All students attending the Maritime College of Forest Technology are enrolled into the two-year Forest Technology Diploma program. The program focuses on developing a student’s proficiency in the use of various tools and technologies used in gathering data across forested environments, as well as developing knowledge of forestry dynamics, wildlife habitat, management, and current issues. As a forest technician, you will be doing field work in ever-changing forested stands, and applying the skills you’ve learned to research, management, and natural resource conservation tasks. Upon successful completion of the Forest Technology program students receive a diploma in Forest Technology. Unlike traditional high schools and universities, students enrolling at MCFT all receive the same class schedule each semester.


September to December

  • Self-Leadership
  • Communication Fundamentals
  • Critical Reading
  • Writing Basics
  • Computer Applications I
  • Math
  • Field Skills
  • Sample Plots
  • Forest Plants and Fungi
  • Forest Animals
  • Basic Chainsaw Operations


January to April

  • Teamwork
  • Applied Writing
  • Verbal Communication
  • Winter Field Skills
  • Computer Applications II
  • Point Sampling
  • Stand Dynamics
  • Forest Communities
  • Forest Values and Utilization
  • Scaling
  • Geomatics I
  • Geomatics II


September to December

  • Leading Others
  • Computer Applications III
  • Stand Mensuration
  • Forest Conservation
  • Site Classification
  • Silvicultural Treatments
  • Forest Fire
  • Forest Pathogens
  • Forestry Operations I
  • Geomatics III
  • Brush Cutting


January to April

  • Coordination
  • Computer Applications IV
  • Forestry Operations II
  • Applied Silviculture
  • Climate Change 
  • Geomatics IV
  • Stand Assessment
  • Operational Planning
  • Forest Management

An essential piece of any Forest Technician’s equipment is their Field Book. Field books are used to log information related to dates, times, activities, crews, and surroundings while in the field. Through the information catalogued in a field book, a technician should be able to account for their location and activities on any given day. It should also act as a resource that can be referred to when key bits of past information need to be reviewed. Throughout the duration of the Forest Technology program, students will be encouraged to log field book entries for during outdoor labs and activities.

Work Practicum

April to September

All MCFT students are required to complete a 10-week work practicum in the summer between their first and second year of study. The only requirement is that a student’s position be forestry or wildlife related. Many students use this opportunity to travel and experience work in other provinces for the first time. Students are required to secure their own positions and negotiate their employment directly with the employer. However, MCFT will forward job postings for summer positions directly to students beginning as early as October. In certain cases interviews and physical testing required for certain positions are held on campus. Students will be evaluated by their most immediate supervisor on a pass/fail basis. A passing summer work practicum evaluation is required in order for a student to graduate from the program. MCFT will also have students evaluate their employers. Students enrolled in the Fish & Wildlife program are encouraged to obtain wildlife related work experience during this work term, although this is not mandatory. Prospective students are encouraged to begin thinking of possible work placement options prior to enrolling at the college.

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.