Farming Sectors

New course for fish and shellfish farmers and staff

IFA Aquaculture members are concerned with sustainability. The clearest demonstration of the sustainability of the sector is that it can be passed on through the generations as a viable and developing business. training and life long learning are essential skills in ensuring the next generation of aquaculturists are prepared for the complex world of on-line business, regulation and bureacracy. That’s where the new Aquabusiness course began – a response to a real need in industry to provide the necessary skills and knowledge to ensure the most professional, modern and sustainable industry possible.

A new course, ITC-AD-0007.1 Aquabusiness 265×170 Jun2018 P02 (002) P13) developed by BIM, Carlow IT and IFA Aquaculture was launched in September 2017, and is aimed at those from within the seafood industry (aquaculture, fisheries added value etc.) and from outside the sector to give them a qualification not in the production techniques etc. of seafood, but instead in the business end with the skills/outcomes from the course as below;

  • Aquabusiness law and regulatory compliance
  • Strategic Analysis for market development
  • Innovation and international marketing
  • Management skills
  • Economic pricing skills
  • Financial analysis for decision making
  • Communication and presentation skills
  • Working in a team

The entry requirements are; Applicants require an NFQ Level 7 or level 8 Award or equivalent in a related discipline.

Closing date for applications August 30th, 2019

Other applicants will be considered on an individual basis in accordance with the Institute policy on RPL (recognised prior learning). Candidates who do not have a Level 7 or higher award but have other relevant industry experience may be eligible for the programme through RPL (as per Carlow IT, where an interview may be required).

The cost of the course is €2,499 but this can be reduced to €1,499 with early Bird and other potential funding possibilities – see flyer.

The course will be run at Wexford Campus, delivered every fortnight on Friday afternoons from 2-6 pm and on Saturdays from 9-4pm over the academic year.

For more information email

ITC-AD-0007.1 Aquabusiness 265×170 Jun2018 P02 (002)

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