Environmental Technician (Fast Track) 4221

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: 4221
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Diploma
Program Type: Fast-track program
Program Length: 1 year/ 2 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

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.  

Semester 3 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BAM-108 Biological Techniques Morningside Campus
BI-230 Ecology Morningside Campus
CH-121 Organic Chemistry Morningside Campus
COMM-170/COMM-171 College Communications 2 Morningside Campus
PC-124 Physics for Environmental Morningside Campus
PW-231 Soils and Groundwater Morningside Campus
PW-232 Topographical Surveying Morningside Campus

Semester 4 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-240 Applied Enviro Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-207 Analytical Chemistry Morningside Campus
ENGL-250 Report Writing in a Technical Environment Morningside Campus
GNED-500 Global Citizenship: From Social Analysis to Social Action Morningside Campus
PW-242 Water Quality Control Morningside Campus
PW-243 Engineering Equip & Processes Morningside Campus
VS-242 Enviro Legislation & Regulations Morningside Campus

Program Highlights

  • 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

Career Outlook
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
  • conservation
  • 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.

  • College diploma or university degree in science, engineering, or related discipline
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