Resources and Training

MFS Learning Resources

The following resources have been developed for candidates needing to take the MFS Assessment, consisting of a knowledge test and a practical observation. You are advised to work through the booklets and read or watch the recommended learning resources.

Once you have finished answering all of the questions, you can check your answers using the answer guide. Working through this document will help to ensure that you pass the MFS Assessment and achieve MFS certification. For those seeking extra help, why not enrol in the MFS Course?



The MFS Course and Assessment

The MFS course has been specially developed for fishmongers wishing to update their knowledge and hone their skills, prior to taking the MFS Recognised Fishmonger or MFS Advanced Fishmonger Assessment. The course will be taught by our certified MFS Master Fishmonger – Gary Hooper or Terry Martin

We can tailor the course to individual needs, covering the following topics:

  • Seafood Quality Assessment
  • HACCP for fishmongers – crucial for those thinking about owning their own fishmonger shop!
  • Fisheries and Aquaculture
  • Hand and Knife Preparation Skills
  • Retail Display Skills
  • Nutrition / Cooking
  • Billingsgate Market Visit

On the third day of the course, candidates will take the MFS Assessment at the School’s training facility. The prerequisite standards of the MFS tier must be fulfilled to take the assessment.

Preparing for the course

We strongly recommend candidates complete the MFS workbooks (listed above) before attending the three-day course and assessment at the Seafood School at Billingsgate Market in London.

The first course will run from the 1st – 3rd of May, 2018 at the Seafood School. Please register your interest for the course by emailing us at

For further information about the course or the Seafood School, check out the Seafood School at Billingsgate website¬† –¬†


The Seafood Academy

If you wish, you can prepare for the MFS Assessment day independently. The MFS have teamed up with the ‘Seafood Training Academy’ to provide you with a host of relevant learning resources and materials. There are video links, workbooks and information packs on a variety of topics related to being a fishmonger! All of the resources are free to download.

It is highly recommended that candidates utilise this resource prior to embarking upon their journey on the Master Fishmonger Standard.


Approved Training Providers

The following training providers have been approved by Seafish as meeting a high standard of apprenticeship support with respect to materials, trainers, resources and experience.

For further information about the apprenticeships, please refer to the following pages or contact the respective organisations direct.



  • Blackpool and the Fylde College
  • Duchy College
  • Lakes College West Cumbria
  • Meat Skills Training School
  • North East Food Technology Services Ltd
  • Strive Training Ltd
  • Seafood School at Billingsgate

Northern Ireland

  • Southern Regional College
  • Belfast Metropolitan College


  • Polaris Learning


  • Cambrian Training
  • Network Training Services Ltd