Our interdisciplinary program is your gateway to exciting and fulfilling career opportunities in the natural resources sector across a range of industries.
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.
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.
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.
Need help meeting these requirements? Check out our Academic Upgrading options.
Note 1: Students graduating from Grade 12 who have Pre-calculus 12, or MATH 050 or MATH 100 or a higher calculus course with a standing of “C” or higher, will be exempt from taking MATH 195.
Note 2: Exemption from NRFT 123 may be available for students with documented extensive BC Wildfire Service training and experience.
Note 3: Students must be prepared for and able to participate in strenuous physical activity in all types of terrain and weather.
Note 4: NRFT 291 is open to qualifying UT students.
The NRFT program begins in September every year. Students may apply any time after Sept. 15 of the previous year. Submit the completed application as early as possible (seats are limited) along with the $40 application fee and official secondary or post-secondary school transcripts.
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.
These costs are an estimate. Student fees vary by campus.
Books for this program can be purchased from the bookstore.
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.
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.
Looking for a job? Check the student employment opportunities.