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, ministries and departments
  • Private, government and research laboratories
  • Energy sector
  • Conservation authorities
  • Natural resources
  • Water agencies
  • Private corporations and non-profit organizations

What You Learn

  • Microbiology and toxicology
  • Environmental monitoring
  • Biology and chemistry
  • MOECC Entry Level Drinking Water Certification
  • Earth science
  • Ecology
  • Applied geomatics and Green GPS Check Certification

OSSD or equivalent, ENG4C or ENG4U

Semester 1

BIO 115 Biology for Environmental Protection
CHM 110 Inorganic Chemistry
ENV 214 Earth Science
GENED General Education Elective - Online
ENV 260 State of the Environment
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

Semester 4

BIO 220 Environmental Microbiology II
CLT 100 Canada's First Peoples
ENV 210 Limnology
ENV 215 Environmental Technology
ENV 240 Environmental Toxicology
Year Tuition Ancillary Fees Material Fee Trip Fee Total
1 2849.02 $1055 - $220 $4124.02
2 2849.02 $1010 - $220 $4079.02

Check out the Campus Bookstore to not only purchase your textbooks but also view your book list before the semester starts. 

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Ontario College Diploma along with

WHMIS, Public Health Agency of Canada Biosafety Training, Greencheck Certification, MOECC - Entry Level Drinking Water Certificate as well an the opportunity to write the Operator in Training Exam and te Ontario Benthic Biomonitoring Network 27-group ID Certification.

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

  • 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:

Jennifer Sutton – Pathways Officer
705.474.7600 ext 5139