OSAP Course – Oshawa

June 11, 2018 8:00 am to June 15, 2018 5:00 pm
Durham College – UOIT – 2000 Simcoe St N, Oshawa, ON L1H 7K4


Course description

This course is designed to train and certify users in a variety of standardized Ontario Stream Assessment Protocol (OSAP) manual techniques for evaluating habitat, invertebrate and fish communities in wade-able streams. These methods are provincially recognized as standards by the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and federally recognized by the Department of Fisheries and Oceans. The techniques require varying levels of effort and provide data with a corresponding range of precision. Included in the course (Tuesday night – evening lecture) is an opportunity to take and test for the Level II backpack electrofishing certification. Note, efforts are underway to tailor the course to local needs and so the final agenda will be distributed prior to the course.

Who should attend?

This course is intended for field crews and resource managers who are involved in stream surveys and management.

Learning Objectives:

The training is organized into units that will provide training in:
1. reading a river and selecting site boundaries (Section 1)
2. conducting fisheries and temperature surveys(Section 2 and 5) and
3. a number of modules that characterize physical habitat and geomorphology.

About this course:

This is an intensive hands-on course; it combines classroom, laboratory, and field sessions, with emphasis on quality assurance.  Most units will consist of a morning lecture, travel to a stream, demonstration of techniques, supervised application of one or more modules, data entry and verification, debriefing and testing.  Students should be prepared for some evening work.

A copy of the OSAP manual will be provided to registrants at the course, an electronic version of the manual is available on the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA) website and we encourage participants to read it prior to the course.

Instruction for the courses is provided through a partnership between Ontario’s Ministry of Natural Resources, Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ontario Ministry of the Environment, the Royal Ontario Museum and Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA).

Recognition:  Participants will receive a certificate to verify the completion of their training.

Meals and Accommodations are not included.


Additional Information: 

Cancellation Policy:  In order for this course to run we will require a minimum of 12 participants to register, the deadline to meet this registration threshold will be Friday June 1st. If the requirement is not met by this date, the course will not run. If the course is cancelled a full refund will be issued. If the registration threshold is met, no refunds will be issued after this date.


For more information contact:

Jeff Vandenberg, Toronto and Region Conservation Authority (TRCA)

Phone: 289-268-3943 or email: jvandenberg@trca.on.ca


TRCA HST Registration number is 10808 8584 RT001