The course will consider the handling fish aboard the vessel, and the control of factors that lead to deterioration of the catch thereby maintaining a high quality catch. The training will reflect on an understanding of how time, temperature, and the presence of microorganisms affect spoilage thus, important considerations for the maintenance of vessel sanitation will be included. The course will also cover the rudiments of finfish identification.


The aim of this course is to: Provide the participant with information and skills, which will allow them to develop and utilize proper fish handling and sanitation practices aboard a fishing vessel.

Target group/s

This course is recommended for managers, masters and crew members of fishing vessels, and fisheries and regulatory personnel.

Duration & Delivery

The duration of this course is two (3) days and consists of 22 contact hours. Classes consist of a combination of lectures, and demonstrations. Models and/or videos and practical training aboard an open vessel are used to deliver the course.




  • Sanitation Requirements and Procedures Aboard Vessels
  • Introduction to Fish Science – basic 
  • Fish Spoilage Causes and Controls
  • Fish Quality Determination by Sensory Methods
  • Fish Handling Aboard Vessels (Theory)
  • Fish Handling (Practicum)
  • Finfish identification (basic)

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

Module 101-Fin Fish Handling and Processing is the foundation course and is a pre-requisite. 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.