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Turn your passion for the environment into a career

Environmental Technology Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op program

Prepare for a career in the environmental sector. 12 months paid work experience. A blend of hands-on experience plus theory. MECP water curriculum included.

Program code ENVR
Duration 3 Years
Credential Ontario College Advanced Diploma, Co-op
Delivery Full-time

Program information

Program description

In this program, students gain advanced skills in the use of environmental sampling, monitoring and testing equipment; data analysis; and information technology tools. They become familiar with applying the principles of ecosystem-based management for sustainability and develop the ability to manage environmental projects from planning through to implementation and maintenance. Through applied knowledge of health, safety and environmental requirements, students contribute to risk assessment and environmental systems management. Students are provided an opportunity to apply their skills through partnerships in the community and stresses the need for designing and implementing systems to prevent, control and clean-up environmental contamination.

If this doesn’t sound quite right for you, why not take a look at the Environmental Technician program? It’s a two-year option that gets you into the workforce faster and still provides substantial co-op opportunities.

Intake information

Start date Campus
Fall 2021 Barrie

Tuition and fees

Work integrated learning

This program includes a co-op work term component where you will gain practical, on-the-job experience in your field.

What are the admission requirements for the Environmental Technology program?

Environmental Technology 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:


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:

Admission details

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 ( 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.

What career paths can I take in environmental technology?

Your Environmental Technology diploma gives you many career opportunities

The field of environmental technology is diverse and rapidly evolving to meet increasingly stringent regulatory requirements. Given the diversity in program skills and knowledge, a number of career options can be pursued upon graduation. Traditionally, graduates have found employment in the environmental field working for small and large corporations. Potential employers include environmental consulting firms, government agencies (municipal, provincial, federal), and environmental services departments in a variety of organizations.​

Experiential learning opportunities

Innovative research projects

Students in the Environmental Technology diploma program cap off their studies by completing innovative applied research projects like these over the summer.

The Environmental Technology diploma program allowed me to start on an interdisciplinary career path. I gained a wealth of knowledge through well-educated faculty, great facilities and many hands-on learning experiences. Georgian trained me how to strategically tackle large dynamic environmental issues. After graduation, I decided to continue my environmental studies completing a Bachelor of Science in Environmental Management through an articulation agreement between Georgian and Royal Roads University.Kyle Mitchell, Georgian graduate and Manager of Water Resources at City of Orillia (Read more about Kyle’s journey)


Canadian Association for Co-operative Education

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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Industry support

City of Barrie

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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What courses are included in the Environmental Technology diploma program?

Course overview

33 Program Courses
1 Program Option Course
2 Communications Courses
3 General Education Courses
3 Co-op Work Terms

Program-specific courses

Semester 1 courses are listed below. For a full list of courses in the program including course descriptions, view the Environmental Technology program outline.

  • COMP 1059 – Computer Technology for Environmental Applications
  • ENVR 1005 – Workplace Safety and Employment Readiness
  • ENVR 1006 – Earth Science
  • ENVR 1009 – Foundations of Environmental Science
  • MATH 1035 – Applied Environmental Mathematics
  • PHYS 1004 – Physical Systems in the Environment
  • Select 1 course from the communications list during registration.

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