Environmental Technician
Be career-ready in just 20 months, with four months of paid work experience. Hands-on lab/field experience plus theory. MECP water curriculum included.

General information

Program code
4 Semesters, plus 1 work term (2 Years)
Ontario College Diploma, Co-op
Work integrated learning
1 Co-op Work Term

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Program description

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.

*If this doesn't sound quite right for you, why not look into the Environmental Technology program? It's a three-year option that includes three co-op terms and specialized courses like Atmospheric Science, Sustainable Technologies, Toxicology and Contaminants in Organisms and more.

Get your college diploma and university degree at the same time

Georgian College and Lakehead University partner to offer students interested in the Environmental Technician diploma a unique opportunity. In four years, you can get an Honours Bachelor of Arts and Science – Environmental Sustainability (Specialization in Ecosystem Management) degree from Lakehead with an Environmental Technician diploma from Georgian college.

Completing both programs on their own would take an additional two years. Do them together to get more qualifications and break into the job market faster.

Industry support

Georgian College's Environmental Technician and Technology programs have enjoyed a partnership with the City of Barrie for over 20 years within the areas of water, wastewater, engineering and environmental services. This partnership has fostered support for the college's advisory committee, special projects and co-operative education work terms. Subsequently, many graduates have also secured full-time employment with City of Barrie as a result of the success of this partnership.

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

This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Georgian's commitment to quality in co-op education.

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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.

Admission information

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:


Program-specific Courses

  • COMP 1059 - Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1005 - Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1006 - Earth Science
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 1009 - Foundations of Environmental Science
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • MATH 1035 - Applied Environmental Mathematics
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • PHYS 1004 - Physical Systems in the Environment
    (Semester 1 / 42 hours)
  • BIOL 1008 - Biological Systems
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CHEM 1003 - Introduction to Applied Chemistry
    (Semester 2 / 70 hours)
  • ENVR 1004 - Geospatial Technology
    (Semester 2 / 56 hours)
  • ENVR 1007 - Water Treatment
    (Semester 2 / 42 hours)
  • CHEM 2002 - Applied Organic Chemistry
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2012 - Ecosystems and Environmental Sampling
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2013 - Limnology and Watershed Management
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2014 - Environmental Management Systems and Audits
    (Semester 3 / 28 hours)
  • ENVR 2017 - Soil Properties
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • SURV 2002 - Environmental Surveying
    (Semester 3 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2004 - Waste Management Strategies
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2018 - Environmental Assessment and Contaminants in the Environment
    (Semester 4 / 56 hours)
  • ENVR 2019 - Environmental CAD
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • ENVR 2020 - Wastewater Treatment
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • LAWS 2010 - Environmental Law and Policy
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • STAT 2006 - Applied Statistics for Environmental Applications
    (Semester 4 / 42 hours)
  • COOP 1023 - Environmental Work Term 1 (occurs after Semester 2)
    (560 hours)

Communications courses

  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 1)
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.
    (Semester 2)

General education courses

  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 2)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 3)
  • Select 1 course from the general education list during registration.
    (Semester 4)