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Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.

Become a part of Canada's premier environmental and restoration related programs. Check out BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation Diploma and Ecological Restoration Degree, the first of its kind in Canada.

BCIT invites you to join one of the most unique educational models in Canada. In the time it takes to do a typical university degree, you can get two academic credentials; a Diploma in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation (FWR) and a Bachelor's Degree in Ecological Restoration.

The two-year FWR Diploma provides you with hands-on training in managing fisheries, wildlife, and parks and recreational lands. Then, if you wish to continue, add world-class applied training to complete a Bachelor's Degree focusing on restoring the numerous damaged ecosystems that exist across British Columbia, Canada, and around the world.

These programs, in partnership with the newly established Rivers Institute at BCIT, are widely renowned locally and internationally for their "field-oriented" learning and applied research. The Rivers Institute plays a leadership role in the protection and restoration of rivers and provides support and mentoring to the next generation of river stewards.

Working with our many diverse partners on a wide range of applied research projects, students gain experience tackling some of the many environmental challenges facing local, regional, provincial and international communities.

Fish, Wildlife and Recreation

BCIT's Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program is for people seeking a unique educational experience and who want to make a positive difference in the world today. Since 1969, the FWR program has been preparing students for rewarding careers in the conservation and management of fish, wildlife, parks, and outdoor recreation. The program is designed to give you a broad range of applied skills, experiences, and knowledge. A significant amount of your time is spent outside where you will learn to identify, inventory, and monitor BC's fish and wildlife species and the habitats they use. You will learn how parks and protected areas are established, designed, and managed. Upon completion of the FWR program, you will be ready to work in the dynamic and diverse field of resource management.


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Program Entry

Application processing

Applications are accepted:

  • November 1st* to January 30th*
  • February 1st* to May 1st*

The program area will accept students after each deadline date. Applicants not accepted after the January deadline will be considered at the May deadline if space remains.

We recommend that you apply early. All supporting documents must be submitted by the application deadline.

*or next business day

Entrance requirements

Competitive Entry: Two-step process

Preference will be given to applicants with:

  • Academic grades above the minimum
  • Related experience and/or volunteer experience*
  • Additional post-secondary academic courses*

*Applicants with preferred entrance requirements are to submit transcripts and supporting documentation with their online application.

Step 1: Meet the following entrance requirements

  • English: two years of education in English in an English-speaking country with one of the following:
  • Biology: one of the following:
    • Biology 11 (67%)
    • Biology 12 (67%)

    Biology 11 is strongly preferred due to the coverage of topics of Ecology, Taxonomy, Evolution, Plant Biology, and Animal Biology.

  • Math: one of the following:
    • Principles of Mathematics 11 (67%) or
    • Applications of Mathematics 11 (73%) or
    • Pre-Calculus 11 (67%) or
    • Foundations of Mathematics 11 (73%)

  • Science: one of the following with minimum high school grade 11 (60%):
    • Chemistry (preferred) or
    • Physics or Applied Physics (preferred) or
    • Earth Science or
    • Geology or
    • Recognized Resource Science 12 or
    • Geography or
    • Forestry

  • Complete the following form for submission with your online application:

Applicants who have completed post-secondary studies outside of Canada, the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia or New Zealand will require a comprehensive evaluation of their credentials by the International Credential Evaluation Service (ICES). Credential evaluation reports from other Canadian services may be considered. These reports must include course-by-course evaluations and GPA calculations.

Read more about how to meet BCIT’s entrance requirements

Step 2: Department assessment

All applications will be reviewed by the program area at the application deadline. Admission is competitive and will be offered to the most qualified applicants.

Advanced Placement

You may be eligible to apply to an advanced level of the program through 1. re-admission or 2. direct entry. The following applies to all advanced placement applicants:

  • Complete applications: you must show proof of completing all requirements (proof of registration is acceptable for advanced placement applicants) to be considered.
  • Competitive entry: if the number of applications exceeds available seats, BCIT will accept those deemed to have the best opportunity for success.
  • Acceptance based on seat availability: confirmation may not be available until approximately one week before the term begins.
  1. Re-admission: Have you completed part of this program at BCIT and want to apply to an advanced level?

    Applications are accepted throughout the year. You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] with your application.

  2. Direct Entry: Are you new to this program but have completed an equivalent part of it at BCIT or elsewhere and want to apply to an advanced level?

    BCIT accepts complete applications starting:

    • February 1st for level 2 (January start)
    • November 1st for level 3 (September start)

    You must submit the Course-by-Course Self-Assessment form [PDF] and proof of meeting the entrance requirements with your online application. View the Direct Entry sheet [PDF] for details.

    If approved, you would be awarded credit for an entire level of a program and would begin your studies at the second or third level.

Apply to program

Note: The September 2019 intake is now closed for new applications. Applications for direct entry and re-admission may be submitted. The September 2020 intake will be open for applications starting November 1, 2019.

BCIT accepts only complete applications. In order to apply:

  • Include proof of meeting all entrance requirements prior to submission.
  • Convert all transcripts and supporting documents to PDF files.
  • Have a credit card ready to pay the application fee.
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You can check the status of your application online at any time using the Student Information System.

Scheduled intakes

September each year.

Technology entry

The Technology Entry (TE) program is a full-time, day school program which provides academic upgrading to students wishing to enroll in Computing, Engineering, Electronic, and Health Sciences programs at BCIT.

The TE program provides courses in chemistry, communication, mathematics, and physics that meet program prerequisites for selected programs at BCIT. The TE program also includes an introductory course in computer applications and a learning skills course. The program is supportive to those who require English-language training.


Within two business days of submitting your completed application, BCIT will send a message to your personal and myBCIT e-mail addresses. All correspondence regarding your application will be posted to your online myCommunication account at my.bcit.ca. We'll send you an e-mail when a new message is posted. It's important to watch for these e-mails or regularly check your account online.

You can expect to receive communication concerning the status of your application within four weeks.

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

Level 1: $970; Level 2: $357; Level 3: $600; Level 4: $600
(general estimated cost, and subject to change)

In addition to tuition fees, books, supplies, and equipment, students will incur expenses for field trips and various certification courses such as first aid. These expenses are approximately $1,100 for first year and $1,250 for second year.

Financial assistance

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


Program matrix

Level 1 Credits
  COMM 1145 Technical Communication 1 for RENR 4.0
  MATH 1451 Technical Mathematics for Renewable Resources 4.0
  RENR 1105 Natural Resources Measurements 1 4.0
  RENR 1118 Field Navigation, Mapping and Data Management 4.0
  RENR 1122 Applied Vegetation Management 3.0
  RENR 1125 Plant Identification 4.5
  RENR 1130 Earth Science and Soils 4.5
Level 2 Credits
  COMM 2245 Technical Communication 2 for Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation 3.0
  MATH 2453 Statistics for Renewable Resources 5.0
  RENR 2100 Ecosystem Classification 3.0
  RENR 2102 ArcGIS for RENR 3.0
  RENR 2110 Natural Resources Measurements 2 6.0
  RENR 2111 GPS and Digital Field Data Collection 4.0
  RENR 2117 Applied Ecology in BC 4.5
  RENR 2230 Zoology 4.0
Level 3 Credits
  COMM 3353 Advanced Technical Communication for Fish, Wildlife and Recreation 2.0
  RENR 3190 Environmental Monitoring 3.0
  RENR 3215 Park and Outdoor Recreation Management 1 7.0
  RENR 3220 Wildlife Ecology and Management 1 7.0
  RENR 3225 Fish Ecology and Management 1 7.0
  RENR 3230 Research Project for Fish, Wildlife and Recreation 1 7.0
Level 4 Credits
  COMM 4453 Public Information Techniques for Fish, Wildlife and Recreation 3.0
  RENR 2240 Environmental Law Enforcement 3.0
  RENR 4215 Park and Outdoor Recreation Management 2 7.5
  RENR 4220 Wildlife Ecology and Management 2 7.5
  RENR 4225 Fish Ecology and Management 2 7.5
  RENR 4230 Research Project for Fish Wildlife and Recreation 2 8.0
Total Credits: 130.0

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


The BCIT Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program curriculum meets the academic requirements to allow graduates to register as Registered Biology Technologists (RB Tech) with the College of Applied Biology (CAB) of British Columbia.

Program location

Burnaby Campus
3700 Willingdon Avenue
Burnaby, BC

Graduating & Jobs

Your skills have widened and your experience has grown. As a graduate, you are ready to work in this dynamic and diverse industry.

Graduates of the program are eligible to register for the professional designation of a Registered Biology Technologist or RB Tech with the College of Applied Biology of British Columbia.

Job Opportunities

The job opportunities for graduates in Fish, Wildlife and Recreation are in both government agencies (local, regional, provincial, and federal) and in the private sector, primarily with environmental consultants.

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 2016-2018 BCIT Outcomes Surveys of 2015-2017 graduates and for Degree 2014-2016 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.

To view these results, you may need to have the Adobe Acrobat Reader installed in your Web browser.

FWR in the Community

The Burnaby Lake System Project (BLSP) is an initiative of the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation (FWR) program. The project was initiated in 1993 to protect, inventory, monitor, and enhance the natural resources of the Brunette River Watershed. The BLSP initiates and supports a variety of community projects including riparian planting, fish and wildlife inventories, stream and terrestrial habitat mapping, monitoring and invasive species control programs, education and awareness programs, and local community events.

The BLSP provides opportunities for project staff, BCIT students, and volunteers to contribute to the community and gain valuable "hands-on" experience. The BLSP is supported by a community partnership that includes BCIT, the City of Burnaby, GVRD, Ministry of Environment, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, community organizations, stewardship groups, and local business.

The Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program has actively participated in a wide range of projects over the years. Recent projects are listed below and many projects have an associated web page or report. Click on the icons below to follow links to project website.

The FWR program works with various partner groups and individuals on conservation and awareness initiatives. Students and staff all benefit from these projects as the experience, contacts, and context for course material and study is provided in these projects and their respective issues and processes.

The Rivers Institute at BCIT will be a leader in the protection and restoration of waterways in British Columbia and beyond by initiating public awareness activities, conducting applied research, developing best practices in river management, and mentoring the next generation of river stewards. The Rivers Institute supports and is supported by the Fish, Wildlife, and Recreation and the Ecological Restoration Degree programs at BCIT. The Rivers Institute is led by Mark Angelo, C.M., O.B.C - the inaugural Rudy North Chair in River Ecology. The Rivers Institute at BCIT is involved in a variety of projects and initiatives, including:

The Heart of the Fraser initiative is focused on conserving, protecting and restoring key portions of the lower Fraser River between Hope and Mission. The plan for protection calls on government, first nations, and the private sector to work together to protect this extremely valuable lowland ecosystem from unchecked development. To accomplish this goal, key private lands can be purchased for conservation purchases and governments can help to protect and manage key crown lands within the Heart of the Fraser.

Still Creek Restoration Initiative. Over the last twenty years, the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program has been extensively involved in restoration efforts along Still Creek which flows through both the City of Vancouver and the City of Burnaby. In addition to ongoing restoration initiatives, the FWR program has recently embarked on an extensive, state of the art monitoring program in conjunction with Burnaby which will document how this system is changing over time.

Guichon Creek Restoration & Enhancement Project. Over the past 25 years, the FWR program has been working to restore Guichon Creek, which runs through the southeast corner of campus. As a result of channelization and vegetative clearing, this stream was severely damaged in the early 1960's. However, FWR staff and students have worked to restore this waterway through efforts to re-establish streamside vegetation and improve water quality. Recently, the program also undertook a major initiative to enhance instream habitat thanks to the generous support of both Blue Planet Links and Electronic Arts. As a result, Guichon Creek is fast becoming a great example of urban stream restoration. This coming spring, cutthroat trout will be released back into the creek and additional restoration projects will continue to unfold in the years ahead.

In 2002, Danny embarked on a 6 month journey through regions of Asia, Africa & Europe. His journey, Catt Trax, was an initiative to raise awareness of global sustainability issues and how one can use modern technology to communicate and raise awareness of the issues that we all face, whether we are in Canada or the heart of Africa.

And Danny's journey continues, follow him from the icy waters of Antarctica to the jungles of the Amazon and more at Catt Trax 2.

Scott Lake Northern Pike study

Faculty, Advisors & Staff

Wayne Hand, M.B.A., P. ENG
Dean, School of Construction and the Environment

Danny Catt, Dipl., BSc., MSc.
Program Head

Marvin Rosenau, D.Phil.

Laurie Stott, Dipl.Tech B.A. MET

Tom Saare
Assistant Instructor

Dee Morita, B.A.
Program Assistant

Advisory committee

  • P. Burfield, Ministry of Environment
  • B. Bawtinheimer, Ministry of Environment
  • S. Nelson, Stantec
  • S. Rogers, District of North Vancouver
  • R. Worcester, Urban Environment Consulting (Chair)
  • V. Keong, Pacific Salmon Commission
  • H. Reddekopp, Fisheries and Oceans Canada
  • M. Merkens, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • J.  Gray, City of Vancouver
  • J.  Jarvis, Metro Vancouver Regional Parks
  • K.  Hagmeier, EBB Environmental Consulting

Contact Us

Please contact Program Advising if you have questions about:
  • Application process
  • Entrance requirements
  • Applying for transfer credit and advanced placement
  • Program costs
  • Job placement and graduate outcomes
program_advising@bcit.ca  |  604-434-1610

Dee Morita, Program Assistant
fwr@bcit.ca  |  604-451-7001

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“I credit both the BCIT Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program and its amazing staff with helping me to achieve my goals and get me started in what I hope to be a long career in fisheries." Leslie Kristoff, Junior Fisheries Biologist - 2003 FWR Grad


"My time in the BCIT Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program was amazing. Not only do I feel prepared to go confidently into the "working world" with great skills and contacts; I do it with a group of life-long friends and great memories of the time we had in the FWR program." Robyn Land, White Water Rafting Guide - 2003 FWR Grad


"Although I have been in post secondary education for years, I have never received the same relevant education and high quality teaching that I did when attending the Fish, Wildlife and Recreation program at BCIT." Robyn Worcester, Wildlife Technologist - 2002 FWR Grad

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