School of Environmental Studies and Biotechnology

Environmental Technician - Protection and Compliance

2 years Ontario College Diploma

The environmental sector is growing and there is an emergence of new “green” jobs – locally, nationally and globally.


Professionals are needed to deal with climate change issues, land restoration, water conservation, water management, and other sustainability concerns.

This program offers you the opportunity to learn hands-on from experienced professors in the lab and in the field, and gain the skills you need to launch an exciting and relevant career.

Your Future Career

  • Government agencies and ministries
  • Energy sector
  • Conservation authorities
  • Natural resources
  • Water agencies
  • Private corporations 

What You Learn

  • Microbiology and toxicology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Biology and chemistry
  • Drinking water provincial certification
  • Earth science and ecology
  • Applied geomatics 
  • Benthos biomonitoring provincial certification

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

If English is not your first language you must either provide proof of English competency or take the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) or International English Language Testing System (IELTS). You must have a minimum overall band score of 5.5 on IELTS, or a minimum TOEFL score of 550 (paper based) or 213 (computer scored) or 80 IBT (internet based) to be admitted to a postsecondary program at the college. SPP in India requires a minimum of IELTS 6.0

Academic Upgrading

Semester 1

BIO 115 Biology for Environmental Protection
CHM 110 Inorganic Chemistry
ENV 214 Earth Science
GENED General Education Elective - Online
ENV 110 Environmental Industry Success
MTH 191 Math for Technicians

Semester 2

ENV 243 Environmental Law
CHM 125 Chemistry II
ENV 125 Ecology
CMM 140 Technical Writing I
MTH 195 Applied Statistics
GENED General Education Elective - Online

Semester 3

BIO 121 Environmental Microbiology I
ENV 203 Environmental Monitoring
ENV 204 Environmental Chemistry
ENV 245 Environmental Project Planning and Management
GEO 100 Applied Geomatics
ENV 225 Field Camp
ENV 226 Marine Conservation (Optional Credit Equivalent)

Semester 4

BIO 220 Environmental Microbiology II
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
ENV 210 Limnology
ENV 215 Environmental Technology
ENV 240 Environmental Toxicology

Ontario College Graduate Certificate along with:

Introduction to Biosafety Operator in Training (MOEE/Water/ Waste Water/Distribution/Collection)
General Safety for Containment Labs Green Check (Level 1)
Containment Level 2 Operational Practices Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring - 27 group taxonomy
Personal Protective Equipment Operation of Conventional Treatment Processes (At WCWC in Spring)
Decontamination in the Laboratory  Fish Identification (PADI)
Laboratory Acquired Infections Open Water (PADI)    
WHMIS Coral Watch (PADI)
Worker Health and Safety Awareness Underwater Digital Photography (PADI)
Vancouver Aquarium - Great Canadian Shoreline Cleanup  Peak Performance Buoyancy (PADI)
Entry Level Drinking Water  

Learning outcomes represent culminating demonstrations of learning and achievement. In addition, learning outcomes are interrelated and cannot be viewed in isolation of one another. As such, they should be viewed as a comprehensive whole. They describe performances that demonstrate that significant integrated learning by graduates of the program has been achieved.

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Pathway to Canadore College Programs

  • Advertising and Marketing Communications - 1 year to complete 
  • Environmental Management – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation and Leisure Services – 1 year to complete
  • Recreation Therapy – 1 year to complete
  • Strength and Sport Conditioning – 1 year to complete

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Ontario?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution in Canada?

Looking to continue your studies with another post-secondary institution Internationally?

Please contact the Pathways Officer if you have additional questions regarding the credit transfer process:

Micheline Demers – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139