Training and certification for aquatic biomonitoring

To use the Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) and analysis tools, you must complete the required online module training and certification. Additional field certification is also available if you are interested in collecting benthic macroinvertebrates and habitat data.

CABIN training is for anyone

The training program provides the knowledge and skills required to conduct a biomonitoring program to CABIN standards.

Online modules guide you through data entry, analysis, and reporting, while the field course gets you into a river with experienced CABIN trainers to go over the steps of collecting data for CABIN-based biomonitoring.

Different needs equals different training

Depending on your role, there are different levels of training. Use the table below to find the level that best suits your needs.

CABIN training levels based on user needs
Lead a CABIN project Be involved in study design Collect CABIN samples Run CABIN analyses Enter data into CABIN
Project manager Yes Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data analyst N / A N / A N / A Yes Yes
Field technician N / A N / A Yes N / A Yes
Data entry technician N / A N / A N / A N / A Yes

Online modules

CABIN program certification is provided through a partnership between Environment and Climate Change Canada and the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) out of the University of New Brunswick. You can register for CRI Training Website.

Field course availability

Find out when and where CABIN field training courses are running in 2021. 

Nova Scotia:

  • Dartmouth: August 24-25
  • Truro: August 31 - September 1

British Columbia:

  • Vancouver: August 16-17
  • Vancouver: August 23-24
  • Vancouver: August 25-26

Depending on the demand and the evolving COVID situation, additional courses may be considered in other locations in September 2021.

Check the CRI Training Website for the complete current list of locations and dates.

Training partners

A field assistant certification program is available from several recognized post-secondary institutions. It provides students with an introduction to the CABIN program and hands-on field skills. It does not give the student access to the online tools. Students have 2 years to upgrade their field assistant certification to field technician by paying the necessary fees and completing the online modules.

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