Forestry Technician (Optional Co-op)

School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences

September 2018

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
September 04, 2018
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
FT
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,145.38 per semester*
International:
$7,793.45 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

January 2019

Availability: Accepting Applications
Credential: Ontario College Diploma ( 4 semesters )
Classes begin:
January 07, 2019
Offered at:
Frost Campus
Program code:
FT
Tuition & Ancillary Fees:
Domestic:
$2,079.38 per semester*
International:
$7,734.69 per semester*
* Tuition and fees subject to change.

The Forestry Technician career path will appeal to you if you are passionate about the outdoors, and concerned for the responsible management of forest resources.

Program Highlights

As a Forestry Technician, you can be a part of a close-knit community of men and women across the country who are making a difference in our environment. Fleming College's Forestry program is the largest in Canada. In this two-year program, you'll acquire the skills to work effectively in natural resources management - learning traditional forestry skills such as compassing and tree identification, plus how to work with ArcMap, GPS and other high tech software.

  • In an ideal combination of theory and technical hands-on experiences, your studies in the classroom will be complemented by numerous field excursions.
  • You'll participate in the Forestry program's unique field camp experience in Mattawa, at Samuel de Champlain Park.
  • In addition, you can increase your credentials (and career readiness and versatility) by taking certification courses such as forest fire fighting, first aid and CPR, tree marking and cutter certification (at a modest extra cost).

You will learn the fundamental skills you need in semesters one and two. In semester three, three of the courses are offered via YouTube and tutorial sessions, enabling you to learn at your own pace, on your own time. As your skills grow, you will start taking charge of your own learning. Your forestry courses will become more intensive and specialized.

You will also work in teams on developing a Woodlot Conference for over 200 high school students. It's a chance to practice coaching, public speaking, planning and teamwork while teaching these students basic forestry skills.

A course on career planning and mapping will help you put it all together, ready for your job search.

* Students starting in January are required to attend classes over the summer semester.

Optional Co-op

Students entering the program in September may apply to participate in an optional paid co-op. The deadline to apply is Week 9. As space is limited, selection of applicants is competitive and based on the following criteria: grades factor as 80% and the other 20% is a personal statement explaining why you are a good candidate and will be successful in a co-op position. Students must have achieved a 70% (2.5 GPA) average, maintain a 70% average, and pass all classes in order to apply and enrol in the Co-op Option. Students must also submit their resume and copies of certificates, if applicable. Students who are accepted will participate in a Co-op Preparation course, and will do their co-op between semesters 2 and 3. The Co-op Option provides the opportunity to:

  • Integrate classroom learning with work-based learning
  • Explore the variety of careers available in the field
  • Network for future job opportunities
  • Earn while you learn

The Co-op Option is not available for students who begin the program in January, as they attend classes over the summer.

Please note: In addition to paying tuition and fees for 4 semesters of study, students participating in the co-op pay a co-op fee (approximately $558.00) for administrative costs associated with the co-op placement.

International Exchange

Want to gain an international perspective on forestry? Through an international exchange program, you can visit Europe for as little as three weeks or as long as one semester, attending courses at our partner institution - the University of Padua in Legnaro, Italy.

Success Stories

"With a smaller college size and such a positive learning atmosphere it made me excited about going to class each and every day. All the teachers and field trips truly provided me with the knowledge and tools to achieve great careers in the forestry industry. Since graduating, I've worked with the OMNRF as an Assistant Forest Technician where I collected research data on invasive insects and diseases that are drastically altering the landscapes of our forests. We also tested out many preventative measures for possible solutions to ensure the next generation of trees are healthy and managed. Currently, I am working in the recently burned areas of northern British Columbia. I have been mapping boundaries for different types of cut blocks, probing for invasive species, assessing the health of trees, and performing silviculture surveys in stands affected by fungal diseases."

Sara Franchuk, Program Graduate
Junior Forestry Technician with a Forestry resource management company in British Columbia

Why Choose Fleming

Four decades of producing excellent grads has the close-knit forestry industry seeking out more for new hiring opportunities every year. Our grads are now in a position to hire new grads, and are doing so as a result of their own positive experiences in the program. Fleming's Forestry program has an excellent reputation for producing top-notch, competent technicians for a wide variety of agencies, companies, and organizations. The Forestry grad is highly sought after by government ministries, agencies, and forestry companies - including, for example, the B.C. Forestry Service and the Nova Scotia government's ministries of natural resources and the environment. Employers recognize that the students' training is holistic, and prepares them for a wide variety of tasks and duties.

Common First Semester

Students in our School’s diploma programs take the same courses for first semester after choosing and being accepted into one of our programs. This common focus exposes you to a variety of career options and other programs. You will have the freedom to explore and obtain a multidisciplinary perspective, while you acquire a base of knowledge and fundamental skills.

Although students are accepted into a specific program for their first semester, the common first semester allows you to change direction if you find another program or career area is more appealing. Once you have successfully completed the common first semester, you can enter the program of your choice in second semester, subject to enrolment capacity.

Thomas Luloff is the Coordinator for Common First Semester.

Work Experience

There are many practical, hands-on opportunities throughout the program. You'll have the opportunity to participate in our field camp, practicing your forestry skills while developing teamwork skills.

Is this You?

Forestry Technicians are responsible for resource management planning and protection. Experience working in parks, nature centres, or similar venues, either as a volunteer or employee, would be an asset. Your success in forestry will be greatly helped if you have:

  • a passion for forests, environment, outdoors
  • problem-solving ability
  • strong organizational skills
  • good background in maths, sciences
  • willingness to move for a career opportunity

Career Opportunities

For information on the variety of careers in forestry and the growing need for skilled forestry employees, visit: http://thegreenestworkforce.ca

There are career opportunities anywhere there is a forest, in rural, wilderness, and urban settings. Major employers in the field seek to hire Fleming graduates, so there are many career opportunities straight out of college. You could find yourself working for hydroelectric companies, conservation authorities, municipalities, forest industry (woodlands, sawmills, pulp mills), government agencies, forest nurseries, federal/provincial forestry-related ministries, and private contractors both within Canada and abroad. Job titles you may hold include forest ecosystem assessor, firefighter, silviculture technician, forest technician, conservation authority technician, forest operation supervisor, and forest planner. With additional training, you could also work as a forester. There are lots of opportunities for women! Employers of Forestry Technicians are after brains, not brawn in the men and women they hire.

Globe and Mail: Wanted: A new generation of lumberjacks

Pathway Program

If you do not meet the admission requirements for Forestry Technician, consider the General Arts and Science – Environmental and Natural Resource Studies Option. This pathway program may provide the requirements you need for admission, while you earn credit for first semester of Forestry Technician.

When you graduate from the Forestry Technician program, you can continue on for a third year in Conservation and Environmental Law Enforcement or consider Geographic Information Systems for even more career opportunities. You might also consider doing a dual diploma, by taking another of our technician diploma programs. You can graduate with an additional technician diploma with just two more semesters of study.

Additional Costs

Plan to spend about $1,100 in the first year and $600 in the second year for books, supplies and camp fees.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Forestry Technician (Optional Co-op) must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD including Gr 12 C English and Gr 12 C Math

OSSD with majority of courses at College (C ) or Open (O) unless otherwise stated.
Grade 12 C courses will be accepted where Gr 11 C course requirements are listed.
Where College level courses are listed, U and M courses will be accepted.
Two Gr 11 courses will be accepted in lieu of a Gr 12 course requirement.

Mature Students

If you are 19 years of age or older before classes start, and you do not possess an OSSD, you can write the Canadian Adult Achievement Test to assess your eligibility for admission. Additional testing or academic upgrading may be necessary to meet specific course requirements for this program.

Transfer Agreements

You may be able to use credits obtained at Fleming College to continue your postsecondary education in pursuit of a degree. The articulation and credit transfer agreements with our partner institutions are summarized below.

Algoma University

Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 42 out of a 90 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA
Transfer Credit
  • 45 out of a 120 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

Lakehead University

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 60% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 5 out of a 15 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information
Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
  • Required to attend and successfully complete a 4-week Lakehead University summer transition program
Transfer Credit
  • 10 out of a 20 credit degree;
    Visit ONTransfer.ca for further details

To apply please see the Ontario Universities' Application Centre (OUAC) website.

For more information

University of New Brunswick

Requirement
  • Minimum 70% cumulative average
Transfer Credit
  • 63 out of a 145 credit degree

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

University of Northern British Columbia

Requirement
  • Visit UNBC's Academic Calendar for details
Transfer Credit
  • 44 out of a 123 credit degree;
    Visit agreement for details

To apply contact the institution's Admissions Office

For more information

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