Forestry Technician

Algonquin College’s Forestry Technician program offers students the opportunity to earn their diploma in less than one year, including 2 weeks of professional certifications and 2 weeks of field placement. A third of the curriculum is delivered in the outdoors, making it the most field-oriented natural resources program in the province.

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Ontario College Diploma
47 Week(s)

Program Code: 0108X04FPM
Academic Year: 2014/2015

Our Program

This two-year Ontario College Diploma program delivered in a compressed format over 47 weeks is the most practical and field-oriented Forestry Technician program in Ontario. Students spend approximately 30 percent of the program duration outdoors in a diversity of landscapes including Algonquin Park, the Petawawa Research Forest, County forests, Crown lands and private woodlots.

This program provides students with the basic knowledge, technical skills and entrepreneurial expertise to participate in the management of natural resources for timber and non-timber values by the forest industry, sustainable forest licence holders, private landowners and ministries. Emphasizing safety and professionalism, students collect a variety of forest resources data, compile and analyze the data and make recommendations for its use. Students gain a working knowledge of the practices and procedures to support various resource operations and obtain experience in the planning, execution, and monitoring of forest, environment, ecosystem and wildlife management activities.

Students obtain a minimum of eight industry/government recognized certificates or licences from a list which includes: SP100 Forest Fire Fighter, OMNR Tree Marking, OMNR Land Management, Professional Chainsaw Operation, Bear Awareness and Night Navigation.


This program is well-suited for students who: