Aquaculture Technician Program

Now Recruiting: Spring 2021 FarmoryWorks
Aquaculture Technician Program Cohort!

The FarmoryWorks Aquaculture Technician certification program aims to introduce aquaculture techniques to those interested in delving into the world of Wisconsin aquaculture. This program will cover a wide range of topics such as the status of Wisconsin aquaculture, biosecurity practices, common aquaculture systems, and growing out yellow perch fingerlings. As a graduate of the FarmoryWorks Aquaculture Technician certification program, you’re ready for careers in sustainable agriculture areas such as aquaculture and aquaponics. You will be qualified for employment in a variety of positions associated with aquaculture, aquaponics, water management, and local food system efforts. You will also be qualified to apply to the FarmoryWorks Aquaculture Entrepreneurship program where you will gain the knowledge to run your own aquaculture or aquaponics business.

Program Participants will learn and demonstrate hands-on skills on these topics:

  • Aquaculture systems
  • Biosecurity
  • The Farmory Recirculating Aquaculture Systems
  • Water Quality Monitoring
  • Fish Health
  • Fish Husbandry Practices
  • Fingerling Production
  • Fish Nutrition

Program Participants will be able to:

  • Manage and maintain aquaculture systems
  • Apply biosecurity practices to their own aquaculture system
  • Problem solve through a system malfunction
  • Manage and monitor water quality
  • Remedy water quality issues
  • Maintain thorough data records on aquaculture systems
  • Observe and determine potential fish health concerns
  • Apply fish husbandry skills to their own aquaculture system
  • Practice best aquaculture husbandry
  • Assess growth of fingerlings
  • Calculate appropriate growth and maintenance diets


The program will be a 12-week course beginning the week of March 1st and ending the week of May 17th. We expect that many people will have work during normal business hours, so there will be some flexibility with scheduling. Hatchery shifts may be fulfilled during irregular hours, on weekends and evenings.

The time commitment per week will be about 3-4 hours, with the time split between one lecture (1.5 hours, virtual) and one hatchery shift (1.5-2 hours, in person, limited to very small groups). There will also be some hands-on skills tests as learning units are completed.


  • Course Fee: $300.00*
  • Computer and internet access**
  • Consistent physical attendance**(On-site learning, including hands-on skills assessments, will be required in the hatchery at least once per week.) 

Applicants should be… 

  • reliable, detail oriented, organized, and self-motivated. 
  • able to take direction and ownership of delegated tasks. 
  • comfortable with handling fish, live feeds, agricultural materials, and getting dirty. 
  • able to maintain high standards of hygiene to promote food safety.  
  • physically able to complete tasks such as: 
  • walking 
  • squatting or kneeling 
  • climbing stairs 
  • lifting to 40lbs 

Apply Here!

Or Print the Application Here.

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*Scholarships will be available to those who cannot afford the cost of the program. 
**For those who might require financial assistance, stipends of up to $300 will be available to alleviate costs associated with attending the program (such as transportation to and from The Farmory, childcare, access to technology for lecture viewing, etc.).