Water Quality

Course Description

The intent of the water quality monitoring course is to provide participants with knowledge required in order to understand the design of programs for effluents and fresh water, and to sample safely, properly, and with the ability to obtain the best scientifically-defensible results. This will be accomplished through the use of case studies and exercises which will reinforce the principles developed in the classroom. These will uphold current British Columbia and federal legislation, as well as best management practices for monitoring programs.


By the end of this course participants should have a good understanding of the important considerations in planning and conducting effluent and freshwater monitoring programs, and will be able to:

  • Define terms used in water quality that are crucial to being able to develop a good monitoring program,
  • Define the main principles in the design of effluent sampling programs and ambient fresh water quality monitoring programs, including but not limited to types of programs,
  • Define the main principles in monitoring effluents and ambient fresh water quality monitoring of lakes and streams, including collection of representative samples for each case,
  • Understand the importance of Quality Assurance/Quality Control in water quality monitoring programs
  • Define why different meters are used in monitoring, and the need for proper calibration of each,
  • Use some basic field equipment and techniques used in monitoring freshwater streams and lakes
  • Contrast and apply the theoretical discussion and the practical real-life examples, and
  • Sample effluents, streams and lakes in a safe and accurate manner

Class vs. Field

        Class 70%
        Field 30%


None- Swift water Rescue, recommended but not mandatory.

Course Schedule

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You Supply

Wading Boots or chest Waders recommended but not mandatory


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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 Course Schedule.
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.