Electrofishing: Theory, Safety And Application Certification

Course Description

This 2-day certification course is an overview of electrofishing theory, safety and practices. The program meets current provincial Worker's Compensation Board (WCB) requirements for electrofisher certification. 

Course Objectives

Upon successful completion of this two-day course, the participant will be able to:

  • Define the practice of "electrofishing".
  • Define the electrical (operational) theory of an electrofishing unit.
  • Identify and operate all components of an electrofisher.
  • Troubleshoot and repair common field equipment repairs
  • Adjust electrofisher settings to capture fish effectively.
  • Manage an electrofishing crew effectively and efficiently.
  • Manage an electrical field in an electrofishing operation.
  • Operate an electrofisher unit to reduce potential injuries to fish and other animals.

Class vs Field

Class: 1.0 days; Field: 0.5 days


First aid requirements for electrofishing crews will vary by province or country. Please confirm your requirements prior to commencing with electrofishing field work. Your employer or applicable 'workers compensation board' will have further information. In BC, mandatory first aid training courses for all persons involved in an electrofishing operation are an appropriate first aid course having a CPR component.

First Aid training is mandatory (must be current and valid) to the certification associated with this course, and must be successfully completed prior to engaging in (actual) field work (employment). Although recommended to be in-place prior to this course, First Aid training may be completed following completion of this Electrofishing course. This requirement may change per province, and all course participants are advised to contact their provincial Workers' Compensation Board office for further details.

You Supply

Personal field equipment

  • "leak-free" chest waders (recommended type is neoprene or high-quality nylon);
  • non-slip footwear (felt wading shoe or boot, as well as stream wading cleat);
  • wading belt (nylon or rubber acceptable, worn on outside of waders);
  • polarized sunglasses (side shields or ‘wrap around’ style is/are recommended)
  • hat with a visor (e.g., baseball cap style).

For this training program, at a minimum, you are only required to bring leak-free chest waders and non-slip footwear (wading shoe, cleat, or aggressive rubber boot sole), pen and paper, and a calculator. (Note: ideally, you bring ALL items listed above).

All other personal protective equipment (PPE) (listed above) is optional for this training program BUT is mandatory during actual field work/employment.

NREP staff will provide all field and classroom-related supplies and equipment, including; course manuals, electrofisher unit(s) and accessories, dipnets, linesman gloves, and associated field equipment.

Course Schedule

Course schedule information.

Day One is a classroom lecture-based session, while Day Two is a field-based practicum in which participants are provided with an opportunity to operate the backpack electrofisher and apply skills and knowledge gained during the classroom time.

Note: High course enrolment (e.g., >18) may warrant additional field practicum sessions.


Registration information.


Course fees are refundable if you withdraw a minimum of 10 days prior to the start date of the course. Note that special refund deadlines are stated for some courses, and we are unable to issue refunds after those deadlines - information will appear in the intake's details available on the NREP schedule page. Non-Refundable Fees: Some courses may have non-refundable tuition, application, and/or lab fees. Please note: A full refund is issued if a course is cancelled.