Certificate III in Aquaculture

National Code: SFI30119
TAFE SA Code: TP01163


If you want to further your knowledge in aquaculture and sustainable food sources, then this is the course is for you.

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Up to 12 months 

Part Time

In response to COVID-19, TAFE SA has had to make some changes to how courses are delivered. If any changes are made to the delivery or completion date of your course, TAFE SA will communicate with you directly.

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Course Admission Requirements

  • No course admission requirements

Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 12 month course
Full Fee
$1,733 - $2,065
$3,465 - $4,130

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

  • 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

    The environments in which these individuals work include:
    • aquaculture farms
    • aquarium wholesalers and retailers
    • hatcheries and nurseries
    • live post-harvest holding facilities.

    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 III in Aquaculture (SFI30119)
    This qualification reflects the role of individuals who work as aquaculture attendants or technicians for the care of aquatic stock in the aquaculture sector of the seafood industry. In this role, these individuals have responsibilities for the handling of stock, and maintaining water quality and monitoring environmental conditions. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 13 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.

    * 2019 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 www.training.gov.au.

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


    Name Nominal Hours
    Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 30
    Identify and report signs of aquatic disease or pests 30
    Work effectively in the seafood industry 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply control measures for diseases 20
    Communicate in the seafood industry 30
    Fillet fish and prepare portions 20
    Follow site quarantine procedures 20
    Implement a maintenance program for hydroponic systems 60
    Install hydroponic systems 60
    Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring 40
    Monitor feed activities 40
    Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures 40
    Monitor stock handling activities 30
    Monitor the operations of a recirculating aquaculture system 45
    Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities 50
    Support hatchery operations 25
    Work with knives 20
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