The Sustainable Resource Management (SRM) program is a fully-integrated two-year diploma program with a focus on forestry, arboriculture and natural resource management supporting the growth of sustainable communities.
Graduates can choose to work in the rural or urban environment in a variety of positions. The SRM program contains the curriculum for graduates to be eligible to receive Registered Forest Technologist (RFT) status in British Columbia along with the potential pathways for other levels of certification and education.
Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.
Text books, field survey equipment and safety equipment are required to participate in many of the courses within the program. This equipment has an estimated cost of $600 in the first year and $400 in the second year.
(general estimated cost, subject to change)
In addition to tuition fees, books, supplies and equipment, students will incur expenses for field trips and various certification courses.
Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.
Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm (hours are subject to change)
The SRM program is a two-year, 4 term program with classes running from September to the end of May.
The program is delivered in a combination of lecture, lab and outside field activities. Expect to spend much of the two years outdoors obtaining the hands on, field skills. Activities may take place on the BCIT Burnaby campus, at local parks, nearby field sites such as the BCIT Woodlot, Chilliwack Valley or the North Shore Mountains. Multi-day field trips will be incorporated to areas such as the BC Interior when possible.
Technical Communication 1 for RENR
Fish and Wildlife professionals spend time each day communicating orally and in writing with their supervisors, colleagues, industry partners, and the public. As fisheries and wildlife management leaders in industry, you need to communicate quickly, clearly, and effectively. This course will teach you how to be a professional and efficient communicator at work. You will gather data in order to write effective business correspondence, scientific reports, and deliver a formal oral presentation to your set. You will also build on your own reflective practice, based on presentation experiences. The first term establishes the principles and basic patterns on which you will build more advanced applications in the second, third and fourth terms. The course consists of two 1-hour lectures and one 2-hour lab each week. The lectures provide the basic theory through interactive demonstrations; the labs provide opportunities to apply the theory.
Technical Mathematics for Renewable Resources
Covers measurement accuracy and precision, word problems, ratio, proportion and variation; mensuration including applications of geometry, trapezoidal and Simpson's rules; functions and graphs, quadratic, logarithmic and exponential functions, graphs on logarithmic scales.
Natural Resources Measurements 1
Presents concepts of field measurement and basic surveying. Includes field note-taking, traverse calculations and plotting, sketching and mapping of topographic detail, horizontal and vertical measurement error corrections, differential leveling of roads and streams, latitude and departure calculations, measuring tree heights and calculating volume, browse surveys for wildlife and an introduction to defects in trees. Emphasis is on field labs with supporting lectures.
Students will be introduced to word processing skills related to report writing, creating spreadsheets that include functions and formulas, and creating database files that include tables, forms, queries and reports. Introductory online digital mapping skills will also be introduced. An integrated field project will include a map and presentation component, and a brief report describing the procedures used to create the map. The intent of the course is to introduce students to various computer applications in resource management, and provide students with basic computer skills required in the program to complete project work.
Safety Skills for Field Technologists
This course provides a foundation for a safety work ethic both for the completion of studies at BCIT and when on the job as a field technologist. With a focus on safety oriented training for technologist working in remote outdoor settings, students will obtain 6 core safety certifications: 1) WCB Occupational First Aid, Level 1, 2) WCB Transportation Endorsement, 3) Chain Saw Safety, 4) S-100 Basic Fire Suppression and Safety, 5) Bear and Cougar Awareness and Safety, 6) WHMIS (Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System).
Aerial Photograph and Map Interpretation
Aerial Photograph and Map Interpretation introduces students to the interpretation of aerial photographs and various map series commonly used in BC resource management. The interpretation of contour maps and imagery related to topographic position and site characteristics will be emphasized. Students will also practice the integrated use of imagery, maps, and navigational grade GPS for field navigation.
This course presents the structure, taxonomy and uses of plants with emphasis on those having important biological, ecological indicator value and economic significance in British Columbia. Students will learn to recognize native BC plants in forest, rangeland and alpine habitats. Students will also be required to learn to identify selected invasive plant species that are of management concern in the province. Plant (emphasis on trees) reproduction, distribution and ecological significance will be covered. A plant collection of at least 60 species will be required.
Earth Science and Soils
Earth Science and Soils is an introduction to landform interpretation and soil science. Topics include the geologic cycle; rocks; landforms; soil and surficial materials classifications; soil formation; physical, chemical and biological properties of soils; forest humus; erosion; interpreting soil and terrain maps; soil mapping; soil sampling; land use impacts on soils and watersheds.
Sustainable Resource Management in B.C.
The course focuses on the development of current sustainable development concepts and principles, and how these principles impact and relate to the day to day SRM technologists tasks in for those working in BC. Discussion includes an overview of the historical development of SRM concepts, environmental ethics, global sustainable development issues, and some of the challenges related to the implementation SRM principles Topics include governance issues related to local government, provincial and federal jurisdiction, aboriginal rights, and the roles major provincial and federal ministries and departments play in resource management. Discussion will also include the industrial structure and socio-economic characteristics within BC’s major development regions. An overview of the provincial biogeophysical resources will also be reviewed.
Technical Communication 2 for Fish, Wildlife,and Recreation
Renewable resource professionals spend time each day communicating orally and in writing with their supervisors, colleagues and clients, so they need to communicate quickly, clearly, and effectively. This course will build on the skills you learned in first term to be an efficient and professional communicator at work. You will learn how to conduct an effective job search, write a résumé and cover letter, and present yourself professionally during a job interview. You will also write effective reports and deliver an oral presentation as part of a team. You will also prepare a scientific report building on your skills from last term. The course consists of a one-hour lecture and a two-hour lab each week. The lectures provide the basic theory and demonstrations; the labs provide opportunities to apply the theory. You will be expected to demonstrate your understanding of both theory and applications in the labs, and in take-home and in-class assignments. Prerequisites: COMM 1145
Statistics for Renewable Resources
An introductory level course in statistics. Includes descriptive statistics; measures of central tendency, variation and skewness; probability laws and distributions; inferences from one and two samples; correlation and regression; estimation of sample size; hypothesis tests from large and small samples; estimation of parameters from various sampling designs. These methods are applied to examples chosen from the Renewable Resources field. Prerequisites: MATH 1451
The course focuses on British Columbia's Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification (BEC) and its applications. BEC is important to know because of its wide use in British Columbia and also because it serves as an integrator of scientific knowledge on plants, soils and other ecosystem components. General influences on ecosystem development, such as climate, organisms, topographic relief, parent materials and time, as well as more specific factors, such as fire, wind, and human disturbance, are emphasized. The importance of plant succession with respect to vegetation management (in silviculture, wildlife habitat management, and other disciplines) is discussed. Students learn to identify and interpret forest ecosystems using the Vancouver Forest Region guide as an example. Other regions are also studied. Prerequisites: RENR 1125 and RENR 1130
ArcGIS for RENR
Introduces the latest versions of the ArcGIS software family and ArcGIS data models. Students use ArcMap, ArcCatalog and ArcToolbox to create and edit GIS data, and perform mapping. Successful completion of this course will give you a background in GIS concepts, help you to operate the basic components of ArcGIS software. Prerequisites: RENR 1111
Natural Resources Measurements 2
This course demonstrates the fundamentals of field measurements and sampling procedures commonly used in resource management applications, with a focus on forest measurements as well as fish and wildlife inventories. The course introduces sampling techniques for vegetation, amphibians, small mammals, fish and bird populations. The course follows the measurement protocols of the Provincial “RISC” (Resource Information Standards Committee) system. Lecture material will be supported extensively with field applications and hands-on training. Prerequisites: RENR 1105 and RENR 1120 and RENR 1125 and MATH 1451
GPS and Digital Field Data Collection
Students will collect field data using a combination of electronic field survey and GIS grade GPS equipment, and record and map the data in the field using data loggers and related software. Data will be collected in various vegetation and terrain conditions so students have experience in determining which combination of field equipment is most suitable for different project objectives. The course will also include instruction on the necessary planning steps and preparation of equipment before going put in the field, and the procedures for collecting supplemental field data. Prerequisites: RENR 1120 and RENR 1111 and RENR 1105
Applied Ecology in BC
Introduces forests, grasslands, streams, lakes and estuaries as ecosystems. Describes ecosystem components, their work and interdependence in both terrestrial and aquatic ecosystems, the changing pattern of ecosystem structure in succession and its influence on ecosystem function. The course identifies common birds, mammals (both herbivores and carnivores) and salmonids, describes the characteristic features of their habitats, and where available, details their critical requirements. Prerequisites: RENR 2100
Environmental Climatology Resource Management
Learners will be introduced to the climate system characteristics as well as the processes that create climate from micro to macro time and space scales. The Earth’s radiation and energy budget, in addition to the effects of landscapes, local and regional wind systems, topography, large-scale atmospheric factors and urban design on local climates will be studied. Observations and microclimatic monitoring will also be presented. The climate change issues will be covered emphasising implications on the stability and sustainability of ecosystems. Learners will be encouraged through class discussions to reflect on factors affecting local climate, and how this knowledge can be applied to silviculture, wildlife habitat, recreation, agriculture, energy policies and urban design.
Vegetation Treatment Skills
Vegetation Treatment Skills provides basic training in the maintenance and safe and productive use of chainsaws, brushsaws, backpack sprayers and injection devices in vegetation management. It also introduces assessing work quality, maintaining environmental quality, minimizing fire risk and worker rights and responsibilities under Employment Standards. Prerequisites: RENR 2100 and RENR 1112
Law, Ethics and Professionalism
Topics will include governance issues related to aboriginal rights, and the delegation of power among local, provincial and federal governments. Important legal principles and terms will be discussed to aid students in the interpretation of recent decisions. Students will be able to describe the role courts and administrative boards play in the interpretation of government policy and legislation. The various branches of law (environmental, criminal, aboriginal, administrative, business) will be discussed in terms of their application to sustainable resource management. The link between the various professional associations, and role ethics and professionalism play in interpreting job responsibilities, will also form a significant component of the course. Students will obtain the skills necessary for researching and reviewing recent court and administrative board decisions that have the potential to impact their day to day work activities. Prerequisites: SRMT 1200
Tree morphology, identification features and taxonomy are reviewed. Recent changes in taxonomy affecting trees are discussed and compared to traditional taxonomy. The names and main features of approximately 100 species of native and introduced tree species are discussed. (The species are those on the International Society of Arboriculture's certified arborist exam list.) Labs are devoted to hands-on identification of trees. Field trips are an important part of most lab sessions. Prerequisites: RENR 1125
The course focuses on the variety and range of soils found in urban and interface landscapes and their suitability for sustaining tree growth. Topics include: comparison of urban and natural soils; soil description and sampling; soil plant relationships; tree planting; soil specifications; design and construction of urban soils (including container and green roof growing media); fertilizers; soil erosion; and urban soil sustainability. Prerequisites: RENR 1130
Technical Projects 1
This course provides the student with the opportunity to become involved with an applied research project of particular interest in the field of Renewable Resources. Experience will be gained in planning a project, working productively with other individuals in a team environment, recording relevant information in a number of different formats (including journals), meeting the stated objectives of the project, and reporting on a renewable resource-related group project. Prerequisite: Completion of First Year.
Integrated Resource Management and Community Planning
This course explores the evolving linkages between sustainable resource management and community planning activities as we move towards the development of sustainable communities and regional economies. Emphasis will be placed on both the different roles various resource agencies play in the coordination of resource management activities both in, and around local communities, and in the organization and structure of local government. An operation level planning project will be completed in the class that will demonstrate the necessary planning steps, data acquisition, and public consultation, and on the ground management tasks required to manage a local government park, Woodlot, or Community Forest. Prerequisite: Completion of first year SRM.
Examines current satellite image acquisition systems, image display and enhancement, image geocoding and image classification and remote sensing applications in GIS. Digital image processing and analysis techniques are studied in theory and in practice using digital image processing software. Students will use both supervised and unsupervised classification to create thematic maps related to sustainable resource management topics. Prerequisites: RENR 2111
Forest Engineering and Operations
In this course, students learn basic principles related to forest road location and design, harvest system selection, and harvest planning and operations. Students study a variety of harvesting scenarios to learn assess and site and match harvest method and equipment for the safe, economic, and environmentally responsible harvesting of forest stands. Engineering field survey and data collection methods are reviewed and applied to operational harvest planning tasks. Examples of how field survey data can be transferred to computer programs such as ArcGIS and the RoadEng Survey Map, Terrain, and Location modules to produce survey plots and site plan maps is also included. Prerequisites: MATH 2456 and SRMT 1340 and SRMT 1350 and SRMT 2360 and SRMT 2500
Introduction to Forest Protection
This course is divided into two components of Forest Protection: Fire Management and Forest Health. The Fire Management component focuses on forest fire prevention, preparedness, detection, assessment and extinguishing of forest fires. Main topics include: Use of Fire Weather Index, Use of Weather Information, Safe Operation of Common Fire Control Equipment, Fire Line Organization and Supervision, Forest and Range Practices Act, Wildland Fire Act and Associated Regulations, Fire Behaviour, Fire Safety, Basic Fire Ecology, Wildland/Urban Interface and other related topics. The Forest Health component introduces common insects and diseases of importance to the forests in British Columbia. It includes recognition of the organisms themselves, as well as the symptoms they produce in forested stands. The significance of life cycles in terms of sampling practices is also addressed. This component also emphasizes the recognition of signs and symptoms of the most important bark beetles, weevils, defoliators, decay causing fungi, rust fungi, and other organisms that influence forest health. A portion of the course includes recognizing abiotic agents that cause tree damage and distinguishing that damage from biotic damage. Prerequisite: Completion of first year SRM.
Applied Forest Measurements
This course introduces forest sampling techniques related to forest inventory and appraisals. Emphasis is placed on an introduction to the current: provincial inventory and appraisal cruising systems, logging waste surveying and log scaling. The principles of double sampling, count/measure and enhanced plot sampling, 3-P sampling and value added sampling techniques are also introduced. The course reinforces the sampling and measurement principles and skills required of the technologist to practice in the professionally regulated revenue risk B.C appraisal system. Prerequisites: RENR 2110
Silviculture is defined as the theory and practice of controlling the establishment, composition, growth, and quality of forest stands to achieve the objectives of management. Common management objectives for stands (and forests) include timber production, pleasing appearance, conservation of biological diversity, wildlife habitat, recreational opportunities and production of high-quality potable water. Silviculture introduces pertinent silviculture theory, practices and procedures with a focus on British Columbia. The principal topics covered in Silviculture are: site assessment based upon BC's Biogeoclimatic Ecosystem Classification System; dynamics of zonal vegetation communities of B.C.; stand structure and biodiversity; silvics (important biological characteristics) of commercially important tree species; characteristics of commonly applied silvicultural systems - desired stand structure, harvesting, crop regeneration and tending; evaluation and management of soils to avoid reduction in productivity or undesirable off-site effects; Regulatory requirements for Basic Silviculture in British Columbia. This course will be delivered in the classroom and in the field. Proficiency in site evaluation and selection of crop species, silvicultural systems and stocking standards will be emphasized. The student will also be introduced to the principal techniques for establishing desired species of vegetation on forest land in B.C. Students will be able to describe critical elements for successful establishment such as site receptivity, treatment timing, care of living material, planting site selection, planting technique and site monitoring. Prerequisites: RENR 2100 and RENR 2110
Principles of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture
The main topics of introductory arboriculture are covered including tree biology, tree health, soils, fertility and water management, tree selection and establishment, pruning, safety, tree risk assessment, tree conservation issues, and sustainable management of greenbelt and interface forests. Prerequisites: RENR 2100
Aboriginal Awareness and Organizations
This course develops an understanding of the different cultural based perspectives in resource management. Focusing on First Nation peoples, who are involved in all levels of natural resources administration and stewardship, the course will provide a foundation to help the student build a broader understanding, awareness, and appreciation for First Nations cultural values and concerns. The course also introduces students to the current structure of aboriginal organizations and government agencies involved with aboriginal affairs. Important resource management issues as they related to aboriginal organizations will be discussed. Prerequisites: SRMT 1200
The course presents the principles and practices of tree risk assessment for various environments and applications including urban street and park trees, parks, and forests. Topics include risk assessment and management, hazards in trees and how they develop, the structure and mechanics of trees, safety, professional and legal liability, tree assessment procedures, and the assessment and management of risk with respect to trees. Detailed examples of selected tree species are studied. Other topics covered include construction site management for trees, trees in greenbelts, trees and utility lines and tree root damage to pavement and other structures. Prerequisites: SRMT 3150
Technical Projects 2
This course provides the student with the opportunity to become involved with an applied research project of particular interest in the field of Renewable Resources. Experience will be gained in planning a project, working productively with other individuals in a team environment, recording relevant information in a number of different formats (including journals), meeting the stated objectives of the project, and reporting on a renewable resource-related group project. Students follow the critical steps introduced in SRMT 3231 to see a resource- related research project through to completion. Prerequisites: SRMT 3231
Introduction to Mapping With Softcopy Workstations
This course includes a review of the geometry behind photogrammetric measurement, the collection of map data using soft copy workstation the geometry of orthophotographs, and a basic understanding of all steps in the mapping process. Prerequisites: RENR 1120 and RENR 2111
This course covers the recognition of signs and symptoms of biotic and abiotic factors affecting forest health. The impact of forest management practices on insect and disease conditions is emphasized. Instruction in sampling, measuring, and reporting insect and disease damage, especially for root disease and beetle impacted forest stands is emphasized. Ecological and legal factors influencing the use of both biological and chemical pesticides are outlined. Prerequisites: SRMT 3600
Wildland and Community Fire Management
This course introduces the student to the issues related to fire management in the Wildland /Urban Interface. With the spread of home and other development into the forest interface, managers need to have a basic understanding of how to design using some FireSmart principles. There is also a requirement for managers to understand the interaction between local fire department operations and typical wildland fire-fighters. This course will also look at the initiative of Community Wildfire Protection Plans, currently used as the major funding for local government fuel management projects. Prerequisites: SRMT 3600 and SRMT 3350
Urban Forest Inventory and Appraisal
This course introduces inventory techniques commonly used in urban forest environments. General methods and techniques for sampling greenbelt areas, riparian forests, urban forests and street trees will be presented. The course includes an integrated project. Students will conduct tree inventories in various environments such as the BCIT Woodlot, the BCIT Burnaby Campus and Queen Elizabeth Park. Prerequisites: SRMT 3700
Silviculture surveys will be emphasized in Applied Silviculture 1 and include plantability, stocking, brushing, and free-growing. This course, in combination with appropriate work experience, will prepare students to successfully accomplish the Province of B.C. Silvicultural Surveyor Accreditation exam. Prerequisites: SRMT 3810
Urban and Interface Silviculture
Integrated Vegetation Management will address management strategies and treatment methods to achieve desired, stable, natural vegetation communities in B.C. Treatments studied will include site preparation, regeneration, brushing and weeding, cleaning, and thinning. Strategies will be designed to cost-effectively and with minimal undesirable environmental impact achieve desired species composition and dominance. Strategies may also be designed to conserve biodiversity, control invasive species, minimize the risk of catastrophic wildfire, promote windfirmness and maintain pleasing appearance. Case studies will be employed to convey as much of the material as possible. Students will be required to prepare a treatment regime for a specific site and set of objectives. Prerequisites: SRMT 3820 and SRMT 3150
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Two years, full-time for a total of 4 terms
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Post diploma transfer agreements are in development for degree programs at Canadian universities with undergraduate forestry degree programs and resource management degrees at Thompson Rivers University and Royal Roads University.
Career opportunities for resource technologists are excellent and projected to remain strong. The program will prepare you for a wide variety of employment opportunities; whether you are interested in working outdoors, indoors or a combination of both.
Graduates work for the municipal, regional, provincial and federal governments, the environmental consulting sector, and various natural resource industry sectors. You will also have your choice of working full time or on a seasonal basis. Working as a natural resource field technologist, you can work anywhere in BC or beyond, and be paid to explore nature by hiking, driving 4x4s and ATVs, boating, or flying in planes and helicopters. Alternatively, you may work as a natural area technologist in a city if a more urban setting is your preference. This new emerging field of "Urban Forestry" includes:
The BCIT student outcomes reports present summary findings from the annual survey of former students administered by BC Stats one to two years after graduation. These reports combine the last three years of available results for the 2013-2015 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2012-2014 graduates and for Degree 2010-2012 graduates. The reports are organized into three-page summaries containing information on graduates' labour market experiences and opinions regarding their education. More detailed information can be accessed at the BC Student Outcomes website.
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Graduates of the Sustainable Resource Management program will be eligible to enrol with the Association of British Columbia Forestry Professionals (ABCFP) to become Registered Forest Technologists (RFT) (pending formal accreditation).
Application for accreditation with the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board (CTAB) is pending.
Application for educational credit towards becoming a Certified Arborist with the International Society of Arboriculture (ISA) is under investigation.
Norman Caldicott, B.Sc., B.S.F., R.P.F.
Richard Chester, B.A., M.R.M., Post Dipl. NRM
Steve Finn, Dipl.T., B.S.F., M.F., R.P.F.
Kelly Hatfull, Dipl.T., R.P.F.
Wayne Horvath, Dipl.T., R.F.T., M.Ed.
Jonathan Smyth, Dipl.T., R.F.T.
Jace Standish, B.S.F., M.Sc., Cert. Arb., P.Ag., R.P.F.
Wayne Horvath, Dipl.T., R.F.T., M.Ed.
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