Aquaculture Training

BIM offers aquaculture courses at QQI level 3 to level 6. The course are offered on a modular basis beginning with a foundation course in fish farming methods for new entrants progressing to training for experienced farmers, to improve their skills and knowledge of aquaculture techniques. Our courses include training in seaweed on-growing and fish welfare.

Aquaculture QQI Award (Major) Level 5 - Further Education + Training

Course scheduled for 01 February 2016.

To apply return the completed application form to us:

  • Download the‌ Training Application Form (pdf 64Kb) 
  • Closing date for applicants 18 December
  • Interview for places 07 January.

Aquaculture training is provided at our college in Castletownbere, contact della.osullivan@bim.ie on 027 71230

Objective: This course is designed to give comprehensive training in the skills required to work competently on a fish farm.

Qualification: QQI Level 5 Certificate in Aquaculture

Entry Requirements:

  • Junior or Leaving Certificate and/or relevant life and work experience
  • Candidates are selected by interview

Duration: 4 months full-time or accumulation of minor award credits over time towards the award of the certificate.

Progression: Students can progress to GMIT’s Bachelor of Science Degree in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology.

The following minor awards may be of interest to practising fish farmers. These minor awards can be taken separately to accommodate specific work requirements and credits may be accrued for each module successfully completed:

Download the Aquaculture Brochure (pdf 351Kb)  information leaflet


Aquaculture QQI Award (Minor) Level 4 - Further Education + Training

Objective: This entry-level course is designed to provide pre-vocational learners with an introduction to fish-farming under supervision and will offer options to progress to higher skill levels:

Qualification: QQI Level 4 minor award in Aquaculture

Entry Requirements:

  • Interest in fish farming or relevant life and work experience.
  • Candidates selected by interview.

Duration: 30 Hours instruction


Aquaculture QQI Award (Minor) Level 3 - Further Education + Training

Objective: This entry-level course is designed to provide pre-vocational learners with an introduction to fish-farming under supervision and will offer options to progress to higher skill levels:

Qualification:  QQI Level 3 Foundation minor award in Aquaculture

Entry Requirements:

  • Interest in fish farming or relevant life and work experience.
  • Candidates selected by interview.

Duration: 20 Hours instruction

Seaweed On-growing QQI Award (Minor) Level 5 - Further Education + Training

Next course scheduled

  • 10-11 May, Newport, Co Mayo CTU1

Qualification: QQI Level 5 Seaweed On-growing Minor Award 5N5287

Course Content:

  • History of sea-vegetable production in Ireland and worldwide,
  • Lifecycles of seaweed,
  • Genetic aspects of seaweed production,
  • Environmental monitoring,
  • Production of juvenile sea-vegetable,
  • Care of sea-vegetable at sea,
  • Production uses of sea-vegetable,
  • Health and Safety.

Duration: 2 weeks

Fee: €200


Application form

Aquaculture Brochure (pdf 351Kb) 

BIM Training Application Form (pdf 1,052Kb) 

Contact Us

For further information contact our Training Centres:

National Fisheries College
Castletownbere, Co. Cork
Direct: +353 27 71230
rfccastletownbere@bim.ie