Aquaculture Technician Program

Aquaculture Technician-Diploma Program

Get the training you need to become an integral part of the growing aquaculture industry and work in Vancouver Island’s coastal wilderness!

Farmed salmon is BC’s largest agricultural export, with annual production volumes of 75,000 tonnes – valued at more than $300 million. The industry directly employs more than 2,800 people in BC’s coastal communities and is expected to expand significantly in the next ten years, to eventually support more than 12,000 full-time jobs directly and indirectly.

Computer Modules

  • Intro to Technology and Keyboarding
  • Microsoft Word
  • Microsoft Excel
  • Microsoft Outlook


Aquaculture Technician Skills

  • Introduction to Aquaculture
  • Shellfish Aquaculture
  • Biology of Salmonids
  • Health and Husbandry
  • Feeding and Nutrition
  • Farm Operation and Maintenance
  • Hatchery Operation and Maintenance


Job Search Skills

  • Resumes, cover letters, interviews
    • Networking with employers
    • Aquaculture-specific HR issues
    • Camp Life and Team Dynamics


Certification Courses and Equipment

  • Forklift Operator’s Certificate
  • Marine First Aid w/CPR Level C & Transport
  • Small Vessel Operator’s Proficiency (SVOP)
  • Marine Emergency Duties A# (Med-A3)
  • Restricted Radio Certificate – Maritime
  • Confined Space Awareness (CSA)
  • Transportation of Dangerous Goods Certification (TDG


Practicum – Minimum of 40 hours when not in a camp setting. One to Two complete shifts are required for camp settings, as requested by the practicum hosts.

The Aquaculture Technician Program is 25 weeks (approximately 520 hours) total

  • 400 hours of classroom training
  • 80 hours of Industry Certifications
  • Practicum placement (minimum 40 hours)

Students Supply:

  • Loose-leaf paper
  • 3-ring binder
  • USB Flash Drive, if desired
  • Pens/pencils/highlighters
  • Weather appropriate clothing and boots for field trips and practicum placements

College Supplies:

  • Handouts & photocopied materials
  • Student Manuals
  • Confirmation of mature student status (19 years or older on first day, and out of school for 1 full year) OR if under 19, evidence of Grade 12 completion or equivalent
  • Entrance assessment
  • Additional Assessments may be requested for non-native English speakers or at Excel’s discretion.
  • Meeting with an Admissions Advisor
  • Successful completion of a physical fitness assessment (at an approved facility)
  • Students are assessed on each module by a test, project, assignment, demonstration of skills or combination there-of
  • Assessments includes evaluation on professionalism, conduct, attendance, and practicum
  • An average of all module grades, as well as the grades for professional conduct and attendance is calculated. Successful completion of the program requires a minimum of a 65% grade in each program module, and successful completion of the practicum component.
  • Minimum of 40 hours when not in a camp setting. One to Two complete shifts are required for camp settings, as requested by the practicum hosts.
  • Students work as employees, putting their training into practice and gaining invaluable experience
  • Rubber boots and rain-gear may be required for the practicum
  • Practicum placements may take place in a camp situation
  • Work in fish farms, fishing guiding operations, hatcheries, stream restoration, processing plants, fisheries observation, shellfish cultivating and harvesting
  • Feeding aquaculture stocks, vaccinating stocks, performing culling and marking or branding techniques and ensuring the healthy growth of stocks
  • Water sampling and testing
  • Record keeping on water flow and stock samples
  • Grading and weighing stocks
  • Preparing stocks for market
  • Operating boats in marine operations
  • Operation and maintenance of pumps, filters, tanks and other aquaculture equipment and enclosures

Employment in aquaculture operations often requires living in camp situations.

  • Excellent employment rate for graduates
  • Competitive salary & benefits within the industry
  • Extensive opportunities for outdoor work on Vancouver Island’s coastal wilderness
  • Farmed salmon is BC’s largest agricultural export crop
  • BC produces 75,000 metric tonnes annually, valued over $300 million
  • Shellfish operations product 9,000+ tonnes annually, valued at nearly $20 million
  • BC’s aquaculture industry is expected to expand significantly in the next ten years

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Aquaculture Diploma Program Fees

Tuition: $9,406.25
Registration: 100.00
Books/Materials: 960.74
GST on Books/Supplies: 48.04
Total: $10,515.03

Registration: 200.00
Books/Materials: 960.74
GST on Books/Supplies: 48.04
Total: $12,966.59

Please review our Refund Policy.

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“Cermaq Canada has been working with Excel Career College for three years in several aspects relating to its existing Aquaculture Technician Diploma Program; these include field trips, site tours, practicum placements and the employee recruitment. In all our dealings with Excel, we have found them to be professional and responsive to our needs,demonstrating a strong capability in working with industry partners.”

Laurie Jensen , Communications and Corporate Sustainability Manager  Cermaq Canada

Our Partners

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Mac's Oysters Logo - BC Shellfish Industry
Kyuquot Sound Sablefish Logo - BC Aquaculture Industry
Island Scallops Ltd. Logo - BC Aquaculture Industry
Grieg Seafood Logo - BC Aquaculture Industry
Creative Salmon Organic Logo - BC Shellfish Industry
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Cermaq Logo - BC Shellfish Industry
BC Salmon Farmers Association Logo - BC Aquaculture Industry