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Forest Resources Technician
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School of Natural Resources
Program Length: Two Years
Start Date: September 2020
The Forest Resources Technician program provides a strong foundation in the skills and knowledge required for a career in the natural resources industry. The program strives for innovative training that reaches beyond the classroom with a strong emphasis is on "real life" experiences. Students will be versed in ecosystem management opportunities and challenges and they will be able to use their acquired skills to evaluate and present sustainable management solutions. The program may also inspire individuals to pursue further studies in forestry or other related areas of concentration.
Upon successful completion of the Forest Resources Technician program, graduates will be able to:
Demonstrate the knowledge, skills and attitudes required to participate in finding solutions to forest management problems and challenges.
Identify forest ecosystem issues, challenges and alternate solutions.
Demonstrate assessment and evaluation techniques involved in forest resource protection, management and utilization.
Identify current preventive measures, treatments and practices used in forest resource protection, management and utilization.
Demonstrate effective procedures and practices in the use of field and office equipment to assess and analyze natural resources data.
Graduates of this nationally accredited program may obtain employment throughout Canada in a variety of forestry related fields: protection and enforcement, forest inventory and site classification, logging and engineering, forest access road construction and maintenance, silviculture as well as parks, wildlife and environmental assessment. This program has an established reputation for supplying graduates to employers all across Canada.
Graduates of the Forest Resources Technician program, who wish to pursue post-secondary studies, can apply for entry with advanced standing at a number of Canadian Universities that the College has established credit transfer agreements with. Please refer to the NL Department of Education's transfer guide (www.cna.nl.ca/transfer), or contact your intended university or college.
ACCREDITATION AND RECOGNITION
To ensure the benefits of a consistently high standard of education, the College of the North Atlantic’s Forest Resources Technician program is nationally accredited by the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB).
In addition to the formal semester courses listed in the program of studies, students in the Forestry Resources Technician program are required to obtain certification in the following areas over the two-year period of study:
ATV Safety Training
Canadian Firearm Safety Course / Hunter Education
Pleasure Craft Operators Card
Standard First Aid & CPR/AED
Wilderness First Aid
Note: Students should be aware that additional fees and expenses apply for certifications and for field camps, tours and On-the-Job Training. Students will be required to hold valid certifications for the above courses prior to graduation.
Eligibility for admission to the program requires the applicant to meet one of the following four academic criteria:
1. High School
High School Graduation Certificate with a 60% overall average in the following (or equivalent):
i. English (2 credits) (minimum 60%) from: 3201 or 3202
ii. Mathematics (4 credits) chosen from:
Advanced: 2200, 3200 (50% minimum in each course)
Academic: 2201 (50% minimum), 3201 (60% minimum)
Students who received a combined average of 70% in high school Academic Mathematics 2201 and 3201, or a pass in both high school Advanced Mathematics 2200 and 3200 can be exempted from Math 1100.
Students must apply for the exemption
iii. Science – (4 credits) two of which must be chosen from:
Earth Systems: 3209
Environmental Science 3205
2. Comprehensive Arts and Science (CAS) Transition
Comprehensive Arts and Science (Transition) Certificate with the following courses:
i. Math :
ii. Two Science courses chosen from two of the following three combinations:
It is strongly recommended that CAS students who intend to enroll in the Fish and Wildlife, Forest Resources Technician, Natural Resources Technician or Northern Natural Resources Technician program complete
3. Adult Basic Education (ABE)
Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with Degree and Technical Profile including the following courses (or equivalent):
i. English 3101A, 3101B, 3101C or 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
ii. Mathematics 1101A, 1101B, 1101C, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
iii. Science from one of the following sections:
a. Biology 1101, 2101A, 2101B, 2101C, 3101A, 3101B, 3101C
b. Chemistry 1102, 2102A, 2102B, 2102C, 3102A, 3102B, 3102C
c. Physics 1104, 2104A, 2104B, 2104C, 3104A, 3104B, 3104C
Applicants with Adult Basic Education (Level III) Graduation with a different Profile (and appropriate grades) may be eligible for admission to the program provided the appropriate selection of courses including those outlined above have been completed.
4. Mature Student Requirements
Applicants who do not meet the education prerequisites for this program, are 19 years at the time of application and out of school for at least one year may be considered on an individual basis under the Mature Student Requirements; for more information regarding the Mature Student Requirements please refer to
Procedure AC-102-PR Admission
Because of the extensive field exposure incorporated in this program, the student is required to acquire the following equipment and clothing: hard hat, compass, axe, snowshoes, logger boots, good quality rainwear, and other clothing appropriate for outdoor work.
: Participation in activities that are physically demanding will be required due to the extensive field components incorporated into this program.
Technical Report Writing I
Introduction to Computers
*Admission into the appropriate Mathematics course will be decided by the grade in High School math.
Students who received a combined average of 70% in high school Academic Mathematics 2201 and 3201, or a pass in both high school Advanced Mathematics 2200 and 3200 can be exempted from MA 1100 Mathematics. Students must apply for the exemption.
Technical Report Writing II
Natural Resource Measurements I
Geographic Information Systems (GIS)
Natural Resources Policy & Law
Semester 3 (Intersession I)
Forest Fire Management
Forestry Field Camp
The Course and Lab hours per week are based on a 15 week semester. In intersession, the Course and Lab hours will be adjusted to reflect the shorter semester length.
Timber Harvesting I
Natural Resource Measurements II
Remote Sensing Applications for Natural Resources
Timber Harvesting II
Integrated Resource Management
Technical Project & Presentation
Semester 6 (Intersession II)
Students graduating from the Forest Resources Technician program can complete the Fish and Wildlife program with one additional year. Interested students must begin their studies in the first Technical Intersession of the Fish and Wildlife Technician program.