Seagoing training

We co-ordinate training throughout the UK for commercial fishermen.

At Seafish, providing high quality training opportunities for fishermen is one of our top priorities. We:

  • Collaborate with the Maritime & Coastguard Agency to develop safety training courses for fishermen.
  • Approve courses, instructors and training providers across the UK and strive to ensure that training delivery is of the highest quality.
  • Develop training materials and online learning resources.

All commercial fishermen must complete mandatory basic safety training and further voluntary training is available to those who wish to enhance their skills and knowledge as well as improve their employability.

Another option open to new entrant fishermen is to undertake a voluntary 3 week introduction to fishing course which includes as part of its syllabus the four basic mandatory courses as well as lots of other basic knowledge on a variety of other fishing activities.  

Courses are delivered by our network of Approved Training Providers. We also offer e-learning.

In this part of the site, you can also read about training in aquaculture.

We welcome all feedback on our training courses and learning materials. Please email with any questions, comments or concerns you may have.


Training is vitally important for fishermen to ensure that they have the skills and knowledge required to undertake this hazardous work as safely as possible.

Safety training

Safety training is a vital part of the UK seafood industry, and it is advised that employees in all sectors undergo basic safety training.

Funding support

Seafish encourages fishermen to undertake training and develop their safety skills and knowledge above and beyond minimum legal requirements.


To complement our range of taught and on-the-job training courses, we have also developed an online learning resource.


Seafish has collaborated with the Maritime Skills Alliance to create a Sea Fishing pathway in the Maritime Occupations Apprenticeship and Modern Apprenticeship frameworks.

3-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing

The 3-week Introduction to commercial fishing (ICF) course for new entrants is one of a number of voluntary courses developed by Seafish in conjunction with industry. It is a course that is specifically aimed at people wanting to begin a career in the fishing industry.

Case Study - 3-Week Introduction to Commercial Fishing Course

Michael Mitchell, Skipper of CABERFEIDH BH28 completed the 3-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing course for new entrants and now runs his own vessel catching mainly lobster and crab. Michael believes that the 3-week course provided him with the knowledge and information required to become a fisherman.

Training and Certification requirements for Fishermen

The information contained within this section has been put together to bring to fishermen`s attention the Training and Certification requirements that currently apply to all UK registered commercial Fishing vessels. It is also intended to act as a guide to career progression for commercial fisherman new to the fishing industry and who wish to progress to skippering a vessel up to 16.5m in length.

Offshore Approved Training Providers

Delivery of our fishermen's training courses is coordinated by our network of Approved Training Providers (ATPs) and delivered by Seafish-approved instructors.