Bailiff Training Module


The Bailiff Training Module is a simple course delivered by IFM and is specific to Scottish fisheries legislation.

The course is distance learning and very simple in structure – candidates are provided with a copy of the IFM Bailiff Training Manual and are tested on their knowledge of Scottish salmon fisheries legislation and good operational practice. A formal examination is convened in spring, and sometimes also later in the same year, if there is sufficient demand. The spring examination is usually timed to coincide with the annual Bailiffs Seminar, organised by Fisheries Management Scotland and IFM. Regional examinations can be arranged where there is sufficient local demand for those that cannot attend the seminar.

The course includes:

  • course materials
  • examination fee
  • a year’s Associate membership of IFM
  • award certificate
  •  IFM Bailiff enamel badge

How to apply:

Edward Rush is the IFM Bailiff Training Co-ordinator – please contact if you have any questions.

The Scottish bailiff training course also counts as a unit towards the IFM certificate course, should candidates wish to develop their knowledge and experience further. The IFM certificate and diploma courses are managed by IFM.

The candidate who achieves the highest pass mark in the annual examinations is awarded the Roger Barnes Memorial Trophy. This award recognises the contribution to training development made by the late Roger Barnes, who worked with the Lochaber District Board and contributed heavily to the original development of the course. The award is made at the  Annual Bailiff’s Seminar.

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