Certificate II in Aquaculture

National Code: SFI20111
TAFE SA Code: TP00168


Develop the skills and knowledge to work in the Aquaculture and Seafood industry. With a focus on hands-on, practical learning in a real Aquaculture facility, you will develop skills in feeding, handling and growing stock, disease management, harvesting, filleting and food hygiene, operating and maintaining aquaculture systems, as well as safe work practices, teamwork and effectively communicating in the seafood industry.

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Up to 6 months 

Full Time or Part Time equivalent

Aquaculture Worker Aquaculture Worker

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access subsidised training will be required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course
If you have a verified disability/medical condition and require additional support to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills please contact Student Services prior to applying to discuss your needs. To be eligible for support you must provide medical documentation to verify your disability/medical condition.

Total Fees for the 6 month course
$122 - $300
$122 - $300

This course is subsidised through the Government of South Australia's Subsidised Training initiative. Assessing your eligibility may include participation in a Language, Literacy and Numeracy pre-assessment. Concessions apply to Subsidised Training only.

Subsidised Training Eligibility
Full Fee
$1,701 - $4,200

Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary.

    • Reading, writing and numeracy skills are assessed using the Core Skills Profile for Adults (CSPA). This assessment is used to determine whether you will be required to undertake additional support units alongside your qualification or undertake a pathway course before commencing your chosen qualification. If you receive an offer, more information will be provided at your enrolment session.
  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    This qualification represents the base entry point into this sector of the seafood industry and provides people with a range of core and underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to work as a field hand in the aquaculture sector. Job role titles may include Farm Hand, General Hand, Shop Hand, Feeder, Pond Worker, Farm Labourer, Hatchery or Nursery Assistant.

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Aquaculture (SFI20111)
    This course includes skills in basic food handling, communication in the seafood industry and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 4 core units and 11 elective units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates find jobs or continue studying.
    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.

    * 2017 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on

    Not all units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic food handling and safety practices 20
    Communicate in the seafood industry 30
    Meet workplace OHS requirements 20
    Work effectively in the seafood industry 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply sampling procedures 20
    Control diseases 20
    Feed stock 20
    Handle stock 15
    Harvest cultured or held stock 15
    Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems 60
    Install hydroponic systems 60
    Maintain stock culture and other farm structures 25
    Manipulate stock culture environment 20
    Monitor stock and environmental conditions 30
    Produce algal or live-feed cultures 30
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