Training and certification for aquatic biomonitoring

To use the CABIN database 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.

New field training on the Wetland protocol

CABIN is now offering a 2-day-field course for the new WETLAND protocol.

Participants will meet in Saskatoon, SK on July 10 and 11 to be trained in the collection of wetland benthic samples. Environment and Climate Change Canada scientists will lead this course and certify all participants in the nationally standardized protocol. Spots are limited, so reserve yours now! Please note that there are two online modules that will need to be completed before the field session to certify as a field technician.

The registration is through the Canadian Rivers Institute website. Click on the REGISTER button in order to have access to the Wetland training program.

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 = 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 X X X X X
Data analyst X X
Field technician X X
Data entry technician X

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

  1. YT - Whitehorse
  2. BC - North Vancouver, Smithers, Nelson
  3. AB - Rocky Mountain House
  4. MB - Riding Mountain
  5. ON - Burlington, Sudbury
  6. QC - Foret Montmorency
  7. NB - Moncton
  8. NS - Halifax/Dartmouth
  9. NL - by request

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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