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SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture

National ID: SFI30119 State ID: BEI5
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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This course is ideal for those looking to expand on the skills and knowledge they gained in Certificate II in Aquaculture. It also comes packed with opportunities to upskill with either boating or diving skills. While a solid foundation in aquatic science is essential, the aquaculture sector prefers to hire staff with additional boating and/or diving qualifications.

This course will include the maritime safety course Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS). 

Specialist facilities in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Our Fremantle campus features a working aquaculture facility with hatchery tanks and filtration systems and is within convenient walking distance to the fishing industry in Fremantle. Our lecturers have a strong relationship with the Australian Centre for Applied Aquaculture Research (ACAAR) in the neighbouring facility.


  • care for and maintain fish stocks, culture and holding environments 
  • installing or constructing stock culture or holding structures and other allied structures
  • assessing and controlling biosecurity and stock health and treating aquatic stock for diseases
  • monitoring and maintaining water quality
  • co-ordinating feeding activities, handling and harvesting operations for aquatic stock
  • operating high technology water treatment components
  • implementing emergency procedures, occupational health and safety policies and guidelines
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

This course is not an introductory course to the study of aquaculture. We recommend starting aquaculture study in the Certificate II in Aquaculture or having some experience in the aquaculture industry before applying for entry into this qualification.

This course is also available as a traineeship.

Entrance requirements for traineeships

You must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study an apprenticeship or traineeship. 

In a traineeship you also gain hands-on skills and work experience, and improve your employment prospects, while earning a wage. On successful completion you will gain a nationally recognised qualification which can lead to rewarding career options. The difference between a traineeship and an apprenticeship is that a traineeship can be either a full time or part time employment based training arrangement, usually for a nominal duration of 12 months or more, generally in a non-trade related area. 

To find out how to arrange a traineeship and study at South Metropolitan TAFE, please contact the Jobs and Skills Centre closest to you.

Please note this list should be used as a guide only as job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

To access free career planning and job search assistance, visit the Jobs and Skills Centres page.

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Semester 1, 2024

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Fremantle
How On Campus

All year round

When All year round
How Traineeship

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

Semester 2, 2023

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Fremantle
How On Campus

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