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Ohio Credible Data Program Training

MBI offers classes for those seeking to become Qualified Data Collectors (QDCs) under the Ohio Credible Data Program. Level 2 and Level 3 classes are offered in the following specialties:

  • Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI
  • Bioassessment Using Fish (Level 3 only)
  • Bioassessment Using Macroinvertebrates
  • Water Quality Sampling

  • Level 3 participation requires pre-approval by MBI. Please call us at 614-457-6000 for more information.


    The objective of each class is to provide instruction about the rationale, methods, and analytical methods inherent to each specialty in support of participants seeking QDC status. Each class includes at least part or all of the testing required to attain Level 2 or Level 3 status. Level 2 testing is conducted as part of each class and Level 3 generally requires post-class testing that is the responsibility of the applicant to complete. All test results are graded by MBI instructors. Notification of a passing grade is the prompt for the trainee to apply for QDC status to Ohio EPA per the instructions at: http://www.epa.ohio.gov/dsw/credibledata/index.aspx. Retesting is possible in cases where a passing grade was not attained the first time.


    Water quality sampling and QHEI can be offered as stand-alone classes. Bioassessment using fish and macroinvertebrates is generally a concurrent class that includes the QHEI and the full suite of instruction about biocriteria and WQS, sampling techniques, and data analysis. Fish is offered as Level 3 only. Macroinvertebrates include Level 2 (family level) and Level 3 (genus/species level) instruction and testing. All classes include instruction about how to develop the Project study Plans (PSPs) required to submit data under the Ohio Credible Data Program and how and when to apply to Ohio EPA for Qualified Data Collector status.



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    MBI's Education Philosophy

    As part of our goal to bring the application of sound science to environmental and natural resource management, MBI offers a number of training courses aimed at professional scientists and citizen groups alike. MBI addresses today's aquatic resource monitoring and assessment challenges with its recognized experience in solving difficult conservation problems. MBI has conducted technically intensive personalized trainings for agencies and other entities for many years, and offers a wide range of high quality courses for anyone interested in increasing their knowledge and skills in aquatic resource ecology and evaluation. We offer courses that deliver training of the highest level and believe that when environmental and conservation professionals are fully informed, better decisions about the wise use of resources are made possible.

    MBI Bioassessment Training Courses

    MBI's educational offerings cover many aspects of wetland, stream, and river monitoring and bioassessment, including courses that provide certification as Level 2 and Level 3 Qualified Data Collectors. We also offer personalized training to meet your organization’s unique needs.

    Wetland Courses
    Wetland Courses

    The Midwest Biodiversity Institute offers a wide range of wetland training courses aimed at providing environmental professionals with the knowledge and skills they need to perform wetland evaluation and bioassessments, as well as plan, construct and manage successful wetland restorations. All of our wetland courses are certified through the Society of Wetland Scientists.

    Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands No Courses Scheduled

    Ohio Rapid Assessment Method (ORAM) for Wetlands

    ORAM is used in Ohio's wetland permitting program to categorize wetlands for permit reviews but is primarily an excellent rapid assessment tool for determining wetland ecological condition.

    Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) Course Available

    Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI)

    Vegetation Index of Biotic Integrity (VIBI) and National Wetland Condition Assessment Vegetation Monitoring Protocols training to prepare attendees for their field wetland assessment work.

    Identification of Common Wetland Plants Course Available

    Identification of Common Wetland Plants

    Knowledge of common wetland plants is a basic requirement of many of the duties involved in the wetland profession and associated fields.

    Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI) No Courses Scheduled

    Amphibian Index of Biotic Integrity (AmphIBI)

    The AmphIBI is a bioassessment method that uses amphibians as indicators of wetland ecological condition.

    Wetland Restoration No Courses Scheduled

    Wetland Restoration

    Wetlands are restored for a number of reasons. Often wetlands are reestablished voluntarily in an effort to reclaim important ecosystem services and floral and faunal biodiversity. Another common reason wetlands are restored is as compensation for wetland losses authorized by dredge and fill permits.

    Wetland Delineation Course Available

    Wetland Delineation

    Wetland Delineation is a process that requires an adequate knowledge of the hydrologic, soil and plant characteristics of wetlands to determine which parts of the landscape are wetlands and how to define their boundaries.

    Introduction to Wetlands Course Available

    Introduction to Wetlands

    Aimed at those who want to learn to identify wetlands but do not have the need to collect the large amounts of specific data necessary to establish and support the exact wetland boundaries needed in wetland permitting processes.


    Primary Headwater Habitat Assessment
    Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training

    Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) training covers the protocols developed by Ohio EPA to assess the quality of small, primary headwater streams. Due to their size these streams are not suitable to be assessed using the biological and habitat assessments for larger streams and rivers.

    Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training No Courses Scheduled

    Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) Training

    The Primary Headwater Habitat (PHWH) course trains individuals in the use of a set of methods designed to assess the ecological condition of smaller streams.


    Ohio Credible Data Program Training
    Ohio Credible Data Program Training

    MBI offers classes for those seeking to become Qualified Data Collectors (QDCs) under the Ohio Credible Data Program.

    Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI Course Available

    Habitat Assessment Using the QHEI

    The Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI) was developed at Ohio EPA in the 1980's as a habitat assessment to accompany the bioassessments conducted in stream and rivers throughout Ohio.

    Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish Course Available

    Level 3 Bioassessment: Fish

    Fish are widely used by federal, state, and local governments as a key biological assemblage to monitor river and stream health. MBI offers instructional training in the concepts, methods, and applications of fish assemblage data to environmental monitoring and assessment.

    Level 2 Bioassessment: Macroinvertebrates Course Available

    Level 2 Bioassessment: Macroinvertebrates

    Three-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 2 QDC status.

    Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection and Data Analysis Only Course Available

    Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection and Data Analysis Only

    Four-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate collection and data analysis only.

    Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection, Identification, and Data Analysis Course Available

    Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection, Identification, and Data Analysis

    Five-day course of classroom and field instruction prepares a trainee to complete field and laboratory testing required to obtain Level 3 QDC status for macroinvertebrate sampling and identification.

    Water Quality Sampling No Courses Scheduled

    Water Quality Sampling

    The collection of water samples is an important component of the monitoring of rivers, streams, and lakes. MBI offers training in the collection and handling of water samples and taking field measurements of physical parameters such as temperature, dissolved oxygen, conductivity, and pH using field meters.


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