Introductory Fish Quality Assessment

Our introductory fish quality assessment training course is usually delivered to a small group onsite at a seafood business.

Key Features

  • This course is suitable for processors, chefs, fishmongers and fish friers. Also for Trading Standards Officers and Environmental Health Practitioners.
  • It is a half to one-day taught course usually delivered onsite for a business, but also available at a few venues in in England, Wales, Scotland and Ireland.
  • The practical element can be extended from two hours to a full day.
  • People who complete the course will receive a certificate from us.
  • Course cost will be confirmed by the training provider.
  • A course booklet is provided.
  • May be combined with the Principles course.
A portion of fish and chips with tarter sauce in a takeaway box
Fish and chips with tartar sauce

Information about the course

The course consists of a theory module lasting around 90 mins followed by a practical assessment session(s) making up the rest of the half day (4 hr) or full day (7hr) programme. The practical sessions are tailored to meet the needs of the group and can focus on whitefish, flatfish or cooked fish assessment methods.

Course content

Raw/whole fish schemes for fishmongers, merchants and processors

This version of the course uses quality assessment schemes intended for the assessment of whole fish and include training on how to assess quality using the appearance of:

  • Eyes
  • Gills
  • Skin
  • Flesh
  • Blood and slime etc.

Cooked schemes for fish friers, chefs and seafood manufacturers

This version of the programme is ideal for those parts of the seafood industry that do not use whole fish. Part processed fish (usually fillets) can still be assessed for quality using the Torry cooked schemes that focus on:

  • Cooked appearance
  • Odour
  • Taste
  • Mouth feel etc of the cooked fish.

Course costs

The cost of this course is variable depending on location, group size, type of assessments etc. Please contact the onshore training team for more information.
The Seafish training subsidy does not apply to this programme.

Qualification awarded by Seafish

Learners who complete the full programme will receive a certificate from us.

Pre-requisites to study this course


Further information

For further information about the course, please email