Program description - September 2024
As countries around the world seek to efficiently reduce and manage their waste in response to global environmental targets, the field of waste management is playing a critical role in supporting the health and wellbeing of our communities. If you want to apply your environmental and technical skills on the front lines of the fight against climate change, the Sustainable Waste Management graduate certificate program will provide you with industry-leading skills to work in a variety of industrial, municipal or organizational settings. By understanding how waste systems function, you can develop informed solutions, whether you are assessing diversion rates for solid and organic waste, introducing cutting-edge technologies, or demonstrating what it means to shift to a circular economy. Apply your learning through applied research projects and work with community and industry partners to identify innovative solutions to real-world problems. The optional co-op stream is the only one of its kind in Ontario to provide hands-on paid work experience in the field.
Tuition & fees
Please note: Tuition and fee details for terms starting September 2024 and later will be available Spring 2024.
Canadian fee details
Returning student tuition & fees
Awards & scholarships
Student Financial Services awarded more than 400 awards, scholarships and bursaries last year.
- 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 for a student 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 65% session weighted average 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 - September 2024 - Kitchener – Doon