Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR)

Learn more about the Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR) training program

Fleming College is a licensed service provider of Building Environmental Aboriginal Human Resources (BEAHR), and is pleased to offer several of their short-term training programs. BEAHR's courses are designed to provide members of the Aboriginal community with up to date training in a variety of environmental protection sciences.


  • Courses are from four to twelve weeks in duration.
  • These subjects are an excellent introduction for those exploring careers in Environmental Sciences or considering a return to formal education.
  • This training may be useful in updating resumes for those looking for work in the Environmental or Natural Resources sectors.
  • Recommended for land owners, community members, volunteers or anyone interested in the preservation of their natural environment.
  • Courses do not require a high school diploma; either grade 8 or 10 math and literacy skills are required, depending on the course.


Environmental Monitoring Co-ordinator

Grade 8 required, 5 or 7 week programs

Environmental Monitors observe the environment and the impacts of human and industrial activities. They provide this information to various stakeholders to help reduce negative environmental impacts. The goal of the program is to:

  • prepare graduates for work on projects such as environmental impact studies and site assessments, relating to fishing, power generation, and forest-harvesting
  • provide knowledge and develop basic skills in this field
  • assist Aboriginal people to meaningfully participate in environmental monitoring activities.

Environmental Site Assessment Assistant

Grade 8 required, 7 week program

Learn how to effectively participate in the environmental assessment of a potentially contaminated site. This training consists of:

  • planning and conducting site visits
  • gathering local and traditional knowledge
  • collecting and evaluating data
  • learning about basic approaches to contaminated site management.

Local Environmental Co-ordinator

Grade 10 required; 12 week program

Assist in protecting and improving the quality of the environment in your own community. This program prepares students with the fundamentals of environmental management, such as:

  • developing, implementing, and monitoring environmental plans
  • integrating Traditional Knowledge within data collection and data analysis
  • project management; including budget tracking, monitoring project schedules and supervising staff
  • identifying pieces of legislation that are used in the environmental sector.

Solid Waste Co-ordinator

Grade 10 required, 5 week program

Be responsible for the management of household and commercial waste in your community, by learning about waste collection, disposal, and diversion processes. Further, support community education and waste reduction promotion. The graduate of this program can assist with:

  • planning, developing and implementing a waste management program
  • administering and communicating a waste management program to the community
  • collecting and disposing of waste
  • diverting waste from the landfill (i.e. recycling and composting)
  • operating a landfill facility.

Contaminated Sites Remediation Co-ordinator

Grade 10 required, 7 week program

A Contaminated Sites Remediation Co-ordinator assists in the confirmatory sampling of a remediated site, as well as co-ordinates the long-term monitoring of site health and recovery. Upon graduation, they can assist with:

  • engaging the community about remediation activities
  • sampling and testing at a site
  • long-term monitoring of site health and recovery
  • developing and implementing a remedial action plan.

Certificate of Applied Environmental Techniques

Grade 10 required, 15 week program

The certificate provides students with an introduction to the environmental sector. It emphasizes three key areas, including environmental monitoring, environmental site assessments, and contaminated sites remediation. Students gain valuable experience in sampling, testing, interpretation and evaluation of data, preparing reports, regulatory implications and remedial action plans.

About the Program:

One or more of these courses has recently been offered at Alderville First Nation, Mississaugas of the New Credit and Six Nations of the Grand River; Curve Lake First Nation, and in partnership with Kenjegewin Teg Educational Institute, M'Chigeeng, Manitoulin Island at Sagamok First Nation.

Funding to support the delivery of BEAHR's certificate training is available through a number of sources and Fleming College will be happy to work with interested communities to explore these avenues. For more information on BEAHR programs available through Fleming College, to discuss financial assistance, or to find out how to arrange having a program in your community, please contact:

Kelly Cordick
BEAHR Co-ordinator
TEL: 705-324-9144 ext. 3457
TFN: 1-866-353-6464 ext. 3457

Fleming College acknowledges and thanks the following sponsors who have offered financial, instructional, participant, placement or other support in making the BEAHR program deliveries a success.

Alderville First Nation
Six Nations of the Grand River
Alderville Learning Centre
Mississaugas of the New Credit

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