Electrofishing Recertification


Since 1994,  NRTG staff have successfully trained more than 7,000 practitioners in the practice of safe and effective electrofishing.  NRTG staff are recognized leaders in backpack electrofishing certification training. 

NRTG's 'Electrofishing Certification and Recertification' course includes free, lifetime re-certification.

NRTG's Electrofishing Recertification course is approved by WorksafeBC (British Columbia), and endorsed by Worksafe agencies throughout Canada. To complete this one-day course, participants will attend a regularly scheduled two-day Electrofishing Certification program and (simply) complete the Day Two field component (only), and complete a short exam.   Attendance is mandatory for this one day field practicum session.  

This course offers three levels of recertification: 'Crew Supervisor', 'Crew Supervisor-in-Training' and 'Crew Member'.  Each level of certification is determined by a participant's level of competency shown during the field practicum session.    

Note: each NRTG Electrofishing Recertification course is included in each delivery of our Electrofishing Certification course.  To register for the Recertification course, simply contact us


This was my favorite course I have ever taken. I was extremely engaged and interested in the subject and the instructor was so fantastic.
— Darcie Powell, Biologist, Fort St John, B.C.
Darren: really enjoyed your course and your fabulous teaching skills......I was telling a lot of folks down here how great a teacher you are! Fabulous instructor and course.
— Shawna Wilkinson, Parks Canada Biologist, Waterton Lakes, Alberta
Instructor was extremely knowledgeable, pleasant, and made the class fun and interesting. Excellent course for anyone interested in a career in fisheries management.
— Scott Bazinet, Biologist, Lethbridge, Alberta
I learned a great deal about the most effective and appropriate methods to capture fish. A really excellent course and the instructor Eric was awesome.
— Jens Uwe Spremberg, Biologist, Nanaimo, B.C.
Darren is fantastic! Very knowledgeable and a wonderful teacher. Would highly recommend this course.
— Portia Lloyd, Biologist, Calgary, Alberta
Kyle’s delivery of your Electrofishing course was absolutely top-notch. He is knowledgeable, professional, and most of all, unfailingly cheerful and patient. I believe the integrity of your program is superbly represented by this instructor.
— Scott Klassen, Biologist, Vanderhoof BC
The quality of this course and instruction was exactly what our company was looking for. Highly recommend NRTG for your training.
— Lanny Amos, Biologist, Elkford, B.C.
The instructor was amazing.
— Tyrell Worrell, Biologist, Waterloo, Ontario


By the end of this course, course participants will be able to:

  • Define electrofishing certification, standards and the practice of electrofishing

  • Contrast and define the levels and responsibilities of Electrofishing Certification

  • Identify mandatory and applicable Electrofishing standards and regulations

  • Manage resistance, voltage and power in an electrofishing system

  • Define and contrast electrical pulse types and electrical fields in water

  • Contrast the types of electrofishing units, and their components, features, limitations and capabilities

  • Identify mandatory and optional personal protective gear

  • Identify backpack electrofisher safety features

  • Maintain and troubleshoot backpack electrofishers and associated field gear

  • Interpret site conditions and adjust electrofishing settings to maximize catch efficiency

  • Calculate appropriate electrofisher settings

  • Identify best strategies to maximize catch efficiency while minimizing impacts

  • Manage electrofisher power appropriately and effectively

  • Identify key electrofishing safety procedures

  • Respond effectively to an electrofishing-related field incident

  • Conduct standard emergency response procedures

  • Define crew size and structure

  • Identify key factors influencing electrofishing in the field

  • Identify and determine crew roles and responsibilities

  • Conduct equipment checkout procedure(s) prior to beginning a field session

  • Identify key fish habitats and best strategies to capture fish as a team

  • Respond appropriately to potentially dangerous scenarios

  • Communicate effectively with field crews and the general public

  • Identify types of electrofishing field programs

  • Identify and minimize fish impacts

  • Practice safe and efficient fish sampling and handling


A current and valid WorksafeBC-approved Electrofishing Certification.  An approved Level One First Aid course (containing a CPR component) is also required for all practitioners conducting electrofishing field work.

Who enrolls in this course?

This course is designed for anyone who has successfully completed a WorksafeBC-approved Electrofishing training program, and is required or would like to complete a WorksafeBC-approved electrofishing recertification course. 

You Supply:

Leak-free chestwaders, classroom supplies (pen, paper) to complete short exam following field practicum session on Day Two.  

How do I Attend?: 

This course is available via our website schedule, or on contract to industry or community groups. NRTG's Electrofishing Recertification course is regularly scheduled for community-based deliveries throughout the year.  Interested groups or organizations can also arrange for an ‘in-house’ or contract delivery of this course.  In either scenario, contact NRTG for further information.


NRTG's 'Electrofishing Recertification' course includes free, lifetime attendance and recertification. *

 * To be eligible, prospective registrants for NRTG's 'Electrofishing Recertification' course: 

a) have previously attended an NRTG 'Electrofishing Certification or Recertification' course

b) may only re-certify after an annual basis (yearly) 

c) may only attend an NRTG 'Electrofishing Certification' course that has met its minimum (paid) registration total (typically 10 registrants, may vary by location).

d) Please note: NRTG will limit the number of free recertification 'seats' to three for any one course delivery. 

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