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Electrofishing Certificate (B) - Winter 2018

Course number : AGEV-301    Section number : C01
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Course Description
In partnership with Natural Resources Training Group, Lethbridge College is offering Electrofishing Certification. Since 1994, NRTG staff have successfully trained more than 6,000 Canadian industry practitioners in the practice of safe and effective electrofishing.
NRTG's Electrofishing Certification course is endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada. This course is 2 days in duration, and includes a day one classroom lecture and demonstration followed by a Day Two field practicum session. During day two, students will participate in a realistic electrofishing field session; wearing and operating the backpack electrofishing unit while also participating as dip netters and sampling crew. To receive Certification, attendance is mandatory for both days.
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. 

Upon successful completion of Electrofishing Certification, you will:
  • be able to operate a backpack electrofishing unit safely and efficiently.
  • be able to operate a backpack electrofishing unit to minimize fish injury and environmental impact.
  • interpret field conditions and adjust electrofishing settings to maximize efficiency.
  • maintain and troubleshoot an electro fisher and any related malfunctions.
  • respond appropriately to potentially dangerous scenarios.
  • communicate effectively with field crews and the general public.
  • identify types of electrofishing field programs.
  • receive Electrofishing Certification from NRTG. 

First Aid requirements will vary by province or country. Typically, an approved Level One first aid course (containing a CPR component) is required. Please consult with the applicable Worksafe or safety regulatory agency.
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.

Supply List
Course participants are required to provide their own personal protective equipment (PPE). For this course, at a minimum, participants must supply their own leak-free chest waders.
Please note: Participants must provide and wear the following PPE prior to participating in actual electrofishing field work:
  • Non-leak chest waders
  • Non-slip footwear (felt, cleat or aggressive rubber sole)
  • Wading belt
  • Polarized sunglasses
  • Hat with a brim
  • NRTG will supply Linesman's gloves, electrofishing units, and all associated field equipment during this training program.

Day One will be held on campus at Lethbridge College. Day Two field session location will be shared on day one.
NRTG's 'Electrofishing Certification' course includes free, lifetime re-certification (note: Re-certification course is in development). To be eligible, prospective registrants for NRTG's 'Electrofishing Re-certification' course:
  1. have previously attended an NRTG 'Electrofishing Certification' course.
  2. may only re-certify after a three-year period.
  3. may only attend an NRTG 'Electrofishing Re-certification' course that has met its minimum (paid) registration total (typically 10 registrants, may vary by location). 
NRTG will limit the number of free re-certification 'seats' to three for any one course delivery.

Class Details

2 Sessions

Technologies (TE)

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Please read:  Day 2 will occur at a specified field location.



Registration Closes On
Wednesday, April 18, 2018 @ 12:00 AM

Schedule Information

Date(s) Class Days Times Location Instructor(s)
4/21/2018 - 4/22/2018 Daily - Sat,Sun 8:30 AM - 4:30 PM Lethbridge, Technologies (TE)  Map Variety of Instructors 

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