At the end of March 2018 Seafish updated and republished their Hygiene open learning module. The Health & Safety open learning module was updated in November 2017. Both modules are available in print (for a small fee) and also free of charge as online PDFs on the www.seafoodacademy.org website.
Both of the print and online versions are accepted by the Royal Environmental Health Institute for Scotland (REHIS) as an approved method of study. To gain the nationally recognised REHIS qualification candidates will need to sit and pass a formal multiple choice test. This is a regulated qualification, acceptable throughout the UK and internationally.
Some of the key points of the Seafish programmes are:
Both modules are available as a printed open learning module which can be purchased from Seafish or an approved trainer.
They can be downloaded free of charge as a series of PDFs from www.seafoodacademy.org or read onscreen.
The modules are thorough and in-depth – more than 140 pages of key information in each title.
The multiple choice exam is available at a time and place that suits candidates:
• Seafish have invigilators located across the UK
• The exam lasts 30 minutes
• The pass mark is 60%
• There is a charge for sitting the exam
The regulated qualifications are recognised nationally and internationally. The two qualifications are:
• Elementary Food Hygiene
• Elementary Health & Safety
More than 11,000 people in the seafood industry have used these modules to gain a qualification.
In December 2017 Seafish became a joint awarding partner with REHIS. Since then Seafish have developed bespoke exam papers, improved and sped up exam administration and made the learning materials free of charge online. Exam papers have also been translated into other languages (Lithuanian, Polish and Portuguese) – all in an effort to help food business employers meet their legal obligations to supervise instruct and/or train their employees.
Seafish approved trainers can also offer courses in introductory food hygiene for operatives, while intermediate food hygiene by eLearning (Level 3) is available across the UK. This 20 hour eLearning programme is ideal for managers and many supervisors.
Business as usual for Apprentice Friers in Northern Ireland, Wales and Scotland
Fish friers in England will soon have access to a number of suitable hospitality sector trailblazer standards including Level 2 and 3 production cooking apprenticeships. Fish friers outside of England can continue to take advantage of Level 2 and 3 fish and shellfish apprenticeships. For more information please visit www.seafoodacademy.org and go to the news for fish friers section.
Potential Apprenticeship Provider for Wales
Are you a fish frier interested in a Level 2 or 3 apprenticeship? Thinking of taking on an apprentice or offering the qualifications to existing staff? Then let us know via an online survey. If there is enough interest Seafish will work to establish another apprenticeship provider in Wales to offer your business more options. The survey is available at