The course will consider best practices on how to produce safe wholesome chilled and frozen Finfish products. Consequently, instruction and skills training will focus on the technology pertaining to Fish Handling and Processing including, Chilling, Freezing, preparation of various market forms, packaging and Quality Control techniques.


The aim of this course is to: Provide the participant with information and skills, which will allow them to produce safe and wholesome products.

Target group/s

This course is recommended for Seafood Handling and Processing Establishment personnel including Managers, Supervisors and employees; Fishermen; Fish Vendors; Fisheries Personnel involved in advisory or regulatory work; Food and Drug and Public Health Inspectors; entrepreneurs intending to open a processing or vending establishment.

Duration & Delivery

The duration of this course is one (1) week and consists of 30 contact hours (20 hours theory and 10 hours practical). Delivery comprises a combination of lectures, demonstrations, models, videos and practical training.



Introduction to Fish Science – basic
Fish Spoilage Causes and Controls
Freezing of Finfish
The factors which influences the quality of seafood
Sanitation & Food Hygiene Practices in fish establishments
Preparation of various market forms of finfish
Packaging of fishery products
Merchandising of Fish – basic techniques

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

No allergic reactions to fish.

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.