Course Description

Backpack electrofishing training is overseen by Dr. Michelle Gray’s lab and research group and supported by the CRI Training and Professional Development division. The electrofishing program and certificate is recognized by the federal department of Fisheries and Oceans Canada (DFO ) as an accepted backpack electrofishing training course. 

Course Outline

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.

To participate in Field Training, students must first complete online test 1 and test 2. See “Details” below for more information.

2024 Backpack Electrofishing Training Field Schedule
Date Time Location Status
May 24 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Fredericton, NB spots available
June 14 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Fredericton, NB spots available
July 19 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Fredericton, NB spots available
August 16 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Fredericton, NB spots available
September 21 9:30 am - 1:30 pm Fredericton, NB spots available

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).  The online materials are delivered using an online learning management system called Desire2Learn.  Participants must complete the online component (pass is 80% on final quizzes), a minimum of 48 hours before attending their designated field practicum.

The online course and backpack field practicum are available in both English and French.

Please 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 re-certify within every 5 years to refresh their skills and update their certificate.
All participants must have 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.

Field Training
Participants must complete online tests 1 and 2 before attending the field training. Field training sessions are normally scheduled for 4 hours running from 9:30 am - 1:30 pm, please bring a bagged lunch or snacks, if you would like, as there is time to eat while waiting for your turn in the water.

Please bring:
    •    Non-breathable chest waders
    •    If available, a lifejacket or personal flotation device
    •    If available, polarized sunglasses and a brimmed hat
    •    Water
You may also want sunscreen and/or bug spray depending on the conditions.


Learner Outcomes

  • What is electrofishing?

  • Why electrofish?

  • Electrical and electrofishing theory

  • Impacts of electrofishing

  • Electrofishing safety guidelines

  • Field procedures and techniques

  • Recommended standard operating procedures

The Canadian Rivers Institute is using the services of the University of New Brunswick’s College of Extended Learning to increase the quality and efficiency of program registration and delivery of this CRI Training and Professional Development program's signature course. For enquiries, please email unbcricourses@unb.ca

Enroll Now - Select a section to enroll in
Section Title
Boat Electrofishing
Online: Self-Paced
May 02, 2024 to Mar 31, 2025
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Price non-credit $500.00
Drop Request Deadline
Apr 25, 2024
Transfer Request Deadline
Apr 25, 2024
Required fields are indicated by .