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Fisheries Field Skills Certificate Program

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Format: Online and field training


Bolster your abilities and acquire key field skills and qualifications to conduct fish and fish habitat field procedures, projects and fieldwork in this two-week program. Under the direction of industry experts, engage in realistic scenarios, where you will learn how to perform valuable technical skills and procedures.


  • Conduct standard fish and fish habitat inventory and assessment procedures
  • Conduct backpack electrofishing surveys
  • Perform water quality sampling procedures
  • Conduct fisheries field hydrology procedures
  • Conduct advanced fish habitat and fish population assessments
  • Conduct biological sampling methods and design a biological sampling program
  • Conduct fish inventory & capture procedures
  • Design and conduct a stream invertebrate sampling program
  • Construct and install streambank restoration techniques and structures
  • Isolate an instream construction project and conduct a fish salvage

This Course Includes

  • NRTG Fisheries Field Skills (FFS) Certificate (accredited by BC’s College of Applied Biology or CAB)
  • Customizable option
  • Free, lifetime access


You are required to bring your own equipment:

  • Chest waders
  • Wading belt
  • Non-slip footwear
  • Polarized glasses
  • Hat with a brim (e.g., ball cap)
  • Clinometer
  • Compass
  • Waterproof field notebook
  • Eslon or other 30m measuring tape
  • Minnow trap, ziplock bags
  • Metric meter stick (1.2 m wooden doweling)
  • Bucket

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  • None 
  • A standard one to two-day First Aid course is required as a co-requisite to the Electrofishing Certification training
  • Previous experience with Fish Habitat Assessment or NRTG Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One (recommended)

Next Available Course

Course NameFisheries Field Skills Certificate Program: Courtenay, April 22-26 and April 29-May 3, 2024
Course DatesApril 22, 2024 - April 22, 2024
  • Kyle Milburn, BSc.
ContactFor inquiries on this course, please contact NRTG at: