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

Program Details

  • 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

Program Overview

Program Overview

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The Environmental Technology (Co-op) (Fast-Track) program is for qualified college or university graduates looking to enter the constantly-changing field of environmental technology in less time. This advanced diploma program grants you direct admission into year two (semester three) of this three-year program.

This applied science program provides you with theoretical and practical knowledge for success in the growing field of environmental technology. Courses in this college technology program cover the three foundational disciplines of biology, chemistry and civil engineering, teaching you to understand and manage complex environmental problems. Courses also provide you with hands-on experience using technology and equipment for water and soil quality analysis, ecological field sampling, analytical chemistry, hazardous material management, surveying, 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 provides you with the skills needed to analyze and remediate the urban environment. This unique combination of technical skills will greatly increase your career options.


Academically qualified students can enhance their education and resumes and gain valuable career contacts by working two terms as an employee in the environmental technology field. This opportunity takes classroom learning and applies it to the real world.

Drinking Water Operators

Students who successfully complete the entry-level course for drinking water operators 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 you complete semester-four courses, you can write the Ontario Ministry of the Environment Operator-in-Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) exams.

Program Outline

Program Outline

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Career Opportunities

Career Opportunities

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Program Highlights

  • You take part in a program that is the recipient of Centennial College's President's Academic Program Recognition Award for Outstanding Student Satisfaction.
  • During your time in the Environmental Technology offering, opportunities exist for participation in local conservation and restoration activities.

Articulation Agreements

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on articulation agreements.

Educational Partners

Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/admissions/applying/education-pathways/outbound-pathways for more information on education partners.


Please visit our website at www.centennialcollege.ca/programs-courses/full-time/environmental-technology-fast-track-coop for a full listing of our current accreditations.

Career Outlook

  • Research specialist
  • Junior geomorphologist
  • Environmental specialist
  • Project biologist
  • Technical policy advisor
  • Junior environmental scientist
  • Environmental safety consultant
  • Environmental coordinator

Admission Requirements

Admission Requirements

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Academic Requirements

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

Additional Requirements

Co-op Requirements

  • Minimum of 80% of courses completed from year one
  • A minimum C (60%) grade in COMM-170/171
  • A cumulative GPA of 2.5 or higher at the end of Semester 2 (this must be maintained for the duration of the program)
  • Students must be legally eligible to work in Canada
  • Students who meet the above prerequisites will apply to transfer to the co-op program at the end of Semester 2
  • Academically qualified students who are accepted into the program will register for COOP221 in Semester 3

Note: Meeting the minimum co-op program requirements does not guarantee admission into the co-op program.

How to Apply

How to Apply

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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.

Tuition and Fees

Tuition and Fees

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Fees noted below are estimates only. Tuition is based on two semesters, beginning Fall 2015.

Student Tuition (2 Semesters) Incidental Fees Total
Canadian $2,767.00 $1,332.00 $4,099.00
International $12,800.00 $2,877.00 $15,677.00

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