Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP)

Course Description

The Environmental Technician Certificate Program (ETCP) is a five-week, 200-hour accredited training program that prepares graduates to work as certified environmental monitors in natural resource sectors. The ETCP program consists of highly applied 'hands-on' training sessions with field training taking place most days. 

The ETCP is accredited through the College of Applied Biology and meets criteria for an Applied Biology Technician designation. 


The ETCP is designed to address the nation-wide need for certified, skilled aboriginal 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.

Class vs Field

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


The ETCP has no formal pre-requisites, but an appropriate First Aid (1-day) course having a CPR component is a co-requisite to the ‘Fish and Fish Habitat Monitoring Skills’ module.

Who enrolls in the Environmental Technician Certificate Program?

This program is designed to provide high-quality environmental monitoring skills training to current field technicians and individuals aspiring to be environmental technicians wishing to update and expand their skills and abilities. Participants that commonly enroll in this program include; existing field technicians, resource workers, First Nations, individuals new to the industry, and graduates of other post-secondary environmental programs.


Participants will need to meet or exceed the following program standards. Note: there are no formal exams issued during any component of the ETCP. 

  • 90% attendance for the program
  • Demonstration of practical field skills
  • Completion of field journal assignments

You Supply

NREP provides all field and classroom-related supplies and equipment including course manuals, electrofisher unit(s) and accessories, dipnets, linesman gloves, biological sampling and fish inventory equipment, and associated field equipment.

Participants must supply their own personal field gear and clothing. Equipment required will vary by course-by-course:

Mandatory items include:

  • appropriate field work clothing (note: Please avoid tight-fitting jeans and consider bringing extra socks and a second pair of pants),
  • sturdy footwear,
  • raingear,
  • clinometer,
  • work gloves,
  • Field vest/ Hi-vis vest,
  • Bag lunch and beverage (each day)

For the 'Fish and Fish Habitat Assessment' and/or 'Water Monitoring' Skills module(s):

  • leak-proof chest waders (rubber, nylon, or neoprene) with non-slip footwear (e.g., felt or cleated soles),
  • brimmed hat (e.g., baseball hat),
  • Wading belt and polarized sunglasses.

Course Schedule information.


Registration information.


Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course.Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the NREP schedule page.
Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees.
Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.