Qualifications for Fish Friers

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This Topic Page is a guide to vocational and other qualifications for Fish Friers. For Seafood Chefs please see 5. below.


General qualifications for people working in fish frying and allied businesses will include food safety and health and safety, either as internally developed and awarded qualifications or third-party accredited and recognised qualifications.

Seafish have developed a range of accredited qualifications that can be delivered by Seafish approved trainers. Some Seafish approved trainers are based within individual businesses (including recruitment agencies) and other train staff for that business, while others are independent trainers able to support all businesses within a region.

In addition to third-party qualifications, Seafish accredits and offers a range of fish and shellfish specific qualifications to match the courses delivered by our partners and approved trainer network. These are usually developed and offered in partnership with the National Federation of Fish friers

Vocational qualifications and apprenticeships represent the gold standard for qualifications for operatives, supervisors and managers in fish frying. Both level 2 and level 3 qualifications in fish and shellfish industry skills are generally available throughout the UK, along with the associated intermediate and advanced apprenticeships. The fish and shellfish frameworks are so comprehensive and flexible that it is possible for almost anyone in the industry directly involved with fish or shellfish to tailor a vocational qualification or apprenticeship for themselves.

Fish and chips shops have been enthusiastic adopters of these apprenticeships at all levels within the business, and including single shop and multi-site operations.

Sources of Information

1. News and General Information


2. Vocational Qualifications and Apprenticeships

3. Apprenticeship Provider Network


4. Information on general qualifications in:


5. Other qualifications and courses include:


6. Other Information


7. Bespoke and Specific Qualifications

    For more information on the Level 2 and 3 fish and shellfish proficiency qualifications including NVQs and SVQs, and the professional qualifications that can be achieved, download the Fish and Shellfish Diagnostic Toolkit - available here.


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For more information and guidance please contact Seafish by emailing onshore@seafish.co.uk or telephone 01472 252302.

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