Environmental Technician

Program Code: 4201

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 4 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: enviro@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 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.


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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.



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


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).

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABEG-126 Occupational Health and Safety (online) Morningside 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 General Education Elective Morningside Campus
MATH-176 Mathematics for Applied Science Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
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
Course Code Course Title Location
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
Course Code Course Title Location
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 and 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 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.

Articulation Agreements

Qualified graduates may be eligible to participate in pathway programs with partnering institutions. These pathway programs allow students to receive degree credit for learning obtained at Centennial College. Our partners include:

  • Athabasca University, Alberta
  • Davenport University, USA
  • University of Guelph, Ontario
  • Royal Roads University, British Columbia
  • University of Western Ontario, Ontario.

Educational Partners

If you’ve graduated from the Environmental Technician 2 year 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 Coordinator for details about this and pathways to other Ontario, Canadian and International Universities.


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.


Career Outlook

  • Environmental Specialist
  • Technical Policy Advisor
  • Junior Environmental Scientist
  • Environmental Safety Consultant
  • Research Specialist
  • Project Biologist
  • Junior Geomorphologist
  • Project Biologist
  • Environmental Coordinator

Academic Requirements

1. Apply Online

Are you an International Student? Apply directly to Centennial College here.

If you are applying through the Second Career Strategy, please apply at the Employment Training Centre for Second Career (Progress Campus). Second Career Strategy is a funding initiative for those who have been laid-off and are in need of training. For more information go to Second Career Strategy.

If you have previously attended a full time program at Centennial College, you may be eligible for a Program Transfer. Visit Enrolment Services at any Campus for information.

All other applicants must apply online at Ontariocolleges.ca. A non-refundable application fee of $95 must accompany applications. The fee is payable online, by telephone, online banking, by mail, or in person to Ontariocolleges.ca. For more information go to Ontariocolleges.ca Application Fees.

2. Submit Documents

Current Ontario high school students and graduates from Ontario high schools: Notify your guidance counsellor that you have applied to college and your school will forward transcripts to Centennial College via Ontariocolleges.ca.

Graduates of college/university, or high school outside Ontario but within Canada: You are responsible for requesting that your educational institute sends any required documents and transcripts to Ontariocolleges.ca.

Applicants who attended school outside of Canada: If you are submitting transcripts to meet admission requirements, you must have the transcripts assessed by an independent credential assessment agency such as World Education Services (WES) or International Credential Assessment Service (ICAS).

For more information go to Submitting your Transcripts.

3. Confirm Your Offer of Admission

Offers of Admission are sent by mail to eligible applicants. When you receive your offer, you must login to your account at Ontariocolleges.ca and confirm before the Deadline to Confirm noted in your offer letter.

You may confirm only one college and one program offer at a time.

You must confirm your offer by the Deadline to Confirm noted in your Offer of Admission letter or your seat may be given to another applicant.

When you confirm your Offer of Admission at Centennial College you are given access to your personal myCentennial account where you can check your email, grades, register for courses, pay tuition fees, and see your class timetable.

4. Pay Fees

Centennial fees statements are sent by email to your personal email account and to your myCentennial email account. Fees statements are not mailed.

You must make a minimum payment by the Fees Deadline noted in your Fees Statement or your seat may be given to another applicant.

5. Build Your Timetable (Register for Courses)

Build your timetable (web-register for courses) at my.centennialcollege.ca.

Fall registration begins mid-July
January registration begins mid-December
May registration begins mid-April

Your web-registration will not open if:

You have not submitted your minimum fee payment by the deadline
You received a Conditional Offer of Admission and you have not met the conditions of your offer.

Once you have paid your fees or have made appropriate arrangements, register for your courses online through myCentennial.