Seafood Programmes - Quality Assessment

Level 3 Award in Fish and Shellfish Quality Assessment

Accredited 09 - Aug - 2011 - view OFQUAL Qualification

A range of training programmes have been developed by the Seafish to cater to the needs of all those in the fish and shellfish industry who want to be able to assess the quality of fish and shellfish.

Seafood Quality Assessment courses have been available from Seafish approved trainers since 2007, and while these courses are accredited by Seafish and valued by the industry, they have not led to a nationally recognised qualification. In 2009 the Seafood Training Academy recognised the Introductory programme, and in 2010 an opportunity arrived to gain national recognition for the Advanced Seafood Quality Assessment training programme in the form of an Improve Vocational Qualification.

This Improve Vocational Qualification (VRQ) is based around two Underpinning Knowledge (UK) units and three Vocational Skills units. Only 2 of these VS units are required to complete the qualification.

Qualification Structure

Unit
Reference
Level
Credit
Principles of seafood quality science
3
4
Principles of fish/shellfish quality assessment
3
3
Demonstrate skills in assessment of shellfish quality
2
2
Demonstrate skills in assessment of cooked fish or shellfish quality
2
1
Demonstrate skills in raw fish quality assessment
2
2

Leaflet - VRQ in Quality Assessment