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Develop practical skills and knowledge to care for an maintain fish stocks. Assist or manage the operations of fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries. Career opportunities include aquaculture technician, field or fisheries officer, fish farm operations manager.

National ID: SFI20119
State ID: BEI8
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
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Certificate II in Aquaculture

Learn the core skills and knowledge in this introduction to the aquaculture industry. 

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Are you looking to join a school of fish lovers?

This qualification is the crucial first step towards an exciting career in aquaculture. This course provides students with a range of core skills and knowledge relevant to working in the aquaculture industry. Graduates go on to further studies or working in a range on environments including onshore aquaculture facilities, offshore culture facilities and the ornamental fish industry.

Gain these skills:

  • Handling and harvesting stock,
  • Preparing stock for live transport,
  • Monitoring stock and environmental conditions,
  • Producing algal cultures, and
  • Working effectively in the seafood industry

Aquaculture is a fast-growing industry. In fact, The United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) issued a report in 2018 stating that ‘aquaculture is fastest growing food production sector worldwide’. 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 

Study style

This course is offered full-time, classroom based in semester 1, and offered via blended, flexible delivery in semester 2.  This enables remote students or students with other commitments to pursue their passion for aquaculture. Flexible delivery includes 2.5 weeks of compulsory practical classes on campus.

Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle:

Fremantle campus 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.

Certificate II
National ID: SFI30119
State ID: BEI5
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Aquaculture

Expand on your aquaculture skills with advanced aquaculture knowledge.

Delivered at:


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.  

You will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • 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

Further skills from the maritime industry

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Commanding and operating a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

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.

Certificate III
National ID: SFI50119
State ID: BEJ2
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment
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Diploma of Aquaculture

Learn the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations for fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries.

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This higher level qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to manage the operations of fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries. It is suitable for students that hold a certificate 3 in aquaculture or have substantial aquaculture industry experience.

Gain these skills:

  • Developing and implementing a breeding strategy
  • Planning ecologically sustainable practices
  • Biosecurity
  • Managing stock health
  • Developing a stock production plan and
  • Managing an aquaculture research trial. 

You will also learn skills in planning and designing a water supply and disposal system, and stock culture systems and structures. You will learn the skills necessary to supervise and manage staff.

The environments in which our graduates work include:

  • aquaculture farms or fishout/put-and-take operations
  • 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

Study in a specialised facility in the maritime heart of Fremantle:

Fremantle campus 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.

Diploma
National ID: SFI30119
State ID: AB86
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics
Industry Agriculture, Animals, Science and the Environment

Certificate III in Aquaculture (Vessel Operations)

Expand on your aquaculture skills with advanced aquaculture knowledge and boating skills.

Delivered at:


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.  

You will gain the following knowledge and skills:

  • 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

Further skills from the maritime industry

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Commanding and operating a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, aquaculture, fisheries and tourism.

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.

Certificate III
National ID: SFI20219
State ID: BEI4
Industry Aerospace, Maritime and Logistics

Certificate II in Fishing Operations

Become a deckhand in the fishing industry with this pathway course to commercial fishing, ferries and charter boats.

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Are you ready to start a career working in fishing for seafood?

Become a deckhand in the fishing industry with this pathway course to commercial fishing, operating tourist or charter boats, work boats, ferries and dive boats.

Gain these skills:

  • operation of fishing gear and equipment
  • processing and temperature control of fishing harvests
  • cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessels
  • handling, harvesting and sorting by catch

Specialist facilities in the maritime heart of Fremantle

Fremantle campus is our maritime campus, where students are surrounded by the maritime and commercial fishing industry, and have access to a variety of vessels to develop practical experience. 

Certificate II
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