Aquaculture Foundations

This foundational program expands on Fleming’s established expertise in Aquaculture education and training. Delivered online, the program focuses on the basics of fish biology, aquaculture techniques and fish husbandry. You will put theory into practice with hands-on training in our on-campus fish hatchery or a work placement with an industry employer

Program Highlights

Aquaculture Foundations is a two-semester College Certificate that focuses on:

  • Fish biology – anatomy and function, stress, disease recognition and control
  • Aquaculture techniques – maintenance of infrastructure, water and oxygen monitoring, basic calculations
  • Fish husbandry – feeding and breeding
  • Safety and environmental considerations

The program includes a unique Indigenous component with the Introduction to Indigenous Environmental Studies course in semester one.

Learn from anywhere! Most of the program will be delivered online with a culminating work placement component. Your hands-on training will take place in a compressed format in our hatchery or a workplace of your choice.

Why Choose Fleming

Students taking this program will benefit from Fleming’s expertise in the field. In addition to our renowned Aquaculture Co-op Graduate Certificate program, we recently launched a Centre for Innovative Aquaculture Production. We have strong industry and employer connections, expert faculty, and best-in-class on-campus facilities including our hatchery. The accessible delivery format, work placement, and the inclusion of Indigenous practices makes it unique in Ontario.

Experiential Learning

This program provides you with applied learning opportunities to ensure you have the skills to succeed in your career. You will get hands-on training through a culminating work placement – either in our fish hatchery or a workplace of your choice – which immerses you in a real-world environment.

Career Opportunities

Aquaculture is a growing field that is facing labour shortages. Employers include public or private fish hatcheries or commercial farms. Positions within the industry include:

  • Aquaculture Support Worker
  • Fish Farm Helper
  • Fish Tagger
  • Fry Marker
  • Sea Farm Attendant

Main duties would include:

  • Assisting Aquaculture Technicians in the operation of fish hatcheries or other aquatic farms
  • Feeding and vaccinating stocks, performing culling and marking or banding, and monitoring and reporting on stocks
  • Operation and maintenance of aquaculture equipment
  • Grading and weighing aquaculture stocks
  • Preparing aquaculture stocks for market
  • Operation of boats or other equipment needed for aquaculture operations

Average industry salaries = up to $22 per hour.

Upon graduating, eligible students can pursue additional education pathways within the field of study at the diploma or degree level. Graduates may want to pursue further study in a diploma program within our School of Environmental and Natural Resources Sciences. With supplementary education or industry experience, students could also potentially gain credentials to be considered for entry to our Aquaculture Co-op graduate certificate program.

Minimum Admission Requirements

Students applying to Aquaculture Foundations must meet the following requirements:

  • OSSD (or equivalent mature student status OSSD)

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