Fish Habitat Assessment
(FHA) - Level One


The Fish Habitat Assessment (FHA) - Level One course is an intensive, ‘hands-on’, field-based three-day review of standard North American fish and fish habitat assessment and evaluation methods.  In this course, participants will learn first-hand how to conduct measurements, assessments and evaluations of stream morphology, fish habitat features, substrate, pebble counts, stream impacts, and habitat limiting factors.   

Each NRTG course includes free, lifetime admission. Enrol once - come back anytime.

By the end of this course, participants will have the knowledge and skills to conduct a wide variety of standard and quantitative fish habitat assessments common to Canada and North America.  These assessment types include: 

  • B.C.'s 1:20,000 Fish and Fish Habitat Inventory

  • B.C.'s Fish Habitat Assessment Procedure (FHAP)

  • Alberta's QAES Fish Habitat Assessments

  • The 'Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP)'

  • Fish Passage/Stream Crossing Assessment(s)

  • American Fisheries Society (AFS) Fish Habitat Assessment standards and procedures

Note: Course content may vary by province or state of delivery. Please contact us for further information.

This course is the prerequisite to the advanced Fish Habitat Assessment - Level Two course.



Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:   

  • Conduct a standard and advanced fish habitat assessment

  • Recognize fish habitat types and requirements by fish species and life stage

  • Quantify the quality and quantity of fish habitat by fish species and life stage

  • Collect and record standard fish habitat assessment data

  • Measure and assess fish passage/stream crossing structures to determine fish passage

  • Operate standard fish habitat field equipment

  • Conduct a quantitative stream pebble count

  • Identify and quantify fish habitat disturbance indicators

  • Develop field notes that describe and quantify fish habitat conditions

Who enrolls in the FHA - Level One course?

Course participants typically include; current fisheries field technicians and biologists, other environmental professionals requiring ‘fish and fish habitat’ training, resource workers, individuals new to the industry, and graduates of other natural resource-related programs.  


There are no prerequisites for this course. 

Personal Protective Equipment:

Course participants are required to supply their own personal field gear; leak-free chestwaders with non-slip footwear (felt, cleat or rubber soled wading shoes or wader boots), field binder with waterproof paper, appropriate field clothing, bag lunch & refreshment each day.  

How do I Attend? 

Check our course Schedule page. Interested in bringing the FHA - Level One course to your community or organizations? If so, please contact us.

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