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    Newfoundland and Labrador is a land rich in cultural heritage, minerals, forests, fish and wildlife... an abundance of natural resources upon which the people of this land have drawn for millennia. With increasing global emphasis on environmental education, integrated resource policy and ecosystem-based management, College of the North Atlantic's (CNA) School of Natural Resources has become a leader in applying these principles to the management, protection and utilization of our natural resources. With six well integrated programs across natural resources sectors, the school is home to training opportunities for many of Canada's fastest growing industries.

    With two- and three-year diploma programs of study encompassing forest management, fish and wildlife monitoring, environmental remediation and fisheries enforcement, the school provides a wealth of knowledge, understanding and experiential education to the natural resources industries.

    With a central core of studies related to the protection and enhancement of our natural and cultural resources, programs within the school reflect a deep concern for the environment as well as the opportunities for sustainable development, which come from the effective management of these resources. In-depth training prepares the graduate to take advantage of economic opportunities derived from these resources while protecting the resources into perpetuity.

    Join us in the journey for environmental sustainability!


    The School of Natural Resources holds formal credit transfer agreements in place with many colleges and universities in Canada and abroad, allowing graduates to transfer CNA credits to other diploma and university degree programs with advanced standing. The school has developed transfer agreements with Memorial University of Newfoundland, Cape Breton University, Alberta's Athabasca University, Lakehead University and Laurentian University in Ontario, British Columbia's Royal Roads University and Thompson Rivers University, and the University of New Brunswick. These agreements permit students in qualifying programs to transfer from college diploma to university degree programs, reducing the time and financial resources required to complete a continuing advanced diploma or degree program. For a complete list of transfer agreements between CNA and other Canadian and international colleges and universities, contact the college or see the current online edition of the Newfoundland and Labrador Council on Higher Education Transfer Guide at:


    Accreditation is a non-governmental process for assessment of educational programs against rigorous education and industry standards, proving that the program meets or exceeds the challenges of technological and industry change. This requires continuous curriculum development, review and program improvement.

    Graduates of accredited programs within the School of Natural Resources leave with the skill set required by industry and the ability to incorporate these skills into the current workplace. Accreditation also provides assurance to employers that graduates of the school have the knowledge and competencies required by industry.

    Currently, three programs within the school have achieved national or international accreditation:

    • Fish and Wildlife Technician -- North American Wildlife Technology Association (NAWTA) 
    • Forest Resources Technician -- recognized by the Canadian Institute of Forestry (CIF) and the Society of American Foresters (SAF), and accredited by CTAB. 

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