project coordination and management in a variety of industries including environmental science, environmental engineering, urban planning and human geography, sustainability, and building science.

The program aligns itself with the PMI® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Sixth Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2017 and heavily utilizes foundational standards and practice frameworks prescribed by the Project Management Institute (PMI). This guide is currently being revised to PMI® A Guide to the Project Management Body of Knowledge (PMBOK® Guide) - Seventh Edition, Project Management Institute, Inc., 2021. Faculty are monitoring changes and will incorporate the principles of the new guide as it becomes available.

Students are introduced to the initiation, planning, execution, monitoring, controlling, and closing to a wide range of projects that focus on the environment and sustainability. In addition, students expand their business leadership skills through collaborative team projects, and further develop negotiation and communication skills. The use of project management software tools within an environmental context will enable students to meet the challenging demands of these complex fields.

Lambton College is an Authorized Training Partner (ATP) of the Advanced Project Management & Strategic Leadership program. Please Note: at times, there will be program and curriculum changes due to updates made by PMI®.

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Admission Requirements

University degree or equivalent in environmental science, planning, earth sciences, life sciences, or engineering.

The admissions process is competitive and meeting the minimum academic requirements does not guarantee admission.

Lambton College reserves the right to alter information including admission requirements and to cancel at any time a program or course; to change the location and/or term in which a program or course is offered; to change the program curriculum as necessary to meet current competencies or changes in the job market; to change the pathways third-party certification bodies; or to withdraw an offer of admission both prior to and after its acceptance by an applicant or student because of insufficient applications or registrations or over-acceptance of offers of admission. In the event Lambton College exercises such a right, Lambton College’s sole liability will be the return of monies paid by the applicant or student to Lambton College.

English Language Requirements

Applicants must demonstrate language proficiency by submitting one of the following scores:

  • IELTS of 6.5
    - or -
    IELTS of 6.0 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • TOEFL iBT 79
    TOEFL 70 + Completion of EAP-3106 (English for Academic Purposes) during first term of study.
  • Passed Lambton Institute of English placement test 

Please Note: IELTS is the only proficiency score accepted by the Study Direct Stream (SDS) program. Additional country-specific requirements may also be applicable.

Meeting the minimum English requirements does not guarantee admission. Students with higher English proficiency scores will receive priority in the admission assessment process.

Not all students will qualify for EAP-3106 in place of the required IELTS or TOEFL test scores.

Course List

EPM-1113: Project Management Overview and Context

In this course students explore the relationships between project management and the greater context of organizational strategies, operations management, and portfolio and program management. Students learn the vocabulary, definitions, principles and concepts of project management.

EPM-1123: Initiating a Project

In this course, the student develops a structured approach to the project initiation processes. Key to this approach is the linkage of the business need to the project outcomes, the analysis of project stakeholders, and their interests, the application of project selection methods, the creation of the project charter, and the development of the initial project communications plan. Together these activities form the first process of Project Integration Management, Develop the Project Charter.

COM-3013: Professional Communications

This course is designed for international students with diplomas or degrees. It focuses on polishing communications skills acquired through one's academic career and workplace experience. Through various business writing and speaking scenarios, students learn Canadian business practices and communication styles. Close attention is paid to proper incorporation of the intellectual property of others to ensure academic integrity. Students will practice organized and dynamic speaking and will strive for polished business documents.

EPM-1133: Identifying Project Requirements: Scope and Quality Management

In this course students identify and define project scope and quality requirements using an array of processes, tools and techniques, including Planning Scope Management, Collecting Requirements, Defining Scope, Creating the Work Breakdown Structure (WBS) and Planning Quality Management.

EPM-4213: Understanding People and Relationships

Understanding our own biases, strengths, weaknesses, and our relationship with others contributes to project success. In this course, we will explore emotional intelligence, cultural intelligence and how it impacts our resilience and attitudes towards change. Identification of the different strengths and perspectives others bring to a project team. Identifying and recognizing the importance of self reflection and how we can utilize self reflection, emotional intelligence (EQ) and cultural intelligence (CQ) to improve our project teams and create new patterns of behaviour for project success.

SUS-1103: Sustainable Development in Canada

You will learn how to position sustainability as a driver of business success and innovation, not as a threat to it. Examine sustainability and its impact on today's business model and explore the three dimensions of sustainability (environmental, social and economic) to learn how to select sustainability-related labels and metaphors that are most appropriate for specific organizations. Identify critical sustainability issues for businesses and their associated risks and opportunities. You will hear from experts who have put sustainability into practice within organizations across Canada and internationally. After reviewing best environmental and social practices, you will use sustainability business case / ROI tools to frame your "ask" to ensure that executives allocate sufficient resources for a typical sustainability project.

EPM-1143: Project Planning: Resource Management

The course provides an introduction into the complex topic of resource planning for a project. Students will learn how to: define all the project activities required; estimate the resources required; create a time-phased budget; develop a schedule; and acquire, develop & manage a project team Students will learn how all these processes interact with one another over the course of the project life cycle.

EPM-2173: Executing the Project

In this course, students explore the processes involved in executing the project plan. Processes studied include the integrative process of directing and managing project work, planning, managing, and controlling quality management, managing project communications, negotiation and conducting procurement, facilitated decision making, conflict management, leadership theories and model, and ethical and legal issues in project management.

INL-4163: Introduction to Geographic Information Systems

Introduction to GIS is an introduction to Geographic Information Systems. Geographic Information Systems involves the manipulation of databases to produce a variety of reports and/or maps.

OHS-5553: Ontario Environmental Legislation

This course provides students with the skills and practical knowledge that apply to various regulatory standards related to air, water, soil, hazardous waste, chemical management and other related environmental legislation. Topics will be analyzed in terms of standard development, enforcement at municipal, provincial and federal levels, and the validity of the standard's ability to protect health and the environment particularly specific environmental statues that are significant to Ontario practice today.

EPM-2183: Project Leadership: Managing the Project Team

This course exposes students to the challenges of leading a project team. The student explores a multitude of personal and interpersonal skills as well as team motivation theory and strategy, and the all-important topic of how to create highly motivated self-managing project teams.

EPM-1173: MS Project and Data Analytics

In this course students learn how to create, summarize, analyze and interpret project-related data for performance reporting and decision-making purposes using Microsoft Excel, Microsoft Access and Microsoft Project. The student will further be able to integrate data between different systems.

CPS-1001: Co-op Preparation and Success

This course provides students with an introduction to work-integrated learning paths (Co-op and WIL Project) and assists with the preparation for successful transitioning from the classroom to the professional workplace. Students are introduced to the services and support systems available through the Co-op and Career Services Department as well as the Work Integrated Learning Policy. The process of career planning and development is introduced with a focus on the design of preliminary job search strategies. Emphasis is placed on valuable self-assessment and reflection that allows for skills discovery and personal development. Topics including teamwork, interpersonal expectations, intercultural communication as well as navigating conflict in the workplace are introduced to assist in the development and enhancement of in-demand soft skills. Learners will develop marketing materials including a cover letter and resume, and practice interview techniques.

Academic Break

EPM-1163: Managing Project Uncertainty: Risk and Procurement Management

In this course the student explores the related areas of planning in project risk management and project procurement management. Risk management planning processes include identifying and analyzing risk and developing risk response plans. Procurement management planning involves acquiring goods and services from outside organizations and developing an approach to how the work of those organization's efforts integrate into the project endeavour.

EPM-2193: Monitoring and Controlling Project Requirements

In this course the student explores monitoring and controlling processes beginning with project initiation and carrying on to project closure for all knowledge areas. The student applies theory learned from previous courses into a practical environment using specific tools to monitor and control project progress to measure a project's performance and apply remedial actions where necessary.

EPM-2103: Project Health and Change Management

In this course the student learns what change management is and the source of change as a result of strategic agility in the business environment. Assessing an organization's readiness for change will be outlined. Change as a strategy is emphasized, highlighting common models of change, the change life cycle framework, and planning and executing change in an Organizational Project Management (OPM) environment. Discussion of what project health is and how it is assessed will be discussed.

EPM-1193: Canadian Environmental Practices and Ethics

CVI-3003: Sustainable Infrastructure: A Canadian Context

EPM-2153: Project Management Simulation - Environmental

CPS-2001: Career Preparation and Success

This course will provide students with key employment skills. Students will develop their skills in researching employers, networking, informational interviews and job search resources. As well, students will learn how to utilize social media, prepare effective cover letters & resume. This course will also prepare the students in the fundamentals of behavioural based interviewing

CPL-1049: Co-op Work Term

Co-operative education provides students with the opportunity to apply classroom learning to the workplace, undertake career sampling and gain valuable work experience that may assist students in leveraging employment after graduation. For further information regarding co-op, please refer to:


CPL-5559: WIL Project

Work Integrated Learning Project is aimed at enriching student success by connecting different program areas of study, cutting across subject -matter lines, and emphasizing unifying concepts. The focus is on making connections, allowing students to engage in relevant, meaningful activities that are connected and practiced in real life. This will attempt to enhance and strengthen the student's employability prospects post-graduation by exposing them to skills and knowledge in demand from today's employers. Students are required to attend the scheduled shifts in the WIL office, reporting to the WIL Supervisor. Weekly real-world challenges are presented in the WIL office, designed by industry professionals. In addition to the weekly assigned deliverables, students are also offered professional development sessions, and exposed to industry guest speakers, enhancing their opportunity to develop their professional network.

Program Maps

Current Students

Current students can view program maps from previous years on the mylambton website. 

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Technology Requirements

This program requires a laptop.

Employment Opportunities

Career positions may include, but are not limited to:

  • project associate, assistant or coordinator for environmental projects
  • energy policy analyst
  • team lead - field investigations
  • environmental impact analyst
  • administrative officer
  • administrative services co-ordinator
  • coordinator, office services
  • forms management officer
  • liaison officer

For more information, please contact the appropriate campus:

905-890-7833 x 222
Sarnia/Main Campus
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