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Fish Habitat Restoration – Instream Techniques (Self-Paced)

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The Fish Habitat Restoration (FHR) – Instream Techniques course will provide skills and knowledge to successfully conduct and manage an instream restoration project specific to low-gradient stream environments. This course is intended to complement these other Natural Resources Training Group (NRTG) course offerings:  

Fish Habitat Restoration – Field Techniques
Fish Habitat Restoration – Off-Channel Techniques
Streambank Restoration Techniques
Fish Habitat Assessment – Level 1
Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate
Prescription Development

In this course, you will learn many techniques that can be applied globally. However, the techniques you ultimately use will depend on the species you are targeting and your site-specific conditions. We believe that if you have the right “tools” and know how, where, and when to use them, you will be successful.

This course is divided into five modules.

Module 1: Introduction

Module 1 examines key factors to consider in habitat and stream restoration as well as how to conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential project.

Module 2: Stream Hydraulics

Module 2 looks at how to identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principles.

Module 3: Application of Stream Hydraulics

Module 3 discusses the design and construction of riffles and flow retarders and how they factor in stream hydraulics.

Module 4: Other Restoration Techniques

Module 4 looks at other techniques for stream restoration and examines where and how stream hydraulics and channel morphology must be accounted for.

Module 5: Measures of Success

Module 5 discusses measures of success and funding opportunities.


Upon successful completion of this course, you will be able to

  • Identify types of instream fish habitat restoration techniques and methods
  • Identify and apply stream hydrology and river engineering principle
  • Conduct a preliminary reconnaissance for a potential instream FHR project
  • Identify key biological factors to consider and incorporate into FHR planning
  • Identify and contrast physical design considerations and project selection criteria for in-channel restoration techniques, and in-stream habitat offset and compensation/mitigation projects
  • Evaluate the functionality of rehabilitation projects
  • Identify sources of funding
  • Identify key scheduling considerations for a Fish Habitat Restoration project

This course includes:

  • Fish Habitat Restoration–Instream Techniques
  • Free, lifetime access

Who enrolls in this course?

Course participants may include technicians, biologists and other professionals required to conduct, design and manage fish habitat restoration projects. 


There are no formal prerequisites. Previous experience with fish habitat assessment or completion of NRTG’s Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One course would be an asset.

Course FAQs:

  • Check out our FAQs on fish habitat restoration–instream techniques.
When is this course offered?

We offer this fully online course year-round.

What is the course format?

This course is entirely online and is self-paced.

What supplies are required for this course?

Whatever you would need to take notes.

How does this program differ from the other Fish Habitat Restoration courses?

This course includes planning and design-level training and is appropriate for anyone responsible for planning, designing, constructing, and monitoring instream restoration projects and programs.

The classroom and field-based Fish Habitat Restoration course classroom and field-based course are designed for anyone conducting fish habitat restoration off-channel projects.  

The online and field-based Fish Habitat Restoration-Field Techniques course is designed for field personnel conducting fish habitat restoration field activities associated with instream and off-channel restoration projects.

Does the Fish Habitat Restoration–Instream Techniques certificate expire?

No, there is no requirement to rectify you certificate. If there is a significant pause in your fieldwork (e.g., four years or more), we would recommend that you recertify with NRTG. Note that all NRTG courses include free, lifetime certification. Enrol once–come back anytime.

Are there any prerequisites for this course?

There are no formal prerequisites. However, a basic knowledge of statistics would be an asset. Previous experience with Fish Habitat Assessment or completion of NRTG’s Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One course is recommended.