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Funded online Elementary Food Hygiene and Health & Safety qualifications available

Richard Wardell, Onshore Training Advisor, highlights two subsidised nationally recognised qualifications, available to the seafood industry.

In 2020, we introduced a package of subsidised training to assist seafood businesses as part of our response to the Covid-19 pandemic.

Since then, many seafood businesses have benefitted from our funding for remotely delivered training courses and online eLearning programmes, with learners improving their knowledge and development and businesses gaining motivated employees who are more likely to stay with them for longer.

Our online Elementary Food Hygiene and online Elementary Health & Safety programmes are fully subsidised and effectively free of charge for people working in the UK seafood industry.

Many fishers, processors, fish friers and fishmongers have successfully completed one or more of these qualifications, with the candidates receiving a nationally recognised qualification from the Royal Environmental Health Institute of Scotland (REHIS).

Mackerel being processed in factory
Our qualifications support personal and professional growth within the seafood industry

This Seafood Scotland article emphasises the important benefits to employers of accredited qualifications and focuses on our online Elementary Food Hygiene qualification.

The online nature of these courses allows the learner to study at a place, pace and time suitable to them, with the multiple-choice exam invigilated using Microsoft Teams or Zoom.

The online Elementary Food Hygiene programme is also available in several languages, allowing it to be even more accessible to learners, such as in English, Lithuanian, Polish, Portuguese and Welsh (the latter thanks to funding from the Welsh government).

Follow the links below to find out more on the courses and access the learning materials. 

One learner who has successfully completed the online Elementary Food Hygiene qualification is Jenna Guthrie of Iceberg Seafoods:

Completing the online Elementary Food Hygiene qualification has supported my personal development. I found that the communication from Seafish throughout the whole learning process was fantastic. The learning materials contain seafood specific examples and our new Quality Controller is now studying for the qualification.
Jenna Guthrie, Iceberg Seafoods

Seafood businesses employing large numbers of people who require either of these two qualifications can be approved by Seafish to invigilate the online exams themselves. By bringing delivery in-house businesses can oversee the process from the initial registration through to examination. Currently there are a few employers who enjoy the benefits of this approach. They coordinate the studying completed by their staff and then invigilate the online exam.

For smaller companies, the online exam is verified by an independent Seafish approved invigilator.

I have invigilated many online exams especially for people working in fish and chip shops. The exams are scheduled around the needs of the learner and the business. Performing the invigilations via video conferencing provides greater flexibility in terms of when the candidate can sit their exam.
Michael Pili, Seafish approved invigilator

Further information

If you would like to register any candidates or would like further information about our subsidised training programmes, please contact our Onshore Training team, email