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Sustainable Aquaculture – Certificate


Aquaculture is a booming international industry

Maine is at the center for Aquaculture Farming in the US and has seen significant investment from multiple global companies. Recent reports estimate that over 90% of the seafood consumed in the U.S. has to be imported creating significant potential for domestic growth. The US-based industry is fast expanding, particularly in rural areas of Maine. The development of these facilities has a strong focus on sustainability and environmental consciousness as they deploy new aquaculture facilities, specifically land-based RAC salmon farms. The fishing industry has a broad range of opportunities and employs millions of people throughout the US in areas such as water quality management, fish nutrition, fish healthcare, and plant operations.

Our Sustainable Aquaculture program provides an intensive study of the skills and knowledge needed to excel in the aquaculture industry. Being built on competency-based educational principles means that we ensure you have not only completed coursework but, equally important, have mastered all skills and materials taught, giving you a competitive edge when entering the workforce. Our Sustainable Aquaculture program is unique in Maine – delivered in a highly flexible (HyFlex) format, leveraging both live in-person and online options, from our brand-new high-tech classrooms, in New Gloucester, Maine.

Learn more about this program.

How you will learn

We at TIEP believe that we have taken all the best features of in-person learning and combined them with the best parts of online learning to create an innovative experience designed to meet the needs of a modern learner. Our brand new HyFlex classrooms are located at the Unity College campus on Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine. 100% of the courses taught at TIEP are leveraging the HyFlex model designed for busy learners. What this means is that all courses start with an “in-person” class where you decide if you’re attending face-to-face or virtually. These live classes supported with cutting-edge technology enable learners to ask questions (live or in chat), participate in classroom discussions and group work, as well as participate in “hands-on” labs and projects. Flexibility doesn’t end there, our state-of-the-art video recording and curating technology means that even if you must miss class (life happens) you can log in on your time and see what you missed. If you’re struggling to grasp a particular subject being discussed in class, simply go back on your own time and re-watch. After viewing the recording questions may come up and our subject matter experts (or professors) are there to help you get answers and host both virtual, and in-person support hours. 

What (competencies) you learn

One of our guiding principles is that knowledge is what learners gain from the materials presented in the course, but competency is the ability to apply that knowledge through a task in a simulated work setting. A competency is a way to demonstrate knowledge, skills, and abilities. Below are a few of the many program competencies outlined in the Sustainable Aquaculture Program.

  • Describe the state of the aquaculture and aquatic science profession and potential career opportunities
  • Utilize oral and computer communication skills necessary to interact in the profession
  • Demonstrate advanced knowledge and competency in taxonomy and natural history of aquatic flora and fauna of the northeast
  • Demonstrate hands-on experience in aquatic sampling, inventory, and measurement techniques
  • Demonstrate knowledge of laws related to aquatic fish farming
  • Demonstrate the ability to complete a project while working in a team

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Is this an online program?

    Yes and no because it’s up to you. Classes are taught on a specific day and time like a traditional course, but students are free to attend in-person or online from wherever they are. Learners, who cannot attend a particular class in person because of work, childcare, or life can access the LIVE course they missed online once the class ends. Every course will have virtual “drop-in” times for learners to get help from a content expert. Often the content expert is the faculty member teaching the course.

  • How and where will I study?

    Our classrooms are located at our brand-new building at Pineland Farms in New Gloucester, Maine, with classes happening in real-time (synchronous), either in person or online. Since all our courses are taught from campus you are attending a live class regardless of your location and will be able to ask questions, participate in discussions, engage with classmates, and experience learning in the labs.

  • Do I have to come to the classroom at Pineland Farms, New Gloucester, Maine to attend?

    No, but you’re always welcome. Some learners may opt to attend every class in person and others may never step foot on campus and both are okay! The Technical Institute is designed with this premise in mind and all our learners received a high-quality education regardless of location. You should, however, plan to attend as many classes as possible during course times, as the classes are taught in real-time (synchronously) and have an expectation of participation unlike “fully online” programs.

  • How much does it cost?

    Our cost per credit is $250, we have no additional fees! Even at this price, most learners are eligible for Financial Aid (federal & state), which can reduce out-of-pocket costs significantly. Learn more about Paying for College.

  • How many classes do I need to take to get Financial Aid?

    Our classes start every five weeks, so learners only need to take one class to be eligible for financial aid, but some learners may opt to accelerate their study and take two courses at a time.

  • How do I find out if I’m eligible for Financial Aid?

    The process is simple, complete the FAFSA ( and make sure to include the Technical Institute for Environmental Professions at Unity College school code 006858. If you have questions about financial aid, paying for college, or the process, our career coaches are ready and eager to help.

  • Do I have to take classes all eight terms a year?

    No, you can stop out for two terms at a time and still complete your degree. It will just take you longer to do so. Many students find it helpful to take a term or two off for work, vacation, care for a family member, or just take a well-deserved break. We built the Technical Institute with your needs in mind.

  • When do classes start?

    TIEP terms start Feb. 22, 2021, and then classes start every 5 weeks, so you can start your program whenever you are ready, up to 8 times a year. Note: some programs may restrict starts to designate term starts, for more details speak to a Career Coach.

  • What if I just want to take a class, is that an option?

    Of course! Maybe you just want to dip your toe back into school, looking for a refresher, or are just interested in a course, you are welcome here. Your Career Coach will understand your needs and make sure you get what you need without having to enroll as a full-time learner.

  • What am I going to learn?

    The competencies and skills needed to be prepared and career ready, when entering or progressing in your industry.

  • How many hours a day do I need to spend in class and studying?

    Learners on average spend 1-2 hours outside of the class reading, studying, or doing homework for every hour they spend in a course.

  • How do I apply?

    As we prepare for our launch in Spring 2022, we have opened our inquiry form. Please fill out this form to add your name to our contact list and be the first to receive updates and be notified when our official application is launched. We also recommend all learners submit a FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) at Applying will be easy, free, and accessible from almost any device once made available.

  • How long does it take to graduate?

    The Associate degrees and Certificates are flexible meaning that you can “graduate” with a certificate in as little as 6 months but also go at a slower pace and spread your degree over a few years. There is no one size fits all and our career coaches work with you to ensure your path meets your needs and timeline. On average associate degrees take about two years and a certificate about one year to complete.

Contact us Today


Technical Institute for Environmental Professions
70 Farm View Drive
Freeport Hall – Pineland Farms
New Gloucester, Maine 04260

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