Environmental Technology 4202

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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: 4202
School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science
Credential: Ontario College Advanced Diploma
Program Type: Post-secondary program
Program Length: 3 years/ 6 semesters
Start Date: Fall
Location: Morningside Campus
Tel: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

This nationally accredited Environmental Technology program prepares you for the constantly changing field of environmental technology. Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering means that graduates can understand and manage complex environmental problems. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.

You will learn to function effectively with the tools and equipment used in microbiology, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry, hazardous material management, surveying and municipal engineering, AutoCAD drawing and Geographic Information Systems (GIS) mapping.
Laboratory practice in water quality testing, groundwater movement, computer aided environmental audits and the chemistry of pollutants will give you the skills needed to analyze and remediate the urban environment.

You don’t have to be a superhero to protect the planet. You’ll learn to use the tools and equipment needed in microbiology, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry and surveying. Participate in local conservation and restoration activities. After semester four, you will have met the requirements for the Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Entry-Level Courses for Drinking Water Operators and be qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) Operator-in-Training and Water Quality Analyst exams.

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 Topographic 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

Semester 5 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
BI-310 Bioregionalism Morningside Campus
CH-315 Analytical Instrumentation Morningside Campus
PW-312 Civil Eng. Design & Const. Practices Morningside Campus
VS-120 Chemistry of Pollutants Morningside Campus
VS-353 Enviro Audits, Sampling & Data Mgt Morningside Campus

Semester 6 Courses
Course Code Course Title Campus
AH-360 Applied Hydrology/Spills Mgnt. Morningside Campus
BI-311 Applied Microbiological Analysis Morningside Campus
CH-360 Haz. Wastes & Modern Ind Process Morningside Campus
VS-360 Environmental Project (Industry) Morningside Campus
VS-361 Geographic Information System Morningside Campus

Program Highlights
  • Program graduates may be eligible to apply credits towards university degrees
  • Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities
  • After semester four courses are completed, students 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 Technolgist (OACETT).

Pathways to University


If you’ve graduated from the Environmental Technologist 3 year advanced diploma then you may be eligible to enter the Environmental Management program and earn a Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management degree from the University of Guelph.  Please contact your Program Coordiator for details.


The Environmental Technology and its co-op program are recipients of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding student satisfaction.

Career Outlook
Environmental companies and government organizations hire program 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
Entry-level course for Drinking Water Operatos
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.

CTAB Nationally Accredited Program
The Environmental Technology 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 Technology program as meeting all the academic requirements for certification in the Technologist 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.


Continue directly into the technology year to gain further specialization with the tools and equipment used in AutoCAD and Geographic Information Systems (GIS). You’ll also gain experience in advanced analytical chemistry, hazardous material management, and municipal engineering.


  • 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.
Career Outlook

This program offers an optional co-op component. Academically-qualified students can put classroom learning into practice, and make valuable contacts for future careers.