ACADEMIC CALENDAR
2020-2021
TECHNICAL CERTIFICATE - AQUACULTURE (SALMONID)

 

This is technical certificate-level program designed to up-grade the skills of existing salmonid farm workers and to train new employees for entry into the salmonid aquaculture industry.

 

PROGRAM ENTRY

 

Applicants should possess the equivalent of Grade 9 education or be eligible for entry under mature student status.

 

PROGRAM STRUCTURE

 

The method of instruction and course delivery will be a combination of practical and theory utilizing classrooms for community- based instruction (i.e. near fish farming regions) and access to local farm sites for some practical components.

 

CORE COURSES

 

5 Mandatory Courses and 1 Work Experience. Composed of:

 

  • 2 Basic Safety courses
  • 3 Salmonid Sector courses
  • 1 Work Experience (minimum of 25 days; work time credited after completion of 3 Salmonid Sector core courses)

 

ELECTIVE COURSES

 

7 Elective Courses in total

 

  • 1 from ELECTIVES (Safety)
  • 6 from ELECTIVES (Salmonid and Other Sector)

 

Total Courses Required to Complete Technical Certificate ― Aquaculture (Salmonid)

 

  • 12 Courses
  • 1 Work Experience

 

Total Program Duration: Minimum 56 days (11-12 weeks)

 

PROGRAM OUTLINE

 

CORE – Complete ALL
SFTY 1125 (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency)
SFTY 1102 (Marine Basic First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3))
500524 (Salmonid Biology and Husbandry)
500525 (Salmonid Feeds and Feeding)
500526 (Salmonid Health and Biosecurity)
500539 (Aquaculture Work Experience)
ELECTIVES (Safety) – Complete 1 course
SFTY 1136 ((705794) (Small Non-Pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS))
NASC 2107 (Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial)
AQUA 0014 (500540) (Basic Farm Safety)
SFTY 0002 (202310) (Oil Spill Response Awareness)
ELECTIVES (Salmonid and Other Sector) – Complete 6 courses
705853 (Salmonid Cageand Site Maintenance)
Aqua 0006 (500532) (Salmonid Harvesting, Handling and Processing)
500533 (Salmonid Hatchery and Recirculation Technology)
705758 ("Salmonid Rearing - Recirculation, re-use and Flow through Systems)
500548 (Basic Mathematics for Aquaculture Workers)
500523 (Outboard Motor Maintenance)
MARP 0004 (500542) (Marine Hydraulics)
MARP 0005 (500543) (Small Diesel Repair and Maintenance)
FITE 0005 (500547) (Ropework)
SFTY 0001 (500545) (Basic Boat Skills)
500544 (Vessel Maintenance)
500541 (Farm-Based Quality Certification)
SFTY 2102 (MED A3 - Marine Emergency Duties for Small Vessels)
NASC 2107 (Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial)
AQUA 0014 (500540) (Basic Farm Safety)
SFTY 0002 (202310) (Oil Spill Response Awareness)
 

 

CORE COURSES:

 

SFTY 1125 (Small Vessel Operator Proficiency)

 

This course is designed to provide candidates with the skills and knowledge to act as the operator of commercial vessels up to 5 gross tonnage, other than tugs, and fishing vessels, and for fishing vessels up to 15 gross tonnage or 12 meters overall length engaged on a near coastal, class 2 or a sheltered waters voyage. This course has been developed in accordance with the Transport Canada Marine Safety TP 14692 E.

 

SFTY 1102 (Marine Basic First Aid (STCW A-VI/1-3))

 

As delivered by an approved training provider.

 

500524 (Salmonid Biology and Husbandry)

 

This is an introductory course designed to give workers/ participants an overview of salmonid biology, and principles and practices of general salmonid husbandry. It includes the biological processes and major organ systems of salmonids, the importance of record keeping, principles of salmonid husbandry techniques, water quality monitoring, and the impacts associated with capture and handling stresses.

 

500525 (Salmonid Feeds and Feeding)

 

This course is designed to give workers/participants the basic knowledge and understanding of the feeds and feeding of cultured salmonids. It includes the principles of using fish feeds, implications of inappropriate feeding, handling and storing feeds, and monitoring of effective feeding strategies.

 

500526 (Salmonid Health and Biosecurity)

 

This is an introductory course focusing on the identification and treatment of common salmonid diseases and related biosecurity procedures. It includes the monitoring of fish health, proper biosecurity procedures, recognizing and reporting possible disease concerns, undertaking standard disease prevention measures, and the importance of reporting procedures.

 

500539 (Aquaculture Work Experience)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an opportunity to learn, develop and practice high standards of professional behaviour and performance while in the work environment.

 

ELECTIVES (Safety):

 

SFTY 1136 (Small Non-pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS))

 

This is a marine emergency duties course designed for crew members of non-pleasure vessels of not more than 150GT which operate not more than 25 miles from shore. This course out line meets the
requirements under TP 4957 - Marine Emergency Training Courses for the applicable section.

 

NASC 2107 (Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial)

 

This course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively operate and communicate using the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, as outlined in the International Maritime Organization’s Resolution A 769 (18).

 

AQUA 0014 (500540) (Basic Farm Safety)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an understanding of the importance of basic farm safety practices and procedures. It includes Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), accident incident reporting, and hazards related to various farm systems and activities (e.g. boating, loading and harvesting systems, storage).

 

SFTY 0002 (202310) (Oil Spill Response Awareness)

 

This will be an awareness-level course that will provide participants with basic knowledge in oil spill response.

 

ELECTIVES (Salmonid and Other Sector):

 

500549 (Salmonid Cage Maintenance)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an understanding of principles and maintenance of floating cage/pen containment systems for salmonids. It will include information on types of cage design, the function of the cage components, the monitoring and maintenance of cage condition, and basic/emergency repair skills.

 

500531 (Salmonid Site Maintenance)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants basic salmonid site maintenance skills. It will include maintenance practices for farm safety, avoidance of fish escapees and husbandry issues, code of containment and escape responses, basic farm equipment maintenance schedules and records, and general environmental maintenance procedures.

 

500532 (Salmonid Harvesting, Handling and Processing)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an understanding of the principles of harvesting, handling and processing salmonids to ensure optimal flesh quality for the marketed product. It will include basic sanitation and quality control, the importance of good harvesting and handling procedures to maintain flesh quality and avoid stresses on the fish, basic primary and secondary processing methods, and the importance of harvest record keeping.

 

500533 (Salmonid Hatchery and Recirculation Technology)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an understanding of the principles of broodstock and early rearing husbandry, particularly for hatchery operations. It will include basic water quality criteria for incubation and fry/juvenile rearing systems, issues related to feeding and health maintenance, record keeping, and the components of recirculation technology.

 

500548 (Basic Mathematics for Aquaculture Workers)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants knowledge of basic mathematical calculations related to stocking densities, feeding protocols, health and sanitation treatments, harvesting, transporting, record keeping, and other fish farm practices.

 

500523 (Outboard Motor Maintenance)

 

This course is designed to give workers/participants a basic level of knowledge and the necessary skills to maintain a variety of outboard motors (two and four stroke).

 

500542 (Marine Hydraulics)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants a working knowledge of marine hydraulic systems, along with the knowledge to maintain and troubleshoot hydraulic systems.

 

500543 (Small Diesel Repair and Maintenance)

 

This will be an introductory course to the repair and maintenance of small diesel engines. It will provide students with an understanding of small diesel technology, repair and service. The student will also learn the correct use of hand tools, special tools, and testing equipment associated with the small diesel.

 

FITE 0005 (500547) (Ropework)

 

This course will be designed to develop the participant’s ability to understand the design and construction of various types of ropes, maintenance and inspection of ropes, and regulations governing rope usage. It will include rope safety, use and maintenance for small vessels, moorings and anchoring, and other aquaculture systems. It will be a prerequisite for Salmonid Cage Maintenance course.

 

SFTY 0001 (500545) (Basic Boat Skills)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants with an increased awareness and knowledge of the small boat safety and skills related to aquaculture activities. It will include theory and practical skills components for inexperienced workers to orient them to basic navigation, proper handling, docking, loading and other fundamental boat skills. This will also include the ‘Cold Water’ Boot Camp survival.

 

500544 (Vessel Maintenance)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants a working knowledge of small vessel preventative maintenance and repairs.

 

500541 (Farm-Based Quality Certification)

 

This course will be developed to provide the participants with an overview of quality assurance and certification processes that may impact a farm’s operational procedures and ultimately the marketing of its products.

 

SFTY 1136 (Small Non-pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS))

 

This is a marine emergency duties course designed for crew members of non-pleasure vessels of not more than 150GT which operate not more than 25 miles from shore. This course out line meets the requirements under TP 4957 - Marine Emergency Training Courses for the applicable section.

 

NASC 2107 (Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial)

 

This course provides participants with the knowledge and practical skills to effectively operate and communicate using the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System, as outlined in the International Maritime Organization’s Resolution A 769 (18).

 

AQUA 0014 (500540) (Basic Farm Safety)

 

This course will be designed to give workers/participants an understanding of the importance of basic farm safety practices and procedures. It includes Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS), Occupational Health and Safety (OHS), accident incident reporting, and hazards related to various farm systems and activities (e.g. boating, loading and harvesting systems, storage).

 

SFTY 0002 (202310) (Oil Spill Response Awareness)

 

This is an awareness-level course that will provide participants with basic knowledge in oil spill response.

 

Applicants should possess the equivalent of Grade 9 education or be eligible for entry under mature student status.

 

Total Courses Required to Complete Technical Certificate ― Aquaculture (Salmonid) 

 

  • 12 Courses
  • 1 Work Experience

 

This is technical certificate-level program designed to up-grade the skills of existing salmonid farm workers and to train new employees for entry into the salmonid aquaculture industry.