3-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing

Our 3-week Introduction to Commercial Fishing (ICF) course is designed for people wanting to start a career in the fishing industry (see case study below). The course can be funded. To find out if funding is currently available in your area, call our Fishermen's Training team on 01472 252302, or email us at training@seafish.co.uk. Please note: certificates are only provided to candidates who complete and pass the whole course.

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: 

  • ASSTA - Amble -  November 2018
  • Seafood Cornwall Training - Newlyn - 1st November 2018
  • NEAT Fishermen`s College - Lyme Regis - 14-28th January 2019 and 13-27th May 2019
  • Western Maritime Training - Plymouth - Spring 2019 and Aug 2019
  • North East Scotland College - Peterhead - January 2019
  • FITA - Highlands & Islands - 1st February 2019        

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.