Format: 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.
- Check out our FAQs on electrofishing.
Next Course Available
|Course Name||Electrofishing Certification - Online (self-paced) & North Vancouver, 4th April 2023|
|Course Dates||April 4, 2023 - April 4, 2023|
|Instructors||Instructors will be announced at a later date.|
|Contact||For inquiries on this course, please contact NRTG at:|