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The world’s growing need for lean, nutritious pork creates new jobs every single day. A career in the pork industry means you’ll help feed the world while enjoying relatively high job security. If you like working with animals, enjoy working with others, and are looking for a rewarding career that has a lot of upward mobility, consider working in this industry.

If you have been working in the industry and are looking to move into supervisory roles or tasks, the Advanced Swine Production program is for you.   In this program you will gain abetter understanding of swine production and develop skills to supervise swine production operations and employees.  You will gain the core professional skills needed for supervisors by participating with other students during online interactive sessions.  

Available as a distance program, Advanced Swine Production gives you the flexibility you need to complete your education and allow you to learn while you work.  The program is divided into two online courses and each course includes at least one scheduled online course with your instructor and registered students.  If you successfully complete both courses within five years, you will graduate with a document of achievement.  Ready to apply?  Check out the Application Guide in the Admission Tab above. 


Next intake:  April 1, 2024.   Note there is a minimum requirement of 3 registered students required to run a course.

Please review the application guide which walks you through all of the steps required to apply to the program and register for courses.

Students must complete a statement of interest for admission into the Advanced Swine Production program.

The Statement of Interest will be used to assess the following admission requirements:

  • a) Current employment in the commercial swine industry
  • b) Prospective employment in a commercial swine operation upon course/program completion
  • c) Ownership of a commercial swine operation

English is the language of instruction at Assiniboine. All applicants educated outside of Canada or in a country not on the test-exempt list are expected to meet the English language proficiency requirement. See assiniboine.net/elp for more information.

Next Steps

Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Advanced Swine Production and preferred start date in your program choice.

Careers & Connections

Swine Technicians and those that supervise them are important members of the swine production team in pig operations. Employers include pig barns operated by large corporations and independent farms located across Manitoba.

Tools & Supplies

At-Home Computing 

For this program, you are expected to have access to a computer and internet. 


Courses & Costs

To graduate with an Advanced Swine Production document of achievement, students must successfully complete 24 academic credits.  

Tuition, fees and Students’ Association fees total approximately $1,035.  

Course Number Course Credits Costs

Swine Production Practices 2

Best practices for supervisors in swine production are identified and studied through case studies and development of personal learning and management plans. Monitoring production performance and identifying and managing production targets will build leadership skills in the supervisor role.

Pre-requisite: SWIN-0067 Swine Production Practices 1, alternative or work experience

3 $530

Swine Professionalism 1

The role of a supervisor in swine production is explored. Core skills for supervisors including conflict resolution, disciplinary action, staff training and evaluation are covered.

4.5 $410


How do I register for the Advanced Swine Production program?

Please note that you must apply to the Advanced Swine Production program and meet admission requirements before you are eligible to register in the course. Apply online by visiting the Apply to a Program page. Choose “On-Campus and Distance Education programs for domestic students”. Create an account and select Swine Production Foundations and preferred start date in your program choice.

Once you have been accepted into the program, you will receive information about how to register and pay for the courses online via MyACC. You will need a Visa, Visa Debit or MasterCard to pay online.

If you are paying by any other method, please complete a registration form and mail it in with your payment or drop off at the Registrar's Office at Victoria Avenue East, Brandon.

What are the start dates and costs for Advanced Swine Production?

The courses in this program start on the first day of the month in July, October, January and April. The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month. The cost to apply to the program is $95; the total program cost is $940, but you pay for each course as you register for it.

Is there a set schedule for classes?

This program is delivered completely online through Moodle, Assiniboine’s learning management system in weekly modules (2-4 hours/week).  Each course has at least one scheduled online class.  An instructor will be available to answer questions and support you as you work through your courses and will lead the online class. Once you have successfully completed all three courses, you will receive your Document of Achievement.

How do I access the Advanced Swine Production online courses?

Two to three days prior to the start of your course, you will receive an enrollment key and a link to the course Moodle page from the program coordinator.




Distance Education

The Advanced Swine Production program is available for study through distance education.

If you have been accepted into the program, you can register and pay for your course by completing the registration form. Please ensure you include the course number, course name and start date you wish to add (see Courses and Costs tab for the full list of courses and course numbers).

Courses are offered quarterly beginning the 1st of month in April, July, October, January. You have either three or five months to complete the course from the start date of the course, depending on the number of credit hours. The deadline to register is the 20th of the prior month; however, you can register at any time.  Refer to the program calendar for registration deadlines. A minimum of three students is required to proceed with a course.
Please ensure that you review our academic policies, including policy A20: Registering, Adding and Dropping Courses, which explains the refund policy for distance education courses; and A10: Maintaining Active Student Status, which details how often you need to complete a course to remain active in your program. You have five years to complete a program.

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