Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program


The ten-day (80-hour) Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program (FHRC) is a field-based training program that focuses on training individuals in a series of key field skills required to conduct fish habitat restoration (FHR) field procedures, projects and fieldwork. The field training simulates realistic scenarios, where course participants learn how to perform technical skills and procedures under the direction of experienced instructors and practitioners.

The Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate program provides participants with skills and knowledge in FHR components, restoration methods, fish identification, fish capture, fish exclusion, salvage and population estimation, electrofishing certification, fish habitat assessment, field hydrology, erosion & sediment control, fish passage assessment and restoration, and key project planning considerations. Contact NRTG for further details.

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

The FHRC is typically delivered Monday to Friday over two consecutive weeks. The FHRC delivery ‘season’ will vary by region, as the program requires suitable field conditions (unfrozen stream water, and suitable water temperatures and flow levels, etc.).

The FHRC program is one in a series of NRTG Fish Habitat Restoration training programs currently offered, including Fish Habitat Restoration - Off-Channel Techniques, Fish Habitat Restoration - Field Techniques and Fish Habitat Restoration - Instream Techniques. Each program focuses on a specific area of restoration and is designed to complement our other FHR training program(s). These courses may be completed in any order.

Note: The Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program is designed to be delivered in communities and to organizations throughout Canada. To arrange a delivery of this program in your community or for your group, please contact us.


Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program graduates are qualified to perform fish habitat restoration field methods and procedures directly or as an Assistant to professional biologists, hydrologists, experienced technicians and other fisheries professionals.

Upon successful completion, participants will be qualified and able to:

  • Identify FHR project components and restoration methods

  • Isolate an instream construction project

  • Install and maintain erosion & sediment control measures

  • Conduct standard fish exclusion, removal and population estimates

  • Conduct standard fish capture methods, including backpack electrofishing

  • Perform rod & level stream surveys

  • Conduct stream hydrology procedures, including flow metering

  • Conduct fish habitat assessments

  • Implement stream crossing assessment and restoration

  • Install and maintain erosion & sediment control measures

  • Construct and install streambank restoration techniques and structures

  • Construct and install fish habitat restoration techniques and structures

  • Conduct FHR project planning

  • Implement an environmental monitoring field program

Who enrolls in the Fish Habitat Restoration Certificate Program?

Course participants typically include; Aboriginal stakeholders, current fisheries field technicians and technicians working in other sectors. 


None.  A standard one to two-day First Aid course is required as a co-requisite to the Electrofishing Certification training. 

Personal Protective Equipment:

This course is both classroom and field-based. Participants are required to bring/supply writing pad, pen/pencils and refreshments (lunch is not provided), as well as suitable field clothing, field transportation, and own personal protective equipment, including: leak-free chestwaders, wading belt, hat with brim, non-slip footwear, polarized glasses. Note: NRTG will provide Linemans gloves for all Electrofishing certified course participants. Non-certified students will be required to watch this demonstration or participate in other field training activities. For further information, please contact NRTG.

How do I Attend? 

This course is available via our website Schedule Page, or on contract to organizations/community groups. The FHRC program 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.

If you would like to have this course delivered to your group or community, please consider the following:

1. Contact us well in advance of your preferred course start date

2. If applicable, secure program funding

3. Recruit course participants (most NRTG courses have minimum enrollments of 10-12 participants)

4. Coordinate course participant equipment, classroom facility, and contractual agreement with NRTG.

Check our course Schedule page for upcoming course deliveries. 

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