Coral Nursery Theory and Techniques Certification Course

Coral Restoration courses and certificationCoral Nursery Theory and Techniques Certification Course



Be certified as an advanced diver under a leading diving organization (PADI, SSI, etc) (must include at least 1 deep dive)

Demonstrate proper diving ability at an Advanced Level and be proficient in buoyancy and self-awareness.

Complete the Substrate survey of the Koh Tao Ecological Monitoring Program

Attend the NHRCP lecture on Identifying Coral Families and Genera




Understand the threats to coral reefs, the factors affecting coral growth, and the basics of coral reef restoration

Understand coral life cycles, the ecological differences between the asexual and sexual reproductive cycles in corals, and the importance of maintaining high biodiversity on the reef.

Understand the history and evolution of coral restoration techniques as well as local standards (do’s and don’ts)

Understand the theory behind the use of coral nurseries as well as the practical application of locally and internationally developed techniques

Perform the practical steps of building and maintaining a coral nursery

Perform a monitoring dive to take data on the health, growth, and diversity of a coral nursery

IMPORTANT NOTE: Receiving this certification recognizes your ability to maintain and monitor coral nurseries with the New Heaven Reef Conservation Program at the Adopt-A-Reef sites as listed by the Save Koh Tao Community Group, the Prince of Songkla University, and the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources. This certification DOES NOT permit you to construct new coral nurseries in other areas. Please be sure to check with local laws and regulations in other locations or countries, as coral are a protected species and government permission is required before initiating such activities.


Coral Nursery Training ProgramRequirements

  • Attend 1 coral restoration lectures and 1 coral nursery lecture
  • Attend 3 dive briefings
  • Perform 3 dives at the coral nurseries (1) collect coral fragments and secure to the nursery (at least 2 nursery types) (2) perform maintenance and cleaning (3) collect data on growth rates, mortality, and diversity
  • Enter data into the NHRCP database

Minimum course duration 12 hours


This certification recognizes participants of the NHRCP for their learning and skill development while participating in the RCP Program. The price for NHRCP Students and Interns is just 500 baht per card, If you are interested in receiving this certification but are not a current NHRCP student please contact us for pricing.

View our list of Conservation Projects in the top menu or click here to find out more about our efforts to restore reefs and increase reef resilience through coral nursery techniques.