Technical Certificate in Aquaculture

Technical Certificate in Aquaculture

Aquaculture has been identified as an important economic priority for the Canadian and provincial governments, with a growing demand for people to be employed in long-term sustainable positions. The Technical Certificate in Aquaculture is designed to enhance the skills of the existing workforce and train new workers for entry into the fin fish sector.

Program Structure

The program consists of five core courses, seven elective courses and a minimum of 25 days on an aquaculture farm to obtain credit for practical skills training. Programs can be delivered over a 12 week offering, or through stacking individual courses.

What You'll Need

Applicants should possess the equivalent of a minimum grade twelve education or appropriate education and/or industry experience acceptable to the admissions committee.

Program of Study

Core Courses:

  • Marine Basic First Aid
  • Salmonid Biology & Husbandry
  • Salmonid Feeds & Feeding
  • Salmonid Health & Biosecurity
  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP)
  • Aquaculture Work Experience (25 days)

Electives (Safety) – 1 Course:

  • Basic Farm Safety
  • Small Non-pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS)
  • Oil Spill Response Awareness
  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)

Electives (Salmonid) – 6 Courses:

  • Basic Boat Skills
  • Basic Farm Safety
  • Basic Mathematics for Aquaculture Worker
  • Farm-Based Quality Certification
  • Small Non-pleasure Domestic Vessel Basic Safety (SDV-BS)
  • Marine Hydraulics
  • Oil Spill Response Awareness
  • Outboard Motor Maintenance
  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime Commercial (ROC-MC)
  • Ropework
  • Salmonid Cage and Site Maintenance
  • Salmonid Harvesting, Handling & Processing
  • Salmonid Rearing – Recirculation, Re-use and Flow-through System
  • Small Diesel Repair and Maintenance
  • Vessel Maintenance
Course Options

Industry clients who would like to discuss in-person aquaculture training options and customized offerings of the Technical Certificate in Aquaculture should contact CBED to discuss their training needs.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I have to do the whole certificate if I am interested in only some courses?

No. You may register for only specific courses, or you may wish to work towards completing the entire Technical Certificate in Aquaculture.

Can I do these courses in or near my community?

Yes. The Technical Certificate in Aquaculture can be delivered in a community, pending minimum enrollment requirements are met. Please contact CBED to indicate your interest in the Technical Certificate in Aquaculture in a community.


Community Based Education Delivery
Fisheries and Marine Institute of Memorial University of Newfoundland
t: 709 778 0623
f: 709 778 0535
P.O. Box 4920, St. John’s, NL Canada A1C 5R3