Associate Diploma in Environmental Management

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The Environmental Management Diploma program provides technical and practical skills training for students interested in environmental issues and solutions. Two distinct educational streams within the program allow students to focus on either municipal/industrial or rural/agricultural concerns as they develop an understanding of environmental protection and management. Students will develop the skills they need to evaluate and communicate challenging environmental issues.

This program is designed to address the critical shortage of trained and qualified sewage and/or water plant operators, and to train and certify personnel to assist growers in addressing nutrient management regulations that will affect all farms across Ontario.

This program is offered at the Ridgetown Campus of the University of Guelph.

Admission Requirements

For information on admission requirements visit the Ridgetown Campus website.

Sample First Year Courses

Semester 1

  • Communications & Software Applications I
  • Environmental Science and Issues
  • Mathematics for Environmental Operators
  • Environmental Law and Ethics
  • Spills and Contaminated Site Remediation
  • Environmental Monitoring

Semester 2

  • Communications & Software Applications II
  • Water Resource Management
  • Data Analysis and Statistics
  • Introduction to Applied Microbiology
  • Soil and Water Use in Agroecosystems
  • One of: Precision Agriculture; Advanced Math and Water Chemistry; Sales and Sales Management

For full course descriptions and a listing of second year courses, check out the diploma program calendar here.

Career Opportunities

  • Environmental Farm Plan consultant
  • Municipal environmental technician
  • Environmental waste technician
  • Water or waste-water treatment operator

Pathway to a Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management in Environmental Management

Graduates of the Associate Diploma in Environmental Management program may be eligible to enter the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management in Environmental Management program if they received a minimum cumulative average of 70% or higher in the associate diploma program. Successful applicants may receive up to 5.0 transfer credits. In many cases, this will eliminate 1 year of the degree completion time. Learn more about the Bachelor of Bio-Resource Management in Environmental Management Pathway here.


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