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Urban Forestry Micro-Credential Program

Launching in November 2022

Fleming College is offering FREE micro-credential courses in Urban Forestry starting in late November. These courses are open to anyone who would like to advance their skills in Urban Forestry as well as those who work in the industry and are currently underemployed or unemployed and looking to enhance their skills. A knowledge of the Urban Forestry sector is required to navigate these courses.

Micro-credentials are an accessible method for people working in industry to upgrade skills for a new position, grow through professional development, or simply participate in a refresher course. The format allows participants to upskill without taking a leave from career or family obligations to return to school.

Fleming’s Urban Forestry Micro-credential courses are part of a pilot program in partnership with City of Kawartha Lakes and Ministry of Labour, Immigration, Training and Skills Development.


Micro-credentials are a series of short courses, that provide specialized training within specific areas of a profession. They take about 20 hours each to complete, and are grouped into four different streams of learning:

  1. Natural Environment
  2. Technology
  3. Communications
  4. Tree Care

Learners can register for a course and earn an individual micro-credential upon successful completion, or they can choose to complete all courses within a learning stream (e.g. Natural Environment) and obtain a Micro-Credential Certificate for that stream. *Each micro-credential must be completed within the allotted 5 weeks*.

The columns below show what courses and streams are offered:

Micro Certificate 1: Natural Environment
November 7 – December 9
Registration: October 7-28
Micro Certificate 2: Technology
December 12 – January 20
Registration: November 7-25
Micro Certificate 3: Communications
January 23 – February 24
Registration: December 5-23
Micro Certificate 4: Tree Care
February 27 – March 31
Registration: January 16 - February 10
Urban Soils Assessment Intro to Arc GIS Arborist Report Writing Advanced Tree Pruning
Wildlife Habitat Management Intro Google Maps Social Media as a Marketing Tool Tree Installation Techniques
Forest Ecology Introduction Applied Microsoft Excel Skills Basics of Web Design Tree Biology
Stormwater Management Intro to AutoCAD Legislation in Urban Forestry Decay Detection Tools
Sustainable Urban Forests Digital data collection tools Indigenous Perspectives and Reconciliation Tree Mechanics


  • 18 years of age or older
  • Permanent Resident or Canadian Citizen
  • Resident of Ontario
  • Not currently enrolled in other education or training


A modern computer with secure, high-speed internet access OR access to a computer lab.

As a registered Fleming student, you have access to our on-campus computer labs in Peterborough and Lindsay to work on you online course. You may also access computers at any Contact North location.

Software Requirements – Most courses require Microsoft Word or equivalent software, and some courses and online platforms have additional technical and/or software requirements. The cost of your course does not include software, but some courses offer free or trail software. If you plan on completing an online course using your workplace computer, please notify your IT department as some companies have security blocks to prevent software installation by users.

Basic Computer Skills – You will be required to save files, attach files to emails, participate in online discussion groups and, depending on your course, install software, create spreadsheets, and use multi-media.

At least three to five hours per course per week - for reading and writing to complete exercises and assignments. Some courses may require more time.

*Students participating in Introduction to ArcGIS or AutoCAD courses must have access to a Windows PC with either Windows 10 or 11 installed. Apple products are not recommended. Chrome books do not work with AutoCAD or ArcGIS products. The recommended minimum internet connection settings are:

  • Download: 10 mbps or greater
  • Upload: 1 mbps or greater
  • Ping: 40-50ms or less

Students participating in Introduction to ArcGIS or AutoCAD courses must have access to a Windows PC with either Windows 10 or 11 installed. Chrome books do not work with AutoCAD or ArcGIS products and Apple products are not recommended.


To access a course in D2L, you will need to login to the Student Portal. You will find MYCOURSES (D2L) in the left sidebar.

Please note that it may take up to 24 hours for a course to appear after you have registered. If your course does not appear in MYCOURSES (D2L) within that time, please contact Fleming College IT Support for assistance.


Tuition for this pilot is free for qualified participants


Delivery for this program is online asynchronous. This means the microcredential course will be fully online and offered with no specific class time. You will have the flexibility to login on your own time to complete the course requirements. There will be set due dates since there will be a course timeline, but you can work through the information and assignments on your own schedule during that period. Within the online asynchronous modules you will be required to participate in hands-on activities, labs, workshops within your home and surrounding environment.

Learners can register and complete an individual micro-credential and earn a Statement of Recognition Certificate or they can choose to complete all five courses within a learning stream (e.g. Natural Environment) and earn a Statement of Achievement Certificate.

If you are interested in receiving more information about these courses, please fill out our form.


Are you an employer looking to increase the skill level and qualification of your workforce? We can provide training for your employees.

This initiative provides industry with an opportunity to access free training for its existing workforce. Workers who are already employed within the Urban Forestry sector can upgrade their skills through Fleming College.

Fleming is continuing to work with employers to identify skills gaps so that we can collectively build a stronger workforce for the future.

If you are an employer and would like more information, please contact:

Erika Carter
Project Coordinator

micro credential sponsors

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