Certificate I in Aquaculture

This qualification represents the minimum requirements for an individual commencing a career as an aquaculturist. It provides individuals with an introduction to the aquaculture environment and some basic skills needed in this area of the seafood industry. It is an appropriate level for an individual undertaking work experience, or in a probationary period in employment. It is particularly applicable to school-based studies.

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.

Job roles

An individual operating at this level undertakes a range of basic work activities, such as feeding, handling and harvesting stock, minor construction work, general cleaning and maintenance of stock culture structures. Work is carried out under close direction and supervision and duties may vary between aquaculture enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

farm hand

farm labourer

farm worker.


Packaging Rules

A total of eight (8) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

one (1) aquaculture specialist elective units (Group A) plus

three (3) elective units that may be selected from a combination of:

Group A aquaculture specialist units not yet selected for this qualification

Group B elective units

imported units from this Training Package or any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of two (2) units can be imported, however, they must align to Certificate I or II level and be relevant to aquaculture operations.

Core units of competency

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFICORE101C *

Apply basic food handling and safety practices

add topic SFICORE103C

Communicate in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE105B

Work effectively in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE106B

Meet workplace OHS requirements

* Note: add topic SFICORE101C is not a required unit for operations that are growing or holding species not destined for human consumption. This includes ornamental or display species, stock for pearls, and stockers for conservation purposes. The unit add topic FDFOP2063A Apply quality systems and procedures, is to be used in its place.

Elective units of competency

Group A: Aquaculture specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA102B

Carry out basic aquaculture activities

add topic SFIAQUA220A

Use waders

add topic SFIEMS201B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B: Other elective units

Maintenance and operations support

Unit code

Unit title

add topic FDFOP1009A

Follow work procedures to maintain quality

add topic RIICCM208D

Carry out basic levelling

add topic RIISAM201D

Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials

add topic RIISAM203D

Use hand and power tools

add topic RIISAM204D

Operate small plant and equipment

Occupational health and safety

Unit code

Unit title


Provide first aid

Seafood processing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIPROC101C

Clean fish*

add topic SFIPROC106B Work with knives

add topic SFIPROC102C

Clean work area

add topic SFIPROC105B

Fillet fish and prepare portions*

add topic SFIPROC106B Work with knives

add topic SFIPROC106B

Work with knives

add topic MTMP2002C

Prepare animals for slaughter

Seafood transport and storage

Unit code

Unit title

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods


    Pathways into the qualification

    Entry into this qualification may be:

    by direct entry and without prior aquaculture skills or knowledge

    through a school vocational studies program combined with work experience.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI20111 Certificate II in Aquaculture

    SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Competencies in this qualification may require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


SFI10111 Certificate I in Aquaculture

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the aquaculture sector for this qualification. This table should be interpreted in conjunction with the detailed requirements of each unit of competency packaged in this qualification. The outcomes described here are broad industry requirements and may vary from one agency to another.

Employability Skill

Industry/enterprise requirements for this qualification include:


confirming instructions

estimating the duration of tasks

oral reporting on work activities, problems and abnormal stock behaviour to a supervisor

reading and interpreting instructions and work procedures

reading schedules relating to feeding, grading or harvesting

recording and reporting data.


contributing to participative OHS arrangements

respecting people from diverse backgrounds

sharing information relevant to work with co-workers

undertaking duties in a positive manner to promote cooperation.

Problem solving

assisting in solving problems

recognising and resolving problems and conflicts that may arise in workplace

reporting problems to supervisor.

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

identifying environmental, OHS, quality and food safety hazards.

Planning and organising

collecting and checking equipment before beginning work activities

following safe work practices

planning to complete work within an allocated timeframe.


prioritising work

seeking support to improve own performance.


identifying own learning needs for future work requirements and career aspirations

taking part in learning opportunities.


using automated equipment, such as feeders and data loggers.