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The Program - what's it all about?

The Natural Resources and Forest Technology Diploma is a two-year intensive program taught in the heart of BC's resource sector at our Prince George campus. The program is an excellent option for people who want to do meaningful work outdoors, enjoy technology and hands-on activities and want to make a positive impact on the environment. Our program offers a breadth of educational experience and satisfying jobs in a range of natural resource applications.

What is natural resources and environmental technology? Natural resources are materials or values derived from the natural environment that humans find essential for survival or to satisfy our needs. In the context of the NRFT program, this includes wood fibre from trees, animal values/products, minerals from the earth, energy sources such as oil and gas and more. Forest technology is the application of environmental science and engineering principals to monitor, measure, manage, and conserve natural resources.

Subject areas include wildlife and fish habitat, indigenous plants and trees, First Nations issues, outdoor recreation/tourism, and Earth sciences. Supporting these courses are a core of traditional forest-based subject areas including forest mensuration (determining dimensions and measurements in nature), forest protection/health (fires, insects and disease), forest operations (road building and harvesting) and silviculture (forest stand tending), all built on a basis of ecology, aerial photography, plant biology, soils, math, English, and GIS and digital mapping.

Small class sizes increase overall learning quality and engagement with instructors and amongst students. Expect action packed days filled with classes and associated labs and field trips. Homework and projects are usually completed in the evenings and on weekends. By the end of your two years at CNC your fellow classmates will feel more like family than colleagues!

Important transferable skills are incorporated into projects and classroom activities. These include communications skills such as writing, crafting presentations and public speaking, conducting research and producing scientific reports, as well as teamwork and leadership. According to hiring managers in the field, these skills are often ranked as the most important attributes in successful career candidates.

Students can join the program from a range of pathways, bringing a welcome diversity to the classroom. Applicants and current student have access to significant bursary and scholarship support. The NRFT program alone has a dedicated $15,000 of financial opportunities for our students, while there are many more scholarships/bursaries offered through the college and from supporting organizations. For more information visit the Financial Aid section of our website or speak to one of our instructors.

NRFT graduates are in demand. Job offers are plentiful and come from the forest sector as well as energy, mining and other land-based sectors. After completing the program you may decide to enter directly into the workplace, or carry on your education by transferring to a variety of post secondary options including advanced diplomas and degrees. Combining the practical skills developed in the NRFT program with a bachelor's degree is powerful and rewarding. Our goal is to teach you everything you need to know to about natural resources and environmental technology to ensure that you succeed in your future career aspirations.

Professional Designations

NRFT graduates can qualify to become Registered Forest Technologists and Registered Biology Technologists. Our two-year program is recognized by:

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The Association of BC Forest Professionals

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The College of Applied Biology

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The NRFT program is accredited by The Canadian Technology Accreditation Board of Canada