Environmental Technology (Co-op) (Fast-Track)

Program Code: 4232

School: School of Engineering Technology and Applied Science

Credential: Advanced Diploma

Program Type: Post-secondary program

Program Length: 2 years/ 6 semesters

Start Date: Fall

Location: Morningside Campus

Email: enviro@centennialcollege.ca

Telephone: 416-289-5000, ext. 8123

 Qualified college or university graduates gain direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three-year program, which will prepare them for the constantly changing field of environmental technology.   Practical training in the three foundation disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering means that you can understand and manage complex environmental problems.  This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.

Students 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.


This program offers an optional co-op component.  Academically-qualified students can enhance their education by working as paid employees in the field.  This experience allows you to put classroom learning into practice, and provides valuable contacts for future careers.

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.


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.


The Environmental Technology fast-track Program is the recipient of the President's Academic Program Recognition Award for outstanding graduate satisfaction.

Semester 1
Course Code Course Title Location
ABEG-125 Occupational Health and Safety (online) Morningside 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
PW-231 Soils and Groundwater Morningside Campus
PW-232 Topographical Surveying Morningside Campus
VS-242 Enviro Legislation & Regulations Morningside Campus
Semester 2
Course Code Course Title Location
BI-240 Applied Enviro Microbiology Morningside Campus
CH-207 Analytical Chemistry Morningside Campus
COOP-221 Employment Pre-placement Progress Campus
CT-121 Computer Aided Drafting 1 - Civil 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 and Processes Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-222 Co-op Work Term 1 (4232)

Semester 3
Course Code Course Title Location
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 4
Course Code Course Title Location
AH-360 Applied Hydrology/Spills Mgnt. Ashtonbee Campus
BI-311 Applied Microbiological Analysis Morningside Campus
CH-360 Haz. Wastes and Modern Ind Process Morningside Campus
VS-360 Environmental Project (Industry) Morningside Campus
VS-361 Geographic Information System Morningside Campus

Semester Note

COOP-331 Co-op Work Term 2 (4232)

Program Highlights

  • Take part in a program that is the recipient of Centennial College’s President’s Academic Program Recognition Award for Outstanding Student Satisfaction.
  • Opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities.
  • Graduates can apply to register with the Ontario Association of Certified Engineering Technicians and Technologist (OACETT).
  • Graduates are qualified to write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training exam.


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).


Career Outlook

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

Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

  • Transcript and resume review is required
  • Centennial College English Skills Assessment is required (must score 170 or 171 for admission)

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.