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Cultural Heritage Monitor


The Cultural Heritage Monitor (CHM) introduces participants to Cultural Resource Management and provides skills and knowledge that complements traditional archaeological methods.  This program provides students with practical skills in field heritage assessments, heritage site visits, local site, and community visits.  

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once – come back anytime.

How do I attend?

This course is available for individual registration via our website Schedule Page, or on contract to organizations/community groups.  Are interested in a contract delivery of this course? If so, please contact us

Who attends?  

Course participants typically include existing environmental technicians, Indigenous stakeholders and community members and resource workers.  

What should I bring or supply? 

Course participants are required to provide their own personal field clothing (e.g., warm layers, sturdy boots, gloves, rain gear, etc.).   

Related Training 

More Information:

Upon successful completion of the CHM program, students will be able to:  

  • Define Archaeology in BC 
  • Define ‘Living Cultures’ 
  • Identify and contrast contemporary issues in Archaeology 
  • Identify key procedures in an archaeological assessment 
  • Conduct standard sampling, excavation and analysis procedures 
  • Apply laws, regulations and protection measures of archaeological Sites 
  • Conduct local site and community visits 
  • Conduct practical heritage assessments 
  • Conduct research at the community level 
  • Identify community engagement and consultation methods 
  • Conduct a culturally appropriate interview and focus group 
  • Identify mapping techniques using maps and GIS 
  • Identify the application of modern CRM research technologies: radar, drones, photography and videography 
  • Assist in preparing a cultural overview assessment 
  • Develop a community-based Interview Guide 

The three-day (24-hour) Cultural Heritage Monitor Program is typically delivered Tuesday-Thursday in any given week (this can be modified by request). The daily format can vary, as most everyday includes field training, which may involve travel to field sites.  The CHM Program delivery ‘season’ will vary by region, as the program requires suitable field conditions (unfrozen soil, no snow on ground, etc.). 

This course can also be customized for an organization and/or community based on their needs.  In its standard format, this course is a three or five-day training program.  NRTG can deliver this program independently or combined with another NRTG training program. For instance, this course could be delivered as a one week course along with our  Environmental Field Skills Certificate Program, or any other NRTG training program.  

Please contact us with your ideas and needs, and we’ll work with you to design and deliver a specialized training program that meets your needs.  

Course fees will vary by course delivery location.  For further information, please refer to our Course Schedule.    

Frequently Asked Questions

The three-day fully online Cultural Heritage Monitor course is offered year-round.

Course participants are required to provide their own personal protective field clothing, waterproof field notebook, appropriate field clothing, own transportation, computer and internet access.

No, there is no requirement to recertify for this program. If there is a significant pause in your environmental monitoring fieldwork (e.g., four years or more), we would recommend that you recertify with NRTG. Note: all NRTG courses include free, lifetime certification. Enrol once – come back anytime.

Absolutely! First, identify an upcoming CHM program of interest and notify NRTG well in advance of the start date. We will do our best to create a free seat for past NRTG students and coordinate your attendance during the program.