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Advanced Diploma in Environmental Technology (Fast-track)




What will I learn?

For those who are passionate about the environment and want to dedicate their work to preserving and protecting our earth, air and water, this program provides a diverse and rewarding career path. As an environmental technologist, you will spend your days outdoors conducting critical monitoring, sampling and surveying before returning to the lab to perform your analyses and the office to record and tabulate data. Whether advising organizations on best practices or holding them accountable for poor ones, your work will be vital to ensuring the health of our communities and planet.

If you are a domestic or internationally educated student with a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree or other post-secondary credential, you may be eligible for a compressed, fast-track opportunity to complete your advanced diploma requirements in two semesters.

The Environmental Technology program focuses on the chemical and biological sciences as they relate to environmental pollution. An emphasis is placed on ground and surface water quality, soil and waste management and recycling in urban and industrial settings. You will also examine environmental regulations and review their social and economic impacts on communities.

Training and experience in the handling, analysis and monitoring of a wide variety of biological and chemical parameters linked to pollution are at the heart of the program. First-hand field and laboratory experience is emphasized in areas such as:

  • Analytical chemistry
  • Data collection
  • Environmental stewardship management
  • Instrumental analysis
  • Microbiology

Environmental problems and concerns are constantly changing and at Durham College we aim to adapt in order to stay at the leading edge of these changes. Statistics Canada has identified environmental technology as one of the top emerging employment sectors.

This fast-track option is designed for students with existing academic credentials and will provide you with the advanced skills necessary for employment in the environmental field. The program provides technical practice with many opportunities for hands-on experience and project-based learning.

Career Options


  • Environmental compliance technologist
  • Environmental consultant
  • Environmental microbiology technologist
  • Environmental technologist
  • Hazardous waste technologist
  • Junior environmental officer
  • Laboratory technologist
  • Wastewater operator


  • Air monitoring consultants
  • Conservation authorities
  • Energy generation and distribution
  • Environmental engineering and consulting firms
  • Government agencies
  • Industrial laboratories
  • Waste management
  • Water and wastewater treatment facilities

Which department am I in?

School of Science and Engineering Technology (SET)

Study options

Full Time (2 semesters)

Tuition fees
CAD$14,796.00 (US$ 10,955) per year
Start date

September 2023, January 2024


Durham College

Oshawa campus,

2000 Simcoe Street North,


Ontario (ON),

L1G 0C5, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

Students must have the equivalent of an:

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD)
  • Grade 12 English (C or U)
  • Grade 12 mathematics (C, M or U)

To be considered for the fast-track (credit transfer) pathway a specific educational background is recommended as follows.

  • Degree or diploma in a directly related field of study or comparable credential completed within the last five years
  • Two post-secondary chemistry courses with a minimum grade of C/60 per cent (one must have a lab component)

Additional information may be requested to demonstrate practical lab experience

English language requirements:

  • Academic IELTS: 6.5, no band score less than 6.0
  • IBT TOEFL: 88, with minimum section scores of 22
  • PTE Academic: 60 minimum overall, no section below 57 L,W,S,R
  • CAEL: Overall score of 70, no section below 70
  • DET 110

*There may be different IELTS requirements depending on your chosen course.


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