Training and Certification

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A training program for the application of the CABIN protocol, used to assess the biological condition of freshwaters, is provided by Environment Canada in partnership with the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) at the University of New Brunswick (UNB).

The objective of the CABIN Training Program is to provide participants with the necessary skills and knowledge to conduct nationally standardized freshwater benthic macroinvertebrate monitoring and assessments.  By adopting CABIN, certified partners reduce the work required in building their own biomonitoring program, benefit from the collective research efforts by practitioners across Canada and contribute consistent data to the national database. In turn, this data can be shared for building more accurate and up-to-date assessment models.  

The training program is designed to accommodate a range of participants based on how CABIN will be applied. Participants who will be collecting samples or entering data require less training than those who will be designing CABIN studies and using the suite of analytical tools available through the CABIN website.

Training through online modules and a field certification practicum are required to gain access to CABIN’s suite of web-accessible tools and resources.  These include a national database of biological reference condition information, a data management system, analytical software, reporting tools and peer-reviewed sampling protocols. For detailed information and registration on the certification program, fees, and schedule, please visit the Canadian Rivers Institute (CRI) training website.


CABIN Training 2017

Find information about upcoming CABIN online certification and field training locations.

Field certification locations below are tentative depending on enrolment.   


  • BC - North Vancouver – 2 course mid-late June
  • BC – Cranbrook or Golden – July/August
  • YK – Whitehorse – July
  • AB – Kananaskis or Jasper/Hinton – July/August
  • ON – Burlington – June
  • NS – Halifax/Dartmouth – July
  • NB – Moncton – July

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.

Note: data entered into the CABIN database must be collected by certified samplers to ensure comparability.

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