Benthic Training

Benthic Monitoring Certification Training

Benthic Macroinvertebrates are a biological indicator that give a holistic view of a freshwater stream’s water quality. All groups interested in benthic monitoring must attend a biological monitoring workshop and become certified monitors.

CMC Benthic Macroinvertebrate certification workshops generally include:

  • Goals and objectives of the CMC and the monitoring project
  • Water quality impacts and the significance of biological indicators
  • Learning how to identify benthic macroinvertebrates
  • ID test of benthic macroinvertebrates
  • Safety when monitoring
  • Review monitoring protocols through hands-on training exercises:
    • Fill out and complete field data sheets accurately
    • Follow quality assurance and quality control procedures
    • Submit benthic data to your service provider or the CMC database

Benthic Monitoring Recertification Training

Each person who becomes a certified monitor needs to maintain the certification by participating in a recertification process biennially.

During recertification workshops monitors need to demonstrate:

  • They know and follow quality assurance protocols
  • They can correctly identify benthic macroinvertebrates