Charles Darwin University

Certificate III in Aquaculture - SFI30119

Charles Darwin University

Type of institution: University/Higher Education Institution
Level: Pre-degree
CRICOS: 00300K (NT); 03286A (NSW)

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.The environments in which these individuals work include:aquaculture farmsaquarium wholesalers and retailershatcheries and nurserieslive post-harvest holding facilities.All work is carried out to comply with workplace procedures, according to state/territory health andsafety, food safety, biosecurity and environmental regulations, legislation and standards that apply to theworkplace.Some SFI and imported units in the elective bank are subject to licencing, legislative or certification requirements, including:occupational diving is regulated independently by each state and territory workplace health and safety authority. Users are advised to check with the relevant authority to confirm current requirements.the MAR units that appear in the elective bank are subject to licencing and regulatory requirements. These units must be implemented in line with the MAR Maritime Training Package and Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requirements.the TLI licencing units must be implemented in line with the TLI Transport and Logistics Training Package.


  • Communicate in the seafood industry
  • Monitor harvest and post-harvest activities
  • Undertake emergency procedures in SCUBA diving operations
  • Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Collect and preserve biological samples
  • Supervise storage of temperature controlled stock
  • Transmit and receive information by marine VHF radio
  • Produce visual merchandise displays
  • Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)
  • Fillet fish and prepare portions
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Monitor stock handling activities
  • Plan for minimal environmental impact
  • Prepare and apply chemicals to control pest, weeds and diseases
  • Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures
  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Perform diving operations using SCUBA
  • Undertake emergency procedures in diving operations using SSBA
  • Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Apply basic seafood handling and safety practices
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate a forklift
  • Follow environmental work practices
  • Transport and store chemicals
  • Transmit and receive information by marine radio
  • Monitor feed activities
  • Meet work health and safety requirements
  • Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • Complete deep dives to between 18 and 40 metres
  • SCUBA dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres
  • Act to prevent interaction with protected species
  • Apply control measures for diseases
  • Identify and report signs of aquatic disease or pests
  • Construct or install stock culture, holding and farm structures
  • Shuck molluscs
  • Work with knives
  • Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)
  • Undertake effluent treatment and waste disposal
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Apply sampling procedures
  • Clean fish
  • Monitor the operations of a recirculating aquaculture system
  • Use waders safely in aquatic environments
  • Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities
  • Maintain aquascapes and aquatic animals
  • Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Coordinate sustainable aquacultural practices
  • Work effectively as a diver in the seafood industry
  • Complete a dive using Enriched Air Nitrox
  • Work effectively in the seafood industry
  • Support hatchery operations
  • Follow site quarantine procedures
  • Provide first aid
  • Provide advice on selection and care of aquatic animals
  • Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • Apply control measures for predators and pests
  • Perform diving operations using SSBA
  • Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices
  • Maintain the temperature of seafood
  • Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring
  • Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance
  • Perform underwater work in the aquaculture sector
  • Carry out emergency procedures
  • Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
  • Apply aquaculture biosecurity measures
  • Licence to operate a forklift truck

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