Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN) certification program


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Date(s) - April 27, 2017 - August 6, 2017
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Canadian Aquatic Biomonitoring Network (CABIN)

CABIN is an aquatic biological monitoring program led and funded by Environment and Climate Change Canada for assessing the health of freshwater ecosystems across the country. Environment and Climate Change Canada has partnered with CRI to design and deliver the CABIN online and field training certification program.

The objective of the CABIN Training Program is to provide participants with necessary skills and knowledge to successfully conduct freshwater benthic invertebrate monitoring and assessment to a nationally acceptable standard, using online CABIN resources (database, analytical and reporting tools); and to provide uniformity and consistency in the application of CABIN sampling methods across Canada.

CABIN Certification Program

There are two CABIN training programs offered:

1) CABIN Online Modules: Online course consisting of up to 6 theoretical modules about the program and use of the online tools. Depending on the interest and responsibilities of users, each module was designed for a specific purpose and different modules are required for different levels of CABIN access. Each online learning module contains assessment activities, such as quizzes and assignments, to evaluate learning.

Project Manager – all 6 online modules, plus the field certification (see below)
Field Technician – Module 1, 2, Data Entry, plus the field certification (see below)
Data Analyst – Module 1, 5, Data Entry (no field requirement)
Data Entry Technician – Data Entry only (no field requirement)

2) CABIN Field Certification: Practical field course providing certification in CABIN sampling methods. Field certifications are held in several locations across Canada during the summer months. In addition to obtaining field certification, the workshops provide the opportunity to ask questions and participate in group discussions related to the information learned online. Access to enter data to the CABIN database is dependent on obtaining CABIN Field Certification. Participants must complete or currently be enrolled in Modules1 & 2 of the online course before they are eligible to register for the Field Certification course.

Field Training: there are additional fees for the 2-day field practical training session.


CABIN Access

To gain access to the CABIN online database and tools users must complete both courses according to their intended use. The complete theoretical training for Project Manager level consists of 6 online learning modules with the field certification co-requisite (2-days, regionally based across Canada). For participants conducting the fieldwork and entering data but not designing their own studies or doing analyses the Data/Field Technician level is more appropriate. This level consists of 3 online learning modules with the field certification co-requisite.


There are no prerequisites to take the online CABIN training modules; however, a background in biology, stream ecology, environmental science, or a related field would be helpful. Field Certification is a co-requisite to the online modules if participants intend access to CABIN as a Project Manager or Data/Field Technician. The first two online modules are a pre-requisite of the Field Certification.

Training upgrade or expiration

CABIN is an active and evolving scientific program. As such, it is important that participants receive the most current and relevant training. Participants can upgrade from Data/Field Technician to Project Manager at any time.

Participants are allowed 2 years from the time of completion of the online modules to obtain a Field Assistant Certificate in order to gain access to the CABIN database. If participants have received CABIN Field Assistant Training through another institute, they may upgrade their training to Project Manager or Data/Field Technician with the online modules within a 2 year period in order to gain access to the CABIN tools.

Get more information on registering for the CABIN program