Professional Development

Courses for experienced fishermen to develop your skills and career

Experienced fishermen from the Cornish fleet achieve over 100 qualifications with us each year towards their Under 16.5m Skippers Tickets and Certificates of Competency.

We can advise you on the appropriate courses for your role on board and help find grant funding available to you to train and qualify.

Compulsory Courses for Experienced Fishermen

If you are an experienced fisherman, but new to working in the UK, you must complete the following course, regardless of whether you hold a Certificate of Competency.

This course must be completed within 24 months of starting in fishing. Fishermen from outside the UK must complete it before starting work on a UK vessel.  

Experienced fishermen can apply for the Seafish Experienced Fisherman Photo ID Card once they have completed Safety Awareness training and been working for two years.

Download an Experienced Fisherman’s Photo ID Card Application form here.

Medical Fitness Certificate

In addition to your qualifications, all crew at sea for 72 hours or more or on vessels over 24m in length require medical fitness certificate (ENG1) from an MCA Approved Doctor.  All fishing crews on all vessels will need medical certification (either ENG1 or ML5) from November 2023.

Click here to find out more about this and learn how to find an MCA Approved Doctor.

For advice and guidance on health and wellbeing including medical certification we suggest a call to the Fishermen’s Mission or your GP in the first instance.

Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket and Further Qualifications

For those looking to progress their careers as fishermen, we offer a range of courses for Experienced Fishers including the Under 16.5m Skippers Ticket and the individual courses that are included in it. For more details on the Skippers Ticket and other courses, follow the links below: 

Preparation for Oral Exam Class 1 or 2 Deck Officer (Fishing)

Are your preparing for your MCA Oral Exam? Our experienced and friendly tutors will help you revise and practice to get you in the best possible place ready to pass.  We offer a flexible set up, tailored to your individual needs.

To find out more, follow the link below:

How Do I Book a Place or Find Out More?

To apply for your place on any of these courses or find out more, call 01736 364324 or email

Courses for Experienced Fishermen

Our Trainers

Seafood Cornwall Training is committed to providing everyone who learns with us with the highest standards of training.

All our trainers have plenty of experience in the areas they are teaching and have kept their expertise up to date. Whether that is because they have been in the fishing industry for many years as a Skipper, or are working regularly as a Paramedic or Firefighter, they will make sure your course is enjoyable, practical and gives you the confidence you need to progress your career as a fisherman.

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