Introduction to Aquaculture
Shellfish and Algal Production
Aquaculture Health and Safety
Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS)
Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training
Restricted Operator Certificate – Maritime
Occupational First Aid Level 1
Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C
Transportation of Dangerous Goods
Confined Space Awareness
*Note: Students not having current, valid Occupational First Aid, WHMIS, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training, Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS), Restricted Operator Certificate - Maritime, Forklift Operator, Marine Basic First Aid & CPR C, Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Confined Space Awareness are required to take these courses to meet program requirements. Separate fees will be charged for these courses.
**Note: In this program, students may participate in field trips to industry specific locations.
High School Graduation OR
C in English 10; or C in two of Composition 10, Creative Writing 10, Literary Studies 10, New Media 10, Spoken Language 10, English First Peoples Writing 10, English First Peoples Literary Studies 10, English First Peoples New Media 10, and English First Peoples Spoken Language 10; or C in NIC ENG-035; or C+ in Communications 12, or C+ in ESL-062 and ESL-065; or successful NIC assessment testing in English; and
C in one of Principles of Math 10, Apprenticeship & Workplace Math 10, Workplace Math 10, Foundations of Math & Pre-Calculus 10, Applications of Math 11, NIC MAT-029, or successful NIC assessment testing in math.
High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.
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NIC's Aquaculture Technician certificate provides you with in-demand skills to support aquatic food production for marine, freshwater and land-based systems. This includes the production of finfish, shellfish (mollusks, crustaceans, and echinoderms), and aquatic plants (seaweeds, phytoplankton), as well as upcoming species such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, shrimps/prawns and crayfish. You will learn production techniques to produce a broad range of aquaculture foods including finfish, shellfish, algae and more. The curriculum includes technical aspects of production, with a primary focus on juvenile rearing, transferring to on-growing systems, harvesting and processing.
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, Restricted Operator's Certificate – Maritime, Forklift Operator, Marine Basic First Aid, Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Confined Space Awareness. 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 370 hours of instruction and hands-on training, with an additional 85 hours of industry certifications delivered over four months.
As an Aquaculture Technician certificate graduate, your skills are applicable to aquaculture operations in coastal BC, nationally and internationally.
After completing the program you will qualify for many entry-level positions at aquaculture facilities. You can expect to be employed as a farm technician, hatchery technician, and with more hands-on experience, maintenance, harvest, and net cleaning crew positions, or a deck hand position on harvest vessels, wellboats, feeding and site maintenance vessels.
You are required to obtain the following basic supplies:
pens, pencils, highlighters and eraser
steel-toed rubber boots
Tuition & Costs Estimate
Additional fees may also include necessary equipment, supplies, NIC appointed uniforms, or field trips not included in these estimates.
While we do our best to share accurate and timely fee information, changes may occur. For more information, visit our tuition page.
Additional fees will be charged for the following courses, unless students already have current and valid certificates: Occupational First Aid, WHMIS, Small Vessel Operator Proficiency Training, Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS), Restricted Operator’s Certificate - Maritime, Forklift Operator, Marine Basic First Aid, Transportation of Dangerous Goods and Confined Space Awareness.
costs noted are estimates for planning purposes. Accurate book costs are available by course through the NIC book search.
out if this program is eligible for Student Aid BC funding.
This program is tuition refund Category 1.