NIC's aquaculture training program is under development, being informed by industry to ensure our grads have the skills and knowledge employers are looking for to support aquatic food production in marine, freshwater and land-based systems.
You will learn production techniques for a broad range of aquaculture species including finfish, shellfish (bivalves and crustacean), aquatic plants (seaweeds and kelps) as well as newer aquaculture species like sea cucumbers, urchins and crayfish.
Training includes technical aspects of production with a focus on juvenile rearing, transferring to growing systems, harvesting and processing.
You will also learn key technical skills for working at aquaculture sites including data collection, sampling and grading, risk assessment, and equipment operation and maintenance.
In order to complete the program, you will need to hold or complete valid industry certifications in Occupational First Aid Level 1, WHMIS, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training, Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties and Restricted Operator's Certificate - Maritime. During your studies, you will apply these certificate skills to the aquaculture farm setting so you can gain hands-on knowledge of standard operating protocols, emergency response procedures and routine record-keeping.
The program provides you with a combination of theoretical instruction and hands-on training along with additional hours in the field.
As an aquaculture graduate, your skills are applicable to aquaculture operations in coastal BC, nationally and internationally.
After completing the program you will qualify for many positions including farm technician, hatchery technician, maintenance, harvest, and net cleaning crew positions, or a deck hand position on harvest vessels, wellboats, feeding and site maintenance vessels.
Program currently in development. Details may change subject to final approval by Education Council.
Funding provided through the Canada-British Columbia Labour Market Development Agreement.