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AQT-100 Introduction to Aquaculture

3 credits


This course will put regional aquaculture into a global context. The importance of aquaculture in addressing growing seafood security issues will be outlined and the production approaches and future trends will be reviewed. As an overview course, students will examine various aquaculture production approaches with a focus on those of other regions - tropical, marine, freshwater, etc. A regular component of this course will be a review and discussion of current events, developments and innovations as they relate to aquaculture.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate program.

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AQT-105 Shellfish and Algal Production

3 credits


This course provides an overview of the production approaches used in the shellfish aquaculture sector. Topics include seed transport, juvenile rearing systems (e.g., Floating Upweller System (FLUPSY) design and function), production systems (raft, longlines, beach), containment structures (nets, trays), farm siting, production planning, growing water and product quality monitoring and husbandry protocols such as grading, tumbling, beach hardening, predator protection, and gear fouling management. In addition, system maintenanc is covered, including anchoring, materials use/life cycle, and other Standard Operating Protocols (SOP's)will be reviewed. Algal production of seaweeds and microalgae will be discussed.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate program.

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AQT-110 Finfish Husbandry

3 credits


This course provides an overview of the production approaches used in the finfish aquaculture sector. Following a review of the various production systems used for finfish production and the environmental conditions appropriate for farm siting, topics associated with farm operations will include feeding systems and protocols, production planning, finfish health practices, stocking density, grading, weight samples, harvest procedures, finfish transport, and fish processing.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate Program.

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For information about transferability: BCTransferGuide.ca 

AQT-115 Aquaculture Health & Safety

3 credits


Students will be introduced to the specifics of aquaculture safe workplace practices and systems. The purpose and correct methodology behind hazard recognition and emergency preparedness will be explored as well as information relating to personal protective equipment requirements and specifications.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate program.

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AQT-120 Strategies for Success

3 credits


Students will participate in applied skills training to prepare for transition into the aquaculture industry. Instruction and applied learning will encompass computer skills, leadership skills, site organization, effective communications, teambuilding, dealing with conflict, workplace respect, and working cooperatively in a diverse work environment. Instruction also includes applied practical hands on skills specific to the worksite.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission into the Aquaculture Tech Certificate program

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AQT-125 Aquaculture Field School

3 credits


This course will provide each student with the of fish culture in a mock up facility. Students will gain hands-on experience in fish culture that includes incubating fertilized eggs, culturing larvae, feeding juveniles, monitoring development and growth rate, calibrating scientific equipment and meters, measuring important water parameters, managing a system and communicating with team members, and performing daily system checks. Students will also have the opportunity to visit aquaculture facilities of collaborating aquaculture industry partners and government agencies including Fisheries and Oceans Canada.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate program.

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For information about transferability: BCTransferGuide.ca 

AQT-130 Aquaculture Practicum

3 credits


This course will provide each student with the opportunity to apply their learning with an industry employer at an aquaculture facility. With supervision, the students will learn to apply their knowledge and skills in the husbandry of finfish or shellfish in either freshwater or seawater production sites. In particular, the participant will have the opportunity to perform specific tasks such as water quality monitoring and record keeping, fish handling, feeding and health management of fish, disinfection/biosecurity, mortality removal and coding, emergency response, including health and safety, the equipment and site infrastructure operation, and maintenance and other activities common in daily routine of a commercial aquaculture facility.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Admission to the Aquaculture Technician Certificate Program.

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FAC-082 Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C


The Marine Basic First Aid course meets defined Federal Transport Canada Marine Safety Training Standards for Marine First Aid. This course provides individuals with a basic training level of First Aid and CPR required by the Marine Industry. Certification is by the Canadian Red Cross with a certification period of three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Some previous knowledge of First Aid/ CPR is recommended, but not required.

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MED-003 Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS)


Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small, non-pleasure vessels operating within 25 miles of shore (formerly MED A3). Topics include maritime hazards and emergencies, emergency response, firefighting, lifesaving equipment, abandonment, personal survival, signaling devices and rescue response. The goal of the course is to assist you in responding to marine emergencies in the coastal area.


Prerequisite(s):

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MVO-070 Transportation of Dangerous Goods


This workshop is an excellent introduction to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act for any person who is involved in the shipping and handling or the transportation of items under the Act. Participants will gain an awareness of important policies and procedures under the Act including classification, safety marks, shipping documents, dangerous occurrence reporting and emergency measures. A certificate of training will be issued.


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NAU-005 Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training Course

26 hours


Gain the knowledge and skills required to operate small commercial vessels, other than tugs and fishing vessels, up to five gross tonnage engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage, and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 (including an inland voyage on Lake Superior or Lake Huron) or a sheltered waters voyage.


Prerequisite(s):

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NAU-016 Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime

7 hours


This seven-hour course will prepare you for the Department of Communications examination for the Restricted Operator Certificate (Maritime) (ROC-M).


Prerequisite(s):

  • None

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OFA-001 WHMIS 2015

4 hours


This course is an introduction to the Workplace Hazardous Material Information System. The course includes the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for chemicals (GHS) as well as WHMIS legislation introduced in 1988. Participants must attend and participate in 100% of the course.


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OFA-010 Occupational First Aid Level 1

8 hours


Learn CPR, choking and hemorrhage control and minor wound care according to WSBC Regulations, Part 3 Guidelines (3.14 - 3.21). This WorkSafeBC course is an excellent entry level WSBC First Aid course that is a recognized by local industry. Certification is by WSBC and is valid for three years.


Prerequisite(s):

  • Students must be at least 16 years of age. Students under 19 require a parent/ guardian signed waiver. Picture identification must be brought to the 1st class.

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WSF-016 Confined Space Awareness


Many workers are injured and killed each year while working in confined spaces. In this four-hour workshop you will learn how to identify a confined space, how to assess the risks involved, learn how to eliminate or minimize the hazard of confined spaces for yourself and others and communicate/apply emergency exit and rescue procedures.


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