november, 2020

18nov(nov 18)1:00 pm20(nov 20)12:00 pmNova Scotia Watercourse Alteration Certification for Installers - November 18 to 20, 2020 - 13 spots left

Event Details




The Nova Scotia Department of Environment has moved to a notification and approval system for Watercourse Alteration Certification, for persons who have taken a certified sizer and/or installer training program and successfully passed a licensing examination.

This new approach to Watercourse Alteration Certification has revolutionized the system of watercourse alteration application and quality assurance.  The focus is on results rather than methods, and accountability rather than approval.  The completion of this installer training and subsequent exam will allow the participant to install culverts and single-span bridges by way of notification and approval. This means no time-consuming application process, and no long wait for approval prior to starting the installation.  It also means the installer is now allowed to use their knowledge and experience to produce results from the sizer’s recommendations that protect watercourses and habitats.  This system is similar to septic system installation, with certified installers, post-installation inspections, and periodic maintenance of certification.

The course fills up quickly so please apply early to ensure a place.  Participant numbers are limited to 25 per course.


This program is designed to help participants:

  • Prepare to write the Provincial Certification Exam that will allow the installation of culverts and single-span bridges under the notification and approval system.
  • Increase participant knowledge of current techniques and technology with regard to watercourse alteration.
  • Increase participant skills in regard to calculating material and equipment requirements.
  • Appreciate the need to protect water quality and water-related habitats.


This program is designed for people who directly supervise the installation of watercourse alterations. The Provincial policy is designed so that a certified installer is actually on site. Although experience in culvert and bridge installation is a definite benefit, it is not mandatory to attend the course.


Certification is valid for 10 years unless re-certification is deemed mandatory by Nova Scotia Environment be the 10 years expires.


NS Watercourse Alteration Certification for Installers training will be conducted in an informal manner. The workshop will follow the modules as contained in the Department of Environment manual. This clearly and logically presented manual is used as course text. It was highly praised by previous course participants.

The majority of the course is centered on classroom instruction with individual and group exercises.  The final day is reserved for writing the Provincial Certification Exam.


Kyle Werner 

Kyle graduated from the University of New Brunswick where he studied Arts, Science, Engineering and obtained his Bachelor of Forestry and Environmental Management.  During this time, he gained environmental knowledge covering several different areas of study; however, it was watershed management that he found most interesting.  He wrote and defended a thesis study on sediment and erosion within the CFB Gagetown training area.

Kyle’s experience includes working with heavy equipment, supervising “in-stream” installations, stream restoration projects, soil stabilization and remediation, sediment and erosion control, electro-fishing, road capping, road ditching, and road maintenance.  He was employed with J.D. Irving as a Road Construction and Maintenance Supervisor for a period of three years before accepting a position with the Department of National Defence – CFB Gagetown as a project coordinator.  Kyle is responsible for large multiple and varied stream crossing installation structures from 12-foot round to metal plate bottomless culverts, large stream restoration projects, and a large network of fording jobs to assist the CFB Gagetown training, along with many erosion control and road maintenance projects.  All activities related to Watershed Alteration and Watershed Management.

In his spare time, he lends his expertise to UNB Forestry students by providing class lectures along with field site tours to explain the road building and watercourse crossing application to forest roads.  Kyle’s easy-going approach to teaching and interaction with the class allows his knowledge and experience to be transferred to students.


Enrolment will be limited to twenty-five (25) candidates on a first come-first served basis.  If the proposed course date is full, or there is insufficient enrolment to hold the session, you will be notified as to alternate dates.


Tuition for the program including supplies is $625.00 + 15% HST.


Effective July 3rd, 2020, our COVID-19 rules are as follows:

The province of Nova Scotia is currently under an Emergency Order due to the ongoing pandemic. Here are our COVID-19 Protocols to attend our training:

  1. You must be residing in Atlantic Canada to attend.
  2. If you reside outside of Atlantic Canada, you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  3. If you have recently travelled outside of Atlantic Canada, you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  4. If you have been in direct contact with any of 2 or 3 above, then you must quarantine for two weeks before attending.
  5. If you or any of your direct contacts are exhibiting any of the following symptoms, then you must not attend:
    • Fever above 38°C or signs of fever (such as chills).
    • A new cough or worsening chronic cough.
    • Sore throat.
    • Runny nose.
    • A new onset of fatigue.
    • A new onset of muscle pain.
    • Loss of sense of taste or loss of sense of smell.
    • In children, purple markings on the fingers or toes. In this instance, testing will be done even if none of the other symptoms are present.
  6. Always maintain a 2-metre social distance buffer while attending our courses.
  7. You must complete and sign a health & travel questionnaire at the beginning of the course.
  8. You must have your temperature checked at the start of each day and after lunch each day.
  9. You agree to have this information logged and shared with the Government if requested by the Government.


NS WATERCOURSE ALTERATION CERTIFICATION FOR INSTALLERS is equivalent to 14 Continuing Forestry Education Credits.


Click here to download Installers registration package

Updated August 10th, 2020


18 (Wednesday) 1:00 pm - 20 (Friday) 12:00 pm


Glengarry Best Western Truro, NS

150 Willow St