Environmental Technician 4201

About Centennial
Established as Toronto's first public college in 1966, Centennial College offers programs in business, communications, community and health studies, science and engineering technology, general arts, hospitality and transportation.
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Program code: 4201
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

Prepare for work in the constantly changing field of environmental technology. Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering teaches you to understand and manage complex environmental problems. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.

Learn to use the tools and equipment needed in microbiology, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry and surveying. Students gain laboratory skills in water quality testing and groundwater movement.

Semester 1 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-111 Intro to Biological Systems Morningside Campus
CH-101 Chemistry 1 Morningside Campus
COMM-160/COMM-161 College Communications 1 Morningside Campus
GNED-126 Occupational Health and Safety Morningside Campus
MATH-154 Microcomputer Applications for Technology A Morningside Campus
MATH-176 Mathematics for Applied Science Morningside Campus

Semester 2 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-121 Microbiology Morningside Campus
BI-122 Microbiology Techniques Morningside Campus
CH-122 Lab Instrumentation Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
MATH-186 Statistics for Applied Science Morningside Campus
PC-124 Physics for Environmental Morningside Campus

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-230 Ecology Morningside Campus
CH-121 Organic Chemistry Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
PW-231 Soils and Groundwater Morningside Campus
PW-232 Topographical Surveying Morningside Campus
VS-242 Enviro Legislation & Regulations Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-240 Applied Enviro Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-207 Analytical Chemistry Morningside Campus
CT-121 Computer Aided Drafting 1 - Civil Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED General Education Elective Morningside Campus
PW-242 Water Quality Control Morningside Campus
PW-243 Engineering Equip & Processes Morningside Campus

Program Highlights
  • Graduates are qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training exam
  • Program graduates may be eligible to apply credits towards university degrees
  • Common first semester for Biotechnology and Environmental Protection Technology programs provides time to choose your specialty
  • Transfer credits/ advanced standing may be awarded for previous science or engineering education
  • Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities

Career Outlook
Environmental companies and government organizations hire Centennial graduates for:

  • laboratory and field work in water and waste chemistry
  • microbiological and toxicity testing,
  • soil collection and analysis
  • conservation
  • technical sales
  • materials handling

Drinking Water Operators
Students who successfully complete this course will have met the requirements of the Ministry of the Environment's entry-level course for drinking water operators. This course is delivered by Centennial College in partnership with the Ministry of the Environment and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre.

Graduates of the technician program can write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator in Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams. Graduates can apply to register with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT).

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program

The Environmental Technician program has met the national technology accreditation requirements established by the Canadian Council of Technicians and Technologists (CCTT) and, as such, has received national accreditation status by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).

Recognition as a Certified Engineering Technician/Technologist

The Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologists (OACETT) recognizes the Environmental Technician program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technician category.

The Environmental Technician Program is the recipient of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for Quality of the Learning Experience.

The qualification requirements and costs for each external accreditation, designation, certification or recognition are set by the granting body, not by Centennial College.  In order to qualify for any external accreditations, designations, certifications or recognitions, students and graduates will need to follow the processes and meet the applicable requirements listed on the websites and in the materials of those external bodies.


  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, or mature student status (19 years or older)
Academic Requirements
  • For applicants who are currently attending high school in Ontario, your midterm and final grades will be transmitted automatically to the college.
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