This six module program offers comprehensive training in fish processing, product quality assurance and compliance with Good Manufacturing Practice, in manufacturing, packing and storing food for human consumption.


The aim or objective of this course is to provide participants with comprehensive training in fish processing.

Target group/s

Fishermen and Fish Vendors: Managers, Supervisors and Employees of Fish Processing Establishments: Food and Public Health Personnel: Fisheries Personnel: General Public

Duration & Delivery

The duration of this course is nine (9) weeks and consists of 270 contact hours. Delivery comprises a combination of lectures, demonstrations, models, videos and practical training.




Module 101 - Fin Fish Handling and Processing - 30 hours
Module 102 - Salt Curing and Drying of Fish - 60 hours
Module 103 - Smoking of Fish - 60 hours
Module 104 - Shellfish Handling and Processing - 60 hours
Module 105 - Fish and Shell Fish Marinades Technology - 30 hours
Module 106 - Comminuted & Delicatessen Fishery Products - 30 hours


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.