College's Geological Technology diploma receives national accreditation

2016 GeoTech cohort


WHITEHORSE—Technology Accreditation Canada has awarded national program accreditation status to the Geological Technology diploma program at Yukon College.  

This means the two-year program meets nationally-recognized benchmarks and graduates can fast-track their pathway towards a professional designation as an applied science technologist (AScT) as they embark on their career. 

The Geological Technology program provides a strong grasp of geology, geophysics and mineral exploration techniques that lead students to dynamic, well-paid geoscience careers. It offers a comprehensive introduction to field and laboratory techniques which equips students with the practical skills needed to work efficiently in remote and industrial settings. 

Approximately 95 percent of program graduates have successfully transitioned into employment in geoscience fields or have transferred to continue their education in Bachelor of Science geology programs. Current first-year students in the program are all employed this summer with exploration and mining companies active in Yukon. 

TAC representatives conducted a site visit of the program in April and noted the program offers a broad curriculum providing a diverse range of employment opportunities for grads, and alumni expressed they are performing well in their roles and feel the program content was very relevant with good safety knowledge and problem-solving skills. 

GeoTech students in the fieldTAC also found the program's connection with industry is exceptional, including partnerships, tours, and providing students with industry awareness and understanding of the mining life cycle. 

"National accreditation is great for our students, great for the College and great for the Yukon mining and exploration Industry," said Shelagh Rowles, Executive Director of the Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining at Yukon College. "It is a testament to the dedication of our two faculty, Dr. Joel Cubley and Mary Samolczyk, and the outstanding support and guidance we have received from industry." 

As well as the standard two-year diploma, the program also offers a one-year certificate and three-year pathways to help match students’ timelines, schedules, and academic preparation. 

The diploma program has graduated 10 students since 2014. A further six will graduate next spring. 

Those interested in joining the program can contact Dr. Joel Cubley at 867.456.8605 or  For more information please visit 

For more information, please contact:

Joel Cubley

Instructor/Coordinator, Geological Technology Program
Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining
School of Science

Michael Vernon

Communications Coordinator
College and External Relations