Continuing Education

NCD Continuing Education

“Continuing Education for your Professional Future”


Mission Statement:  “AFS recognizes continuing education is often one of the key benefits of membership.  Sponsoring workshop(s) at the annual MFWC has been the primary avenue the NCD has provided that service in the past.  However, the NCD CE Committee recognizes those opportunities are few and far between for most members.  Both hands-on and distance learning classes are occurring throughout the Midwest through a variety of sources year round.  The committee hopes members will benefit from having this information continually available on the NCD web page.” 


Click HERE for a listing of all Continuing Education Workshops available in Lincoln, NE in February


The Early Career Professional Workshop Award is a newly established award sponsored by the Continuing Education Committee of the North Central Division of the American Fisheries Society. The goal of the award is to encourage workshop attendance of recently graduated young professionals at the Midwest Fish & Wildlife Conference. The award will cover the registration fee for any of the workshops that are being held at the conference. Preference will be given to individuals presenting at the meeting, and those involved in continuing education or outreach.

Click HERE for all of the details.

Application Address and Deadline

January 24th, 2017 at 11:59pm (Please note that the link above does say the deadline is 1 Jan, but this has been extended to the 24th)

Please submit the application package in electronic format (single PDF document) to David Deslauriers at

Webinars (Click for more Information):

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Upcoming Courses (click for more information, but you may have to scroll up a few lines):

The Stream Simulation Design Approach for Providing Aquatic Organism Passage at Road-Stream Crossings, click HERE for full announcement.

23 – 27 October 2017 in Bedford, Indiana

This is a FREE 4.5 day workshop.  Contact Len Kring or Amanda Kunzmann for more information.  Details about the agenda can be found HERE.

Identification of Ontario’s Benthic-Invertebrate Families – February 7-9, 2017

A course co-hosted by Conservation Ontario and the Ontario Ministry of Environment and Climate Change.

Location: Dorset Environmental Science Centre (1026 Bellwood Acres Road, Dorset, Ontario).

Instructors: Chris Jones, Sarah Sinclair

Purposes: (1) To fast-track the process of learning family-level benthic-invertebrate identification.
(2) To prepare registrants for the family-level certification exam that is administered by the Society for Freshwater Science’s (SFS’s) Taxonomic Certification Program.

See Ontario Benthos Biomonitoring Network website and Course Announcement for further information.



·      WHEN

  • Tuesday, May 2, 2017 – Thursday, May 4, 2017
    8:30 AM – 5:30 PM
    Mountain Time

·      WHERE

  • National Center for Atmospheric Research
    3450 Michell Lane
    Boulder, Colorado 80301
    Foothills Campus

A very limited number of student travel grants are available on a first come, first served basis to help defray the cost of travel to this course. Contact Elizabeth Tran at for more information.

More info:


For biologists who manage the planning and execution of rotenone or antimycin projects

*When: May 22-26, 2017

*Where: Utah State University, Logan

Length: 5 days

Tuition: $1,200 ($1,100 AFS members)

Registration: Online Registration is now open.  For a downloadable registration form, click here.

Cancellation Policy: All refund requests must be made in writing by fax or email ( by Friday, April 21, 2017. 80% of the total charges will be then refunded. No cancellations or refunds will be made after that date. Full refunds will be issued only in the case of cancellation of a continuing education workshop by AFS.

*Individual, in-state classes for groups have been arranged, contact Brian Finlayson (see below)

For class information, please contact:

Brian Finlayson, 530.957.0333, or
Don Skaar, 406.444.7409,

Applications available from: Jessica Mosley, American Fisheries Society, 301.897.8616 ext. 204,

Lodging block reserved at University Inn – Event: American Fisheries Society 2016, University Inn, 800.231.5634


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Ongoing Training Modules / Videos

The Management Assistance Team program  through the Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies provides inexpensive online training opportunities on leadership, communication and facilitation. Follow the link below for more information:

Interested in Continuing Education Opportunities at the Parent Society Level?  Click HERE for a list of those.

Know of any Educational Opportunities that our NCD membership may be interested in attending?  Please share those with the CE Chair David Deslauriers

CE Members:

David Deslauriers, Manitoba, Canada  (Chair)

Melissa Wuellner, SD

Andy Turner, MO

Brad Farwell, MO

Kristen Patterson, IL


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