Experienced Fishermen

An experience fisherman is defined as a fisherman who has been working as a fisherman for two years or more.

In addition to the courses required of new entrants (above), all experienced fishermen, regardless of whether they hold a Certificate of Competency, must complete the following course:

  • 1 day Safety Awareness and Risk Assessment.

Upon completion of this course, experienced fishermen are recommended to apply to Seafish for an Experienced Fisherman photo identification card verifying their compliance with this requirement.

Merchant Navy STCW basic safety training

For those working or wanting to work in the maritime industry outside the fishing industry it is necessary for them to hold Seafarers Training Certification and Watchkeeping (STCW) basic safety training certificates. With this in mind it is agreed that the following STCW courses may be used in place of the New Entrant Courses:

  • Basic STCW Safety Course Fishermen’s Basic Safety Training Course Personal Survival Techniques STCW Ref. A-VI/1-1 Sea Survival
  • Fire Prevention and Fire Fighting STCW Ref. A-VI/1-2 Fire Fighting and Prevention
  • Elementary First Aid STCW Ref. A-VI/1-3 First Aid

The MCA will accept STCW basic safety training which is approved by any Maritime Administration which is signatory to the STCW Convention. Click the link and refer to MGN 411 for further information on this requirement.