Environmental Technician

Program: ENTN
Credential: Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Delivery: Full-time
Work Integrated Learning: 1 Co-op Work Term
Length: 4 Semesters, plus 1 work term
Duration: 2 Years
Effective: Fall 2019
Location: Barrie


Environmental Technician students are trained as entry-level practitioners in the use of environmental sampling, monitoring and testing equipment and information technology tools and will be familiar with standard operating procedures for conducting environmental projects. Students are provided with applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental legislative requirements, environmental management systems, and the basic principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability.

Career Opportunities

Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, there are a number of career options in the environmental field working for small and large corporations. Potential employers include environmental consulting firms; government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal); environmental services departments in a variety of organizations; and water, wastewater and waste management firms.

Program Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to:

  1. collect representative environmental samples and perform routine tests, using current and relevant tools;
  2. use scientific concepts and models when contributing to the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and remediation of contaminated sites;
  3. assist with analysis of water/soil/air samples and with the resolution of environmental problems through the application of scientific and engineering principles;
  4. follow standard procedures for conducting environmental sampling projects including the use of appropriate equipment and materials;
  5. promote and maintain sustainable practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management;
  6. carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics;
  7. complete assigned tasks in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements;
  8. follow established protocols in support of environmental management systems;
  9. provide ongoing support for project management;
  10. communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms;
  11. develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technician;
  12. employ various information technology tools to assemble and use environmental data effectively;
  13. consider basic entrepreneurial strategies to identify and respond to new opportunities.

Practical Experience

Co-operative Education is a mandatory component of all Co-op programs at Georgian College; it has been designed as a process by which students integrate their academic education with work experience related to their programs of study. This integration affects much more than simply earning a salary, including the adjustment to the work environment and the development of professionalism. It also reinforces skills and theory learned during academic semesters, develops professional contacts, job knowledge and career path, improves human relations and communication skills, and promotes personal maturity and financial independence.

Students are requested to register, attend and participate in their scheduled co-operative education classes. These classes are scheduled for all first year students and are expected to be completed in order for students to proceed successfully to their first co-op work experiences. To ensure students are eligible to proceed onto any co-op work experience, students should refer to Promotional Status and Eligibility for Co-op as outlined in the College Calendar. Co-op policies and procedures can be located on our website:

Georgian College follows the Co-operative Education guidelines set out by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education (CAFCE) and Education at Work Ontario (EWO) by supporting the learning outcomes designed for the program specific graduate profile and curriculum as set out by the Ministry of Advanced Education and Skills Development.

External Recognition

This program is accredited by the Canadian Association for Co-operative Education.

The Program Progression

Fall Intake

  • Sem 1: Fall 2019
  • Sem 2: Winter 2020
  • Work Term: Summer 2020
  • Sem 3: Fall 2020
  • Sem 4: Winter 2021


A number of articulation agreements have been negotiated with universities and other institutions across Canada, North America and internationally. These agreements are assessed, revised and updated on a regular basis. Please contact the program co-ordinator for specific details if you are interested in pursuing such an option. Additional information can be found on our website at http://www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/credit-transfer/

Admission Requirements

OSSD or equivalent with

  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 Mathematics (C or U)

Mature students, non-secondary school applicants (19 years or older), and home school applicants may also be considered for admission. Eligibility may be met by applicants who have taken equivalent courses, upgrading, completed their GED, and equivalency testing. For complete details refer to: www.georgiancollege.ca/admissions/policies-procedures/

Applicants who have taken courses from a recognized and accredited post-secondary institution and/or have relevant life/learning experience may also be considered for admission; refer to the Credit Transfer Centre website for details:

Additional Information

Full Ontario G driver’s license is strongly recommended in order to support a wider job search and facilitate more co-op employment opportunities.

Laptop is strongly recommended (Windows compatible recommended); Online access and/or student trial license opportunities available for most required software.

The Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks Operator in Training (OIT) certification should be completed within first 6 months of school of starting the program (www.owwco.ca). Details will be provided during CPHR0001 Co-op and Career Preparation course in Semester 1.

Appropriate clothing for fieldwork is required.  This includes green patch safety boots/shoes.

Graduation Requirements

22 Program Courses
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
1 Co-op Work Term

Graduation Eligibility

To graduate from this program, the passing weighted average for promotion through each semester, from year to year, and to graduate is 60%. Additionally, a student must attain a minimum of 50% or a letter grade of P (Pass) or S (Satisfactory) in each course in each semester unless otherwise stated on the course outline.

Program Tracking

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Hours
Program Courses  
COMP 1059 Computer Technology for Environmental Applications 42
ENVR 1005 Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness 42
ENVR 1006 Earth Science 42
ENVR 1009 Foundations of Environmental Science 42
MATH 1035 Applied Environmental Mathematics 42
PHYS 1004 Physical Systems in the Environment 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
Semester 2
Program Courses  
BIOL 1008 Biological Systems 42
CHEM 1003 Introduction to Applied Chemistry 70
ENVR 1004 Geospatial Technology 56
ENVR 1007 Water Treatment 42
Communications Course  
Select 1 course from the communications list during registration. 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 3
Program Courses  
CHEM 2002 Applied Organic Chemistry 42
ENVR 2012 Ecosystems and Environmental Sampling 42
ENVR 2013 Limnology and Watershed Management 42
ENVR 2014 Environmental Management Systems and Audits 28
ENVR 2017 Soil Properties 42
SURV 2002 Environmental Surveying 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
Semester 4
Program Courses  
ENVR 2004 Waste Management Strategies 42
ENVR 2018 Environmental Assessment and Contaminants in the Environment 56
ENVR 2019 Environmental CAD 42
ENVR 2020 Wastewater Treatment 42
LAWS 2010 Environmental Law and Policy 42
STAT 2006 Applied Statistics for Environmental Applications 42
General Education Course  
Select 1 course from the general education list during registration. 42
 Total Hours1176
Plan of Study Grid
Co-op Work TermHours
COOP 1023 Environmental Work Term 1 560
 Total Hours560

 Graduation Window

Students unable to adhere to the program duration of two years (as stated above) may take a maximum of four years to complete their credential. After this time, students must be re-admitted into the program, and follow the curriculum in place at the time of re-admission.

Information contained in College documents respecting programs is correct at the time of publication. Academic content of programs and courses is revised on an ongoing basis to ensure relevance to changing educational objectives and employment market needs. The college reserves the right to add or delete programs, options, courses, timetables or campus locations subject to sufficient enrolment, and the availability of courses.  

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