Tuition and Fees
How to Apply
Current Course Offerings
Program Delivery Location: Merritt
Credential: Certificate, Diploma
Format: Full-Time, Part-Time
Start Dates: September
Programs in this Department
Environmental Resources Technician Certificate
Environmental Resources Technologist Diploma
The Environmental Resources Technology program ensures graduates are well rounded in natural resource sectors including forestry, fishery enhancement, environmental assessment, mining and grassland ecology. This generalist approach gives students various career paths they can travel within the natural resources sector.
Environmental Resource Technology Certificate - Year 1
The first year of the program provides students with the skill set necessary for data collection work in the field. Students will learn field skills such as tree and plant identification, navigation skills, mapping skills for use in the field and with geographic information systems, soils identification, resource measurements (distance, heights, slope, diameters, and elevation) and fire ecology. Since many students will work within BC First Nations traditional territories, courses in Ethnoscience and Aboriginal case law are key to provide an understanding of the uniqueness and impact that First Nation people have on the land base. Upon completion of the first year of the program, students are granted an Environmental Resources Technician Certificate. This certificate qualifies students to carry out field data collection.
Environmental Resource Technology Diploma - Year 2
Year two of the program focuses on the various environmental disciplines. Students will take what they learned from first year and apply that knowledge to solve environmental problems. Forest Surveys and Environmental Assessment Surveys integrate year one measurement skills into applications that are important for assessing the land base. Courses in Wildlife, Fisheries, Grasslands, Environmental Planning, Watershed Hydrology, and Timber Development give students the theoretical knowledge needed to design and carry out field studies. Upon completion of year two of the program, students are granted an Environmental Resources Technologist Diploma. This diploma qualifies students to work within a variety of environmental disciplines including carrying out forest surveys, monitoring environmental activities, environmental assessment data collection, and working with communities on helping with environmental projects.
Career opportunities exist in:
• Band/tribal organizations
• Ministry of Forests
• Forest industry
• Private consulting, self-employment
• Fishery enhancement organizations
• Environmental assessment
• Grasslands ecology
Individual course transfer information may be found at www.bctransferguide.ca