Recreation and Community Development


Program Overview

Leadership, volunteerism, social awareness—these are characteristics shared by people working in recreation and community development. It’s a growth industry, and Saskatchewan Polytechnic's new Recreation and Community Development program will help turn your passion into a dynamic career.

Be a recreation director, manager of sport, recreation and culture, community development officer, facility manager or special events manager. Your skills are in demand in rural and urban communities.

Recreation and Community Development (formerly Recreation and Tourism Management) is a two-year diploma program offered at Saskatchewan Polytechnic Saskatoon Campus. The comprehensive curriculum is relevant to real world trends, thanks to strong support from the industry. You’ll learn:

  • event planning
  • communication and computer skills
  • community and economic development
  • environmental sustainability
  • management skills
  • leadership skills
  • legal aspects
  • camp practices

With average class sizes of 20-25 students, you’ll enjoy a personalized learning experience and one-on-one time with instructors. You’ll gain both industry-specific knowledge and core management skills.

Get Real

The program provides a variety of opportunities for you to apply what you’ve learned in practical labs and projects, in work experiences and in volunteer opportunities. You’ll develop the professional skills you need to help build active, healthy, sustainable communities.

How Many Programs Have ‘Camp’ on the Curriculum?

We have our own outdoor camp on the north side of Candle Lake. You and your classmates will spend one week at Fall Camp and another week at Winter Camp planning outdoor programs and leading outdoor education and recreational activities. It’s a great environment for building your cultural, environmental and community development skills.

Start Building Your Network

Start building your network with student membership in industry associations, including Saskatchewan Parks and Recreation Association (SPRA), Saskatchewan Economic Development Association (SEDA) and Saskatchewan Association of Recreation Practitioners (SARP).

Turn Your Diploma into a Degree

Saskatchewan Polytechnic is your ladder into the Sport and Recreation Studies program at the University of Regina, the Business Administration program at Husson University/University of Fredericton in New Brunswick, the Global Tourism Management program at Royal Roads University in Victoria, B.C. and the Tourism Management program at Vancouver Island University.

Career and Salary Information

Your Career

When you graduate, look for management and administrative opportunities in the public sector: municipal leisure departments, regional community development organizations, health districts, fitness facilities and national parks.

Potential Careers

Sample Job TitleNOC Classification1Earning Potential2
"Manager Sport, Recreation and Culture"Recreation, Sports and Fitness Program Service Directors (513)$32,400 - $75,500
Special Events ManagerConference and Event Planners (1226)$30,500 - $94,500
Community Development ConsultantBusiness Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (4163)$39,500 - $104,600

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s): September 2015 and every second year

Length: 65 weeks

Year 1 - 31 weeks; Year 2 - 34 weeks


  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements

  • Grade 12 with a minimum of 60% in each of the following subjects: English Language Arts A30, English Language Arts B30, and Workplace and Apprenticeship Math 30 or Foundations of Math 30 or a passing grade in Pre-Calculus 30*
  • English Language Requirement


*Previous Saskatchewan mathematics requirement also accepted:

  • Minimum 60% in a 30 level mathematics

Special Admission

Applicants who do not possess the academic qualifications for a program may be admitted if evidence of probable success can be established through a special admission assessment. Interested individuals should still apply. Applicants are automatically considered for special admission. However, some specific admission requirements may still need to be met. Refer to the ACCUPLACER© cut scores for this program below, and review additional details concerning Special Admission.


  • 75 Arithmetic
  • 65 Reading
  • 65 Sentence
  • 4 WritePlacer

Admission Method

First Qualified/First Admitted

The First Qualified/First Admitted (FQFA) process is used for the majority of Saskatchewan Polytechnic programs. When we determine that you meet the program's admission requirements, you will be offered admission based on the date you fully qualify for the program. The earlier you provide the appropriate documents and information that qualify you for admission to the next intake, the earlier you might begin your studies. Your application, once qualified, is always considered for the next intake. 

Applicants to programs with multiple intakes in an academic year remain in the application pool until the last intake for that academic year has begun. Programs using the FQFA process receive applications year round and maintain an application pool for each academic year. Qualified applicants who are not offered a seat must reapply for the next academic year. 

Sponsored programs or programs targeted to specific groups do not accept applications year round or maintain an application pool.

See Admission Processes for more information about this method of admission.

Tuition and Fees

Estimates are based on current rates and are subject to change. Amounts for a program may vary by campus. Totals shown here include all mandatory fees as well as books and supplies. For a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program, click here to access the Saskatchewan Polytechnic campus Tuition and Fee Schedules.


Year 2 (2016/17) - $6,300


PLAR & Transfer Credit

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways and through many different means. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training. A detailed Candidate Guide, which includes a self-audit for all PLAR-ready courses, has been developed for this program. This information guides a candidate through all steps in the PLAR process.

Student Awards

Thanks to the generosity of donors and alumni, Saskatchewan Polytechnic gives away more than $2 million in student awards during the academic year.

Saskatchewan Polytechnic offers student awards for every certificate and diploma program at every campus. You don't have to be a brainiac to receive a student award. Not all student awards are based on marks - some are based on financial need or things like community or volunteer involvement.

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Additional Information

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Part-Time Delivery

Some courses in this program might also be offered through part-time programming.

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