MBI's Education Philosophy

MBI offers a number of training courses aimed at professionals and citizen groups alike. MBI has conducted technically intensive personalized trainings 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 believe that when environmental and conservation professionals are fully informed, better decisions about the wise use of resources are made possible

Ecological Assessment Courses

Our 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.

Most Popular Courses

  • 2 Day Course
    Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI)

    The QHEI is a tool used to assess the habitat quality of streams and rivers. Originally developed for use in Ohio, the QHEI is now broadly used in other states.

  • 2 Day Course
    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.

  • 3 Day Course
    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.

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

    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.

    2 Day Course
    2 Courses Scheduled
  • 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.

    3 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • 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.

    3 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • Ohio Amphibians: Ecology, Identification, and their Use in AmphIBI & PHWH Assessments

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

    2 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • 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.

    4 Day Course
    2 Courses Scheduled
  • 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.

    1 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • Wetland Botany

    Being able to identify the species of plants present in a wetland can greatly increase anyone’s understanding of the extent and ecological condition of the wetland.

    4 Day Course
    2 Courses Scheduled

Ohio Qualified Data Collector Training

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

  • Qualitative Habitat Evaluation Index (QHEI)

    The QHEI is a tool used to assess the habitat quality of streams and rivers. Originally developed for use in Ohio, the QHEI is now broadly used in other states.

    2 Day Course
    4 Courses Scheduled
  • 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.

    5 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • 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.

    3 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection & Data Analysis

    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.

    4 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled
  • Level 3 Macroinvertebrate Sample Collection, Data Analysis, & Identification

    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.

    5 Day Course
    1 Course Scheduled

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

    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.

    2 Day Course
    2 Courses Scheduled