What will I learn?

Through Confederation College’s Environmental Technician two-year diploma program, you will learn to effectively manage natural and man-made environments. This program will explore environmental issues and provide hands-on tools for assessing, protecting and restoring ecosystems. Best of all, you’ll learn in one of the greatest natural labs available: the ancient Boreal Forest, a rich and diverse forest ecosystem that stretches around the world. Courses cover a wide variety of related topics including natural resource measurements, surveying, soils & geomorphology, plant biology, ecology, hydrogeology and environmental legislation.


  • Courses developed in consultation with industry and government familiar with northern Ontario and based on current cutting-edge practices
  • Program includes two optional co-op placements after the second and fourth semesters
  • Balance of class work, field study and placements for a well-rounded education
  • Transfer credits to other related college and university programs through our articulation agreements

Employment Opportunities

Graduates pursue many different types of work in the Environmental sector. Some graduates choose to work in laboratory settings, some choose to work primarily out in the field and some choose jobs that include a combination of both. While there is a heavy emphasis on water resources in the program, you will also gain extensive experience working with terrestrial ecosystems and in industrial settings. Many graduates have found work with consulting firms that offer a wide variety of experiences increasingly in the Mining sector. Most students graduate with the Ontario Entry-Level Drinking Water Certification.

Which department am I in?

School of Engineering Technology, Trades and Aviation

Study options

Full Time (2 years)

Tuition fees
CAD$16,561.00 (US$ 13,091) per year
Start date

September 2022


Confederation College

Thunder Bay Campus,

1450 Nakina Drive,


Ontario (ON),

P7C 4W1, Canada

Entry requirements

For international students

  • A high school/senior secondary diploma
    Original transcripts as well as a notarized, translated copy must be provided where applicable

English Language Requirement:

  • TOEFL iBT: 79
  • Academic IELTS: 6.0, no band lower than 5.5, except for students from India who must have no band lower than 6.0 to meet SDS requirements.
  • PTE-A: 54 (no communicative skill lower than 54)

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