Tidal Angling Guide

"Tidal angling guides (TAG)" 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.

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 ITA Certificate of Qualification exam (available after July 2015). In preparation for your challenge, review the  Tidal Angling Guide Occupational Performance Standards (OPS) (493kb pdf). You can also view the TAG Exam Weighting Chart 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)

Program Updates:

Please note the Challenge Exam will be available after July 2015. If your Challenge application has been approved, please call the ITA after July to schedule your exam.

Program Information

The documents below offer detailed information specific to this program.

  • Program Profile
  • Describes the requirements for apprentices and challengers to earn certification
  • Download(PDF 135.22 KB)

Challenge Certification/Recognize Prior Experience

If you have significant work experience in a trade but have never been certified in Canada, you may apply to challenge the certification.


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.

  • Instructions
  • How to Apply
  • Download(PDF 58.12 KB)
  • Application Form
  • Personal information and exams scheduling information (for challenge option)
  • Download(PDF 373.62 KB)