IFM Training

The IFM Training Team have developed a range of distance learning courses as well as specialist one and two day short courses in various subjects. We are also able to develop bespoke courses on request

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IFM Training - Certificate Unit Offer

Following the success of our first unit only offer we have decided to make this offer permanent and include all seven units from the course.

This is a great opportunity to try one or more units without having to commit to the full course. However, if you do enjoy it and want to take the full course we will be offering a discount equal to the amount paid following the January exams.

The units available are

  • Water Quality
  • Freshwater Biology
  • Angling and Recreation
  • Fisheries Law
  • Fish Culture and Husbandry
  • Fisheries Management and Improvement
  • Fisheries Enforcement

You can find an overview of the unit content here.

Each unit comes with a handbook and supporting materials which will be sent to you electronically so that you can download it onto whichever device works best for you. The course is set at level 3 which is the same as A levels.

The units will also be assessed by open book exam in either January or June 2023. The exams are taken at home so there is no need to attend any venues to pass the course. All successful candidates will be issued with a Certificate of Unit Achievement.

There is no need to take the assessments if you don’t want to. Each unit passed can be used as credits towards the full Certificate Course should you want to take your learning further.

You will also have the opportunity to attend the field course weekend to develop some practical skills to back up the theory side of the course

Full details on the course can be found here or email [email protected] with any questions.

This a great opportunity to do some fishery management related learning without having to commit to the full course. We have a dedicated course manager so you have a direct point of contact for any questions.


The cost for each unit is £75 and you can take as many as you wish.


Please just put a 1 in each unit you would like to take on the next page. The total is shown at the bottom

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IFM Certificate Course

The Institute's Certificate Course is the country's leading distance learning course in fisheries management

The IFM Certificate in Fisheries Management provides knowledge to the level required by people aspiring to employment as a technical assistant, water/fishery bailiff or assistant fishery manager in the water industry, or similar positions in commercially run fisheries. It also provides a sound knowledge base for persons interested in running their own fisheries, or who contribute to the voluntary management of fisheries for angling clubs and associations.

The course is organised on a modular basis, and assessed by exams held in January and June of each year.

The course is set at level 3, which is equivalent to the A level in England, Scottish Highers in Scotland and Irish Leaving Certificate at Higher level in Southern Ireland.

On completion of the course students are eligible to progress on to the IFM Diploma Course.

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IFM Electric Fishing Training

Our next course will be held in the autumn

Our courses are run at Rempstone Village Hall which is just outside of Loughborough and easliy accessible from the M1 and A46. It is also a short taxi journey from Loughbrough station for anyone travelling by train. There are a wide range of accommodation options in Loughbrough and nearby

The course is a good mix of the theory needed to safely use the various methods, coupled with practical demonstrations, health and safety and field skills. We also cover some more advanced techniques for those with some prior experience.

The course utilises both backpack and control box and generator set ups from the main manufacturers

The course is delivered by Paul Coulson ( IFM Director of Operations) and Mike Lee (IFM Course Tutor and Careers Officer) who both have many years experience in the use of electric fishing equipment and training delivery.


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Diploma Course

We continue to run the highly regarded Diploma in Fisheries Management. This qualification is recognised by many employers and entitles their holder to professional status within the Institute. The Institute also publishes a free booklet detailing the possible paths for someone seeking a career in fisheries within the UK. We also run other courses and workshops where you’ll need to attend in person. These are aimed at filling particular skills gaps and are not normally part of a further structured qualification.

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IFM Mentor scheme

IFM Training is looking for willing volunteers to take on the role of student mentors for students taking on the challenges of the IFM Diploma and Certificate courses. Our Mentors are a crucial element of our course offer and provide support and guidance to students who may be returning to education after many years. If you would like to join us the details can be found here

Students on our courses are also eligible to apply for a National Union of Students Extra card entitling them to discounts at over 170 retailers.

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