Recreation and Community Development

Recreation and Community Development

Program Overview

Note: This program is currently undergoing revision and there will not be a first year intake in fall 2020.

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 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 (0513)$34,400 - $115,100
Special Events ManagerConference and Event Planners (1226)$23,600 - $97,800
Community Development ConsultantBusiness Development Officers and Marketing Researchers and Consultants (4163)$45,000 - $130,000

Length and Start Date

Start Date(s):


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Length: 65 weeks

Year 1 - 31 weeks; Year 2 - 34 weeks


  • Saskatoon


Admission Requirements


  • Students will need to have experience with basic computer applications such as Microsoft Office prior to entering the program

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.


  • 250 Arithmetic
  • 243 Reading
  • 241 Writing
  • 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 approximate cost for books and supplies. Visit the Tuition and Fees web page for a complete breakdown of tuition and fees for this program.


2019/20 Academic Year

Year 1 - $6,730
Year 2 - $8,730

International Students

View tuition rates for international students.

Get Credit for What You Know

Prior Learning Assessment and Recognition

Saskatchewan Polytechnic recognizes that adults learn in many different ways. This includes acquiring knowledge and skills through life and work experience or non-formal training.  See links below to more information about PLAR and detailed PLAR candidate guides for courses in this program.

Transfer Credit

Many Sask Polytech students benefit from transferring course credit. You may be eligible to transfer credit to Sask Polytech or to another college or university.

 30 credit units may be granted towards: Bachelor of Management (3 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD), Bachelor of Management (4 yr PD) with major, Bachelor of Commerce (PD), Bachelor of Commerce (PD) with major, Bachelor of Human Resources and Labour Relations (PD)

60 credit units may be granted towards: Bachelor of Professional Arts-Human Services (BPA-HRSV), and Bachelor of Professional Arts in Governance, Law, and Management (BPA-GLM)
Royal Roads University agrees to facilitate the block transfer of student(s) from SaskPolytech with appropriate prerequisite qualifications into the third year of the Bachelor of Arts in Global Tourism Management degree.
Block Transfer of 60 credit units into the Bachelor of Sport and Recreation Studies - Sport and Recreation Management Major.
Graduates of this program may be eligible for block transfer of 60 credits toward a Bachelor of Tourism Management degree.
Sask Polytech graduates with 2.33 GPA, (including 6 credits of first year university-transferable English or Communications courses with a minimum grade of C) may be admitted directly into the third year of the Langara College Bachelor of Recreation Management Degree program (BRM)

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