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Ontario College Graduate Certificate | 3 semesters | Barrydowne

Looking for employment in the environmental field? Looking to gain applied knowledge and skills? Our EMPD Graduate Certificate program is designed to provide the necessary applied skills to match your passion and get students working in the environmental field.

The program’s focus is on environmental monitoring (air, water, soil, ecology) in support of industry requirements as well as part of Environmental Site/Impact Assessments. Learn from professors who are active in the field; being in Sudbury offers a unique perspective to learn firsthand the consequences of environmental impacts, and provides unique opportunities with on-going monitoring projects. The classroom component of the program is supported by a placement for ‘on-the-job’ training to ensure you obtain the necessary hands-on skills in the field.

Our graduates can be found working at top environmental and engineering consulting firms such as Golder and Associates, Wood/AMEC and Blumetric, government ministries, as well as in smaller firms and non-governmental organizations.

Program Highlights

  • 1 year – 3 semesters
  • Placement in semester three to provide hands-on work experience in the field
  • Program housed in the LEED Gold certified Glencore Centre for Innovation
  • Unique focus on environmental monitoring (air, water, soil, ecology) in support of Environmental Impact and Site Assessment with an emphasis on ecosystems impacted by the mining industry
  • Opportunities throughout the year to earn certifications related to the environmental field (e.g., Green Check GPS, Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network)
  • Prepares you to write the Water Operator-in-Training (OIT) exam

4D Learning Opportunities

Applied research projects – Students have the opportunity to apply to be part of paid applied research teams to work on new product development alongside industry representatives and Cambrian faculty.

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How to Apply

Environmental Studies

Admission Requirements

Applicants must be graduates of a diploma, advanced diploma, or degree from an Ontario College or equivalent in  a relevant discipline (Biology, Chemistry, Earth/Environmental Science/Studies, Geology, Geography, Civil Engineering, Mining Engineering, Chemical Engineering).


Program Delivery


This program will be delivered in the following terms:

Fall Term Start

  1. SEMESTER 1 Fall 2020
  2. SEMESTER 2 Winter 2021
  3. SEMESTER 3 Spring 2021

For specific term start/end dates and other key dates/deadlines, please see the Academic Schedule on our website.

Program of Study

Plan of Study Grid
Semester 1Credits
EMI 7100 Air Quality Assessment 3
EMI 7105 Hydrology & Water Quality Assess 1 3
EMI 7125 Experimental Design & Data Analysis 3
EMI 7210 Industrial Impact/Mine Reclamation 1 3
EMI 7235 Ecological Monitoring 3
EMI 7120 GIS Applications 3
EMI 7205 Water Remediation Techniques 3
Semester 2
EMI 7200 Environmental Impact Assess & Model 3
EMI 7225 Air Pollution Abatement 3
GIS 7000 Geomatics 3
TEC 7001 Site Assessment and Reporting 3
ECO 7000 Hydrology II 3
ECO 7240 Ecological Monitoring II 3
EMI 7101 Environmental Toxicology 3
Semester 3
EMI 7500 Work Placement 4
 Total Credits46


Tuition and Ancillary Fees

Please see our fees page for the breakdown of tuition and mandatory ancillary fees by program and semester for both domestic and international students.

Books & Supplies

The cost of books and supplies for Year 1 is approximately $550. Any voluntary student certifications, such as Green Check, will have additional fees. This is the best information available at the time of publishing to the website and is subject to change.

Graduate Options

Employment Opportunities

Graduates may find employment in various environmental monitoring, auditing, and assessment roles with:

  • Private environmental consulting and engineering firms

  • Government (Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Ministry of Northern Development and Mines)

  • Municipalities (conservation authorities, water treatment facilities)

  • Non-governmental organizations

  • Educational institutions (university and college technicians/technologists, instructors, research assistants)

  • Industry (mining, pulp and paper, logging, construction)

College/University Degree Opportunities

Graduates from this program may continue their studies at college/university and may receive credit for their prior College education.

Refer to College/University Agreements for further information.

Please note: Cambrian College strives to ensure the accuracy of the information on this website. Please note that the academic curriculum is continually reviewed and revised to ensure that Cambrian's programs and courses remain relevant. The College reserves the right to cancel or make changes to any course or program, fee, procedure, or campus location at any time.

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