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How do you get here—where can you go?

Pathways into the program - how do you get here?

Students enter the NRFT program from a wide variety of backgrounds and past experiences. Although most come in directly from high school, our program also attracts young people who have pursued other credentials and worked in their field, only to discover that they are unfulfilled and come to NRFT looking for a way to find more meaningful work.

Because of the technological and scientific basis of the program, some students see it as a way to fine tune a general sciences background, others come looking for a lifestyle change—getting out of the office and into the great outdoors!

Provided applicants meet basic prerequisites and entrance requirements, we accept new students from diverse pathways such as:

  • Directly from high school
  • After completion of a trades/certificate program
  • Mature students and workers in transition (in the workplace but looking for something new or advanced credentials in the sector to keep pace with technology and industry needs) such as tree planters, silviculture workers and forest fire fighters
  • Post secondary transfer students
  • Current CNC students requesting an internal transfer
  • Students with international credentials

Pathways after the program - where can you go?

Career Pathways
After completing the two-year NRFT diploma, most students head straight to work. The range of career opportunities is vast—graduates are in demand. Our Careers page has more information on the types of jobs available to graduates.

Post diploma pathways continued education
NRFT graduates who want to build on the practical skills they gained in the program can pursue further education. There are a variety of opportunities to take advanced courses at CNC or transfer to other college or university programs. Graduates may choose to continue their education right away or after they've gained a few years of work experience.

Although it may seem like a lot of extra time and work, it's been demonstrated that students who complete a diploma before entering a degree program are more successful in their studies and highly desired by employers. The practical skills developed in the NRFT program—combined with an undergraduate degree—gives graduates a powerful head start on rewarding careers. You could consider this approach to be like an enhanced co-op program.

Our strongest transfer agreements are with programs in the field of forestry, but other options are also available. We have formal and informal transfer agreements with the University of Northern British Columbia, Thompson Rivers University, the University of British Columbia and the University of Alberta. These agreements provide NRFT graduates with a basis of admission and/or advanced credit into programs including forestry, fish and wildlife, and natural resource science. Graduates can also go on to complete post-diploma programs such as Geographic Information Systems (GIS) at Selkirk College or BCIT. The NRFT diploma can also be used as a basis of admission to BCIT's Ecological Restoration Bachelor of Technology.

The NRET diploma also provides excellent preparation for advanced studies in areas like management, business and expanded aspects of natural resources.

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Educational Pathways and Formal agreements

University of Northern BC
Students who have successfully completed the CNC NRFT program can receive transfer credit toward a Bachelors degree in Natural Resources Management. Transfer agreements are in place for the Forest Ecology and Management Major and the Wildlife and Fisheries Major

Thompson Rivers University
TRU offers up to 60 transfer credits in their Bachelor of Natural Resource Science program to NRFT graduates who achieve at least a 65% overall average in their program, including a minimum of 70% or a 'B' in Computing, Measurements and Statistics courses.

The University of British Columbia
UBC offers NRFT graduates a unique admissions pathway and advanced credit toward a Bachelor of Science in Forestry (majoring in either Forest Resources Management or Forest Operations). NRFT graduates must have attained an overall program average of at least 65% and must also meet the secondary school entrance requirements of the program.

The University of Alberta
U of A offers successful NRFT graduates up to 36 credits toward either their Forestry or Forest Business Management degree. Applicants must also meet program high school requirements.

BCIT and Selkirk College
The NRFT diploma can be used as a basis of admission into the Advanced Diploma in Geographic Information Systems at BCIT and Selkirk College. Or as a basis of admission to BCIT's Bachelor of Technology in Ecological Restoration.