Program Overview

Environmental Technology is a three-year Ontario college advanced diploma program combined with a co-op component. Students will study and gain experience in environmental processes that provides foundational knowledge of air, water and waste management issues. Graduates will feel confident entering the workforce after hands-on learning combined with 12 - 16 months of co-op training.

Program Details

Program Code
Ontario College Advanced Diploma
90 weeks
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September
Start Dates

Full Time Offerings

2024 September
2023 September

Your Learning Experience

Maintaining, nurturing and protecting the environment is a global priority. As a result, understanding the environment and providing innovative solutions using new and emerging technologies has never been more important. Take the first step toward an in-demand, respected and vital career helping the planet with Fanshawe's Environmental Technology program.

Over three years of environmental training and 12 to 16 months of paid co-op placement, you will study and gain experience in environmental processes that provides foundational knowledge of air, water and waste management issues. The environmental course curriculum includes bacteriology, analytical chemistry, air pollution meteorology, water quality management, industrial hygiene and hydrogeology. This environmental program emphasizes measurement and analysis techniques as well as legislation for air, water and waste.

The theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience using state-of-the-art instrumentation, combined with real work applications, will give you a competitive edge upon graduation with your environmental diploma. 

This three-year program provides students with a strong basic knowledge of Chemistry, Mathematics, Physics and Biology with focus on the concepts of air, water and wastewater management to round out their learning experience. In particular, the program emphasizes in-depth training in the principles and procedures of measurement and analysis techniques, and legislation for air, water and waste.

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This program is accredited by Co-operative Education and Work Integrated Learning Canada. This accreditation represents the highest standard of achievement for co-operative education programs in Canada, and recognizes Fanshawe's commitment to excellence.


Co-op Opportunities & Career Information

Co-op Opportunities

The Environmental Technology program offers a cooperative education component, which provides students the opportunity to gain invaluable first-hand workplace experience in their chosen field. Here are some co-op jobs that have kick-started the careers of some Environmental Technology students before even graduating! 

Environmental Services Assistant
Assist with the maintenance of water and wastewater facilities and linear infrastructure.

Environmental Development Assistant
Provide support for environment management programs.

Fungal/Microbial Technician
Prepare growth media for culturing fungal species.

For more information regarding co-op, please check out our co-op site or contact the Co-op Office at to connect with a consultant.

Career Information

Fanshawe’s Environmental Technology program provides a mix of related paid work experiences with classroom theory during alternating periods of work and study. Upon completion, graduate gain up to 16 months of work experience preparing them for employment opportunities with:

  • provincial and federal government regulatory agencies
  • petrochemical companies
  • environmental consultants
  • pollution measurement control
  • water and waste water facilities
  • public/private research enterprises


Did you know Fanshawe consistently ranks high in graduation employment rates among large colleges in Ontario? 


Here are some examples of career opportunities for graduates of Fanshawe’s Environmental Technology program:

Environmental Technologist
Perform field evaluations of source emissions in industrial settings.

Environmental Coordinator
Implement a wastewater and industrial waste monitoring program.

Environmental Areas Field Coordinator

Trail management including pruning, risk management inspections and repairing boardwalks, barricades, bridges and signage.

Program Progression




Year 1

Start Level 1

Class Level 2

Class Level 3

Year 2


Class Level 4


Year 3

Class Level 5



Year 4

Class Level 6/End





"Fanshawe's ENT program provided me with a strong foundation for lab skills and overall science knowledge. I felt very prepared entering the profession, especially being in a lab environment. I now have a job that I love coming to everyday and know that would not have been possible without Fanshawe."

Zac Bauman
Graduate 2014
Learning Outcomes

The graduate has reliably demonstrated the ability to

1. collect representative environmental samples, perform routine and specialized tests and interpret results, using current and relevant tools.

2. identify, select and use scientific concepts and models in the prevention, control and elimination of environmental hazards and in the remediation of contaminated sites.

3. analyze water/soil/air samples in a manner that contributes to the resolution of environmental problems through the selection and application of relevant scientific and engineering principles.

4. participate in the planning, design, implementation and maintenance of environmental projects, following standard procedures.

5. promote and maintain sustainable* practices by applying the elements of ecosystem-based management.

6. carry out work responsibilities adhering to standards of professional conduct and principles of professional ethics.

7. suggest strategies aimed at ensuring all tasks are completed in adherence to occupational health and safety standards and applicable legislative requirements.

8. contribute to the development, implementation and maintenance of environmental management systems*.

9. provide ongoing support for project management.

10. communicate technical information accurately and effectively in oral, written, visual and electronic forms.

11. develop and present strategies for ongoing personal and professional development to enhance performance as an environmental technologist.


Program Coordinator:

Amy Turnbull


Admission Requirements

Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD), or equivalent, or a mature applicant with the following courses:

- Grade 11 or 12 Chemistry (C or U)

- Grade 11 Math (M or U) or Grade 12 Math (U or C) with a minimum final grade of 60

- MCT4C is the preferred academic preparation for this program

Students who do not meet the admission requirements are recommended for academic upgrading. A conditional offer may be possible with proof of enrolment. Alternatively, applicants may choose to do the one-year Pre-Technology preparatory program that provides all the admission requirements for this program.

International Admission Equivalencies
Admission equivalencies for Fanshawe depends on your country of study. Please enter your location to see the requirements for your country below.
English Language Requirements

English Language Requirements

Test Score
IELTS Academic Overall score of 6.0 with no score less than 5.5 in any of the four bands
CAEL Overall score of 60 with no score less than 50 in any of the four bands. score of 80 in listening
PTE Academic 53
Cambridge English Overall score of 169 with no language skill less than 162
ESL4/GAP5 Minimum grade of 80% in Level 8, 75% in Level 9, or 70% in Level 10
Duolingo Overall score of 105, with no score lower than 95


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Recommended Academic Preparation

Recommended Academic Preparation

  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Physics (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Biology (C) or (U)
  • Grade 11 or Grade 12 Computer Engineering Technology (M) OR Grade 11 Introduction to Computer Science (U) and Grade 12 Computer Science (U)
  • Grade 12 English (C) OR Grade 12 Business and Technological Communication (O)
  • It is recommended that students in the Academic and Career Entrance Certificate (ACE) program take a Technical or Apprenticeship Mathematics course within the ACE program.
Advanced Standing

Advanced Standing

Advanced standing assessment is available for students transferring from other Colleges or University programs.  
Applicant Selection Criteria

Applicant Selection Criteria

Where the number of eligible applicants exceeds the available spaces in the program, the Applicant Selection Criteria will be:
  1. Preference for Permanent Residents of Ontario
  2. Receipt of Application by February 1st (After this date, Fanshawe College will consider applicants on a first-come, first-served basis until the program is full)
  3. Achievement in the Admission Requirements
  • Admission to the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program does not guarantee admission in a subsequent year to the Environmental Technology program. Successful completion of the Fanshawe College Pre-Technology program, however, does enable the student to be given additional consideration when applying to the Environmental Technology program. The Pre-Technology program is the preferred designated preparatory program for admission to the Environmental Technology program.
Post-Admission Requirements

Post-Admission Requirements

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Level 1
Take all of the following Mandatory Courses:
This is an introductory course in biology where the study is limited to basic biological process occurring at the cellular level. The topics discussed will include cell structures and their function, structure and formation of macromolecules; energy procurement, release and utilization; DNA structure and protein synthesis; Mendal's Laws and inherited characteristics; and Genetic diseases and their causes.
CHEM-1003General Chemistry 14.5
This course covers the basic concepts of matter, quantitative interpretation of chemical reactions, behaviour of gases, composition of atoms and their electron configurations and chemical bonding. Laboratories provide opportunities to develop laboratory techniques while working on experiments related to theory discussed in lectures.
WRIT-1039Reason & Writing 1-Technology3
This course will introduce technology students to essential principles of reading, writing, and reasoning at the postsecondary level. Students will identify, summarize, analyze, and evaluate multiple short readings and write persuasive response essays to develop their vocabulary, comprehension, grammar, and critical thinking.
MATH-1172Math 15
As the first of two pre-calculus mathematics courses, content covered includes treatment of data, fundamental algebra, radicals and logarithms. Application of problem solving skills, such as the quadratic formula, as related to scientific analysis will be emphasized.
ENVR-1014Environmental & Science Issues3
This course provides a comprehensive understanding of the parameters and problems surrounding major environmental issues. This understanding will enable the student to evaluate different courses of action that can be undertaken in decision making practices.
SKLS-1020Fundamentals of Science1.5
This course introduces the student to basic concepts and skills needed for success in any science of technology field. Emphasis will be given to systems of measurement, basic statistics, data interpretation, and computer applications including MS Word and Excel as applied to laboratory technology.
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Tuition Summary


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*Total program costs are approximate, subject to change and do not include the health and dental plan fee, bus pass fee or program general expenses.