Certificate of Achievement Environmental Technician

In the United States, California is a pioneer in environmental protection and sustainability initiatives, leading to a demand for environmental technicians and specialists in various industries and regions. The EHSM department offers students practical training, comprehensive regulatory understanding, and hands-on work experience in air, water, hazardous waste, solid waste, and pollution prevention topics. The program covers a broad range of environmental issues that impact local, state, federal, and global populations, with an emphasis on culturally sensitive management techniques.


Example COA Pathway

See EHSM Proposed Schedule for upcoming courses. It is recommended that you take the EHSM core classes as they are offered for the fastest track to graduation. 


Environmental Technician

(Total Units Required: 27-30)

Semester 1

EHSM 100*

4 Units

EHSM 110

3 Units

EHSM 210

4 Units

Total Units

11 Units

Semester 2

EHSM 150

4 Units

EHSM 200

4 Units

Total Units

8 Units

Semester 3

EHSM 215

4 Units

EHSM 230

3 Units

EHSM 240/250

1-4 Units, or 3 Units

Total Units

8-11 Units


*The EHSM Department suggests taking EHSM 100 in your first semester because it's required for EHSM 150, 200, 210, and 215. If unable to complete prior to the other courses, contact the instructor for prerequisite waiver. 


Environmental Technician Duties

Perform laboratory and field tests to monitor the environment and investigate sources of pollution, including those that affect health, under the direction of an environmental scientist, engineer, or other specialist. May collect samples of gases, soil, water, and other materials for testing.

Career Titles

Environmental Technician, Environmental Specialist, Laboratory Technician,  Water Quality Analyst, Water Quality Specialist, Hazardous Waste Technician, Environmental Health and Safety Technician, Air Quality Technician, Stormwater Technician, Sustainability Technician, Environmental Inspector, Solid Waste Management, Public Health Sanitarian, Sanitarian, Environmental Restoration Technician, Mold Remediation Technician, Hazardous Materials Technician.