Diploma of Aquaculture

National Code: SFI50111
TAFE SA Code: TP00171


This course enables people to develop skills to manage and operate an Aquaculture facility.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements, however, students wishing to access VET Student Loans are required to demonstrate satisfactory reading, writing and numeracy skills, or provide evidence of successful completion of SACE Stage 2 or equivalent Australian Year 12 certificate, or completion of Certificate IV or above
If there are more applications for this course than places available, applicants will be ranked by date of application to this course

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Full Fee
$3,437 - $7,896
$6,874 - $15,792
  • Upfront Payment

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

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    VET Student Loan

    This is an interest-free personal loan from the Australian Government that provides eligible students access to capped funding to help pay for their studies.

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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

    Job role titles may include Owner/Manager, Farm Manager, Hatchery Manager, Production Manager, Quality Manager, Compliance Manager, Marketing Manager, New Technology/Automation Specialist.

    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

    Diploma of Aquaculture (SFI50111)
    This qualification provides 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 17 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
    Collect and manage data 120
    Coordinate sustainable aquacultural practices 45
    Develop a stock nutrition program 50
    Develop and implement a business plan 60
    Develop and implement an aquaculture breeding strategy 50
    Develop stock production plan 50
    Establish an aquacultural enterprise 50
    Manage budgets and financial plans 70
    Manage risk 60
    Manage water quality and environmental monitoring in enclosed systems 50
    Monitor stock and environmental conditions 30
    Plan and design stock culture or holding systems and structures 50
    Plan and design water supply and disposal systems 50
    Plan environmentally sustainable aquacultural practices 50
    Plan stock health management 50
    Prepare reports 60
    Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities 50
  • Studying at TAFE SA is one of the easiest pathways towards a University Degree. Credit Transfer is the formal recognition that parts of a TAFE SA course are equivalent in content and level to parts of some University courses. Below are the Credit Transfer details for this course. View all TAFE SA Credit Transfer Agreements

    University University Course Details
    Bachelor of Science (Marine Biology and Aquaculture)
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