Modern Apprenticeship: Sea Fishing


NAFC Course Code: N83

Courageous (LK 470), Ivan Reid

Courageous (LK 470), Ivan Reid



This apprenticeship is aimed at persons wishing to work at sea as commercial fishermen.

It will normally take about 12 months to complete this apprenticeship, including both time working at sea and periods of study at NAFC.

On successful completion of the programme you will receive a Maritime Skills Alliance Modern Apprenticeship in Maritime Occupations: Sea Fishing at SCQF Level 5.

(SCQF = Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)


Entry Requirements

Candidates must:



During this programme you will have to complete a number of classes at the NAFC Marine Centre, and demonstrate your ability to complete a range of tasks while working at sea on a fishing boat by completing a Training Record Book. Topics covered include:

  • Maritime employment.
  • Environmental and health and safety practice.
  • Ropework, anchoring and mooring.
  • Vessel construction and stability.
  • Operation and maintenance of fishing gear.
  • Handling and stowing the catch.
  • Basic navigation and watchkeeping.


The programme normally requires about 12 months to complete while working at sea as a commercial fisherman to gain practical experience and skills, including about seven weeks attending classes at the NAFC Marine Centre.

You will have to maintain a Training Record Book which will provide evidence of your experience and that you have demonstrated that you can carry out a variety of tasks.

Assessment will be by a combination of formal written and practical exams, assessment of your performance at sea, and your Training Record Book.



Please contact the NAFC Marine Centre to enquire about course dates.



Fees are normally covered by Skills Development Scotland.


Booking / Queries

To book a course please download an application form, or contact NAFC.

If you have any questions or need any more information please contact NAFC.