Institute for Watershed Science
Class 1 Electrofishing Certification

Class 1 Electrofishing Course

The 2019 Class 1 Electrofishing Certification Course has been cancelled and will not be offered.

In lieu of the Class 1 course, we are offering a Class 2 (Backpack Crew Leader) course on June 6 and 7, 2019. This course covers backpack electrofishing and allows the graduate to train their own backpack crew. Read more information and register.

2019 Class 1 Electrofishing Certification Course

The 2019 Class 1 Electrofishing Certification Course is scheduled for May 29 and 30, 2019 at Trent University, Peterborough, Ontario.

Please note that we will NOT be providing shoreside/punt unit practical training at the 2019 course. If training on this unit is required, students will have to supply their own shoreside/punt equipment in good working order.

The course cost covers tuition and course materials only. Students are required to make their own arrangements for accommodations and ALL meals, including the lunches for the field days.

There are many options available in Peterborough. Below is a list of hotels, from lowest- to highest-priced rooms. A basic internet search of accommodations in Peterborough will show all of these and other options.
  • Motel 6 (133 Lansdowne St. E., 705-748-0550)
  • Quality Inn (1074 Lansdowne St. W., 705-748-6801)
  • Super 8 (1257 Lansdowne St. W., 705-876-8898)
  • Best Western Otonabee Inn (84 Lansdowne St. E., 705-742-3454)
  • Holiday Inn Peterborough Waterfront (150 George St. N., 705-743-1144)
  • Comfort Inn and Suites (1209 Lansdowne St. W., 705-740-7000)
  • Peterborough Inn and Suites (312 George St N., 1-866-446-4451)
  • Many local resorts may have cottage-type accommodations for groups.

2019 Registration and Online Secure Payment

Registration for this course is limited to 40 participants. Once the maximum number of students has been reached, prospective students will be placed on a wait list.

Contact Information

Leslie Collins
1.705.748.1011 ext. 7943

2019 Course Dates

Wednesday, May 29 and Thursday, May 30, 2019.


The course will provide practical equipment and safety training for those working with this collection technique. This course is designed to support the training required by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry for their personnel or others working with the Ministry.

The course is offered to outside agencies and private consultants wishing to provide safety and experimental technical training to staff within their own agencies. Anyone who uses electrofishing techniques should take a safety training course prior to conducting this method of fish sampling.

The Class 1 Electrofishing course features both theoretical and practical field instruction. Participants carry out a back-pack electrofishing survey and gain practical experience as crew members and crew leaders. In addition, participants learn boat electrofishing techniques. The course emphasizes practical fieldwork and a full afternoon and morning are devoted to field experience.

The course content will cover: lecture materials on electrical and electrofishing theory and practice; and, practical experience with back pack and boat electrofishing techniques. Note that students are not allowed to operate the electrofishing boat due to policy restrictions on boat operation and will act as netters only. All participants must successfully complete a written test to obtain their certification. The course meets Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry policy standards.


Trent University, Peterborough Ontario. For information on getting to Trent, please visit the main Trent University website at

2019 Cost

This fee is for course instruction/materials only. All students are responsible for booking and paying for the accommodations of their choice within Peterborough. No meals are included in this price.

$600 plus HST = $678.00

$700 plus HST = $791.00

Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Crew Leader Training Materials

The Institute for Watershed Science is pleased to offer a package of training materials to Class 1 Certified Electrofishers, for training Class 2 Backpack Electrofishing Crew Leaders and Crew Members.

The package, provided on CD or available through a web-based download, is available on request, and free of charge, to Class 1 Crew Leaders who have met the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry policy criteria for Crew Leader in Backpack electrofishing, and have taken the Class 1 Electrofishing Certification Course through the Institute for Watershed Science. Proof of current Class 1 Electrofishing certification may be requested prior to releasing this course content.

The Training Package includes a slide presentation, course manual, field assessment form, fish sampling form, sample exam and exit letter. To request this information please contact Leslie Collins at the Institute for Watershed Science using our Information Request Form, or by telephone at 705-748-1011 ext. 7943.

Photos from Past Courses

Boat electrofishing instruction on Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
Boat electrofishing instruction on Little Lake, Peterborough, Ontario
Backpack Electrofishing instruction, Baxter Creek, Peterborough, Ontario
Backpack Electrofishing instruction, Baxter Creek, Peterborough, Ontario