Riparian Areas Protection Regulation


NREN 015 Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (course overview description)
Tuesday, March 14, 2023 to Friday, March 17, 2023
9am - 4pm
North Vancouver, BC
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Course Description

This four-day theoretical and practical course introduces participants to the purpose and application of the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation (RAPR), including the roles and responsibilities of government, the proponent, and the Qualified Environmental Professional (QEP). Participants also learn to complete a field assessment and follow reporting procedures, including electronic submission requirements. This program is suitable for environmental consultants and other professionals (ie. fisheries, forestry, engineering, etc.) who will be conducting Riparian Areas Protection Regulation field assessments, as well as those individuals who will be working with, or regulating, land use initiatives such as land developers, government personnel and other industry stakeholders. This program is highly recommended by fisheries agencies and local governments for environmental professionals to conduct effective and compliant RAPR assessments.


Under the Riparian Areas Protection Regulation, QEP's are required to provide their professional opinions and conduct assessments of development proposals in riparian areas. This course will assist participants in understanding riparian area assessment methods, roles and responsibilities related to RAPR implementation, and reporting procedures.

Please note: This course does not qualify an individual to become a Qualified Environmental Professional. 


Day 1 & 2: Online/Remote
9:00am Zoom meeting each morning followed by online module work composed of readings, micro-lectures and exercises. Participants should plan to work on course until approximately 4pm each day.

Day 3: On-site field practice
Field-based exercises in the morning, followed by a field exam in the afternoon. Participants should bring lunch and expect to be in the field until approximately 4pm. Specific location will vary depending on cohort.

Day 4: Online/Remote
9:00am Zoom meeting followed by an online written exam. Participants can expect to finish course work around mid-day.



You Supply

Students are responsible for supplying their own personal equipment for the field-day, as outlined below. Please ensure that your gear is clean and ready for use per the British Columbia Ministry of Environment Hygiene Protocols for Amphibian Fieldwork.


  • chest waders
  • foul weather gear
  • pen, pencil, paper, clipboard, ruler, calculator

Recommended (please bring your own, if you have it):

  • field vest
  • clinometer
  • rotary measuring tape
  • compass
  • foldable ruler

All other supplies and field equipment will be provided for you, including course manuals.

Prior to registering for any NREP course, please review the program's registration guidelines, including important cancellation and refund policy information.

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