Please find details below of all the courses offered by Seafood Cornwall Training. Course dates are published on the "Training Calendar" page, however many of our courses are organised on demand for groups of fishermen or company employees.

Please call or email us to discuss your training needs. Click on the "Funding" page for more information regarding funding availability for training.


Fishermen's Basic Safety Training

These courses are a mandatory requirement for all fishermen working aboard a commercial fishing vessel.

  • Basic Sea Survival
  • Health and Safety (for new entrants - those with less than 2 years experience)
  • Basic Fire Fighting for Fishermen
  • Basic 1st Aid for Fishermen
  • Safety Awareness (all fishermen are required to complete this course after gaining 2 years experience at sea)

We have helped people source funding from The Princes Trust and from PCDT in Penzance in order to complete these courses free of charge.

Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket

The under 16.5m skippers ticket will entitle the holder to skipper a UK-registered commercial fishing vessel of less than 16.5 metres. The MCA have advised that it will become a mandatory requirement for all skippers of vessels under 16.5m to hold the full qualification.

Courses making up the under 16.5 Skippers Ticket

  • Basic Sea Survival
  • Basic Fire Fighting for Fishermen
  • Basic 1st Aid for Fishermen
  • Safety Awareness
  • 1 day Intermediate Stability Awareness
  • 1 day GMDSS SRC (VHF) (old, non GMDSS licences will need updating)
  • 2 or 5 day Navigation and Watchkeeping* (if working beyond 20nm, 5 day course is required)
  • 2 Day Engineering (online test available)

Fishermen will be able to complete training free of charge* however please be aware this funding is limited and may be cancelled at any time. (see funding page - DfT funding). You need to have completed all the basic safety courses including Safety Awareness to be eligible for funding.

For further guidance on training and certification requirements for the crew of fishing vessels please click on this link: MCA Marine Guidance Note 411 (M+F)

Onshore courses offered by Seafood Cornwall Training

  • Food Safety L1/2
  • Health & Safety L1/L2
  • Introduction to Fishmongering
  • Fish Filleting
  • Introductory Seafood Quality Assessment
  • Advanced Seafood Quality Assessment
  • Fish Frying Skills/Customer Service Skills (self study)
  • Fish Frying Skills & Customer Service Skills (self study, combined)


  • Fork lift truck training - RTITB Accredited


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South West Handline Fishermen's Association

The administration of the South West Handline Fishermen’s Association is coordinated from our Newlyn office including memberships, tag orders and funding applications. Visit for more info.


Fishing For Litter South West
Seafood Cornwall Training Ltd. coordinates "Fishing For Litter South West", a three year project which aims to remove 200 tonnes of litter from the marine environment. For more information please visit


The Cornish Sardine Management Association is a group of Cornish fishermen and processors who came together in 2004 to agree common standards between themselves for catching, processing and marketing Cornish Sardines.

Duchy Fish Quota Co.

The Duchy Fish Quota Company was established in 2001 by members of the fishing industry who were extremely concerned at the trade in fish quota and the impact this is having on the Cornish fishing industry.