Electrofishing Certification Online

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Format: Online and field training


Certify with the highly respected and industry leader in backpack electrofishing through the NRTG Electrofishing Certification course. In this two-day course, you will attend a Day One online, instructor-led session of lecture and demonstration, and Day Two field practicum in a realistic scenario, wearing and operating a backpack electrofishing unit while also participating as dip netters and sampling crew. This course offers three levels of certification: ‘Crew Supervisor’, ‘Crew Supervisor-in-Training’ and ‘Crew Member’. Each level of certification is determined by a participant’s: 1) grade on the course Knowledge Evaluation 2) level of competency during the field practicum.

This course is approved by WorkSafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by workplace safety agencies across Canada.


  • Define electrofishing certification, standards and the practice of electrofishing
  • Contrast and define the levels and responsibilities of Electrofishing Certification
  • Identify mandatory and applicable Electrofishing standards and regulations
  • Manage resistance, voltage and power in an electrofishing system
  • Define and contrast electrical pulse types and electrical fields in water
  • Contrast the types of electrofishing units, and their components, features, limitations and capabilities
  • Identify mandatory and optional personal protective gear
  • Identify backpack electrofisher safety features
  • Maintain and troubleshoot backpack electrofishers and associated field gear
  • Interpret site conditions and adjust electrofishing settings to maximize catch efficiency
  • Calculate appropriate electrofisher settings
  • Identify best strategies to maximize catch efficiency while minimizing impacts
  • Manage electrofisher power appropriately and effectively
  • Identify key electrofishing safety procedures
  • Respond effectively to an electrofishing-related field incident
  • Conduct standard emergency response procedures
  • Define crew size and structure
  • Identify key factors influencing electrofishing in the field
  • Identify and determine crew roles and responsibilities
  • Conduct equipment checkout procedure(s) prior to beginning a field session
  • Identify key fish habitats and best strategies to capture fish as a team
  • Respond appropriately to potentially dangerous scenarios
  • Communicate effectively with field crews and the general public
  • Identify types of electrofishing field programs
  • Identify and minimize fish impacts
  • Practice safe and efficient fish sampling and handling

This Course Includes

  • Electrofishing Certification (accredited by WorkSafeBC)
  • Free, lifetime access


Caution: Please ensure your wading equipment is free of Invasives and Whirling disease.

Participants are required to bring their own equipment:

  • Chest waders
  • Non-slip footwear (felt, cleat or aggressive rubber sole)
  • Wading belt
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat with a brim (e.g., ball cap)

Note: NRTG will supply Lineman’s gloves, a boat electrofisher, and all associated field equipment during this training program.

Check out our FAQs on equipment.


  • First Aid Course, Level One (containing a CPR component)
    • Please consult with the applicable WorkSafe or safety regulatory agency, as First Aid requirements may vary by province or country.

Note: First aid training may be completed prior to or after this training program, and must be successfully completed prior to participating in actual electrofishing field work.

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For inquiries on this course, please contact NRTG at: 1-877-388-2172 or info@nrtraininggroup.com