Red Deer Polytechnic

Founded 1964 | Red Deer, AB

In 2021, Red Deer College became Red Deer Polytechnic (RDP), one of Alberta’s newest polytechnic schools, with an expanded array of learning pathways and credentials. During its first academic year as RDP, the school increased its offerings to include five new degrees, more than 12 new programs and 7,000 additional seats in its coveted health care, business, creative arts and technology programs. 

New machine learning and computer programming additions cater to those interested in business and technology. The school supports the creative arts and culture sector through programs like film and animation. 

Located roughly 150 kilometres from both Calgary and Edmonton, Red Deer Polytechnic offers degrees, apprenticeships, certificates, diplomas, microcredentials and collaborative programs with partner post-secondary institutions. More than 90 per cent of RDP alumni enter the workforce within six months of graduating. 

One of the polytechnic’s newest features is the Alternative Energy Lab, which assists industry and research while providing students with the skills necessary to install, operate and maintain alternative energy systems. The lab is outfitted with technology that replicates and simulates full-size alternative energy setups.

Popular Programs

• Open Studies

• Electrician

• Practical Nurse Diploma

• Bachelor of Elementary Education

• Bachelor of Science in Nursing

(University Transfer)

• Early Learning and Childcare Diploma

School Size



• Degree $5,978-$10,418

• Diploma $6,011-$9,228

• Certificate $6,011-$8,718

• Post-Grad $4,074-$4,710

Residence Offerings


Cool Options

• Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) to Bachelor of Science in Nursing (BScN) Transition: An accelerated pathway, this prepares licensed practical nurses to meet the admission requirements to enter the third and fourth years of a BScN program.

• Instrumentation and Automation Engineering Technology Diploma: Students learn to maintain and design systems used to measure and control processes within a variety of industries, such as food and beverage, oil and gas, water treatment, power generation and agriculture.

• Early Childhood Education Leadership Development Certificate: Through workplace experience and supported by online learning, students develop theory and practices associated with leadership roles in the early learning and childcare profession. This certificate is designed for professionals who already hold a credential in this field.