Fredericton Bathurst

How do the Programs Work?

All students entering MCFT are enrolled in the Forest Technology program. This program takes place over two years and includes a paid summer work term between year one and two. Upon completion successful students will obtain a Diploma in Forest Technology. Any student who chooses to pursue the Advanced Diploma will have to opt into the program while in the second semester of their first year of studies if they wish to complete the Advanced Diploma within two years. During these two years of study Advanced Diploma students will be subject to both Forest Technology courses and the designated Fish & Wildlife courses including both summer and winter field camps. Any student entering MCFT looking to pursue the Advanced Diploma will also have the option to complete it over a three year period. Upon completion successful students will receive an Advanced Diploma in Forest and Fish & Wildlife Technology.

September to December
  • Botany
  • Communications
  • Computer Applications
  • Dendrology & Silvics
  • Fish & Wildlife Ecology
  • Forest Ecology
  • Forest Fire Management I
  • Forest Measurements I
  • Forest Navigation
  • Introduction to Forestry Operations
  • Mathematics
January to April
  • Biostatistics for Natural Resource Technicians
  • Fish & Wildlife Biology
  • Forest Fire Management II
  • Forest Measurements II
  • Geomatics I
  • Ground Vegetation Identification
  • Land Measurements
  • Photogrammetry
  • Silviculture
  • Supervisory Development
September to December
  • Advanced Silviculture
  • Entomology & Pathology
  • Forest Harvesting
  • Forest Management I
  • Forest Roads
  • Geomatics II
  • Non-Timber Forest Products I
  • Outdoor Survival
January to April
  • Ethics & Environmental Issues
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Forest Business
  • Forest Management II
  • Non-Timber Forest Products II
  • Public Speaking
  • Scaling
  • Urban Forestry
  • Wood Technology

Field Books are an integral part of a Technologist’s equipment and field training. Throughout the two-year program students are required to maintain an acceptable field book for all outdoor labs

Advanced Diploma

Students who choose to pursue the Advanced Diploma in Forest and Fish & Wildlife Technology must meet the following academic conditions:

-Successful completion of all requirements of the Forest Technology program.

-Successfully complete the following courses.

  • Fish & Wildlife Ecology
  • Fish & Wildlife Biology
  • Biostatistics for Natural Resource Technologists
  • Basic Chainsaw Maintenance and Repair
  • Fish & Wildlife Techniques I
    (Summer Camp mid-August)
  • Fish & Wildlife Management
  • Fish & Wildlife Techniques II
  • Fish & Wildlife Techniques III
  • Fish & Wildlife Techniques IV
    (Winter Field Camp - Fundy)

-Maintain a minimum cumulative weighted average of 65 percent in all Fish & Wildlife courses.

-Successfully complete a Fish & Wildlife job placement or field project to be completed during the summer practicum.

-Obtain certification in the following non-MCFT delivered courses:

  • Firearm Safety
  • Restricted Firearm Safety
  • Hunter Education
  • Trapper Education
  • Bowhunter Education
  • Nuisance Wildlife Control
  • ATV Safety and Maintenance
  • Snowmobile Safety and Maintenance
  • Electrofishing
  • Canoeing (Tandem Flat Water)
  • Boating Safety and Maintenance
  • Helicopter Safety

Please note: Many of the non-MCFT courses can be obtained prior to attending the college. Be sure to bring any documentation, including certificates stating completion of courses when classes begin.

At the beginning of semester two (January), students who are eligible and interested in pursuing the Advanced Diploma will register for the program.

Work Practicum

April to September

All students are required to work in a natural resource field after completion of their first year of studies and must be approved by the college. Each student’s work will be evaluated by professional supervisory members of the employer’s staff. Each student will be graded on a pass-fail basis for the summer practicum in light of the employer’s evaluation and any other pertinent information obtained by the college.

Students enrolled in the Advanced Diploma program will be encouraged to obtain fish and/or wildlife work during their Summer Practicum.

Note: Special provisions and arrangements for the summer practicum may be made for students who are members of family owned companies who wish to continue work with the family firm.