The water bailiff training course is a distance learning course delivered by the Scottish branch of the Institute of Fishery Management working closely with Fisheries Management Scotland. The aim of the course is to ensure that individuals who may be appointed as a water bailiff by a district salmon fishery board or Scottish Ministers can demonstrate a range of competencies. This includes, for example an understanding of the statutory powers of water bailiffs, collection and storage of evidence, enforcement protocols and court procedures.

The study material is the IFM Bailiff Training Manual and candidates are tested on their knowledge of Scottish salmon fisheries legislation and good operational practice. Examinations are held regularly and are hosted online to ensure ease of access. Work is underway to convert the learning materials which form the basis of the manual into an online interactive course.

Enrolment onto the course includes:

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

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. Information about the IFM certificate and diploma courses can be found here.

The candidate who achieves the highest pass mark in the examination for each year 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 Enforcement Seminar.