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Specific qualifications are not essential for entry into this profession, but having practical aquaculture experience is beneficial. Marine operatives are also expected to have some experience in boat-handling, and must be comfortable working at sea. The aquaculture industries require a highly skilled, technically proficient and environmentally aware workforce.
Whilst required qualifications may not be specified, there are some courses available that teach transferable skills and information about the industry, and can greatly improve employment prospects. Some colleges may require previous experience before entry onto a particular course, but it is best to check the requirements of the individual colleges and courses.
Examples of useful courses for all areas of aquaculture include:
Additional training will often be provided by the employer, either in-house or from external training providers. These may include necessary industry-recognised qualifications in health and safety and equipment operations.
A driving license will also be required for many job positions.