• The Aquaculture Enterprise Program is for those who wish to run a fish farm as a business. It assumes NO knowledge of aquaculture on the part of registrants beyond the interest and desire to be a successful aquaculture entrepreneur.
  • The course starts with each registrant being given a Fish-Farm-In-A-Box (FFBX). The FFBX was developed by Aquada Development Corporation and is literally a fish farm in a box. It contains everything (except the fingerlings) needed to start a fish farm in one’s home or backyard or small space. The FFBX provides the template for a fast-paced training experience from absolute novice to confident fish farm operator. Students start their training experience by setting up their individual fish farms in a box. Each student takes their FBX home at the end of the first week and begins setting up their business enterprise from the end of that first week.
  • The course fee includes the FFBX itself which includes 1000 fingerlings and everything else needed to set up the fish farm (except for access to running water which students have to provide in their residence or intended place of installation). To that end, as students get into class, they begin their aquaculture enterprise from the first day. They learn as their fish (and the associated needs) grows. The training stock provided in the FFBX is catfish due to their hardy nature and commercial appeal in the local market. Students learn from highly experienced instructors and also share experiences as a cohort, experiences that will serve them upon completion of the course.
  • The training takes place over 12 weeks during which time students meet in person at a designated location once a month, and weekly in an online class. While the training usually takes place at our corporate campus in Umuahia, IDMANN Institute organizes specialized sessions for significant groups of students closer to their places of domicile when needed. Classes typically meet on weekends (though for large groups, custom training schedules can be developed).
  • Participation in classes is MANDATORY in order to receive the Certificate of Aquaculture Entrepreneurship at the end of the course. Students must successfully complete and pass the tests and assignments given in the program to receive the certification. The in-person class meetings are intended to address practical hands-on issues while the online classes (which are held once a week) cover the more theoretical aspects as well as provide a platform for ongoing support of participants.
  • In a given calendar year (which coincides roughly with the academic calendar), four sets of students complete the program, corresponding to one quarter of study. Students are strongly advised to keep pace with the training; students who fall behind due to extraneous factors may have to repeat the class in order to get certified. Unfortunately, due to the high interest in the program, students who do not complete their course of study in their cohort may not automatically be enrolled in the next cohort. Furthermore, students who have to attend additional sessions to meet their certification requirement will be required to pay the (training only) fee to cover that added training. Relevant dates are posted on the IDMANN Institute web site. Most questions can be answered by sending an email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or by calling the IDMANN Institute front desk (see the CONTACT US section for details).