This course is a perfect introduction to the field of fisheries management and is the place to start for anyone looking for a change of career or for someone wants to learn more on the subjects covered. The IFM Training Team recently reviewed the course and following this process we are now confident that we have a course that is fit for purpose and reflects current practices within the fishery management and fish production sector. The course has seven units with individual manuals and supporting materials.

Students need to choose six units from the list and must pass all of them in order to achieve the course, though materials for all the units are sent to each student. There will be two sets of assessments each year. The first of these will be in January and the second in June. All three-core units are assessed in January with the remainder in June. You must take all of the core units in January. You can then choose to take three from the last four units in June.

The assessment strategy is new and improved and we have done away with the need for students to attend formal exams. The assessments for each unit will now take the form of open book essays; these are sometimes referred to as time constrained assignments (TCA’s). The pass mark is 40% for each unit but a total grade average of 50% must be achieved across all six units to pass the course. All materials are now electronic and will be sent to you on an IFM memory stick for you to use as necessary. We also send each students an additional resource pack which is full of useful reference materials that will help in research for each unit.

All students enrolling on the course will also receive 1 year’s membership to the IFM; this will entitle them to full members benefits including four copies of FISH magazine, newsletters and discounts on other IFM courses, products and events. We have recently implemented an annual Certificate Field Course Weekend which is now held in March of each year near Loughborough.

The seven units that we now offer are:

  1. Water Quality (Core)
  2. Freshwater and Fish Biology (Core)
  3. Fishery Law (Core)
  4. Fish Culture and Husbandry
  5. Enforcement
  6. Angling and Recreation
  7. Fisheries Maintenance, Improvement and Monitoring.

The course fees for 2017/18 are £390

If you would like an further information on the course please contact Iain Turner on