In this course you will learn: 1) To identify and correct any defects which could provide a combination of elements leading to a fire. 2) The efficient utilisation of fire fighting equipment. 3) Selecting the suitable type of equipment to fight a particular type of fire in the shortest possible time. 4) To secure the safety of personnel and his own person on board


The aim of this course is to provide training in Fire Fighting and Fire Prevention and is mandatory for all seafaring personnel. The course covers the correct use of fire fighting equipment, the different types of fires and corresponding fire fighting techniques. The course is a component of the Basic Safety Training*.

Target group/s

This course is recommended for any individual who intends to pursue a career at sea or offshore.

Duration & Delivery

The duration of this course is five (5) days. Classes are from 8:00am to 4:00pm. A combination of lectures sessions, demonstrations and videos are used to deliver this course.




  • Safety and Principles
  • Theory of Fire
  • Fire Prevention
  • Fire Detection
  • Fixed Fire-Extinguishing Systems


Upon successful completion of the course, determined by the instructor, the candidates will receive a certificate in accordance with Section A-V1/1 Paragraph 2 of the STCW Convention.

This course emphasizes the participant's ability to communicate, take command, and successfully control firefighting operations both at sea and in port It is recommended for senior personnel who have completed the basic training in firefighting and fire prevention.

Possible Careers Job Titles: Supervisory positions on the Deck e.g. Health and Safety Officer, Marine Fire Officer.

Entry Requirements

Entry requirements for course to be considered


Attained a minimum age of 17 years

Basic Skills

Basic Literacy skills


Two (2) form of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)

One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background).

Additional Requirements

A valid Basic Training Certificate.

Steps To Follow

1 - Gather Documents

Gather required documents and get scanned copies of each document.

  1. Two (2) forms of Identification (Drivers Permit/License, Passport, ID Card and or Birth Certificate)
  2. One (1) Passport sized photograph (Photos must have white background). You can do a selfie shot.
  3. For the course Basic Training a valid Medical Form
  4. For those that are upgrading or re-validating require a valid Basic Training Certificate 
  5. See list of courses that require a valid Basic Training Certificate to be submitted

2 - Register

Register online or bring your documents and register at the office.

3 - Wait for Contact

Once your application is completed and approved, an officer will contact you regarding attending the class

4 - Make Payment

Once your registration has been approved, you will be given instructions on making a payment.

5 - Attend Scheduled Class

Attend all the scheduled classes and pass exams

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I apply to take courses at CFTDI?

You can apply online, call or come in to our offices for information.

Caribbean Fisheries Training and Development Institute

Western Main Road, Chaguaramas,

Trinidad, W.I.

Telephone: (868) 634-4276/1635


How are classes delivered?

Courses are delivered via blended learning. Practical classes are taught physically on location at the institute and theory classes are provided online.

Do I have to be a national of Trinidad and Tobago?

No. Once you meet the basic requirements for entry you will be able to qualify.

Is there parking available for students on the campus?

Yes and parking is free.

"Providing Training in the Maritime & Fishing Industry"

An Agency of the Ministry of Agriculture, Land and Fisheries.