Workshop Details

May 1st – May 7th, 2019 (weekdays only)

Workshop Modules Overview

Man in Aquaponics workshop inspecting plantsThis workshop will introduce you to the start-up and operations of an Aquaponics system. The information provided is suitable to all sizes of systems – desktop all the way to large-scale commercial. What makes the Aquaponics: Operations workshop unique is its focus on the why.

You will leave the workshop with an enhanced understanding of how to start and maintain your system, but also why you are required to do certain tasks. You will be prepared for future system growth and troubleshooting.

In particular, this workshop covers:

  • The history of Aquaponics
  • The benefits of choosing Aquaponics
  • Introductory system design and build considerations
  • Biology, chemistry, and system balance
  • System water quality parameters
  • Fish maintenance
  • Plant maintenance
  • System troubleshooting
  • Markets for Aquaponics produce

Module Information


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Module 1: Introduction to Aquaponics

After completing module 1, you will be able to:

  1. Describe what Aquaponics is
  2. Describe the history of Aquaponics
  3. Explain the benefits of utilizing an Aquaponics system
  4. Explain the nutritional and environmental benefits of Aquaponics systems
  5. Differentiate between the requirements of backyard and commercial Aquaponics operations

Module 2: Introduction to Aquaponics Systems

After completing module 2, you will be able to:

  1. Describe some of the varying types of Aquaponics systems
  2. Identify the introductory steps to designing your own Aquaponics system
  3. Identify the plumbing-skill requirements to building your own Aquaponics system
  4. Determine how to best approach and work with your municipality

Module 3: Biology, Chemistry, and Basic System Balance

After completing module 3, you will be able to:

  1. Describe the basic anatomy, physiology, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and Aquaponics’ considerations for fish
  2. Describe the basic anatomy, functions, life cycle, sustaining requirements, and Aquaponics’ considerations for plants
  3. Explain the purpose and ideal conditions for bacteria, biofilm, and nitrogen cycling in an Aquaponics system
  4. Identify key components of Aquaponics system balance

Module 4: Water Quality

After completing module 4, you will be able to:

  1. Identify the key parameters of water quality in an Aquaponics system
  2. Explain the required levels of each parameter for system health
  3. Describe how to measure and/or account for the levels of each parameter
  4. Identify observable indications that water quality is not suitable for system health

Module 5: Fish in Aquaponics

After completing module 5, you will able to:

  1. List the most common fish used in Aquaponics systems
  2. Describe how to maintain healthy fish in your system
  3. Identify fish behaviour that indicates potential issues
  4. Explain how to prevent and treat fish disease

Module 6: Plants in Aquaponics

After completing module 6, you will be able to:

  1. List the different types of plants that are well-suited to Aquaponic systems
  2. Describe how to start seedlings, transplant growing plants, and harvest crops
  3. Explain common deficiencies in minerals and Aquaponic growing conditions
  4. Identify how to deal with pest and diseases in plants in an Aquaponics system



Workshop Notes

This workshop is not a certification course and does not require any previous knowledge of Aquaponics, fish handling/maintenance, plant maintenance, or construction/building. The workshop does use some technical language in the description of system concepts; it is recommended that you have a sound written and and spoken English language capacity.

Provided materials

Printed student manual and printed handouts such as the free open source Food & Agriculture Organization of the United Nations-Small Scale Aquaponic Food Production Manual


Aquaponics Training Institute – Demonstration/Training site in Vernon, BC


30 hrs – onsite

Skill Level

(see workshop notes above)


$795.00 per person + tax




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