Vancouver Island University - Natural Resources Extension Program

Location: Prince George, BC
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The Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP) is comprised of five, 1-week training modules that are delivered over a consecutive 5 week period.

The ETCP is designed to be delivered directly within communities, utilizing local environmental sites and conditions as the “classroom”. The ETCP courses and program are highly applied ‘hands-on’ training sessions, with field work, demonstrations, and/or field training taking place most days.

Class vs Field

Will vary course-by-course. Approximately 3/4's of each course is field-based, 'hands-on' training.


The ETCP is designed to address the nation-wide need for certified, skilled environmental field technicians. The ETCP will train practitioners in in-demand environmental monitoring skills and abilities required to assist: biologists, environmental technicians, engineers, hydrologists, and site restoration and environmental monitoring professionals.

The ETCP series is comprised of a series of 1-week courses:

  • Land Monitoring Skills (5 days)
  • Water Monitoring Skills (5 days)
  • Construction Site Monitoring Skills (5 days)
  • Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills (5 days)
  • Essential Environmental Skills (5 days)

The daily delivery format is typically an 8-hour session, with most days involving field training sessions. Classroom and field sessions typically run from 9:00 AM–4:30 PM and 9 AM–5 PM or 6 PM respectively. Longer field sessions are common when extensive travel to field sites is involved.

New: The Environmental Technician Certificate Program is now accredited through the College of Applied Biology and meets the criteria for the “Applied Biology Technician.

For more information about the Environmental Technician Certificate Program or any one of our other training programs please see our website:

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