Training and CPD Matrix


Fisheries Management Scotland consider that training and continuing professional development (CPD) are a vital element of ensuring and demonstrating the competency and professionalism of staff employed within the fisheries management sector. We also recognise that training and CPD is ultimately the responsibility of the employer. The matrix below is designed to help and support our member DSFBs and Trusts in training and CPD by providing information on potential training opportunities which meet the needs of the sector.

The matrix below is based around a list of knowledge and key skills which was initially developed by the Institute of Fisheries Management and subsequently by the Scottish Government Training and CPD Working Group. The database can be searched by work areas or job role, but the training courses are not necessarily specific to particular roles or work areas (e.g. first aid, manual handling). Where possible we have attempted to identify a range of training options, ranging from free, online courses, to multi-day formal courses. The matrix remains a live document and we are keen to receive feedback and updates about suitable courses, particularly those that have been successfully used by our members. Please send any such feedback to general@fms.scot, with the subject line “Training matrix”.
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Work Area Knowledge and Key Skills Potential Roles and Skill Level
  • Management
Advocacy training
  • Senior Biologist (Intermediate)
  • River Director (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Angling coaching
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Barrier assessment
  • Biologist (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Management
Bid writing and application
  • River Director (High)
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Biosecurity/ Control of invasive species
  • River Director (High/Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Project Officer (High)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Boat handling
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Management
Business & marketing skills
  • River Director (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (High)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
  • Management
Communication skills
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • River Director (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Job specific)
  • Board member/trustee (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Project Officer (Job specific)
  • Administrator (Job specific)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Conducting fishery patrols
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Conflict resolution and tactical communications
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Management
Corporate Governance
  • River Director (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Operations Manager (Intermediate)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Customer care
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Basic)
  • Bailiff (Basic)
  • Administrator (Intermediate)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Delivery of Education/training
  • River Director (Intermediate)
  • Operations Manager (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Digital surveillance techniques
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Driving skills
  • River Director (Job specific)
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Project Officer (Job specific)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Electrofishing
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
  • Management
First Aid at Work
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Fundraising
  • River Director (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
General fish health
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Habitat assessment
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Habitat improvement work (inc. tree planting, coppicing, fencing etc.)
  • Senior Biologist (Desirable)
  • Biologist (Desirable)
  • Head Bailiff (Desirable)
  • Bailiff (Desirable)
  • Project Officer (Desirable)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Hatchery management skills
  • Biologist (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Project Officer (High)
  • Management
Identify H&S requirements & operational deficits
  • River Director (High)
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Invertebrate sampling
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
IT Competence – Specialist software, incl GIS etc
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Project Officer (Job specific)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
  • Management
Knowledge & understanding of key industries in catchment
  • River Director (Basic)
  • Operations Manager (Basic)
  • Biologist (Basic)
  • Senior Biologist (Basic)
  • Head Bailiff (Basic)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Knowledge of fish biology
  • River Director (High/Intermediate/Basic)
  • Operations Manager (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Basic)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Project Officer (Desirable)
  • Board member/trustee (Desirable)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Knowledge of principles of Fishery Management
  • River Director (High/Intermediate/Basic)
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Intermediate)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Board member/trustee (Basic)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
  • Management
Knowledge of relevant legislation & policy framework
  • River Director (High)
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Basic)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Basic)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Project Officer (Desirable)
  • Board member/trustee (Basic)
  • Administrator (Desirable)
  • Management
Leadership skills
  • River Director (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Manage budgets and purchasing
  • River Director (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Administrator (Intermediate)
  • Management
Manage contractors, staff & volunteers
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • River Director (High)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (High)
  • Management
Management skills, CPD & training, objective setting & performance management
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High/Intermediate)
  • River Director (High)
  • Management
Managing diversity and inclusion
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • River Director (High)
  • Board member/trustee (High)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Manual handling
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • River Director (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Job specific)
  • Project Officer (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Administrator (Job specific)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Operate RST/smolt trapping techniques
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Bailiff (High)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Operate/manage fish counters
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Oral presentation skills
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • River Director (Job specific)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Job specific)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
PIT tagging
  • Biologist (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Plan surveys / monitoring
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Preperation and presentation of evidence & court procedures
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Management
Project Management
  • Operations Manager (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (Intermediate)
  • River Director (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Radio / accoustic tracking
  • Biologist (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Desk based/administration
  • Management
Report writing
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Operations Manager (Intermediate)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Desirable)
  • River Director (High)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Project Officer (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Reporting of incidents. Pollution, fish kills
  • River Director (High)
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (Intermediate)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Project Officer (Desirable)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
River rescue
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Scale reading
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Management
Staff recruitment
  • Senior Biologist (Intermediate)
  • River Director (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Statistical skills/data analysis
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Project Officer (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Survey gill netting
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Biologist (Intermediate)
  • Head Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Project Officer (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Towing trailers
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Operations Manager (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Understanding of coastal netting techniques
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Understanding of rod and line angling techniques
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • Bailiff (Intermediate)
  • Management
Understanding of role and responsibilities of DSFB Member/ Trustee
  • Board member/trustee (Job specific)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
Use of chainsaws
  • Biologist (Job specific)
  • Senior Biologist (Job specific)
  • Head Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Project Officer (Job specific)
  • Bailiff (Job specific)
  • Field skills - practical fisheries management
  • Field skills - scientific/monitoring
Water safety
  • Operations Manager (High)
  • Senior Biologist (High)
  • Head Bailiff (High)
  • River Director (High)
  • Fisheries Dev Officer (High)
  • Biologist (High)
  • Bailiff (High)