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Overview

Note: This program has undergone a curriculum and name change. Please see the new Forest and Natural Areas Management Diploma for program information.

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.

Program Entry

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Note: This program has undergone a curriculum and name change. Please see the new Forest and Natural Areas Management Diploma for program information.

Costs & Supplies

Tuition fees

Please see the Fees, Payments and Refunds section of the website for information on full-time tuition fees.

Books and supplies

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)

Expenses
In addition to tuition fees, books, supplies and equipment, students will incur expenses for field trips and various certification courses.

Financial assistance

Financial assistance may be available for this program. For more information, please contact Student Financial Aid and Awards.

Courses

Class hours

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.

Program delivery

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.

Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  COMM 1145 Technical Communication 1 for RENR 4.0
  MATH 1451 Technical Mathematics for Renewable Resources 5.0
  RENR 1105 Natural Resources Measurements 1 4.0
  RENR 1111 Computer Applications 2.0
  RENR 1112 Safety Skills for Field Technologists 3.0
  RENR 1120 Aerial Photograph and Map Interpretation 3.0
  RENR 1125 Plant Identification 4.5
  RENR 1130 Earth Science and Soils 4.5
  SRMT 1200 Sustainable Resource Management in B.C. 3.0
 
Level 2 Credits
  COMM 2245 Technical Communication 2 for Renewable Resources 3.5
  MATH 2453 Statistics for Renewable Resources 5.5
  RENR 2100 Ecosystem Classification 4.5
  RENR 2102 ArcGIS for RENR 4.0
  RENR 2110 Natural Resources Measurements 2 6.0
  RENR 2111 GPS and Digital Field Data Collection 3.5
  RENR 2117 Applied Ecology in BC 4.5
  SRMT 1310 Environmental Climatology Resource Management 2.0
  SRMT 2800 Vegetation Treatment Skills 3.0
  SRMT 3910 Law, Ethics and Professionalism 2.0
 
Level 3 Credits
  SRMT 2300 Dendrology 2.0
  SRMT 2350 Urban Soils 2.0
  SRMT 3231 Technical Projects 1 3.0
  SRMT 3350 Integrated Resource Management and Community Planning 4.0
  SRMT 3400 Remote Sensing 2.0
  SRMT 3500 Forest Engineering and Operations 5.0
  SRMT 3600 Introduction to Forest Protection 5.0
  SRMT 3700 Applied Forest Measurements 5.0
  SRMT 3820 Silviculture 5.0
 
Level 4 Credits
  SRMT 3150 Principles of Urban Forestry and Arboriculture 3.0
  SRMT 3920 Aboriginal Awareness and Organizations 2.0
  SRMT 4100 Tree Management 3.0
  SRMT 4231 Technical Projects 2 4.0
  SRMT 4460 Introduction to Mapping With Softcopy Workstations 2.0
  SRMT 4650 Forest Health 4.0
  SRMT 4670 Wildland and Community Fire Management 3.0
  SRMT 4750 Urban Forest Inventory and Appraisal 3.0
  SRMT 4810 Applied Silviculture 3.0
  SRMT 4850 Urban and Interface Silviculture 5.0
 
Total Credits: 137.5

Transfer credit

Do you have credits from another BC/Yukon post-secondary school? Do you want to know if they transfer to courses here at BCIT? Check out BCIT's Transfer Equivalency Database to find out.

Program Details

Program length

Two years, full-time for a total of 4 terms

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Continue your education

Laddering opportunities exist to the BCIT Bachelor of Technology programs in Environmental Engineering Technology, Ecological Restoration, and Geographic Information Systems.

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.

Graduating & Jobs

Job Opportunities

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:

  • Invasive species management
  • Arboriculture
  • Urban interface management
In addition, graduates will be qualified to work in areas of the traditional forestry sector which include:
  • Forest Measurements and Inventory
  • Forest Protection and Forest Health
  • Forest Engineering
  • Silviculture

Graduate employment outcomes

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 2012-2014 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2011-2013 graduates and for Degree 2009-2011 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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Professional associations

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.

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Norman Caldicott, B.Sc., B.S.F., R.P.F.
Tel: 604-412-7521
E-mail: Norman_Caldicott@bcit.ca

Richard Chester, B.A., M.R.M., Post Dipl. NRM
Tel: 604-451-6966
E-mail: Richard_Chester@bcit.ca

Steve Finn, Dipl.T., B.S.F., M.F., R.P.F.
Tel: 604-432-8857
E-mail: Steve_Finn@bcit.ca

Kelly Hatfull, Dipl.T., R.P.F.
Tel: 604-451-6803
E-mail: Kelly_Hatfull@bcit.ca

Wayne Horvath, Dipl.T., R.F.T., M.Ed.
Program Head
Tel: 604-432-8506
E-mail: Wayne_Horvath@bcit.ca

Jonathan Smyth, Dipl.T., R.F.T.
Tel: 604-432-8891
E-mail: Jonathan_Smyth@bcit.ca

Jace Standish, B.S.F., M.Sc., Cert. Arb., P.Ag., R.P.F.
Tel: 604-432-8862
E-mail: Jace_Standish@bcit.ca

Contact Us

Wayne Horvath, Dipl.T., R.F.T., M.Ed.
Program Head
Tel: 604-432-8506
E-mail: Wayne_Horvath@bcit.ca

Giti Abouhamzeh
Program Assistant
Tel: 778-331-1392
E-mail: Giti_Abouhamzeh@bcit.ca

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