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Environmental Field Skills Certificate Program (EFS)

Description

The Environmental Field Skills Certificate Program (EFS) is a very practical, field-based Environmental Monitoring skills training certificate program.  The 120-hour (three-week) EFS provides course participants with high-quality, in-demand Environmental Monitoring field skills. EFS ‘graduates’ are qualified and capable to lead or assist with environmental monitoring and assessment of mining, hydro-electric, oil & gas, forestry, road construction, and other natural resource-related programs and projects.

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once – come back anytime.

The EFS is now offered in three versions: 1) an in-person instructor-led program delivered over three consecutive weeks in a community or to an organization 2) a blended program delivered with scheduled ‘live’ fully online instruction and ‘student led’ field practicums that students complete on their own 3) a fully online self-paced program students complete in NRTG’s feature-rich Learning Management System (LMS).  The in-person instruction version is typically delivered in community over three consecutive weeks, while the blended and self-paced versions are typically scheduled over a longer period. 

If attending an in-person delivery, please take every precaution when deciding to attend this training. Please do not attend this training course, if:

  1. You have or had symptoms of COVID-19 in the past 14 days (cough, sneeze, sore throat, fever, difficulty breathing).
  2. Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19.
  3. Share a home with someone who has been exposed to COVID-19

For more information regarding delivery options, or to arrange an EFS delivery for your community, contact NRTG for further details.  

Amazing program and instructors. Thank you very much to both instructors for a wonderful job – well done!

-Joelene Brown, Gitga’at First Nation, Prince Rupert, B.C.

The EFS program was excellent!. Awesome instructors too. We learned so much…I can’t wait to apply these new skills in my position.

-Ed Charters, Gitga’at First Nation, Hartley Bay, B.C.

Really well constructed course – very thorough and practical. Instructors were very knowledgeable. Highly recommended.

-Rod Cahoose, Environmental Technician, Williams Lake, B.C.

“Excellent program. Learning from NRTG instructors was an amazing experience.”

— Sheri Reece, Environmental Technician, Hartley Bay, B.C.

The EFS program was professionally conducted, provided specific training that really met the needs of our organization. The instructors were very knowledgeable and efficient. A true pleasure to participate in this program.

-Nina James, Upper Nicola Band, Merritt, B.C.

Excellent training program and instructors. Really enjoyed and appreciated the extensive practical training and learning to do tasks from professional instructors who were amazing.

-Terry McRae, Environmental Technician, Merritt, B.C.

This course was a wonderful learning experience, and exciting for my new future.

– Jessica Dan, Environmental Technician, Lillooet, B.C.

“Amazing course and instructors. Really learned valuable skills to work in this field. I strongly recommend attending this course.”

— Kevin Alec, Environmental Technician, Lillooet, B.C.

Objective

EFS graduates are qualified environmental monitors. Graduates of this program can perform environmental monitoring and assessments directly or as an Assistant to professional biologists, engineers, hydrologists, and other environmental professionals. 

Upon successful completion, EFS participants will be qualified and able to:

  • Observe, record and report environmental field data
  • Conduct standard environmental assessments and inventories for: air, water, plants and trees, wildlife, fish, and soil
  • Conduct backpack electrofishing surveys as certified technicians (note: EF training applicable for in-person deliveries only) 
  • Operate, calibrate, and maintain a wide variety of environmental field equipment and ‘tools’
  • Identify and classify types of vegetation, wildlife, fish and soils
  • Conduct water quality and field hydrology procedures
  • Identify and interpret environmental field conditions
  • Identify site impact, and develop and implement site rehabilitation procedures
  • Conduct erosion and sediment control measures
  • Isolate an instream construction project and conduct a fish salvage

Course format

The EFS is now offered in three versions: 1) an in-person instructor-led program delivered over three consecutive weeks in a community or to an organization 2) a blended program delivered with scheduled ‘live’ fully online instruction and ‘student led’ field practicums that students complete on their own 3) a fully online self-paced program students complete in NRTG’s feature-rich Learning Management System (LMS).  The in-person instruction version is typically delivered in community over three consecutive weeks, while the blended and self-paced versions are typically scheduled over a longer period. 

Course Customization

This course can also be customized for an organization and/or community based on their needs and preferences.  In its standard format, this course is comprised of 120 hours of applied training.  Clients may request additional training in specific topics (e.g., cultural heritage, forestry, Guardian training, etc.) or additional certifications (e.g., Off-Road driving, Archaeology, UTV training, etc.). 

Contact us with your ideas and needs, and we’ll work with you to design and deliver a specialized training program that meets your needs. 

Potential Students 

Course participants typically include existing environmental technicians, Indigenous stakeholders, resource workers, or individuals wishing to enter the environmental management or natural resource management sectors.    

How do I Attend?

The EFS is available in the three program versions outlined above and posted on our website schedule, or on contract to community groups. EFS programs are scheduled for community-based deliveries throughout the year.  Interested groups or organizations can also arrange for an ‘in-house’ or contract delivery of the EFS.  In either scenario, contact NRTG for further information.

Frequently Asked Questions

We offer this course beginning in February in coastal regions and March in interior regions throughout North America. Please refer to our Schedule page for course timing and locations.

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