Certificate III in Aquaculture

National Code: SFI30119
TAFE SA Code: TP01163


Expand your knowledge and develop the technical skills you need to progress your career in the aquaculture and seafood industry. This nationally accredited qualification is for people working as aquaculture attendants or technicians for the care of aquatic stock in the aquaculture sector of the seafood industry. Gain hands-on skills in the handling of stock, looking after fish, maintaining water quality, monitoring environmental conditions, and key aspects of shipboard safety. Get out of the classroom and into the aquaculture industry with our practical, on-the-job training. If you’re already working in aquaculture, get on board now with this industry-standard traineeship.

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24 months 
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Course Admission Requirements

  • You must have a Contract of Training with an employer to undertake this course
Average cost per semester
Total Fees for the 24 month course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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Fees vary depending on subjects you enrol into. TAFE SA and their agents reserve the right to make any changes necessary. Fee updates will be available prior to offers being made.

  • 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

    Possible job roles include technical and supervisory roles in various sectors of the aquaculture industry; Hatchery and Nursery Technician; Live Feed Technician; Stock Husbandry Technician; Growout Supervisor; Post-Harvest Supervisor.

    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)
    Available for people who are actively employed in the finfish or shellfish aquaculture industry, including hatcheries. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 3 core units and 16 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 are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective 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 elective 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 aquaculture biosecurity measures 50
    Apply Basic Seafood Handling and Safety Practices 20
    Apply control measures for diseases 40
    Communicate in the seafood industry 30
    Fillet fish and prepare portions 20
    Follow site quarantine procedures 20
    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
    Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities 50
    Support hatchery operations 25
    Work with knives 20
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