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Environmental Technician

Available at: Cornwall


Start your career off by developing essential skills required by the environment sector and by being prepared to participate in the green economy. The Environmental Technician pro­gram provides a well-rounded background for employment in a wide  range of sectors through courses in water and air quality, waste management, occupational health and safety, and environmental assessment.
Program highlights include field courses at the end of the second and fourth semesters and a four-week work placement at the end of the fourth semester.

Students benefit from the College’s partner­ship with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences. The River Institute, located on the Cornwall Campus, is a centre for scientific research on the river and sur­rounding environment. Scientists at the River Institute are actively involved in the teaching of many of the science and field courses in the program and they work with the College in ongoing program development. Through this partnership, you will have an opportunity to learn and work with research scientists on a variety of environmental issues.

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Career Opportunities

Current environmental legislation requires increased monitoring and testing of the natural environment and the industrial, agriculture and public sectors. Employment opportuni­ties are expanding in these areas.

Graduates of the Environmental Technician program find work in the following areas:

  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Water and wastewater treatment plants

  • Government ministries

  • Industry and private companies

  • Testing laboratories

  • Research institutes

  • Conservation authorities

Types of activities you may carry out in these career areas include:

  • Sampling air, water, soil, plant, and animal populations
  • Testing air, water, and soil samples in the lab

  • Assessing areas for environmental impact

  • Designing ways to reduce the impact of waste on the environment

  • Implementing legislation requirements and health and safety procedures

  • Assisting in the design of environmental programs in the public and private sectors

  • Preparing reports and proposals

  • Entering and analyzing data using com­puter applications

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Program Name

Environmental Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

May 2017 International Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

2016-17 tuition fees: $3,544.00. Compulsory fees are $896.35. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.

International Fees

2016-17 tuition fees International, $14,650.00. Compulsory fees are International, $1,561.35. All fees are subject to change in 2017-18.
May 2016 intake for International students

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

St. Lawrence College offers an extensive Student Scholarship and Bursary Program.  Scholarships and bursaries for this purpose are sponsored by external organizations and private individuals.  These awards recognize our academic excellence, community involvement, contribution to the quality of College life, outstanding achievement and professional potential.  For more details visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Special Bursary Opportunity: Qualified students may be eligible for special financial support available to students in the Environmental Technician program. These bursaries have been made possible through a generous gift donated to the St. Lawrence College Foundation from TD Bank Group. For full details regarding the TD Bursaries in Environmental Sciences, applicant criteria and application forms, visit Bursaries and Scholarships.

Program Outline 2017-18

Semester 1
BIOL 1 General Biology
CHEM 1 General Chemistry
COMM 34 Introduction to College Communications
COMP 9 Computer Applications
GENE 108 Canada the World & the Environment
MATH 11 Mathematics for Technology

Semester 2
CHEM 2 Advanced Chemistry: General and Organic
COMM 32 Applied Communications for Environmental Technicians
COMP 70 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
ENVI 12 Environmental Technologies
ENVI 13 Ecology
ENVI 14 Environmental Sampling & Analysis
ENVI 26 Microbiology

Semester 3
ENVI 15 Analytical Chemistry
ENVI 16 Fresh Water Ecology I
ENVI 17 Water Resources
ENVI 33 Environmental Legislation & Assessment
GENE General Education Course
MATH 12 Statistics Experimental Design

Semester 4
ENVI 19 Solid Waste Management
ENVI 22 Water Quality Analysis
ENVI 24 Ecotoxicology
ENVI 25 Work Placement
ENVI 29 Fresh Water Ecology 2
ENVI 32 Air Quality
GENE 570 Occupational Health & Safety

Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) with the majority of Grade 11 and 12 courses at the C, U or M level including the following prerequisites:

  • Grade 12 English at the C or U level
  • Grade 11 Math at the C, U or M level
  • Grade 11 or 12 Biology or Chemistry at the C or U level

For OSSD equivalency options, see Admission Requirements.


Health Requirements

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities


The best thing about the Environmental Technician program is the affiliation with the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences, which grants the program fantastic facilities, field excursions, experience, contact with people in the field, and great teachers. The program provides diverse career path options and smaller class sizes mean more face time with the teachers and educators. The Environmental Technician program greatly improved upon my existing knowledge, giving me skills such as well design, environmental sampling techniques, field experience, and more. I also gained invaluable contacts in the environmental field which allowed me to get in contact with my current employer.

Zachary Leger

Program Contact

Donna Orwell

Recruiting Contact

Recruitment Office

Additional Information

Programs at St. Lawrence College are delivered using a variety of instruction modes. Courses may be offered in the classroom or lab, entirely online, or in a hybrid mode which combines classroom sessions with online learning activities. Program delivery can be run weekdays, weekends or evenings. Upon registration, each full-time student is provided a St. Lawrence College email account which is used to communicate important information about program or course events.

Additional Certifications:
The Ministry of the Environment Entry Level Drinking Water Operator course is incorporated into the program with a certificate granted after successful completion of the course and program. Program courses also prepare you to write the Water/Waste Water Operator in Training (OIT) and the Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams. These certificates are required to work in water treatment plants and are highly valued in the Water/ Waste Water Industry.

Visit the St. Lawrence River Institute of Environmental Sciences website and the Walkerton Clean Water Agency website

WSIB Coverage:
Students from health sciences program on placement are covered by Workplace Safety and Insurance Board(WSIB) coverage in the event of an incident.

To be eligible:

  • A student must be currently registered in the program; 
  • The placement must be sanctioned by the educational institution;
  • The student must not be paid for the placement.

Advanced Standing

BSc graduates are eligible to complete the program in one year. Please contact the program coordinator for more information.
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