Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program

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Format: Online and field training


Acquire the qualifications to perform fish habitat restoration fields methods and procedures, with the Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program (FHRC). This ten-day (80-hour) training is a blended online and field-based training program. The field training simulates realistic scenarios, where you will learn how to perform technical skills and procedures in Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) under the direction of experienced instructors and practitioners.


  • Identify FHR project components and restoration methods
  • Isolate an instream construction project
  • Install and maintain erosion and sediment control measures
  • Conduct standard fish exclusion, removal and population estimates
  • Conduct standard fish capture methods, including backpack electrofishing
  • Perform rod & level stream surveys
  • Conduct stream hydrology procedures, including flow metering
  • Conduct fish habitat assessments
  • Implement stream crossing assessment and restoration
  • Construct and install streambank restoration techniques and structures
  • Construct and install fish habitat restoration techniques and structures
  • Conduct FHR project planning
  • Implement an environmental monitoring field program

This Course Includes

  • Free, lifetime access


Participants are required to supply their own equipment:

  • Field clothing
  • Field transportation
  • Chest waders
  • Wading belt
  • Hat with brim (e.g., ball cap)
  • Non-slip footwear
  • Polarized glasses
  • Writing pad
  • Writing utensils
  • Clinometer (optional but recommended)
  • Eslon or other 30 m measuring tape (optional but recommended)
  • Metric meter stick (1.2 m long wooden doweling) (optional but recommended)

Note: NRTG will provide Lineman’s gloves for all electrofishing-certified course participants. Non-certified students will be required to watch the demonstration or participate in other field training activities.

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  • None
  • A standard one to two-day First Aid course may be completed before or after the Electrofishing Certification training
  • Previous experience with Fish Habitat Assessment or NRTG Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One (recommended)

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There are no upcoming courses for Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program at this time, please check back again in the future or view our course schedule for more options.
For inquiries on this course, please contact NRTG at: 1-877-388-2172 or

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