TAC Accredits Natural Resources and Forest Technology Program at CNC

April 13, 2021
Today, Technology Accreditation Canada (TAC) celebrated with faculty, staff and students accreditation of the Natural Resources and Forest Technology program at College of New Caledonia. The program is the first under the Canadian Technology Accreditation Board banner to transition to TAC accreditation. 

The audit team of lead auditor Gary Closson, C.E.T. (ON) and auditors Ariel Estrada, AScT (BC) and Barry Ostrand, R.P.F. (BC) noted the breadth of the program’s curriculum, delivered by faculty with significant industry experience, which creates a diverse range of employment opportunities for graduates. The CNC Research Forest supports the program, providing research opportunities for faculty, capstone project data, work opportunities and annual funding for technology and equipment enhancement for the program. Best practices identified included a significant value of dedicated bursaries for students in the program, student representation on the Program Advisory Committee and a course on resume development and participation in behavioural interviews.

“We’re very pleased the Natural Resources and Forest Technology program is the first to transition to TAC accreditation” comments Richard Stamper, TAC Executive Director. “This achievement demonstrates a commitment to delivering a high quality program, which meets the standards of the engineering technology and applied science profession.”  

National program accreditation involves a comprehensive audit, including interviews with employers of graduates, alumni, students and faculty and a tour of the programs’ labs and student support services.  

“The expertise of CNC’s Natural Resource and Forest Technology graduates has benefitted the forestry sector for 50 years,” said Dr. Chad Thompson, CNC Vice President Academic. “We’re honoured to be accredited through TAC and are grateful for the acknowledgement of the quality of education this important program offers the region.” 

Achieving national program accreditation provides students, industry and the educational institution confidence the program has met defined standards. Accreditation also affords graduates an expedited path to becoming a Registered Forest Technologist through Association of BC Forest Professionals.

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(left to right) Ed Morrice, instructor, and Jonathon Penny, Associate Dean of School of University Studies and Career Access, holding the Natural Resources and Forest Technology program’s national accreditation certificate