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SFI20111 Certificate II in Aquaculture

National ID: SFI20111 | State ID: W984

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. 

The Certificate II in Aquaculture is typically only available for entry in Semester 1 each year.

The South Metropolitan TAFE WA Maritime Training Centre campus in Fremantle features extensive salt and freshwater aquaculture facilities, and experienced staff which offers plenty of relevant hands-on opportunities.  Our staff have involved students in the culture and applied research projects of many marine and freshwater organisms over the last two decades including species such as abalone, dhufish, yellowtail kingfish, marron and barramundi.

Aquaculture is considered a primary industry and is growing fast. This is the first step towards an exciting career in aquatic food production or the ornamental fish industry begins with this qualification.  Typical entry-level jobs for those holding Certificate II include:

  • Australian and overseas aquaculture farms
  • Hatcheries and nurseries   
  • Live post-harvest holding facilities, such as processing plants, wholesalers or transporters 
  • Pet shops, public aquaria, zoos or other facilities with aquatic animals 

This Qualification is also available as a Traineeship. To study as a Trainee, you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation. Please see the Apprenticeships/Traineeships section for more information.

Entrance Requirements

Job opportunities

Entrance Requirements
School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II
Job opportunities

Individuals operating at this level undertake a sequence of routine tasks under direction caring for stock which may be at varying stages of development. Work may vary between enterprises, but duties may include:

  • Harvesting stock, carrying out post-harvest operations and preparing stock for transport 
  • Maintaining the quality of stock culture environment or holding facility, including water quality, temperature and flow 
  • Maintaining and constructing stock culture structures and other farm structures. 

Work may vary between enterprises. Job role titles may include:

  • Farm hand 
  • General hand 
  • Shop hand 
  • Feeder 
  • Pond worker 
  • Farm labourer 
  • Hatchery or nursery assistant.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see http://joboutlook.gov.au/

Further study opportunities:

  • SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture, State ID W986

Delivery location, important dates and study options

Semester 1, 2019

Fremantle Campus - Full Time-Classroom


Fees and charges


Duration 1 semester
When Semester 1, 2019
Where Fremantle Campus
How Full Time
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Page last updated July 09, 2019