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Certified Training: BEAHR Programs

In 2007 the CSTC became a certified institution to deliver the BEAHR ECO Canada training programs.  BEAHR Training Programs are nationally-recognized training programs that are locally-relevant. They are delivered in the community, and offer a unique learning environment that incorporates practical, hands-on instruction with fieldwork, exercises, and group activities. They blend both traditional and scientific knowledge, with formal and informal methods of learning. The participation of local knowledge holders is required and industry participation is highly encouraged. BEAHR Training Programs are adaptable to suit community needs and can be arranged to accommodate a variety of requirements, including delivery location, instructor preference, number of students, and the length of time to complete the required modules.

The BEAHR Training Programs were designed to prepare graduates for an entry-level position working in the environmental field. The training programs are not accredited, although some students may wish to pursue further education upon completion of their BEAHR Training Program(s).

The CSTC is certified to deliver the following programs:

  1. Land Use Planning Coordinator (4 weeks). CSTC offered this training in Dec. 2011/Jan. 2012, with 8 successful students completing the program.  Congratulations!
  2. Local Environmental Coordinator (12 weeks)
  3. Environmental Site Assessment Assistant (consists of Environmental Core Modules: 3 weeks; and 4 weeks of Environmental Site Assessment)
  4. Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator (consists of Environmental Core Modules: 3 weeks; and 4 weeks of Contaminated Sites Remediation)
  5. Solid Waste Coordinator (5 weeks)
  6. Environmental Monitoring Coordinator (consists of Environmental Core Modules: 3 weeks; and 2 weeks of Environmental Monitoring Research, and or, 2 weeks of Environmental Monitoring Regulatory)

For more information view the BEAHR ECO Canada Training Program Guide (2012).

Costs

ECO Canada charges a licensing fee of $55 per student, per instructional week. For example, a five-week training program would cost $275 per student. These licensing fees are used to offset administrative costs, create promotional materials, print and distribute certificates, and maintain the website. There are also fees associated with the purchase of the student and instructor materials. These fees are different for each program and can be found in Appendix B.

Other costs associated with delivering a program are determined by the licensed trainer (i.e. CSTC), the community, and other participating organizations. Some budgeting considerations may include:

  • Costs associated with the Licensed Trainer
  • Rental of a training facility
  • Equipment rental
  • Travel, accommodation, and meal costs if students are from another region

In the past the CSTC has recieved funding from programs like the BC Capacity Initiative; the CSTC does not have core funding for this training.  CSTC encourages corporate support for this training, particularly from mining, oil and gas, forestry and other industries operating within the CSTC member First Nations territories.

For more information on costs and delivery of this training, please contact: Jaime Sanchez, MCIP, RPP at (250) 713-1129 or jsanchez@cstc.bc.ca


Program Descriptions

Environmental Monitoring Coordinator – Research Specialization – 5 weeks
Become an environmental monitor – this program teaches you how to observe the environment and impacts of human and industrial activities, how to communicate this information to stakeholders, and help mitigate negative environmental impacts. You will learn how to use standard equipment and tools including safety equipment, maps, GPS and recording equipment.  Research monitors will learn how to assist researchers in monitoring various factors of the environmental, such as wildlife counts, surveys and sampling.

Environmental Monitoring Coordinator – Regulatory Specialization – 5 weeks
Become an environmental monitor – this program teaches you how to observe the environment and impacts of human and industrial activities, how to communicate this information to stakeholders, and help mitigate negative environmental impacts. You will learn how to use standard equipment and tools including safety equipment, maps, GPS and recording equipment.  Regulatory monitors will learn how to monitor activities of industry to ensure they are in line with the land-use or other environmental impact agreements.

Environmental Monitoring Coordinator – Research and Regulatory Specialization – 7 weeks
Become an environmental monitor – this program teaches you how to observe the environment and impacts of human and industrial activities, how to communicate this information to stakeholders, and help mitigate negative environmental impacts. You will learn how to use standard equipment and tools including safety equipment, maps, GPS and recording equipment.  Regulatory monitors will learn how to monitor activities of industry to ensure they are in line with the land-use or other environmental impact agreements.

Environmental Site Assessment Assistant – 7 weeks
This program will teach you the essentials of environmental site assessment phases I,II and III. Graduates will learn more about Traditional Knowledge, how to do sampling and testing activities, interpret and evaluate field data as well as the basics of project planning

Contaminated Sites Remediation Coordinator – 7 weeks
This program teaches you the essentials of contaminated sites remediation as well as coordinating the long-term monitoring of site health and recovery. Graduates will learn how to engage the community about remediation activities, sampling and testing as well as developing and implementing a remedial action plan.

Local Environmental Coordinator – 12 weeks
This program teaches you the fundamentals of environmental management so you can assist in protecting and improving the quality of the environment of your community. Graduates will learn how to assist with developing, implementing and monitoring environmental plans as well as learn the basics of project management.

Land Use Planning Coordinator – 4 weeks
This program teaches you how to create, execute and implement a land use plan designed to meet the needs of your community or region. Graduates will learn how to identify and assess land use options and develop a community vision and goal.

Solid Waste Coordinator – 5 weeks
This program teaches you about waste collection, disposal and diversion processes. Graduates will learn how to promote solid waste reduction as well as how to assist with planning, developing and implementing a waste management program in your community.

Certificate of Applied Environmental Techniques – 15 weeks
This comprehensive program will teach you environmental monitoring, environmental site assessment and contaminated site remediation through in class and field activities. Graduates will learn about sampling, testing, interpretation and evaluation of data, preparing reports, regulatory implications, remedial action plans and more.

Certificate of Environmental Planning and Administration – 16 weeks
This comprehensive program offers an introduction to environmental management practices, including communication and life skills, and developing and implementing environmental plans. Graduates will learn how to assist with developing, creating, and implementing a land use plan as well as an introduction to environmental management practices.