Tidal Angling


Please note that this program is only available for those wishing to challenge certification. There is no apprenticeship pathway at this time.

To earn a Certificate of Qualification as a Tidal Angling Guide, you must challenge the certification. There is no apprenticeship pathway or technical training available at this time. 

Challenge applications are assessed for proof of workplace hours and scope of experience prior to acceptance of the individual into the Challenge pathway. In addition to submitting an application, the pathway involves writing an SkilledTradesBC Certificate of Qualification exam (available after July 2015). In preparation for your challenge, review the Tidal Angling Guide Occupational Performance Standards (OPS). You can also view the TAG Exam Breakdown for content you may be tested on. To become certified as a Tidal Angling Guide, challengers must: 

  • Complete and submit the Challenge Application/fee, and prerequisite credentials or certificates for: 

  • Marine Basic First Aid 

  • Small Vessel Operator Proficiency (SVOP) 

  • Marine Emergency Duties (MED A1, A2 or A3) 

  • Restricted Operator’s Certificate – Maritime (ROC-M) 

  • Pass the Tidal Angling Guide Certificate of Qualification exam (with 70% or more) 



Occupational Description

Tidal Angling Guides organize and conduct fishing trips or expeditions in tidal waters for outdoor enthusiasts, adventurers, tourists and resort guests. They have knowledge of small vessel operations, safety and marine regulations, fishing techniques and equipment, and the environment in which they work. They are employed by private companies and resorts or may be self-employed.

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the trade

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification. Learn more about How to Challenge a Skilled Trade.


If you sponsor apprentices but have never been certified in Canada, you may request to supervise and sign-off apprentices when they are ready to be certified. Please refer to the application form on whether this trade qualifies.