Education and Training

The CRI Training and Professional Development Division was founded to increase capacity and provide fundamental skills development for those tasked with studying, managing and sustaining our aquatic ecosystems. We address those needs by providing training products that meet the current interests and requirements outlined by leading water professionals and water agencies.

We offer non-credit courses for students and professionals in aquatic sciences. We are also interested in developing new professional courses based on need/demand.

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Available CRI Courses and Workshops
Courses/Workshops Delivery/Location Dates  
WORKSHOPS FALL 2016 Face-to-face format with options for webinar attendance Fall 2016
Environmental Modelling (CRI only) INRS, St. Coeur Field Station, Quebec October 2 to 4, 2016 Register
Introduction to R for Ecological Data Analysis (CRI only) Fredericton, NB November 2016- date to be determined Register
Design and data analysis for effective environmental monitoring Saint John or Fredericton, NB (depending on attendees) October 29 to 31, 2016 Register
Mapping our watersheds: Introducing GIS tools for freshwater assessment and management Fredericton, NB December 8 and 9, 2016 Register
Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop Fredericton, NB December 16 and 17, 2016 Register
ONLINE COURSES Offered using Desire2Learn
Basic Statistics for Environmental Data (in 'R') Online May 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017 Register
Water Quality Assessment Analysis and Interpretation Online May 1, 2016 to Mach 31, 2017 Register
BLENDED COURSES Online + Face-to-Face components
Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Training Online course + field practicum - online content available in English and French May 1, 2016 - February 28, 2017 -- Field practicum completed for 2016 Register
Electrofishing Completed for 2016 Stay tuned for more opportunities in 2017!
Integrated Forum: Ecosystem Management Completed for 2016 Stay tuned for more opportunities in 2017!
Practical Hydrology, Hydrometry and Fluvial Geomorphology Completed for 2016 Stay tuned for more opportunities in 2017!
Field Safety: Swiftwater Rescue and/or Wilderness First Aid Completed for 2016 Stay tuned for more opportunities in 2017!
WEBINARS Click HERE to see current schedule. Ongoing

Introduction to R for ecological data analysis

CRI is fortunate to have Dr. Lindsay Brin, a CREATE WATER Postdoctoral fellow with Dr. Karen Kidd, share her experience in, and passion for, working with data using the statistical programming language R in a 2-day workshop this November -date to be determined.

Lindsay has spent over a decade conducting graduate and postdoctoral research in the fields of biogeochemistry and microbial ecology giving her a broad skill set in the management and analysis of ecological data.

Course overview

R is a powerful, free, open-source, and widely used tool for working with data that can allow you to streamline your analysis process, increase reproducibility, catch and avoid mistakes, and access newly developed analyses and statistical approaches. 

This workshop will provide participants with the tools for reading in, manipulating, analyzing, and visualizing data in R.  For example, we will cover topics such as cleaning and organizing data, joining data sets, working with factors, writing functions, using for loops and if…else statements, etc.   

A primary goal is to help participants become comfortable working in a coding environment. To accomplish this, the workshop format will include a combination of explanation, demonstration, and extensive hands-on practice using a variety of sample datasets.  Participants will leave with basic skills that can be put into use immediately, as well as a platform from which to learn more complex analyses.

Learning objectives

At the end of this 2-day workshop, participants will:

  • Have a conceptual understanding of how R works
  • Be aware of the availability of relevant packages to expand R’s functionality
  • Be able to use R as a calculator and basic data manipulation tool
  • Be able to write simple functions in R to automate analyses
  • Be able to produce useful graphical and numeric summaries of data
  • Be able to implement basic statistical tests (ANOVA, linear regression

Dr. Lindsay Brin
Postdoctoral fellow
Canadian Rivers Institute
Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick – Saint John

This, free of charge, workshop is only available to CRI members


Register Here


Design and data analysis for effective environmental monitoring

On October 29 - 31, 2016, Dr. Karen Kidd will be hosting Dr. Anders Bignert who will share his considerable expertise designing and analysing environmental monitoring data.

Saturday October 29, 9:am - 2pm
Sunday October 30, 10:30am - 3:00pm
Monday October 31, 9:00am - 2:00 pm
The workshop will be held at Marshall D'Avery Hall, room 120.

Andres is internationally recognized for his expertise designing environmental monitoring programs and is currently developing methods to facilitate the planning, associated with environmental monitoring programs, and evaluation, of the ecological and chemical monitoring data.

Over his career, Ander’s has advised several international organizations and governments on their monitoring programs (e.g. International Council for the Exploration of the Sea, the Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme, Helsinki Commission, the European Water Frame Directive, Marine Strategy Framework Directive) as well as having authored over 200 publications (peer reviewed and international reports) on contaminant concentrations and the health status of wildlife (seals, eagles, otters) and fish populations.

Course overview

Considerable effort and resources are spent on collecting biological samples to understand how organisms and populations environmental condition change geographically and over time.  However, the ability of this data to answer the intended questions depends on the sampling design of the monitoring program (i.e., sample number, sampling frequency, random or stratified sampling design and so on) and even studies which sample the right time period, geographical area, and trophic level, are still not always able to draw their intended conclusions.  In order to design a study that can draw the right conclusions it needs to be designed to reduce uncertainty and increase statistical power. As a result, financial resources, time, and accuracy will be improved.

This 3-day workshop will cover the following topics in morning lectures (available through webinar) and afternoon working sessions:

1) Understanding statistical power:  the role of sample size, effect size, variance, and outliers

2) Reducing unexplained/random variance associated with:

  • Choosing appropriate sampling matrices
  • Censoring data
  • Adjustments/ confounders
  • Sampling strategy and design
  • Spatial/temporal aspects
  • Random/stratified/clustered sampling
  • Sampling frequency
  • Long term monitoring

3) Considering statistical power for the following method:

  • Parametric-/non-parametric methods
  • Regression
  • Dose-response
  • Temporal trend analyses
  • Log-linear
  • Non-linear
  • Change-point detection
  • Spatial analyses

Learning outcomes

  • How to design studies and collect data to increase statistical power
  • How to analyse spatial and temporal trends in environmental data


Dr. Anders Bignert,
Professor, Swedish Museum of Natural History
Associated Professor at Stockholm University in Sweden
Honorary Professor, Tongji University, Shanghai, China

Full workshop $250 - $500 + hst
Lecture participation by webinar $125 + hst

Register Here


Mapping our watersheds: Introducing GIS tools for freshwater assessment and management

This December CRI associate, Dr. Wendy Monk will be running her workshop on watershed mapping using open source tools on December 8 and 9, 2016.

Wendy is a Research Associate with more than ten years’ post-doctoral research experience as an interdisciplinary scientist. She integrates hydrology, aquatic ecology, and geospatial analyses to understand freshwater ecosystems. Her research and collaborations includes a classification of Canadian rivers based on their hydrological regime, flow-ecology analyses using the benthic macroinvertebrate community, the development of flow stressor-specific diagnostic indices, the development and application of regional reference condition models, and the modelling of future river temperature scenarios.

Course description

This 2-day workshop introduces the GIS for solving spatial problems in watershed management and aquatic systems research. It will focus on developing skills for preparing datasets, creating maps, and performing basic spatial analysis. Participants will acquire foundational skills needed to perform complex analyses and utilize visualization tools to communicate spatial information and analytical outputs. They will also be introduced to open source GIS platforms (QGIS and GRASS) and toolsets for freshwater assessment and management.

This workshop is a great opportunity for graduate students and researchers, watershed groups, and environmental managers interested in developing basic skills in geospatial analysis.

Learning outcomes

  • Understand the history of geospatial analysis
  • Apply different geographic and projected coordinate systems, vector and raster data, and geodatabases
  • Acquire and process spatial and attribute data for solving basic spatial problems
  • Apply GIS toolsets to perform spatial analysis based on both vector and raster data
  • Develop skills to map sites, delineate watersheds, extract information about the watershed and summaries watershed statistics
  • Create GIS projects and map outputs for presentation and dissemination
  • Identify external data sources for geospatial data

Dr. Wendy Monk,
Research Associate, Canadian Rivers Institute and Faculty of Forestry and Environmental Management, University of New Brunswick

Full workshop $187 - $250 
+ hst
*a limited number (5) of participants can attend the full workshop by webinar

Register Here


Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop

One of the Canadian Rivers Institute’s newest Science Directors, Dr. Jessica Orlofske will be returning to Fredericton to offer her Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop on December 16th and 17th, 2016.

Jessica has been actively researching invertebrates, specifically aquatic insects, for over 14 years working on such topics as protozoan parasites of Odonates (dragonflies and damselflies), and using Odonates for environmental monitoring of urban storm-water retention ponds, assessing invertebrate assemblages to  evaluate tallgrass prairie restorations, and the effects of local and regional variation in hydrologic conditions on larval aquatic insects.

Jessica began teaching invertebrate identification to research assistants and as undergraduate laboratory exercises during her graduate degrees at Iowa State University and University of New Brunswick.

In 2012, Jessica developed a one-day Benthic Macroinvertebrate Identification Workshop offered at UNB. Since then, the course has been offered to over 100 participants in the US and Canada and expanded to a two-day course.

Course description

Benthic macroinvertebrates are used extensively by watershed and other conservation organizations, municipal, state/provincial, and federal governments to monitor environmental conditions in freshwater ecosystems. These assessments require accurate and efficient taxonomic identification of specimens collected from bulk field samples. This workshop will briefly discuss the purpose and design of benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring programs. Laboratory techniques for sub-sampling (fixed-counts or percentage-based strategies) and separating invertebrates from debris will also be described.

  • The primary focus of the course will be identification of common aquatic macroinvertebrates with an emphasis on aquatic insects of Eastern North American.
  • The course will cover order and family-level identification using morphological characters and dichotomous and/or visual keys.
  • Information regarding life-history and ecological preferences will provide context on which habitats and conditions may be favorable to major groups of aquatic insects. Participants attending the course in person will have the opportunity to sub-sample, sort, and identify their own specimens or material provided during the course to develop sorting and identification skills.
  • A self-assessment at the end of the course will help to identify areas for further practice.
  • Participation in this course would provide suitable preparation for the Society for Freshwater Science family-level taxonomic certification exam as well as a foundation for the further specialization toward genus-level exams.

Learning outcomes

This two-day workshop will include a lecture component (participants can join by webinar) and a hands-on lab component 

Lecture participation (in person or by webinar) will enable you to:

  • Identify the primary orders of aquatic insects on sight
  • Master the terminology associated with aquatic insect anatomy
  • Recognize the morphological characters that distinguish common families of aquatic insects (emphasis on Eastern North America)

Classroom participation will further enable you to:

  • Become proficient in the use of dichotomous and/or visual keys to identify aquatic insect specimens to family, possibly genus (emphasis on Eastern North America)
  • Use common laboratory sub-sampling and sorting procedures and equipment for processing benthic macroinvertebrate samples

Dr. Jessica Orlofske,

Assistant Professor of Invertebrate Zoology, University of Wisconsin – Parkside, USA

Full workshop $187 to $250 + hst
Lecture participation by webinar $75 + hst

Register Here


Basic Statistics for Environmental Data (in ‘R’)


This course has been divided up into seven main sections.  The first section is optional if you are experienced with R and have a basic understanding of statistical analysis.

  • Introduction to R
  • Two Sample Proportion Test
  • Chi-square Test & Multiple Comparisons
  • Kolmogorov-Smirnov Test
  • ANOVA/Kruskal-Wallis
  • Power Considerations
  • Summary & Resources

Key Learning Objectives

  • Background on basic statistics
  • Basic statistical analyses of biological and environmental data using R
  • Practice and apply these tests by analyzing different types of biological data


This is a self-paced online module.  Interaction with other participants is encouraged to help each other learn tricks and tips for working in R, and to discuss exercises and real world data analysis issues.

Course Fees
Professionals $250.00 + hst
First-time students/First Nations/NGO $187.50 + hst
Course Schedule

Online access available May 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017

Self-paced course



CABIN logo
Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) Online and Field Training Program


Online: Michelle Gray, PhD, CRI
Field Certification:
Allison Ritcey, Environment Canada (Northern Canada)
Stephanie Strachan, Environment Canada (Western Canada)
Tim Pascoe, Environment Canada (Central Canada and Ontario)
Alain Armellin, Environment Canada (Quebec)
Lesley Carter, Environment Canada (Atlantic Canada)


The Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) is an aquatic biological monitoring program developed and maintained by Environment Canada for assessing the health of freshwater ecosystems in Canada. CABIN is based on the network of networks approach that promotes inter-agency collaboration and data-sharing to achieve consistent and comparable reporting on freshwater quality and aquatic ecosystem conditions in Canada. The National CABIN team of Environment Canada, in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB,) have developed a training program for the use of the nationally standardized protocol for aquatic biomonitoring and assessment.

The objective of the CABIN Training Program is to provide participants with necessary skills and knowledge to successfully conduct freshwater benthic invertebrate monitoring and assessment to a nationally acceptable standard, using online CABIN resources (database, analytical and reporting tools); and to provide uniformity and consistency in the application of CABIN sampling methods across Canada.

There are two CABIN training programs offered:
1) CABIN Online Modules: Online course consisting of up to 6 theoretical modules about the program and use of the online tools. Depending on the interest and responsibilities of users, each module was designed for a specific purpose and different modules are required for different levels of CABIN access. Each online learning module contains assessment activities, such as quizzes and assignments, to evaluate learning.

  • Project Manager - all 6 online modules, plus the field certitication (see below)
  • Field Technician - Module 1, 2, Data Entry, plus the field certitication (see below)
  • Data Analyst - Module 1, 5, Data Entry (no field requirement)
  • Data Entry Technician - Data Entry only (no field requirement)

2) CABIN Field Certification: Practical field course providing certification in CABIN sampling methods. Field certifications are held in several locations across Canada during the summer months. In addition to obtaining field certification, the workshops provide the opportunity to ask questions and participate in group discussions related to the information learned online. Access to enter data to the CABIN database is dependent on obtaining CABIN Field Certification. Participants must complete or currently be enrolled in Modules1 & 2 of the online course before they are eligible to register for the Field Certification course.

Field Training: there is an additional $250 regular / $125 NGO/Student fee for the 2-day field practical training session.


CABIN Access

To gain access to the CABIN online database and tools users must complete both courses according to their intended use. The complete theoretical training for Project Manager level consists of 6 online learning modules with the field certification co-requisite (2-days, regionally based across Canada). For participants conducting the fieldwork and entering data but not designing their own studies or doing analyses the Data/Field Technician level is more appropriate. This level consists of 3 online learning modules with the field certification co-requisite.


There are no prerequisites to take the online CABIN training modules; however, a background in biology, stream ecology, environmental science, or a related field would be helpful. Field Certification is a co-requisite to the online modules if participants intend access to CABIN as a Project Manager or Data/Field Technician. The first two online modules are a pre-requisite of the Field Certification.

Training upgrade or expiration

CABIN is an active and evolving scientific program. As such, it is important that participants receive the most current and relevant training. Participants can upgrade from Data/Field Technician to Project Manager at any time and should contact CRI Training to ensure the correct modules are taken.

Participants are allowed 2 years from the time of completion of the online modules to obtain a Field Assistant Certificate in order to gain access to the CABIN database. If participants have received CABIN Field Assistant Training through another institute, they may upgrade their training to Project Manager or Data/Field Technician with the online modules within a 2 year period in order to gain access to the CABIN tools.

What Modules should I take?

The desire to use different resources in CABIN determines the level of training that is required and the modules that should be taken. There are four primary levels of training:

Training Level Course requirements Who should take this?
Project Manager All 6 online modules & Field Certification* co-requisite Project leaders & people involved in a CABIN study from beginning to end.
Field Technician Modules 1 & 2, Data Entry Field Certification* co-requisite Field technicians who are not involved in study design or data analysis.
Data Analyst Modules 1 & 5, Data Entry (no field component) People hired to conduct analyses but who were not involved in data collection.
Data Entry Technician Data Entry module only (no field component) People hired to assist with data entry or for a taxonomist entering taxonomic data directly into the database for a study already set up in CABIN by Project Managers.

*Modules 1 and 2 MUST be completed prior to attending the Field Certificaition within a 2-year period.

Note: Modules may also be taken individually, contact CRI Training for more information.

Key Learning Objectives

CABIN Online Modules

Module 1: Introduction to CABIN and biomonitoring (Estimated completion time: 3-6 hours)

  • Why aquatic organisms are used in water quality monitoring and common assessment methods and approaches
  • Understanding of concept behind the reference condition approach (RCA), steps involved in study design, and selection of reference sites

Module 2: Field sampling using standard CABIN protocols (Estimated completion time: 3-6 hours)

  • Understanding of CABIN sampling protocols and rationale behind the selection of the protocols and data management within the CABIN database
  • After successful completion of the regionally-based face-to-face field practicum session, participants will receive certification in CABIN sampling techniques

Module 3: Macroinvertebrate sample processing and taxonomy (Estimated completion time: 3-6 hours)

  • Understanding of the sample processing procedures for benthic macroinvertebrate (BMI) samples and a basic introduction to BMI taxonomy

Module 4: Study design and statistics of model building (Estimated completion time: 10-15 hours)

  • Understanding of the concept behind the reference condition approach (RCA), study design, site selection for the purpose of collecting reference data for reference condition models in partnership with Environment Canada or others
  • Understand the basics of how the CABIN models are built and how predictions are made in order to understand and interpret the site assessments

Module 5: Test Site Assessment: Data Analysis, interpretation and reporting (Estimated completion time: 10-15 hours)

  • Understanding of the CABIN database, the steps involved in CABIN data analysis for site assessment and interpreting the outputs and the steps involved in the CABIN reporting tools

Data Entry Module (Estimated completion time: 2-3 hours)

  • Understanding of the data management structure within CABIN

A grade of 70% is required for each online module in order to receive final certification. 

CABIN Field Certification

Field Certification Practicum (16 hours - two 8-hour days)

  • Participants will demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the field sampling protocols, proper sampling techniques, and use of field equipment

Modules 1 and 2 must be completed before attending the field practicum.

Réseau canadien de biosurveillance aquatique (RCBA)
Programme de formation en ligne et de terrain


Michelle Gray, PhD, CRI
Responsables régionaux du RCBA d’Environnement Canada


Le Réseau canadien de biosurveillance aquatique (RCBA) est un programme de biosurveillance aquatique développé et maintenu par Environnement Canada pour évaluer la santé des écosystèmes dulcicoles du Canada. Le RCBA est axé sur l’approche d’un réseau de réseaux qui préconise une collaboration et le partage des données entre les organismes afin de produire un compte rendu cohérent et comparable de la qualité de l’eau douce et des conditions des écosystèmes aquatiques du Canada. En partenariat avec le Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) de l’Université du Nouveau-Brunswick (UNB), l’équipe nationale du RCBA d’Environnement Canada a développé un programme de formation pour l’usage d’un protocole de biosurveillance et d’évaluation aquatique nationalement normalisé.
L’objectif du programme de formation du RCBA est de fournir aux participants les aptitudes et les connaissances nécessaires afin de mener avec succès le monitoring et l’évaluation des invertébrés benthiques dulcicoles selon une norme nationale acceptable, en utilisant les ressources en ligne du RCBA (la base de données, les outils analytiques et de compte rendu); et de fournir l’uniformité et la cohérence lors de l’application des méthodes d’échantillonnage du RCBA à travers le Canada.

Deux cours RCBA sont offerts:
1) Les modules du RCBA en ligne: Le cours en ligne comporte jusqu’à 6 modules théoriques portant sur le programme et l’usage des outils en ligne. Selon l’intérêt et les responsabilités des usagers, chaque module a été conçu selon un dessein spécifique et différents modules sont nécessaires aux différents niveaux d’accès au RCBA. Chacun des modules de formation en ligne contient des activités d’évaluation, telles que des jeux- questionnaires et des devoirs, afin d’évaluer l’apprentissage.

2) Certification de terrain du RCBA: Un cours pratique sur le terrain fournissant la certification quant aux méthodes d’échantillonnage du RCBA. Les certifications de terrain sont menées dans plusieurs endroits à travers le Canada au cours des mois estivaux. En plus d’obtenir la certification de terrain, les ateliers fournissent l’opportunité de poser des questions et de participer aux discussions collectives liées à l’information apprise en ligne. L’accès à la saisie de données dans la base de données du RCBA dépend de l’obtention de la certification de l’assistant de terrain du RCBA. Les participants doivent compléter ou être présentement enrôlés dans les modules 1 et 2 du cours en ligne avant d’être éligibles à l’inscription au cours de certification de terrain.


Accès au RCBA

Afin de pouvoir accéder à la base de données et aux outils en ligne du RCBA, les usagers doivent compléter les deux cours selon leur usage prévu. La formation théorique complète pour le niveau de Chargé de projet comporte 6 modules de formation en ligne et le cours associé de certification de terrain (2 jours, basé régionalement à travers le Canada). Pour les participants conduisant le travail de terrain et saisissant des données mais qui ne conçoivent pas leurs propres études ou ne font pas d’analyses, le niveau Technicien de données/terrain est mieux approprié. Ce niveau comporte 3 modules de formation en ligne et le cours associé de certification de terrain.

Prérequis/Cours associé
Les modules de formation en ligne du RCBA ne nécessitent aucun prérequis; cependant, une base de connaissances en biologie, écologie des cours d’eau, sciences environnementales, ou dans un domaine connexe serait utile. La certification de terrain est un cours associé aux modules en ligne si les participants ont l’intention d’accéder au RCBA en tant que Chargé de projet ou  Technicien de données/terrain. Les deux premiers modules en ligne sont des prérequis à la certification de terrain.

Mise à niveau ou expiration de la formation
Le RCBA est un programme scientifique actif et en évolution. Ainsi, il est important que les participants reçoivent la formation la plus actuelle et pertinente. Les participants peuvent monter du niveau de Technicien de données/terrain à Chargé de projet en tout temps et devraient communiquer avec le Directeur de formation du CRI afin d’assurer que les modules appropriés soient utilisés.

Les participants ont un délai de deux années après avoir complété les modules en ligne avant d’obtenir un Certificat d’assistant de terrain afin de pouvoir accéder à la base de données du RCBA. Si les participants ont reçu une formation d’assistant de terrain du RCBA à travers un autre institut, ils doivent mettre leur formation au niveau Chargé de projet ou Technicien de données/terrain à l’aide des modules en ligne en deçà d’une période de deux années afin de pouvoir accéder aux outils du RCBA.

Quels modules devrais-je utiliser?

Le désir d’utiliser les différentes ressources du RCBA détermine le niveau de formation requis et les modules à utiliser. Quatre niveaux primaires de formation existent:

Niveau de formation* Exigences du cours Qui devrait suivre cette formation?
Chargé de projet Tous les 6 modules en ligne et le cours associé à la certification de terrain Les chargés de projet et les personnes impliquées dans une étude du RCBA du début à la fin.
Technicien de terrain Les modules 1 et 2*, la saisie de données et le cours associé à la certification de terrain Les techniciens de terrain qui ne sont pas impliqués dans la conception de l’étude ou l’analyse des données.
Analyste des données Modules 1 et 5, saisie de données Les personnes embauchées pour mener des analyses mais qui ne sont pas impliquées dans la collecte de données.
Technicien de la saisie des données Module de saisie de données seulement Les personnes embauchées pour assister la saisie de données ou pour un taxonomiste saisissant  directement des données taxonomiques dans la base de données pour une étude déjà établie dans le RCBA par les chargés de projet.
*Les modules 1 et 2 doivent être complétés avant de participer à la certification de terrain en deçà d’une période de deux années.

Note: Les modules doivent aussi être utilisés individuellement, communiquez avec le Directeur de formation du CRI pour de plus amples informations.

Objectifs d’apprentissage clés

Modules RCBA en ligne

Module 1: Introduction au RCBA et à la biosurveillance (3-6 heures)

  • Pour quoi des organismes aquatiques sont utilisés pour le monitoring de la qualité de l’eau et méthodes et approches communes d’évaluation
  • Comprendre le concept derrière l’approche des conditions de référence (ACR), les étapes impliquées dans la conception d’étude, et la sélection des sites de référence

Module 2: Échantillonnage de terrain utilisant les protocoles normalisés du RCBA (3-6 heures)

  • Comprendre les protocoles d’échantillonnage du RCBA et la justification derrière la sélection des protocoles et de la gestion des données à l’intérieur de la base de données du RCBA

Module 3: Traitement et taxonomie des échantillons de macro-invertébrés (3-6 heures)

  • Comprendre les procédures de traitement des échantillons de macro-invertébrés benthiques (MIB) et introduction de base à la taxonomie MIB

Module 4: Conception d’étude et statistiques lors du développement de modèles (10-15 heures)

  • Comprendre le concept derrière l’approche des conditions de référence (ACR), la conception d’étude, la sélection des sites dans le but de collecter des données de référence pour les modèles aux conditions de référence en partenariat avec Environnement Canada ou d’autres
  • Comprendre les éléments de base du développement des modèles RCBA et comment les prédictions sont effectuées afin de comprendre et d’interpréter les évaluations des sites

Module 5: Évaluation des sites d’essai: Analyse, interprétation et compte rendu des données (10-15 heures)

  • Comprendre la base de données du RCBA, les étapes impliquées dans l’analyse des données du RCBA pour l’évaluation des sites et l’interprétation des extrants et des étapes impliqués dans les outils de compte rendu du RCBA

Module de saisie des données (2-3 heures)

  • Comprendre la structure de gestion des données à l’intérieur du RCBA

Afin de recevoir la certification finale, chacun des modules nécessite une note de 70%

Certification de terrain du RCBA
Travaux pratiques de la certification de terrain (16 heures)

  • Les participants démontreront la connaissance et la compréhension des protocoles d’échantillonnage de terrain, des techniques d’échantillonnage appropriées, et de l’usage de l’équipement de terrain

Les modules 1 et 2 doivent être complétés AVANT de participer aux travaux pratiques de terrain.

Online Course Fees
Training Level Professionals Students/First Nations/NGO
Project Manager $500.00 $250.00
Field Technician $250.00 $125.00
Data Analyst $250.00 $125.00
Data Entry Technician $75.00 $75.00
Field Certification Fees  
Project Manager $250.00 $125.00
Field Technician $250.00 $125.00
Course Schedule

Online course available May 1, 2016 to February 28, 2017

Students MUST complete Modules 1 and 2 to be accepted into the field course training during summer 2016. 

($125 re-registration required if need to complete in the new session)


Contact CRI Training with any questions.


2016 Field Certification Schedule



North Vancouver, BC June 16 and 17, 2016 and June 20 and 21, 2016
Halifax, NS June 22 and 23, 2016
Foret Montmorency, QC June 21 and 22, 2016
Burlington, ON June 22 and 23, 2016 - FULL; second field training date: July 12 and 13, 2016 
Moncton, NB July 6 and 7, 2016
Kananaskis, AB July 13 and 14, 2016 - FULL - check out our other British Columbia offerings!
Whitehorse, YK July 14, 2016
Smithers or Fort St. John, BC  Week of July 25, 2016 - CANCELLED
Nelson, BC September 7 and 8, 2016
Hinton/Jasper, AB August 3 and 4, 2016 - CANCELLED
Golden, BC Week of August 8, 2016 - CANCELLED
Haida Gwaii, BC Week of August 15, 2016




Electrofishing - Online & Field Training


Michelle Gray, PhD, CRI & Forestry Department, University of New Brunswick
Mark Gautreau, BSc, CRI & Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick
Kirk Roach, BSc, CRI & Department of Biology, University of New Brunswick



Electrofishing is a commonly used fish collection method in streams, rivers, and lakes.  Although not legislated in most provinces in Canada (except for BC), electrofishing training provides employers with evidence of due diligence and provides trainees with adequate knowledge of the risks and safety features of these machines.  We focus on backpack electrofishing training, but also have boat electrofishing training upon request.

Key Learning Objectives

  • What is electrofishing?
  • Why electrofish?
  • Electrical and electrofishing theory
  • Impacts of electrofishing
  • Electrofishing safety guidelines
  • Field procedures and techniques
  • Recommended standard operating procedures


This course is considered a ‘blended’ course – course materials are delivered via an online course and then all participants must complete a field practicum (half day for backpack, full day for boat).  The online materials are delivered using an online learning management system called Desire2Learn.  Participants must complete the online component (pass is 80% on final quiz), a minimum of 24h BEFORE attending their designated field practicum.

This course is recognized by DFO as an acceptable backpack electrofishing training course. Register well in advance of field training to ensure timely and sufficient access to the online materials before the field practicum.  Electrofishing certificate recipients should recertify within every 5 years to refresh their skills and update their certificate.

All participants must have current first aid and CPR training to receive their electrofishing certificate, which can be completed after the field session.

If you are completing the "refresher" electrofishing training, you are only required to attend the practical field session. 

Course Fees
Backpack Electrofishing
Professionals $500.00
Full-time students/First Nations/NGO $375.00
Refresher $250.00
Boat Electrofishing
Professionals $500.00
Full-time students/First Nations/NGO $375.00
Refresher $200.00
Combination (Backpack AND Boat, same time)
Professionals $800.00
Full-time students/First Nations/NGO $600.00
2016 Field Practicum Schedule 

Fredericton, NB

July 11, August 8, September 2, 2016

NOTE: Other dates may be added throughout the season based on demand (min 5 participants needed to run a field practicum).

To discuss options for additional location, dates or boat electrofishing training, please contact CRI Training.



Practical Hydrology, Hydrometry and Fluvial Geomorphology


André St-Hilaire, PhD, CRI Science Director


Hydrology is an essential component of a large number of ecological processes in rivers and estuaries. Understanding of the components of a hydrological budget and water quality processes is helpful in the study of chemical/biological interactions in aquatic ecosystems. Over the course of the last decades, the modernization of monitoring tools has allowed most water resources managers to distance themselves from data acquisition. However, understanding the requirements of appropriate measurement techniques for discharge, rainfall and water quality remains essential to appreciate the uncertainty of data that are available.

Key Learning Objectives

The emphasis of this field course is on field techniques. Objectives include:

  • Introduction to the water cycle and hydrological budget
  • Familiarization with different flow measurement techniques
  • Construction of rating curves
  • Introduction to meteorological, water temperature and sediment measurements


This 3-day field course is offered through the Institut National de la Recherche Scientifque (INRS) at the Sacré-Coeur Field Station located near Sacré-Coeur, QC.

Course Fees*
Professionals $750.00
* Includes accommodations and food at the field station 
2016 Course Schedule 

Course completed for 2016







Integrated Forum: Ecosystem Management


Instructor: Roland Cormier, Regional Director for Ecosystems Management and Centre of Expertise for Risk Management at Fisheries and Oceans Canada

Key Learning Objectives

The intent of the course is to provide students with an understanding of environmental assessment and integrated management approaches and practices as well as risk management decision-making processes. It introduces an ecosystem approach to management linking public policy agenda, regulatory requirements, cultural and social considerations and economic outcomes. It also discusses the roles of scientific advisory processes, governance structures in the management option assessments and the formulation of policies.

Webinar Lecture Topics

  • Governance processes and public policy agenda formulation 
  • Strategic environmental assessment versus environmental impact assessments
  • Integrated coastal and oceans governance processes
  • Marine spatial planning and management
  • Ecosystem approach to management
  • Risk management and risk assessment frameworks and techniques


The lectures will be provided via live webinar, with pre-pecture readings being provided in an online learning management system, Moodle.  After the 6 lectures, we hope to bring all participants together in New Brunswick to participate in a 1-day workshop where teams will work to complete a mock management plan based on a 'game scenario' in order to receive a certificate of completion.  

Course Fees
Available to CRI students - please contact if interested
Course Schedule

Course completed for 2016




Water Quality Assessment Analysis and Interpretation


This online course was developed to introduce tools for water quality data visualization and statistical analysis (Excel & R), provide exercises to gain experience with real data to analyse for effects, trends, etc., introduce the use of Water Quality Indices (WQI) to consolidate lots of information, and covers the design of water quality monitoring programs.  Topics covered include:

  • Data summaries and distributions
  • Considerations for water quality data
  • Testing for differences in water quality between sites
  • Examining relationships between parameters and trends
  • Monitoring program design considerations
  • Reporting statistical evidence for water quality data


Learning Outcomes:

•      Provides a reference material and resources for future employment

•      Develops skill in the manipulation of large data sets in excel, critical thinking, and interpretation of water quality data

•      Students will have a completed analysis of real monitoring data  summarizing the quality of surface waters as proof of their abilities

This online course was developed to introduce tools for water quality data visualization and statistical analysis (Excel), provide exercises to gain experience with real data to analyse for effects, trends, etc., introduce the use of Water Quality Indices (WQI) to consolidate lots of information, and covers the design of water quality monitoring programs.  Topics covered include:

  • Data summaries and distributions
  • Considerations for water quality data
  • Testing for differences in water quality between sites
  • Examining relationships between parameters and trends
  • Monitoring program design considerations
  • Reporting statistical evidence for water quality data

Key Learning Objectives

  • Formulate the key questions and hypotheses
  • Determine the best analytical method for answering the question
  • Determine the best graphical method for presenting the data
  • Analyze and present the data through the use of Excel and R
  • Learn how to present figures and statistical results in reports


The content was originally developed in partnership with the Saskatchewan Research Council (Dr. Andrew Harwood), and Dr. Monique Dubé (CRI Science Director).  It is offered as a self-paced online course in an online learning management system called Moodle, and was modified by Heather Loomer (PhD Candidate, CRI).  Participants will be encouraged to interact with fellow participants online to share real-world stories and/or questions regarding water quality monitoring data and designs.

Course Fees
Professionals $250.00
Full-time students/First Nations/NGO $187.50



Course Schedule
Online access available May 1, 2016 to March 31, 2017



Field Safety: Swiftwater Rescue and/or Wilderness First Aid


Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician (Level 2) (2 days)
Lead Instructor: Rob Lemmon, Maritime DayTripping

Rescue Canada's industrial swiftwater program is designed specifically for those individuals and agencies whose primary legal responsibility is data collection and natural resource rehabilitation or for those individuals and agencies working with man-made structures  in and around moving water environments. Their primary responsibility is personal safety while maintaining efficient job completion. 

This is a 2-day course with the first half day spend in the classroom, and then 1.5 days on the water.  Dry suits are required and are available for rental.

Advance Wilderness & Remote First Aid (4 days, 1 evening): 
Lead Instructor: Blair Doyle, Wilderness and Remote First Aid

Intended for individuals who participate in life outside the immediate access of EMS, the Wilderness & Remote First Aid program of the Canadian Red Cross is an enhancement of Standard First Aid concepts to meet the demands of remote environments. Through reality-based scenarios, participants experience how and why WRFA applies a higher level of care. Beyond understanding the differences in practice between WRFA and traditional first aid, participants explore remote first aid realities and learn essential leadership, application of principled approaches, and management of environmental threats. Emphasis is on practical skills, decision making, and dealing with the outdoors.

Course Fees
Swiftwater Safety Rescue Technician (Level 2) $375.00 + HST
2-day dry suit rental  + $65.00 + HST
Advanced Wilderness & Remote First Aid  $295.00 + HST



2016 Course Schedule
Advanced Wilderness and Remote First Aid: Course completed for 2016
Swiftwater Rescue: Course completed for 2016