Qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this two year technician program and receive their technician diploma in one year (two semesters). Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of chemistry, biology and civil engineering will teach you to understand and manage complex environmental problems. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.
Students 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 ground-water movement.
- Graduates are qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training exam
- Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities
Environmental companies and government organizations hire our graduates for:
- laboratory and field work in water and waste chemistry
- microbiological and toxicity testing
- soil collection and analysis
- technical sales
- materials handling
The Environmental Technician Fast Track Program is the recipient of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding graduate satisfaction.
Drinking Water Operators
Entry-level course for 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 also 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 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.