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Environmental Management (Certificate)

Durham College Certificate

Durham College Certificate

Program Description

The Environmental Management program focuses on sustainable implementation and management of air, water, land and waste at both the global and local levels. The learner will consider various systems, strategies and techniques to be applied within diverse situations where the goal is ultimately to ensure sustainable and market-driven solutions to environmental issues. This program will augment the skills and knowledge of a working professional who has experience and education in a complementary field such as public relations, civic planning, engineering or project management. This program consists of four core courses, and three electives (from a choice of four).

Certificate Requirements

  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) including Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U)
    Grade 12 equivalency certificate achieved through College academic upgrading
    Mature Student Status (19 years of age or older) with Grade 12 English (C or U) and Grade 12 Math (C, M or U)

  • You must maintain an overall average of 60% or a GPA of 2.0 in order to graduate
  • A minimum of 25% of courses must be completed through Durham College.

Program Of Study

Students are required to print or save a copy of the Program of Study when beginning the program. This document contains critical details about program progression and graduation requirements specific to the academic year in which your program was started.

Click to access the Program of Study for the current academic year.

Students who began this program prior to the current academic year may contact the Professional and Part-Time Learning office at or 905-721-3052 to obtain your Program of Study and graduation requirements.

Program Outcomes

Upon completion of this program, students will be equipped to:

  • Assist in the implementation of environmental practices that comply with environmental legislation
  • Examine the management and regulation of environmental issues facing business and industries operating in Ontario
  • Interpret environmental legislation, policies and processes to identify policy and regulatory gaps
  • Apply environmental management theories and policies to meet regulations
  • Examine industrial processes, pollution control systems, practice techniques and procedures to ensure methods are addressing regulatory requirements
  • Identify strategies from an impact assessment to reduce an organization's environmental risks and financial costs
  • Recommend the development and implementation of an environmental management system
  • Examine the auditing process to ensure an organization is meeting its environmental obligations

Career Options

There are diverse roles available for graduates from this program.
Sectors that require environmental managers include:

  • Policy and legislation
  • Renewable energy
  • Environmental health and safety
  • Waste management
  • Communication and public awareness

Employers include:

  • Government divisions
  • Non-profit organizations
  • Engineering firms
  • Property and facilities companies
  • Manufacturing companies
  • Mining and forestry industries

Positions* include:

  • Compliance Officer
  • Environmental Field Coordinator
  • Waste and Resource Manager
  • Water Quality Manager
  • Environmental Enforcement Officer
  • Eco-Tourism Planner
  • Recycling Manager
  • Environmental Project Manager

* Some positions may require 3-10 years’ experience, with a diploma, undergraduate degree or professional designation in a specialized area.

Program Related Questions? Call 905.721.3052

If you are interested in applying for financial aid, please visit the Professional and Part-Time Learning OSAP Eligibility webpage.

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