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.

The 3-week ICF course has been designed to give new entrants a basic knowledge and an awareness of a number of different activities that would be found operating upon commercial fishing vessels. 

The course also includes as part of the syllabus the four 1-day mandatory courses - Sea Survival, Health and Safety, First Aid and Fire Fighting - which are a legal requirement for any new fishermen entering the industry and going to sea.

For the full course syllabus click here.  

To take a look at the courses in more detail you can also view our free online learning platform www.seafishonlinetraining.co.uk  where trainees can find information on our basic safety courses for new entrants, which is good preparation ahead of attending any formal training. 

Once you have completed the 3-week ICF course you will be issued with an ICF-New Entrants Card which lists on the back the four basic mandatory courses along with the other units completed.  

Having completed the required training you can look on the following websites to see what vessels or which skippers are looking for available crew: www.ukfishingjobs.org or www.findafishingboat.com

Note: We endeavour to provide this course free-of-charge to trainees, but our ability to do so is dependent upon the availability of external funding.

We have been notified that the following courses will be taking place over the next few months: 

  • There are no courses planned in England or Scotland for the next couple of months.
  • The College in Wales (Coleg Llandrillo - based in Rhos-on-sea) are looking to confirm a date shortly      

If you wish to register on any of these please call the Approved Training Provider directly by consulting the ATP list (see offshore Approved Training Providers in the left hand navigation list)  

Please contact your nearest Approved Training Provider or call Seafish Training on 01472 252302 or e-mail for further information.