WWKC/K.O.I. Scholarship Program 2017-2018


This page is for our 2017-18 CKK scholarship students!

Scroll down the page for the CKK program requirements and suggested course schedules.  Make sure you're on target to finish by June 30, 2018 so you can have your $100 refund!

Questions?  email Mary Nielsen, the Student Coordinator, at hulali8@icloud.com.

Here is your progress chart -- Mary will update it every couple of weeks.  

As of 2-14-18:

Course Completion

  • All courses, including both parts of the Lab, must be completed by June 30, 2018 in order to receive a refund of the $100 deposit. 

  • If students can't finish by June 30, they won't get their money back, but they may have until November 30th, 2018 to complete the CKK without having to pay a late fee for an extension.  Total permissible time (including paid extensions) to complete the course is 2 years - Jan 1, 2020 – after that, student must start over from scratch.

  • Students MAY be able to participate in a hands-on wet lab at the Pacific Northwest Koi Clubs Association ("PNKCA") convention (June 1-3, 2018) to complete the final Lab course – check the K.O.I. website or check with the Student Coordinator.  If students want to do the PNKCA wet lab, then they must have the other 8 courses completed well in advance of the PNKCA dates.  The Lab may always be completed online.


Taking the courses: Order and Timing

Students may take the nine courses in the order that works best for them - either easy-to-hard, or hard-to-easy (Our recommendation is to start with the easy ones).  They are allowed to take courses in any order so long as Diagnosis and Treatment is 8th and the Lab is 9th.  Coursework should be started no later than January 1, 2018.

Easy-to-hard order: Anatomy, Physiology, Biosecurity, Nutrition, Filtration, Construction, Water Quality, Diagnosis & Treatment, Lab

Hard-to-easy order:  WQ, Construction, Filtration, Nutrition, Biosecurity, Anatomy, Physiology, D&T, Lab


Timetable for finishing on time, assuming a January 1, 2018 start date:

Easy-to-hard sequence:

Course Start By Finish By Actual Study Time
Anatomy - 1 wk Jan. 1, 2018 Jan. 7, 2018 4-6 hours
Physiology - 1 wk Jan. 7, 2018 Jan. 14, 2018 4-6 hours
Biosecurity - 1 wk Jan. 14, 2018 Jan. 21, 2018 4-6 hours
Nutrition - 2 wks Jan. 21, 2018 Feb. 4, 2018 8-12 hours
Filtration - 2 wks Feb. 4, 2018 Feb. 18, 2018 8-12 hours
Construction (3 tests) - 4 wks Feb. 18, 2018 Mar. 18, 2018 16-24 hours
Water Quality (big exam) - 4 wks Mar. 18, 2018 Apr. 18, 2018 16-24 hours
Diagnosis & Treatment (4 assignments + final) - 4 wks Apr. 18, 2018 May 18, 2018 16-24 hours
Lab (2 parts) - 2 wks May 18, 2018 June 1, 2018 8-12 hours

Total:                               21 weeks (5.1 months)        84-126 hours

Hard-to-easy sequence

Course Start By Finish By Actual Study Time
Water Quality - 4 wks Jan. 1 Jan. 31 16-24 hours
Construction - 4 wks Feb. 1 Feb. 28 16-24 hours
Filtration - 2 wks Mar. 1 Mar. 14 8-12 hours
Nutrition - 2 wks Mar. 15 Mar. 29 8-12 hours
Biosecurity - 1 wk Mar. 30 Apr. 6 4-6 hours
Anatomy - 1 wk Apr. 7 Apr. 13 4-6 hours
Physiology - 1 wk Apr. 13 Apr. 21 4-6 hours
Diagnosis & Treatment - 4 wks Apr. 22 May 18 16-24 hours
Lab - 2 wks May 18 June 1 8-12 hours

Total:                               21 weeks (5.1 months)        84-126 hours

Additional requirements - Monthly Report Required:

Each student must communicate monthly by email with Mary Nielsen, the Student Coordinator, at this email address: hulali8@icloud.com (link sends e-mail).  This communication is due the first week of each month until a student has completed all nine courses, unless otherwise arranged between the student and the Coordinator.  The communication will be a brief accounting for the past month and a plan for the upcoming month using the following example form.  A blank form will be sent monthly to each scholarship student.

CKK Scholarship Monthly Reporting Form
Last month’s goal(s):
Results (goals complete? incomplete?  Please elaborate):
Corrective action required, if any:
Goals for the upcoming month:

Students set their own goals.  These goals should have definitive, measurable end points and specific dates as in the example above, e.g., merely attempting to do something is not considered a valid goal.  These monthly communications are required to continue in the program.  Failure to submit these reports will trigger a reminder and, if missed for a second month, student will be dropped from the program.  Exceptions for hardships will be considered and granted at the sole discretion of the scholarship grantors, i.e., WWKC and/or KOI.
Questions and/or requests should be submitted to the Student Coordinator at hulali8@icloud.com (link sends e-mail).
Payment reserves a scholarship!

Once having earned their certification, Certified Koi Keepers will receive:

  • A Certified Koi Keeper pin sent by mail

  • A Certified Koi Keeper certificate sent by mail

  • A $30 credit toward the purchase of K.O.I. courses and/or ebooks

  • A template for printable Certified Koi Keeper business cards – sent by email

  • A 50% discount on K.O.I. ebooks

  • A 25% discount on most additional K.O.I. courses and groups of courses (Courses 313, 520 and 521 do not qualify for this discount)

To maintain their certification, Certified Koi Keepers must acquire 15 Continuing Education Units every 2 years. More information about Continuing Education can be found in the K.O.I. Continuing Education Policy (link at the bottom of the home page).


The fine print:

What to expect in order to become a CKK – a note from Spike Cover

We are pleased that you are considering applying to become a Certified Koi Keeper with K.O.I.  Before you sign up, we would like to tell you a little about what you’ll need to do to be successful.

You will need to commit both time and money.  We’ll explain each below.

First, you’ll need to put some earnest money up front.  If you fulfil the requirements of the program, you’ll get that money back.  You’ll also likely need to purchase some books and supplies.  We’ll explain what’s needed below.

You’ll need to have the time, and you’ll need to commit enough time to read the material and take the tests.  Some advanced hobbyists have tried to just take the tests without studying the material, and have struggled.  It’s much better that you believe that you need to study to do well and that you be willing to commit the time to do that.  It’s also a dumb move to study “to the test,” as you are only minimizing your own learning that way.

All this is not meant to scare you, just to warn you that good intentions alone won’t cut it in these classes.  It will take commitment and effort.  Historically, about half of the people who think they can and will make this commitment, don’t finish.  This is not because the material was too difficult but rather because they either didn’t accurately assess the time required and then discovered they couldn’t commit that time, or they just weren’t willing to put out the required effort.  Literally everyone who has committed the time has made it through.

Financial commitment estimates:

  • $100 Deposit, refundable if program is completed by June 30, 2018

  • $85  Step by Step Advanced Koi Diagnosis and Treatment by Duncan Griffiths (text for #207, available at K.O.I. website store)

  • $50 to $150  Microscope, slides, cover slips

  • $35 to $50  Digital gram scale, accurate to .01g 

  • $25 to $35  API test kits for ammonia, nitrites, nitrates, pH, KH

  • $50 to $100  Large koi net

  • $50 to $100  Koi sock net – optional but nice to have

  • $15 to $100  Tub(s) large enough to hold a koi for anesthesia (can be a blue koi tub, or a Rubbermaid tub – a second container for anesthesia recovery is optional but nice to have)

So that’s $410 to $720 assuming the student has none of the above.  It could be as little as $100 (refundable) if the student already has all of the necessary equipment and supplies.


Computer requirements:

  • Internet access

  • An email account

  • The ability to access and modify (edit) MS Word documents and attach them to emails

  • The ability to access and view PDF files

  • Some means of playing a DVD, either on computer or TV

Again, we want to emphasize that succeeding in the CKK program will require not only your good intentions, but your commitment and work.


Please email our student coordinator - Mary Nielsen (hulali8@icloud.com (link sends e-mail)) for further explanation and more info!


Here's a list of the NEW 2018 Scholarship students:

Rachelle Dyson

Marc Dyson

Marc Tilkin

Bryan Bailey

Dustin Burris

Andrea Rivas

Steve Zimmerman

Alex Do

Melissa Elkin

Michelle Mozdzen

Bret Noe

Katherine Swoboda

Kurt Menking

Ilissa Miyamoto

Diane Giangrande

John Siefert

Lisa Herrick

Kimberly Allison


CLICK HERE to see our Scholarship pages from 2015 and 2016.




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