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IFM Certificate Course

This course is a perfect introduction to the field of fisheries management and is for anyone looking for a change of career, or for someone who just wants to learn.

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Event details

1 April 2021

United Kingdom

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About the course

We now have two enrollment points for this course, one from January – March and the other from June – September. However, you can enrol at any point and receive the learning materials ahead of the nearest start date.

If you begin the course in January you will take your first set of exams in June. If you enrol in June your first exams will be in the January of the following year. Full exam details are below

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 who just wants to learn about fisheries in general. The course has seven units with individual manuals and supporting materials and you need to choose to study six of them, though we send you the materials for all seven units as the content is interlinked

All materials are electronic and are sent out on an IFM memory stick for you to use as necessary. We also send reading lists and additional resources to help with your studies.

Following feedback from students we have revised the assessment strategy and we no longer hold formal exams.

Assessments for each unit now take the form of open book essays; these are sometimes referred to as time constrained assignments (TCA’s). These are sent to you via email for you to complete at home. Please note that they are no less challenging than formal exams!


The January exams assesses the three core modules (1-3 in the list below) –  you must take all of these exams.

The second assessments in June allow you the option to choose three exams from the other four modules you have studied (4-7 below). We split it up to make it easier as you only need to study three modules at a time.

All students enrolling on the course will also receive 1 year’s membership to the IFM; this will entitle them to full member’s benefits including four copies of FISH magazine, newsletters and discounts on other IFM courses, products and events. We also run an annual Certificate Field Course Weekend which is held in March of each year. This is an opportunity to pick up some practical experience to go with the theory side of the course. This is run at a discount for people enrolled on the course and is a really interesting and enjoyable couple of days.

Units covered

  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

If you would like an further information on the course please contact Iain Turner on [email protected]

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