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Certification for
Aquaculture Professionals

What is CAP?

The Certification for Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) program has been created with the main purpose of providing a solid foundation to professionals in the aquaculture industry throughout the world. It will be a tool for government agencies and privately owned companies to enable their personnel to acquire the necessary training to perform their tasks with a solid understanding of the factors that influence the production of aquatic animals and the techniques to manage these factors for sustainable aquaculture.

The Need

World demand for seafood continues to grow at unprecedented rates. According to the FAO, global aquaculture production must double by 2030 just to keep pace with demand. This represents an increase of almost 40 million tons in the next 20 years. The aquaculture industry is already one of the fastest growing segments of agriculture in the world.

As aquaculture grows, so does the need for trained aquaculture professionals. Government agencies need aquaculture specialists who can evaluate, develop, and improve aquaculture projects. Aquaculture ventures need specialists with knowledge of current techniques and procedures. These professionals must be able to analyze economic, financial, biological, and ecological issues related to the industry.

In most countries around the world, especially those in tropical regions, there are not enough aquaculture specialists. Needs of governments and industry are not being fulfilled. Even worse, the potential economic opportunities of the industry are not being developed. This points to the need for a world-wide training and certification program to guarantee aquaculture professionals have this much-needed basic knowledge.

Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences is recognized as a world leader in aquaculture education and training. Thousands of aquaculturalists have been trained through Auburn’s short-term and degree training programs. The department has now packaged these time-tested materials into an educational and certification program that will meet these critical needs.

We invite you to become part of this dynamic industry through Auburn University’s School of Fisheries, Aquaculture, and Aquatic Sciences web-based Certification for Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) program.

Course Info & Objective

The objective of this web-based training program is to provide training and certification for aquaculture professionals that allows them to excel in their jobs, with a deeper understanding of the environment, food safety, animal welfare, animal health and social responsibility. The program is principle-based so that it has application to all types of aquaculture operations around the world.

Enter the Course

To start your Certification for Aquaculture Professionals (CAP) please follow:

Additional Modules & Recertification

The validity of the Certification is for three years. At the end of this time a revalidation of the certification will be necessary, either through retesting or through extra credits obtained by taking additional modules that will be offered.

It is one of the Auburn University School of Fisheries biggest goals to provide training for the improvement of aquaculture globally and the development and growth of the professionals involved.

Subjects Covered

Several subjects covering the fundamentals of aquaculture have been divided in modules. The complete certification consists of ten modules and a total of 136 segments with an average duration of 30 minutes each.




Principles of Aquaculture Leonard Lovshin 10
Water Quality Claude E. Boyd 16
Physiology Imad P. Saoud 9
Hatchery Management Ronald Phelps 20
Aquatic Animal Nutrition D. Allen Davis 12
Genetics and Breeding Rex Dunham 17
Aquatic Health Jeff Terhune / Karl Hayden 17
Aquaculture Production Masser / Daniels / Veverica 21
Extension Methods John Jensen 5
Aquaculture Economics Terril R. Hanson 9

At the end of each module, the student will be evaluated. A passing grade of 70% is needed to progress to the next module. The student who is not able to obtain the passing grade will be allowed to review the lectures again and retake the exam. In case of not being able to obtain a passing grade a second time; the student will have the option to take another test at an additional cost.

Post-Certification Services

Once the certification program is completed, the participants will have access to the CAP community, which offers the following services:

  • Complete access to all the modules comprising the certification program.
  • Future access to virtual workshops as a support to the completed modules.
  • Open forum for the discussion of different topics, focusing on one topic per month.
  • Q&A section with input from specialists.
  • Access to weekly seminars imparted by Auburn University in different topics related to aquaculture.

Practical Training

To complete the training of the participants, on-site practical training sessions by internationally recognized experts is recommended. The agenda of these training sessions and the technical level of these sessions will be designed together with each group in order to satisfy the specific needs of the diverse participants. After the on-site practical session ends, continuous advice from specialists as part of the post-certification services will be offered.

What does it cost?

CAP Certification prices are below. Discounts for large groups are available. To obtain a discount, an agency can  purchase a large number of certification programs and assign them over a period of time.

The CAP Program also provides payment plans. As payment is received we open up the next module inside the program.

For those individuals not interested in taking the entire program,  please contact us about your specific needs and which module(s) you are interested in.

Number of Certifications / Cost in u.s. Dollars

  • 1-4 Certifications – $6,000
  • 5-14 Certifications – $5,500
  • 15-25 Certifications – $5,000
  • 26-49 Certifications – $4,500
  • 50 or more – $4,000



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