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Aquaculture Technician Certificate

NIC’s Aquaculture Technician certificate provides you with in-demand skills to support aquatic food production for marine, freshwater and land-based systems. This includes the production of finfish, shellfish (mollusks,  crustaceans, and echinoderms), and aquatic plants (seaweeds, phytoplankton), as well as upcoming species such as sea cucumbers, sea urchins, shrimps/prawns and crayfish. You will learn production techniques to produce a broad range of aquaculture foods including finfish, shellfish, algae and more. The curriculum includes technical aspects of production, with a primary focus on juvenile rearing, transferring to on-growing systems, harvesting and processing.

As an Aquaculture Technician certificate graduate, your skills are applicable to aquaculture operations in coastal BC, nationally and internationally.

After completing the program you will qualify for many entry-level positions at aquaculture facilities. You can expect to be employed as a farm technician, hatchery technician, and with more hands-on experience, maintenance, harvest, and net cleaning crew positions, or a deck hand position on harvest vessels, wellboats, feeding and site maintenance vessels


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Admission Requirements

High School Graduation or


Or successful completion of FSK 030  if the above requirements are not met.

  1. High School graduation is preferred provided the applicant meets or exceeds the stated prerequisites.

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Completion Requirements

You will be required to achieve a minimum C (Letter Grade Scale 2) in each of AQT 100  , AQT 105  , AQT 110  , AQT 115   and AQT 120   and a pass in AQT 125   and AQT 130  and a pass in all industry certificates to achieve program completion.