How to become a fishmonger
You can get into this job through:
- a college course
- an apprenticeship
- working towards this role
- applying directly
You could do a college course like food preparation and cookery, which may help you when looking for a job as a trainee.
A certificate in food safety might also be useful.
There are no set entry requirements for this route.
You can do a Fishmonger Level 2 Intermediate Apprenticeship.
This takes up to 2 years to complete.
You'll usually need:
- some GCSEs, usually including English and maths, or equivalent, for an intermediate apprenticeship
You could start out as a sales assistant and learn from trained members of staff in a fishmonger's shop, or on a fish counter in a supermarket.
There are no set entry requirements if you want to apply directly. A good standard of general education will be helpful, including GCSEs in maths and English at grades 9 to 4 (A* to C).
Some employers may ask for a food hygiene certificate, although you can often get this once you start working.
Experience in retail or customer service might also be useful.
You can find out more about working in the seafood industry from Seafish.