OCCC Aquarium Science Instructor Achieves High Level Certification | News

Oregon Coast Community College faculty member Trevor Erdmann recently passed an exam to earn Aquatic Animal Life Support Operator (AALSO) Level 3 certification. is less than 15% and few succeed on their first attempt.

AALSO is a volunteer-run, non-profit organization focused on the education and training of aquatic life support operators worldwide. The AALSO exam measures the knowledge of aquarium operators in the areas of life support and water quality of aquatic creature habitats. In each category, the levels are classified from level 1 to level 3 according to the knowledge acquired over the years of experience. A Level 3 exam is for someone at the management or custodial level with 8-10 years of experience.

“Achieving Level 3 Life Support Operator is extremely important to me,” Erdmann said. “I plan to use the experience to further the Life Support Systems class [at OCCC] to make the people who take it as knowledgeable as possible, which will make them even better candidates for jobs in zoos and aquariums.

In addition to passing the Level 3 exam, Erdmann was invited to join the AALSO Board of Directors. Erdmann will help guide the organization and plan national meetings, among other duties. He chairs AALSO’s Education and Training Committee and delivers Level 1 certification exams to OCCC Aquarium Science students.

The OCCC’s Aquarium Science program is one of the few programs nationwide that offers Level 1 exams for students.

“Trevor has taught our Life Support class for many years and deserves full credit for our students who meet or exceed the national pass rate on the Level 1 exam each year,” said Larry Boles, Scientific Director of the Aquarium.

OCCC’s Aquarium Science Program is recognized as one of the nation’s best programs for learning the science of keeping aquatic animals. Students learn the technical aspects of working with fish, corals, and other invertebrates and gain marketable skills to gain job positions in public aquariums, fish hatcheries, research institutes, aquaculture facilities and other facets of the industry.

Students interested in exploring the many offerings at Oregon Coast Community College are encouraged to apply (there is no obligation to attend after applying) and meet with a Student Success Coach to discuss programs and subjects offered, and how they correspond to each student’s own academic background. and career aspirations.

Learn more and check out the full range of degree and certificate programs available at Oregon Coast Community College at oregoncoast.edu. Follow OCCC on Facebook and Instagram, @occcsharks. Or call the College at 541-867-8501.

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