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Environmental Technology

The NSC Environmental Technology certificate responds to an emerging field that focuses on environmental issues, laboratory and field tests, and workplace safety. Skills taught include (1) the analysis, handling, storage, transportation, and dispensing of hazardous materials in accordance with appropriate regulations, and (2) the planning for the protection of employees, workers, and communities from hazardous material exposure. This certificate is designed to provide career opportunities in HazMat, Safety, and Health, and Water Quality. Students completing the certificate will have the opportunity to earn nationally recognized federal certificates from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Career Path

Environmental Technology is an emerging technical field of study in the U.S. There is a clear demand from a broad range of industries that will continue to seek highly skilled employees. Overall, employment in the environmental science fields is expected to grow by 24% between 2008 and 2018. For Environmental Science Technicians specifically, projected growth and job prospects vary by specialty as new opportunities are emerging, and those with postsecondary training will have greater opportunities.


Completers of the program earn a 30-credit hour academic certificate that can be applied to an Associate's Degree. The courses are mapped to industry certification exams. All certificate students complete the Common Core courses, then pursue one of two tracks for specialized study.

Common Core courses

HazMat, Safety, and Health Track courses

Water Quality Track courses


This program prepares students for the following career fields:

HazMat, Safety, and Health Track

Water Quality Track

Technicians respond in the event of a hazardous incident; properly collect, analyze, manage and clean-up hazardous waste; and interpret the results of air quality, aqueous, and solid environmental samples in a safe and efficient manner.

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