Algonquin College

Forestry Technician


Get an edge on a career in the great outdoors and earn a minimum of 10 industry certifications plus a Diploma.
The two-year Forestry Technician Ontario College Diploma program, delivered in a compressed format over 45 weeks, is the most hands-on and field-oriented program of its kind in Ontario. It prepares students in the implementation and influence of best practices of good forest management in an ecological, environmental and social context. Students interact with forest industry, sustainable forest license holders, private woodlot owners and government organizations at all levels.
Acquire experience in the planning, execution and monitoring of forest, environment, ecosystem and wildlife management activities.
Spend approximately one-third of class time outdoors, exploring a variety of landscapes such as forests, parks and private woodlots. Practise collecting, compiling and analyzing forest resource data while learning to make recommendations for its use.
Benefit from the opportunity to earn a minimum of 10 industry certifications. These are customizable and give you an advantage entering the workforce.
In your third semester, complete an 80-hour field placement. This gives you the opportunity to practise new skills in a real work setting.
With a Forestry Technician diploma, graduates may find entry-level work in the fields of:

tree marking
forest inventory
forest environment and ecosystem assessment
compliance monitoring
forest renewal
parks and wildlife management
nature interpretation
bio-energy management
forest fire control
This program is well-suited for students who:

Thrive in an active, outdoor, hands-on learning environment.
Have an interest in protecting, sustaining and enhancing our natural environment and forest ecosystem.
Can work well independently or as a member of a team.
Have good communication skills.

Program Duration:
45 Weeks
Work Integrated Learning:
PGWP Eligibility:
English Requirement:
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