Culture and Heritage Site Management

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Program Code: 1832

School: School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design

Credential: Graduate Certificate

Program Type: Graduate Certificate program

Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Story Arts Centre


Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8611

Centennial College's Culture and Heritage Site Management program offers you the particular skill set you need to manage a multitude of establishments and facilities that house culture and heritage resources.

In Culture and Heritage Site Management courses, management topics and industry-based subjects relevant to this largely publicly run or not-for-profit culture and heritage sector are combined with an in-depth exploration of issues and cases related to current challenges confronting cultural and heritage organizations at home and abroad.

This School of Communications, Media, Arts and Design program has fostered partnerships with local, regional, provincial and national institutions and establishments. One such organization will serve as a field placement for you during the second semester of the offering.

Upon graduation, you will be prepared to work at one of Canada's 2,500 culture and heritage related institutions, including not-for-profit museums, art galleries, science centres, aquaria, archives, sports halls-of-fame, artist-run centres, zoos, and heritage sites, which attract more than 59 million visitors annually. A further 60 million people visit Canada's historic sites and natural parks.

Please note: This program requires you to have and use a mobile computing device that meets or exceeds the recommended hardware and software requirements. For more information, please visit Mobile Learning Programs.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
CHSM-701 Culture and Heritage Management Essentials Story Arts Centre
CHSM-702 Financial Management and Planning for the Culture and Heritage Sector Story Arts Centre
CHSM-703 Culture and Heritage Marketing and Strategy Story Arts Centre
CHSM-704 Grants, Fundraising and Sponsorship Story Arts Centre
CHSM-705 Collections and Exhibit Management; Educational and Interpretive Programming Story Arts Centre
CHSM-706 Innovative Technologies in the Culture and Heritage Sector Story Arts Centre
CHSM-712 National Historic Site Management Story Arts Centre
CHSM-799 Storyworks Story Arts Centre
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
CHSM-707 Leadership in the Culture and Heritage Sector Story Arts Centre
CHSM-708 Culture and Heritage Customer Relationship Management Story Arts Centre
CHSM-711 Municipal Cultural Planning Story Arts Centre
CHSM-713 Issues in Heritage, Museums and Galleries Story Arts Centre
CHSM-714 Culture and Heritage Industry Field Placement Story Arts Centre

Program Highlights

  • You learn from professionals who have current knowledge of the industry.
  • Training is complemented by a second-semester, 14-week field placement that you attend three days per week.
  • The Story Arts Centre provides opportunities to collaborate with students in photography, broadcasting, music, art and theatre programs.
  • The Culture and Heritage Site Management program's practical, hands-on and entrepreneurial approach prepares you for sustainable heritage sector-related careers directly upon graduation.

Career Outlook

  • Heritage interpreter
  • Conservator
  • Preservation officer
  • Conservation technician
  • Curatorial assistant
  • Museum technician
  • Museum registrar clerk

Academic Requirements

  • College diploma or university degree in any discipline
  • We will consider applicants who have successfully completed partial post-secondary education (minimum two years) and have relevant work experience

Additional Requirements

Attend a mandatory program admission session where applicants will:

  • Complete a writing exercise
  • Submit an up-to-date resume

Note: After applying, applicants will receive a letter with instructions on how to book the program admission session.

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to For more information go to Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.

Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $4,328.00 $1,002.00 $5,330.00
International $12,400.00 $2,197.00 $14,597.00