Environmental Engineering Applications (Optional Co-op)

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International students should apply online. Note: not all start dates are available to international students.

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Program description - May 2025

The demand for environmental specialists who can develop creative solutions to ever-evolving concerns facing our environment today continues to grow both in Canada and abroad. This graduate certificate program meets the demand for trained environmental professionals in the areas of contaminated site clean-up, risk assessment, environmental monitoring, regulatory compliance and enforcement. If you're a qualified college or university graduate, this program enhances existing technical skills and competencies necessary for employment in the environmental workforce. The training prepares you to act as a key player in responding to today's environmental challenges. Studies focus on the application of current engineering and scientific principles to protect and manage the environment in the following areas: environmental monitoring and investigations; environmental site assessment; management and clean up of contaminated sites; environmental enforcement and regulations; solid and hazardous waste management; water quality; air quality monitoring; and permitting. Upon graduation you will be prepared to write Ministry of Environment Conservation and Parks Operator in Training (OIT) and Water Quality Analyst (WQA) certification exams. Hands-on training is a cornerstone of the program. You are trained in the use of equipment used to collect critical environmental data, computer programs used in professional practice, and are challenged to apply what they learn to real-life scenarios throughout the life cycle of the program. The objective is to provide you with necessary experience and skills using industry recognized methods, tools, and procedures. The program partners with employers and practicing environmental professionals who regularly review course content to ensure relevance and the inclusion of employable skills. As such, opportunities for connections with practicing professionals are embedded throughout the program. The program includes real-world projects completed under the mentorship of practicing environmental engineers, technologists, and scientists, and also offers you optional mock employment interviews. The optional co-op stream includes one co-op work term. For more information, contact the Program Coordinator at enviro@conestogac.on.ca.

Program details

Code: 0870
Start: May 2025
Campus: Cambridge – Fountain Street
Delivery: Hybrid
Length: 1 year
Credential: Ontario College Graduate Certificate

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Tuition & fees

Please note: Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2025 and later will be available Spring 2025.

Please note: Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2025 and later will be available Spring 2025.

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Program device requirements

Program device & software requirements

This program requires you to have a device that meets certain specifications. For most students, this cost is in addition to the tuition & fees listed above.

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Financial assistance

The Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP) is a needs-based program designed to help Ontario students cover the cost of post-secondary education. Funded by the federal and provincial governments, OSAP is intended to promote equality of opportunity for post-secondary studies through direct financial assistance for educational costs and living expenses. These interest-free loans are intended to supplement your financial resources and those of your family. The majority of students apply for loan assistance via the OSAP website. Students can also print the application booklet through the OSAP website. For more information, please visit OSAP & aid.

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Co-op information

  • Co-op programs add value to your education. Earn money while you apply what you've learned in a real workplace environment. Visit Co-operative education for more information.
  • The College cannot guarantee co-op employment. All co-op students are required to conduct an independent co-op job search in addition to the supports and services provided by the Department of Co-op Education.
  • Students are responsible for their own transportation and associated costs in order to complete work term requirements. Work locations may not always be readily accessible by public transportation.
  • In order to participate in a WIL experience/Co-op work term, students must be legally eligible to work in Canada.

Applying to the co-op stream

  • All applicants apply to the non co-op program. Students will be informed of the application deadline and process to apply for the Co-op Stream. Labour market conditions determine the number of co-op seats in optional co-op programs. Not every student who meets academic eligibility requirements will be admitted to the co-op stream.
  • To be considered for admission to the co-op stream, students are required to achieve a minimum overall 80% session weighted average in Level 1 with no dropped or failed courses.
  • International students will require work permits to utilize the co-op job board for job search and to accept employment. Students are currently experiencing longer than usual wait times for work permits. Please be advised that there will be no co-op program service fee refunds after the program withdrawal for refund date. Students that have not received their work permit and choose to remain in co-op after the program withdrawal for refund date do so at their own risk and will not be refunded. If you are concerned about receiving your work permit in time to achieve co-op employment, please discuss your situation with your co-op advisor as early as possible.

Delivery sequence - May 2025 - Cambridge – Fountain Street

This delivery sequence is for the co-op option.

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