Certificate II in Aquaculture

National Code: SFI20119
TAFE SA Code: TP01164


Jump into the seafood industry with this entry-level qualification. You’ll gain the key skills and knowledge you need to work in the aquaculture sector. Get a job as a farm hand, feeder, pond worker, hatchery hand, or nursery assistant. Work on an aquaculture farm, a wholesale or retail aquarium, hatcheries and nurseries, and live post-harvest holding facilities. With a focus on hands-on, practical learning in a real aquaculture plant, you will learn about 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 effective communication in the workplace.

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12 months 

Part Time

Aquaculture Worker

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You will need a computer and internet connection for online study.

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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

    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 (SFI20119)
    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 5 core units and 7 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
    Communicate in the seafood industry 30
    Handle stock 15
    Inspect and clean aquatic work equipment 30
    Meet workplace health and safety requirements 20
    Work effectively in the seafood industry 30


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply Basic Seafood Handling and Safety Practices 20
    Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment 35
    Feed stock 20
    Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel 30
    Harvest cultured or held stock 15
    Manipulate stock culture environment 20
    Meet work health and safety requirements 30
    Monitor stock and environmental conditions 30
    Monitor water quality 30
    Produce algal or live-feed cultures 30
    Survive at sea using survival craft 15
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