CNC puts you in technology – naturally
Our interdisciplinary program is your gateway to exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in the natural resources sector across a range of industries.
- Challenge current environmental issues
- Spend your days outdoors
- Make a difference in how human activities impact natural resources
- Expand technological applications in land use and land stewardship
What you will learn
NRFT students gain valuable theoretical knowledge in the classroom and explore practical technology applications in the field. Combining classroom and laboratory work with field exercises and team projects provides our students with enhanced problem solving and critical thinking skills valued by employers.
Our faculty and staff have real-life experience in the natural resources sector and are actively engaged with industry and in applied research in our research forest. Including our students in research projects strengthens experiential and collaborative learning — positioning graduates for greater success in their careers.
Combining the practical and technical aspects of the program with leadership skills, teamwork, creativity and innovation – NRFT graduates can be found in:
- Forestry and Forest Management
- BC Wildfire Services
- Environmental management for mine operations
- Parks, Recreation and Tourism
- Land Management and Conservation
- Policy and Planning
- Road Building
- Geographic Information Systems (GIS) and Mapping
Land use and resource management has become a global phenomenon. Sustainability of natural systems, international policy development and climate change require collaborative global approaches.
Students interested in international issues can compare and contrast BC to other jurisdictions by participating in our International Field School.
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Natural Resources and Forest Technology Courses
In this nationally accredited program students study a core of forest technology courses enhanced by studies of wildlife and fish habitats, bird identification, indigenous plants, First Nations issues, outdoor recreation/tourism, and Earth sciences. The core of traditional, forestbased courses includes technical skills such as measurements, forest protection/health, forest operations and silviculture. All of these studies build on a fundamental understanding of ecology, plant biology, soils, math, English, digital mapping, and GIS. As well, you will learn writing and presentation skills, including conducting research, completing data analysis, writing and presenting scientific reports. Students may also take the opportunity to travel for a three-week field school (past destinations have included China, Costa Rica and Ecuador) where students compare approaches to land management with that of BC. Students need a minimum "D" grade for all courses in order to continue with the program. Students who successfully complete the program with at least a 2.0 grade point average are qualified to receive a Natural Resources and Environmental Technology Diploma by applying to the Office of the Registrar. An NRET diploma will allow you to be eligible to register with Association of BC Forest Professionals and/or the College of Applied Biologists. The College offers more than $15,000 in forest/resource-based scholarships and bursaries exclusively to students in this program
Locations & Dates
CNC programs have varying lengths and start dates to meet your needs, and are offered across multiple campuses where possible. Don’t see the campus you’re looking for? Check back with us soon as this page is updated throughout the school year.
- Successful completion of Grade 12 or equivalent,
A minimum standing of “C” grade in the following courses: English Studies 12, or English First Peoples 12, or ENGL 050 or ENGL 051; or equivalent AND Pre-calculus 11 or MATH 045; or Foundations of Math 11 or MATH 043; or equivalent.
One of the courses listed below or equivalent: Chemistry 11; Life Sciences 11; Physics 11
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Note 1: An NRFT diploma will allow you to be eligible to register with Association of BC Forest Professionals and/or the College of Applied Biology.
Note 2: Courses must be completed in no more than 10 years prior to the date of graduation in order to count toward the Natural Resources and Forest Technology Diploma. This policy applies to CNC courses and to all courses transferred from other post-secondary institutions for credit at CNC. For the complete policy, see Ten Year Timeline for Program Completion Policy #E-1.37 available on the CNC Policy web page.
Note 3: Students who have completed PreCalculus 12, MATH 050, MATH 100, or a higher-level math course with a minimum “C” grade may take MATH 195 or substitute it with any 3.0 credit UT course.
Note 4: Students who have extensive wildfire training and experience may consider applying for credit for NRFT 123 through a College prior learning assessment process.
1. Students must be prepared for and able to participate in strenuous physical activity in all types of terrain and weather.
2. NRFT 291 “Study Abroad” is an optional course for NRFT students and qualifying UT students.
A program with a limited number of seats per intake and is on a “first qualified, first admitted” basis.
If there’s room in the program, you’ll be accepted once you’ve met all admission requirements. This is called “first qualified, first accepted.” If you qualify after the program is full, you’ll be put on a waitlist.
The two-year NRFT diploma is recognized by programs at universities such as Thompson Rivers University, UNBC, UBC and the University of Alberta, where students can continue their studies in forestry, fish and wildlife, and natural resource sciences. Graduates can even go on to complete a post-diploma in Geographic Information Systems either at Selkirk College, BCIT or other institutions. Specific transfer agreements vary by institution. Contact a CNC advisor for further information.
Invest in your future
The estimated cost for this program is $11,691.
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus. Check the fee schedule for more details.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
Paying for college
We're here to help. You can apply for scholarships and bursaries through CNC. We can also help you find loans and other funding. Visit Financial aid to find out how.
Student Awards & Financial Assistance
To ease the financial burden of attending CNC, more than $15,000 in direct scholarships is available to first and second-year NRFT students. However, students who get summer jobs in related NRFT fields in between their first and second year of study can earn between $10,000 - $15,000 in four months.
Salaries and employment
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.