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Launch your aquaculture career at NIC. Gain in-demand skills and experience that employers are looking for.

Where: Campbell River
Starts: 2018
  • Industry responsive training in aquatic food production for marine, freshwater and land-based systems
  • Relevant hands-on skills combined with theory and practical work in the field
  • Be in demand with applied skills in the growing aquaculture industry, which produces a variety of fish, shellfish and marine plants and is forecast to grow and diversify in BC and around the globe.

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  • Industry-informed Training: NIC works with industry advisors to ensure the Aquaculture Technician curriculum stays aligned with current and projected industry advancements.
  • Hands-on Learning: Combine theoretical knowledge with practical training in the field.
  • Expert Instruction: Program instructor, Dr. Jesse Ronquillo, has worked in aquaculture around the world, including working as an aquaculture trainer under the United Nations. His expertise includes hatchery production and aquatic husbandry of finfish, shellfish, and algae.
  • Work Environment: BC aquaculture sites are located in some of the most beautiful places in the world.


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.

Career Opportunities

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.


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Admission Requirements

High School Graduation OR
19 years of age or older and:
  1. C in English 10, or NIC ENG-035, or equivalent; or C+ in ESL-051, ESL-054 and ESL-057, or certified CLB7; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
  2. C in one of Foundations of Math 11, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 11, Principles of Math 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-033, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.

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Program Requirements

AQT-100  Introduction to Aquaculture
AQT-105  Invertebrate & Seaweed Husbandry
AQT-110  Finfish Husbandry
AQT-115  Aquaculture Health and Safety
AQT-120  Strategies for Success
AQT-125  Field School Finfish I
AQT-130  Field School I - Practicum
*MED-003  Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3)
*NAU-005  Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training
*NAU-016  Restricted Operator's Certificate – Maritime
*OFA-010  Occupational First Aid Level 1
*Note: Students not having current, valid First Aid, WHMIS, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training, Small Non-Pleasure Craft Marine Emergency Duties (MED A3) and Restricted Operator’s Certificate - Maritime are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for these courses.

Completion Requirements

You will be required to achieve 70% in each of AQT-100, AQT-105, AQT-110, AQT-115 and AQT-120 and a pass in AQT-125 and AQT-130 and a pass in all industry certificates to achieve program completion.

Jesse Ronquillo

Jesse Ronquillo


Trades & Apprenticeships

Ph.D. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

M.Sc. Fisheries/Aquaculture, Kagoshima University, Japan.

B.Sc. Fisheries (cum laude), University of the Philippines, Philippines.


Subjects: Aquaculture Technician
Campbell River Campus 250-923-9736 | Location CWG - 252

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