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Environmental Technician (Fast-Track)

Available at: Cornwall


Add to your diploma or degree by developing the essential skills required for employment in the environmental sector and in all facets of the green economy. The Environmental Technician pro­gram provides a well-rounded background for employment in a wide range of sectors by providing courses in water and air quality, waste management, occupational health and safety, and environmental assessment.

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 focused on the St. Lawrence River and the sur­rounding environment. Scientists at the River Institute are actively involved in the teaching of many of the science and field courses in the Environmental Technician program and they work closely with the College in ongoing program development. By way of this partnership, students have the opportunity to learn and work with leading research scientists on a variety of environmental issues.  

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This program is not open to International students.


Career Opportunities

Current environmental legislation requires increased monitoring and testing of the natural environment and of the industrial, agricultural, and public sectors.  Employment opportunities are expanding in these sectors and graduates of the Environmental Technician program find work in the following areas:

  • Environmental consulting firms
  • Water and wastewater treatment plants
  • Government ministries and agencies
  • Industry and the private sector
  • Testing laboratories Research institutes
  • Conservation authorities

The work you may perform in these career areas includes:

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

Program Name

Environmental Technician (Fast-Track)

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates


Program Duration

3 Semesters

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

This program is not open to International students.

Additional Costs

Scholarships and Bursaries

Program Outline 2020-21

Semester 1
ENVI 16 Fresh Water Ecology 1
ENVI 17 Site Characterization
ENVI34 Environmental Issues and Solutions
ENVI35 Environmental Analysis 1
ENVI37 Environmental Legislation and Assessment
ENVI38 Health and Safety for Environmental Technicians
MATH 12 Statistics Experimental Design

Semester 2
COMP 70 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
ENVI 14 Ecological Sampling Techniques
ENVI 24 Ecotoxicology
ENVI 26 Microbiology
ENVI 29 Fresh Water Ecology 2
ENVI 32 Air Quality
ENVI36 Environmental Analysis 2
ENVI39 Solid Waste Management
ENVI40 Water Treatment and Distribution

Semester 3
ENVI 25 Work Placement

Articulation & Credit Transfer Opportunities

SLC graduates have many options to continue their studies with post-secondary institutions across Canada and around the world. Agreements between SLC and other institutions that are specific to this program are listed below. In addition, there are many credit transfer pathway agreements between colleges and universities within the province of Ontario. Please also visit to search for options relevant to your program area of study.

    Admission Requirements

    University degree or college diploma which includes courses in Introductory Biology, Introductory Chemistry, and, at a minimum, an introductory-level college mathematics course.


    Health Requirements


    After recently completing an honors degree in biology, I didn’t feel quite ready to enter the work force. The Environmental Technician program gave me the additional skills that I was looking for. It offers a hands-on approach to learning skills and concepts, which can then be applied to almost any environmentally related career. This program opened my eyes to a number of careers that I would have never thought of before. An all-around excellent program that I would recommend to anyone interested in the environmental field.

    Lindsey Weatherhead, Bachelor of Science Graduate, University of Ottawa

    Program Contact

    Jordan Ann Kevan de Haan

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