Fish Habitat Assessment
(FHA) - Level Two


The Fish Habitat Assessment – Level Two (FHA-2) course is a comprehensive, professional-level training program exploring the theory and application of advanced freshwater fish habitat assessment methods. Using case studies, exercises and field training sessions, participants to learn ‘first hand’ how to conduct the numerous standard phases and tasks associated with habitat assessment projects. 

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


Participants will develop skills and abilities to assess fish habitat for various applications (i.e. impact assessment, limiting factors, and restoration opportunities), how to select and design restoration priorities based on these results, and how to design a monitoring program to evaluate habitat change over time.  

The Fish Habitat Assessment - Level One course is the prerequisite to this advanced training program. 



Upon successful completion, participants will be able to:   

  • Define and contrast the different types of habitat projects that assess and/or identify: general conditions, restoration opportunities, limiting factors, and habitat impacts.

  • Apply the most current regulatory framework to meet habitat assessment objectives

  • Identify the advantages/limitations and capabilities of standard and new tools and procedures required to complete a habitat assessment.

  • Plan and execute each type of habitat assessment project through the integration of desktop-based (i.e. LiDAR, orthophoto, and literature review) and field-based data collection.

  • Define and implement standard office requirements, data analysis, data management, field methods, and reporting requirements for habitat assessment projects.

  • Implement key phases and considerations of a habitat assessment for restoration project: office, field assessment, prescription development, design considerations, costing, construction, reporting, and monitoring.

  • Develop, implement, and monitor a restoration project based on limiting factors identified in the habitat assessment.

  • Identify key phases and considerations of an impact assessment project: predicting impacts, assessing and designing habitat for offsets, construction of offsets, and monitoring of offsets.

Who enrolls in the FHA - Level Two course?

Course participants may include: field technicians, biologists and other professionals required to conduct an advanced fish habitat project. 


Successful completion of Fish Habitat Assessment – Level One or equivalent, or experience conducting fish habitat assessments.  

Personal Protective Equipment:

Chestwaders with non-slip footwear, field notebooks with waterproof paper, clinometer, GPS (optional), appropriate field wear (rain gear, sunscreen, layered clothing), classroom supplies (pen, paper, calculator).  Note: please come prepared for field training sessions each day.  Please bring a bag lunch and beverage each day. Course participants will be required to carpool or provide their own transportation to field sites. 

How do I Attend? 

The FHA Level Two course is available via our website schedule, or on contract to companies, community groups or organizations.  This course will be scheduled for delivery throughout the year (providing suitable weather).  Interested groups or organizations can also arrange for an ‘in-house’ or contract delivery of this program. For further information, please contact us.   

Check our course Schedule page for upcoming course deliveries. 

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