Aquaponics Master Class®

Comprehensive Course Taught by Experts
This is a comprehensive course covering all aspects of aquaponics and controlled environment agriculture. Our Aquaponics Master Class® is intended for anyone seriously considering getting into aquaponic food production, or those already doing aquaponics who want to learn more about the technology. We cover the topics most important to being successful in aquaponics including aquaponic methods and applications, crop choices and recommendations, water quality, daily operation and growing techniques, greenhouses and environmental control, fish biology and feeds, plant care and health, system start up, economics and business considerations.  Experience Matters

Global Impact
As of April 2017, we have had attendees from 102 countries, spanning 5 continents, and all 50 U.S. states and 3 U.S territories attend our Aquaponics Master Class®! See the Map

Experienced, Knowledgeable Instructors
In the Aquaponics Master Class®, we don’t waste your time with fluff or with inexperienced instructors. We have developed a comprehensive and cohesive curriculum. We share the most important tips and techniques for growing and we show you the path to success in aquaponics, all based on our 25+ years’ experience in aquaponic food production and 35+ years in controlled environment agriculture. Meet our Instructors

State-of-the-art Training Facility
Sessions take place at Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s business campus (unless otherwise noted), which includes their 14,000 sq. ft. greenhouse facilities, a comfortable classroom, commercial aquaponics greenhouse, home aquaponic food systems and the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point-Aquaponics Innovation Center.

Dynamic, Hands-on Learning
Sessions alternate between classroom lectures, demonstrations and hands-on greenhouse sessions. Presentations are interesting and dynamic. Attendee questions and participation is encouraged. Attendees get to practice what is taught hands-on in the greenhouse. The dynamic is fun and exciting, with great food and camaraderie. Activities include fish feeding, water quality testing, plant seeding and harvesting and much more!

University Credit Available
Nelson and Pade, Inc.®, in a partnership with the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point (UWSP), offers our Aquaponics Master Class® attendees the opportunity to earn undergraduate and graduate credit through an accredited university, the University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point. The credit is transferable to other colleges and Universities. Students do not need to be enrolled at UW-SP. Learn more about credit options.

Attendee Testimonials
We’ve had thousands and thousands of attendees from all 50 states and over 100 countries. They rave about the quality of the course, the professional presentations and excellent learning experience.   Attendee, Butch Bland, comments: “I really enjoyed myself at the class.  I thought your team did a fantastic job.  Coming from a big Fortune 500 company that puts on a ton of training and customer events, I can tell you that they have nothing on you guys – well done!! I’m glad to see that N&P choose the professional approach.”  Read more Testimonials

Aquaponics Master Class® at Nelson and Pade, Inc.®
A Fun, Educational and Life-Changing Experience
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Length:  3 days

Materials Included:  Course Materials, Certificate of Participation, T-shirt, Goody Bag

Meals Included:  Breakfast, Lunch, Snacks and refreshments

Cost:  $995 per person

Registration:  Call us at 608-297-8708 or email
Register Today!      Online Registration
or Download and Print the Master Class Registration Form

Translation Services: Available – contact us for pricing


  • 2017
    • August 17-19, 2017 – – Montello, WI
    • November 9-11, 2017 – – Montello, WI
  • 2018
    • January, 2018 – St. George Island, FL – details to be announced
    • March 8-10, 2018, Montello, WI
    • April 26 – 28, 2018, Montello, WI
    • July 26-28, 2018, Montello, WI
    • September 20-22, 2018, Montello, WI
    • November 8-10, 2018, Montello, WI

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Aquaponics Master Class® – Course Content:

Classroom Sessions:

  • Workshop Introduction, Concept and Purpose
  • Aquaponics History and Overview
  • Benefits of Aquaponics
  • Applications of Aquaponics: Home Food Production, Commercial, Social, Mission
  • Aquaponics Around the World
  • Aquaponic Methods
  • Selecting the Right System for your Needs
  • Clear Flow Aquaponic Systems®
  • Greenhouses and Environmental Control
  • Advanced Environmental Control
  • Plant Lighting and Greenhouse Monitoring
  • Advanced Aquaponic Growing Methods
  • Vegetable Choices
  • Biological and Natural Pest Control
  • Fish Biology
  • Fish Nutrition
  • Fish Selection
  • Daily Operation
  • Fish Feeds and Feeding
  • Water Quality Dynamics
  • Nitrification and Nutrient Availability for Plants
  • System Biology
  • Plant Biology
  • Transpiration and Photosynthesis
  • Permits and Regulation
  • Food safety, HACCP, FSMA
  • Good Agricultural Practices and Best Aquaculture Practices
  • Certified Naturally Grown, USDA Organic
  • Marketing
  • Aquaponics Project Planning
  • Economics of Aquaponics
  • Start up Costs
  • Operational Costs
  • Profitability and Return on Investment (ROI)
  • Question and Answer

Hands-on Greenhouse Sessions

  • Introduction to Nelson and Pade, Inc.®’s Business Campus
  • Tour of Commercial and Hobby greenhouses
  • Aquaponic Systems in Greenhouse: Identification of Components
  • Aquaponic Systems in Greenhouse: Methods and Applications
  • Aquaponic System Management and Maintenance
  • Greenhouse Components: Identification and Purpose
  • Greenhouse Heating and Cooling Systems
  • Greenhouse Coverings
  • Fish Stocking and Harvesting
  • Sample Fish Weights and Fish Feed Calculations
  • Seed propagation and Transplanting Seedlings
  • Standard Operating Procedures
  • Back Up and Alarm Systems
  • Plant Identification
  • Pest Identification, Scouting and Management
  • Seeding and Transplanting
  • Harvesting and Marketing
  • Alternative System Designs
  • Water Flow Dynamics
  • Water Quality Testing
  • Feeding
  • Fish Purging and Harvesting
  • Fish Filleting
  • Question and Answer
  • Social hour
  • Tilapia and vegetable tasting

Register Today!      Online Registration or Download and Print the Master Class Registration Form

See our Calendar of Events for all Learning Opportunities