A Community Perspective

The Community-Based Environmental Monitoring Network (CBEMN) welcomes you to the Water Quality Monitoring Certification Course! We are devoted to assisting volunteers in conducting meaningful environmental monitoring. The CBEMN was established by Dr. Cathy Conrad in 2004, and has provided technical and logistical support to many environmental community groups in Nova Scotia.

The purpose of the on-line component of this certification is to provide volunteers with the necessary training, skills and knowledge to conduct meaningful water quality monitoring. By ‘meaningful’ we mean that your monitoring program will produce viable and quality data, which can be compared to the quality of data collected at the professional level and certified technicians and technologists. This certification will cover a broad scope of topics including:

  • Basics of Freshwater Systems
  • Water Quality Monitoring parameters
  • Guidelines for Protection of Aquatic Life
  • Monitoring Program Design
  • Sampling Methods and Techniques
  • Quality Assurance and Control

By taking part in this on-line certification course, you will not only gain the necessary skills to conduct accurate water quality monitoring, but it also is beneficial for yourself to understand your surrounding environment.  With this training, you are able to be aware of water issues which may directly or indirectly affect you, whether it is locally or nationally.

It is important for members of a community to have this knowledge and be able to monitor and aid their local surroundings by providing a cost effective way of monitoring local water sources.  The data collected will then be considered at a creditable level.

Course Overview

Begin Your Training
  • Module 1 Introductions & Basics
  • Module 2 Quality Assurance & Quality Control
  • Module 3 Water Quality Monitoring Parameters
  • Module 4 Designing Your Monitoring Program
  • Module 5 Sampling Methods, Techniques, & Protocols