Training courses

NIWA offers a wide range of courses, presented at different venues according to need and the level of interest.

Courses are presented at a number of venues according to need and level of interest, and in some instances can include in-house training on the premises of the agency requiring the course.

The NIWA training courses available are listed below. 

The courses are only run if there is sufficient demand (e.g. electric fishing has a minimum of six people). NIWA also runs courses on request tailored to your needs. If your organisation has specific training needs please email [email protected], to discuss them.

For training to meet Worksafe NZ’s Scientific Diving standards we suggest visiting

For general diving enquires or Recognition Training and Experience Courses (RTEC), please contact Crispin Middleton, National Dive Safety Officer. [email protected]

To express your interest in one of the courses below, or make suggestions for other potential course topics, please email us. 


[email protected]

Training courses NIWA can offer

  • Identifying wetland sedges and rushes
  • Identifying aquatic macrophytes
  • Electric fishing for machine operators
  • Electric fishing for machine operators - refresher
  • Targeted riparian management
  • Conservation planning - next course in August 2021