Training for new entrants to the fishing industry

There are a variety of training courses and apprenticeships available for new entrants to the fishing industry.

Introduction to Commercial Fishing

Seafish’s 15-day Introduction to Commercial Fishing (ICF) course is designed for individuals interested in starting a career in the fishing industry.

The course gives new entrants a basic knowledge and awareness of different activities that are commonplace aboard commercial fishing vessels. It also includes the four one-day mandatory courses Sea Survival, Firefighting, First Aid and Health and Safety which are a legal requirement for any new fishermen entering the industry. The fifth mandatory course, Safety Awareness must be completed when you have been working in the industry for two years.

Anyone interested in this course should contact an Approved Training Provider for further details by following the link below to our Offshore Approved Training Providers webpage. 


The North Atlantic Fisheries College (NAFC) Marine Centre in Shetland offers the Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations – Sea Fishing pathway. The NAFC also offers Deck Rating and Engine Room Rating Certificates of Competence.

A Fisher Apprenticeship standard has been developed by the Cornish Fish Producer Organisation for use in England and it is hoped that delivery will commence in early 2022.

Apprenticeships and Diplomas are the gold-standard training programme for new entrants wanting to get their fishing careers off to the best possible start. Find out more by following the external link below. 

Other training courses

The Scottish Maritime Academy in Peterhead offers a twelve-week Maritime Studies - Trainee Deckhand programme in addition to other Certificate of Competence programmes. Find out more by following the external link below to their website. 

The Whitby & District Fishing Industry Training School offers a Level 2 Diploma in Maritime Studies (Sea Fishing Pathway). Find out more by following the external link below to their website. 


Contact our Fishermen's Safety Training team by email or call 0131 558 3331.