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Diploma of Technology in Environmental Protection Technology

Kwantlen Polytechnic University
Program overview
2 years
Diploma / certificate

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Surrey (British Columbia)
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About this program

Diploma of Technology in Environmental Protection Technology

Environmental protection technologists provide an invaluable service to society by helping protect and sustain the long-term health of our ecosystems.

Environmental consultants, industry and government seek out graduates from our Environmental Protection Technology program. They do this because our graduates have developed the skills needed to offer professional advice on a wide range of subjects, including: environmental impact assessment; hazardous and non-hazardous waste management; waste reduction and reuse strategies; air, soil and water pollution prevention and monitoring; compliance auditing; and contaminated site investigation and remediation. This skill set is based on an integrated, hands-on training program that gives graduates a good working knowledge of physical and life sciences, including general biology, ecology, toxicology, chemistry, physics and statistics.

Admission requirements

In addition to the Faculty's Admission Requirements, which consist of KPU's undergraduate English Proficiency Requirement, the following program admission requirements apply:

  • Level E1 as defined in the Math Alternatives Table.
  • Minimum grade of C+ in Chemistry 11 (or equivalent)

Students lacking any of these requisites must obtain their equivalent before being admitted to the program.

Preference will be given to applicants with demonstrated work experience in a relevant field, post-secondary education in a related discipline and excellence in courses required for admission.  Applicants will be asked to submit a resume to demonstrate relevant work experience.

For more information, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

  • Introductory Biology I
  • Introductory Biology II
  • Business Problem Solving with Spreadsheets
  • Introduction to Professional Communication
  • Job Search Techniques
  • Environmental Chemistry I
  • Environmental Issues
  • Environmental Chemistry II
  • Introduction to Earth Sciences
  • Health & Safety
  • Water and Soil Sampling
  • Environmental Mathematics 1

Summer Term

  • Co-op Work Semester 1

Year 2

  • Ecology
  • Environmental Toxicology
  • Solid Waste Management
  • Environmental Legislation
  • Water Resources Protection
  • Air Quality Monitoring
  • Contaminated Sites Management
  • Environmental Research Project
  • Environmental Research Seminar
  • Statistics I
  • Energy, Environment, Physics
  • Environmental Physics Lab

Spring Term

  • Co-op Work Semester 2

Scholarships & funding

Kwantlen Polytechnic University offers scholarship opportunities to new students, in amounts up to $20,000 CAD. For details and application requirements, please contact the university.

Career paths

An advisory committee works closely with the program to maintain and update the curriculum and ensure that graduates are well prepared for the job market. This committee consists of potential employers from the public and private sectors, as well as several graduates of the program who are well established in the field.

Graduates are employed with environmental consulting firms; federal, provincial or municipal departments; as environmental staff in large industries; or are self-employed.

Program graduates have experienced a high rate of employment in the environmental field. The Co-operative Education component of the program has proved to be extremely valuable, with several of the graduates obtaining positions with their Co-op employers.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University  

Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) is Canada’s leading polytechnic university. KPU’s five campuses are all located in Metro Vancouver, a modern and multicultural region that has incredible natural beauty, the most temperate weather in Canada, and many career opportunities. With guaranteed...

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Why study at Kwantlen Polytechnic University

Canada ranked #1 study abroad country

Canada has been ranked the #1 study abroad country in the world for 2020! Known for its untouched natural beauty, friendly and welcoming locals, and a culture of tolerance and diversity, Canada is a clear choice for students looking to study abroad.

With 5 campuses, 140 programs, and 20,000 full time students each year, Kwantlen Polytechnic University is one of the largest and most exciting universities in the Metro Vancouver region of Canada. It’s why thousands of international students from around 70 countries choose to study at KPU each year.

As an international student at KPU, your education will be relevant and thought-provoking. Your instructors will care deeply about your learning, and our programs will offer you the opportunity to get real, hands-on experience to prepare you for your dream career—whether in Canada, or beyond. And at every step in your journey, our welcoming international student services will be there to support you and celebrate your success. Plus? Metro Vancouver is one of the most beautiful and livable places in the entire world.

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Kwantlen Polytechnic University

12666 72 Avenue
BC V3W 2M8 Surrey

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