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Water and Wastewater Programs at Ontario Colleges

What to expect from a career as a Water Quality Technician and more

Water quality, water distribution and wastewater matters are among the most pressing public health concerns in recent years, and have been subject to even more rigid legislation than ever before. Water and wastewater programs at Ontario colleges prepare students to meet the rigorous demands placed on water quality professionals, by giving them the skills, knowledge and training they need to ensure the safety and proper management of our water supply.

If you’d like to help protect and manage one of our most important resources with a career as a water quality technician or in water system operations, here’s what you need to know. More

Water and Wastewater Courses

Water and wastewater programs provide students with a detailed understanding of water treatment and management processes as well as the chemistry and ecological components of water and wastewater. Courses will cover the operations of various types of water treatment facilities and the equipment used within them to treat and manage water.

Another big component of water program curriculums is health and safety. Students will learn techniques in preventing water-borne illnesses, look at managing dangerous contaminants such as those found in industrial waste and runoff, and examine the environmental repercussions and laws surrounding water and waste water management.

To complement their theoretical knowledge, students will also have plenty of hands-on training in labs and in the field. Skills learned will include water sample collection, lab testing and analysis, water treatment methods and more.

General Water and Wastewater Program Requirements

Ontario college water and wastewater programs typically require an Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, which includes a grade 12 English credit. Senior level math and science credits are also often required, but specific requirements will vary by program.

Water and Wastewater Jobs and Salaries

Career options for water and wastewater program graduates span a number of industries, including government and public inspection agencies, mining and industrial sectors, water treatment facilities and more. Possible roles include (but aren’t limited to):

  • Water Quality Technician
  • Water and Wastewater Treatment Operators
  • Water Compliance Officers
  • Water Analysts

Salaries in the industry will vary depending on the exact position, but the average starting salary of graduates is $34,000, increasing with experience.

Ontario Colleges Offering Water and Wastewater Programs

Use the left-column navigation to refine your search by College, Program Availability, Program Start Date and more, or see the table below for a complete list of water and wastewater programs at Ontario colleges. Less

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Program Title College Campus Availability Program Delivery Start Date Website
Show details Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management FLEMING LINDSAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Advanced Water Systems Operations and Management


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: AWS
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Advanced Water Systems Operations And Management FLEMING LINDSAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Advanced Water Systems Operations And Management


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: AWS
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Advanced Water Systems Operations And Management FLEMING LINDSAY OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Advanced Water Systems Operations And Management


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: AWS
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Management RIDGETOWN MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Management


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: R202
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician ALGONQUIN PEMBROKE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 45 WEEKS
  • Program Code: 1212X04F
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

This Program Is Also Offered In A Co-Op Delivery Mode, With Departmental Approval

Show details Environmental Technician LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENVR
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENVR
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENVR
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician MOHAWK FENNELL (HAMILTON) OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 453
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: OPTIONAL CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Field and Laboratory (Co-op) NIAGARA NIAGARA-ON-THE-LAKE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician - Field and Laboratory (Co-op)


  • Program Length: 2 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: 0736
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Water and Waste Water Systems Operations Co-Op NORTHERN KIRKLAND LAKE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician - Water and Waste Water Systems Operations Co-Op


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: T089W
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Water And Wastewater Systems Operations LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician - Water And Wastewater Systems Operations


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: EWSO
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Water And Wastewater Systems Operations LAMBTON MAIN OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician - Water And Wastewater Systems Operations


  • Program Length: 3 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: EWSO
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Water and Wastewater Systems Operations Co-Op NORTHERN KIRKLAND LAKE OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technician - Water and Wastewater Systems Operations Co-Op


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: T089
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technician - Water and Wastewater Systems Operations Co-Op NORTHERN KIRKLAND LAKE OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technician - Water and Wastewater Systems Operations Co-Op


  • Program Length: 6 SEMESTERS (CONSECUTIVE)
  • Program Code: T089W
  • Credential: DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technologist LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technologist


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENV3
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technologist LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technologist


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENV3
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technologist LOYALIST MAIN OPEN Full Time 2018 - Jan Visit

Environmental Technologist


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENV3
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Environmental Technology FANSHAWE LONDON OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Environmental Technology


  • Program Length: 3 ACADEMIC YEARS (PERIODS OF 8 MONTHS)
  • Program Code: ENT1
  • Credential: ADVANCED DIPLOMA
  • Program Level: POST-SECONDARY
  • Program Type: CO-OP
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
Notes:

Show details Sustainable Waste Management FLEMING LINDSAY OPEN Full Time 2017 - Sep Visit

Sustainable Waste Management


  • Program Length: 2 SEMESTERS
  • Program Code: SWM
  • Credential: GRADUATE CERTIFICATE
  • Program Level: POST-DIPLOMA
  • Program Type: REGULAR
  • Language of Instruction: English
  • Entry Level: ENTRY LEVEL 1
  • Highly Competitive: No
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