National ID: SFI50111 | State ID: W990


This qualification represents the competencies relevant to people working in the aquaculture sector of the seafood industry at a management level. 

The qualification will have application for people working:

  • on aquaculture farms or fishout/put-and-take operations
  • in hatcheries and nurseries
  • in live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or transporters
  • in pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals
  • for companies providing contract specialist services for aquaculture operations
  • for companies proving consultancy, advisory, equipment sales or other services.

A person operating at this level will have a wide range of technical skills and/or managerial, coordination and planning responsibilities which may include:

  • complying with a wide range of local, state, territory and federal government regulations and restrictions, including human resources, aquaculture operations, occupational health and safety (OHS), environment, animal welfare and food safety
  • designing and planning culture and holding systems and other structures
  • developing policies and procedures ensuing continual improvement throughout the business
  • implementing new technologies and ideas
  • managing risk and implementation of effective controls and corrective actions
  • managing the production system
  • sourcing external contractors and services.

Prospective students should have already achieved, SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture before applying for entry into this qualification.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Work may vary between aquaculture and aquatic holding enterprises. 

Job role titles may include:

  • owner/manager
  • farm manager
  • hatchery manager
  • production manager 

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:


Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Maritime

2 semesters full-time

How Flexible
Full Time (On Campus)
When Available Semester 2, 2017

Work may vary between aquaculture and aquatic holding enterprises. 

Job role titles may include:

  • owner/manager
  • farm manager
  • hatchery manager
  • production manager 

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:


Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Work effectively in the seafood industry SFICORE105B D9168
Apply basic food handling and safety practices SFICORE101C D9166
Meet workplace OHS requirements SFICORE106B D9169
Communicate in the seafood industry SFICORE103C D9167

Semester 1

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Manage people performance BSBMGT502B D0846
Develop and review a business plan AHCBUS506A D6744
Develop stock production plan SFIAQUA509B D9164
Plan and develop formulations and/or specifications for new seafood product SFIPROC604B S4287
Market the small business BSBSMB403A D1014
Collect and manage data AHCWRK502A D7324
Develop and implement an aquaculture breeding strategy SFIAQUA502C D9158
Plan and design stock culture or holding systems and structures SFIAQUA508C D9163
Plan and design water supply and disposal systems SFIAQUA507C D9162

Semester 2

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Develop a stock nutrition program SFIAQUA501C D9157
Operate hatchery SFIAQUA404C D9150
Plan and manage infrastructure requirements AHCAGB502A D6638
Develop a marketing plan AHCBUS505A D6743
Select, plan or design a system or facility utilising high technology water treatment components SFIAQUA510B D9165
Design and conduct a field-based research trial AHCWRK603A D7335
Plan environmentally sustainable aquacultural practices SFIAQUA504C D9160
Plan stock health management SFIAQUA505C D9161
  • This course uses TAFE Admissions, to study full-time in Semester Two 2017, apply through tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ on or after May 1st, 2017 and before June 12th, 2017.
  • Online courses normally have enrolments available ongoing at any time, for help enrolling or for more information
    call: 1800 001 001 or email: info@smtafe.wa.edu.au
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.

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Page last updated May 25, 2017