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Environmental Technician

Available at: Cornwall


Start your career off by developing essential skills required by environment sector employers 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.

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 focusing 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 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.

Check out our Alumni Profiles 


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

TD Bank Group invests in the future with 50 Environmental Technician program bursaries. Read more

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Program Name

Environmental Technician

Program Code



Ontario College Diploma

Start Dates

Special May Intake - International Students Only

Program Duration

2 years

Location (Campus)


Canadian Fees

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International Fees

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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 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 are 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 2020-21

Semester 1
BIOL 1 General Biology
CHEM 103 Fundamentals of Chemistry 1
COMM 110 Communications for College
COMP 9 Computer Applications
ENVI34 Environmental Issues and Solutions
MATH 9 Introductory College Mathematics

Semester 2
CHEM 104 Fundamentals of Chemistry 2
COMM 32 Communications for Environmental Technicians
COMP 70 Introduction to Geographical Information Systems
ENVI 13 Ecology
ENVI 14 Ecological Sampling Techniques
ENVI 26 Microbiology
General Education Course

Semester 3
ENVI 16 Fresh Water Ecology 1
ENVI 17 Site Characterization
ENVI35 Environmental Analysis 1
ENVI37 Environmental Legislation and Assessment
ENVI38 Health and Safety for Environmental Technicians
MATH 12 Statistics Experimental Design
General Education Course

Semester 4
ENVI 24 Ecotoxicology
ENVI 25 Work Placement
ENVI 29 Fresh Water Ecology 2
ENVI 32 Air Quality
ENVI36 Environmental Analysis 2
ENVI39 Solid Waste Management
ENVI40 Water Treatment and Distribution
GENE General Education Course

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.

If you are missing prerequisite courses, enroll in the Career/College Prep program - free for Ontario residents who are 19 years or older. Click here for full details


Health Requirements


As a mature student, I was a little overwhelmed about going back to school. SLC had the tools in place to ensure my success, before, during and after my course study. Programs like college prep allowed me to come into campus and refresh my science and math skills and re-familiarize myself with a good study routine before the semester started. In-field job placement and volunteer opportunities helped re-enforce my in-class studies and technique while I was attending school. And finally, I was able to access resume building workshops as well as make important networking contacts facilitated by SLC. In fact, it was a former SLC teacher from another campus who found my resume and forwarded it off to my current employer.

I now enjoy a career with an innovative leader in the water industry and am ready to make a difference!

Tracy Lalonde

Program Contact

Jordan Ann Kevan de Haan

Admissions Information

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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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