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Vocational Education & Training

SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture

Not available to international students.


Casuarina, Remote

Estimated completion time: 0.5 year/s

The length of time to complete this qualification will depend on the location, study mode and selected units.

* - Student Visa holders must study internally full time

CDU Reference
Vocational Education & Training
Industry groups
Occupation types
Aquaculture Worker
Area of study

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. They may perform dives or vessel operations as part of their role.

This qualification is suitable for a traineeship.

Credit transfers and pathways

Skills recognition

Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL)

RPL is the acknowledgement of a person's skills and knowledge acquired through previous training, work or life experience, which may be used to grant status or credit in a subject regardless of how and where they were attained, including overseas.

This can include skills from:

  • Previous study excluding courses at another VET/TAFE institution, but including courses at school or college, through adult education classes or training programs at work;
  • Work experience (including both work that is paid and unpaid); and/or
  • Life experience (for example leisure pursuits or voluntary work).

RPL is a form of assessment. It is used to determine whether a person has acquired, through formal or informal learning, the skills and experience consistent with the stated competency standards that comprise a qualification. RPL is not time referenced, so there are no parameters on how or when the skills are acquired. However, the skills that have been acquired through life experience etc., must be current and must match the elements and performance criteria contained in the individual unit.

Students seeking RPL need to indicate this on their enrolment form at the time of enrolment.

For further information please refer to the Applicant's Guide to the Recognition of Prior Learning or contact Student Central on 1800 061 963 (free call) or email

Credit Transfer

Charles Darwin University as a Registered Training Organisation recognises the Australian Qualifications Framework qualifications and Statement of Attainments issued by any other Australian Registered Training Organisation.

Students are encouraged to submit any requests for credit from previous studies at the time of enrolment, to ensure they are not enrolling in units they may not need to undertake.

In order to apply for exemption/credit transfer from units completed at another training organisation, you will need to complete an Application for Exemption Form available from any campus, centre, or team, or a copy of the form can be obtained from the web.

Your completed Application for Exemption form together with attached documentary evidence (certified copy of Qualification/Statement of Attainment) to support your request for exemption/credit transfer should be submitted directly to the University either in person or by mail. Requests without documentary evidence will not be processed and will be returned to students. There are no fees attached to Credit Transfers.


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Entry requirements

CDU Domestic Entry Requirements

To gain entry into, SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture candidates require:
Employment with a suitable aquaculture enterprise

All VET International applicants are required to meet the English language proficiency for their chosen course of study.


This is a current, nationally accredited qualification from the SFI Seafood Industry Training Package.

Additional information

VET for Secondary Students (VSS)

Select VSS for more detail about this program.

Employability skills

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Location and study mode

Delivery at all locations is subject to sufficient demand and resources.

Locations: Casuarina, Remote

Study Mode: Workplace assessment

Subject to demand other locations and modes may become available throughout the year.

Contact details Phone: (08) 8946 7766 or 1800 061 963 (free call).

Course structure

To achieve a Certificate III in Aquaculture a total of Sixteen (16) units of competency must be completed comprising Three (3) Core and Thirteen (13) Elective units as detailed in the packaging rules and listed below.

The total nominal hours for the sequence listed below is 415 - 675

Code Module/Unit of Competency Hours
SFIBIO301 Identify and report signs of aquatic disease or pests 30
SFIWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes 30
SFIXSI201 Work effectively in the seafood industry 30
  Total nominal hours for core units 90
ELECTIVE UNITS OF COMPETENCY Group A Aquaculture Operations (Minimum 5)
AHCBIO202 Follow site quarantine procedures 20
FBPOPR2066 Apply sampling procedures 20
SFIAQU301 Undertake effluent treatment and waste disposal 30
SFIAQU302 Construct or install stock culture, holding and farm structures 30
SFIAQU303 Monitor stock handling activities 30
SFIAQU304 Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring 40
SFIAQU305 Monitor harvest and post-harvest activities 30
SFIAQU306 Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures 40
SFIAQU310 Apply control measures for predators and pests 20
SFIAQU312 Monitor feed activities 40
MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors 35
MARC043 Transmit and receive information by marine radio 20
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment 35
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel 30
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements 30
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft 15
MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres 40
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices 35
MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres 80
MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres 55
AHCCHM304 Transport and store chemicals 50
AHCCHM307 Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases 70
TLILIC0003 Licence to operate a forklift truck 40
SFIAQU203 Manipulate stock culture environment (Unnamed) 20
SFIAQU205 Monitor water quality (Unnamed) 30
  Total nominal hours for elective units 325 -585
  Total nominal hours for the qualification 415-675


Course fees

Domestic Students
2021 VET fees will be published as soon as they become available.

The following Fees are applicable to this course:

Domestic Students

Domestic full fees

VET full fees are applicable to this course.
2021: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses are available in the VET Student Guide.
2022: Information about fees for non-subsidised VET courses will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

VET tuition fees

NT Government subsidised places are available for this course.
2021: VET Tuition Fees for 2021 will be charged at $3.50 per nominal hour for subsidised training. More detailed Information about 2021 VET Tuition fees for eligible NT residents will be published in the 2021 VET Student Guide or VET Fees.
2022: VET Tuition Fees for 2022 will be published no later than 1 December 2021.

Fee for service

In some circumstances this course may be available as fee-for-service. Please contact the relevant team to discuss delivery charges for this program.

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