Certificate I in Fishing Operations

This qualification provides individuals with an introduction to the fishing sector of the seafood industry and some basic skills needed in this sector. 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:

for aquaculture farms using wild caught broodstock or seedstock

on fishing vessels

on charter vessels.

Job roles

Individuals operating at this level undertake a range of work activities under supervision, which may include:

assisting with operation of fishing gear and equipment

handling harvest and sorting by-catch

basic processing

general cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

general deckhand



Packaging Rules

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

four (4) core units plus

one (1) fishing specialist elective unit (Group A) plus

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

Group A fishing 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 fishing 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

Elective units of competency

Group A: Fishing specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIEMS201B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic SFIFISH210C

Assemble and repair damaged netting

add topic SFIFISH214B

Contribute to at-sea processing of seafood*

add topic SFICORE101C Apply basic food handling and safety practices

add topic SFIFISH215B

Apply deckhand skills aboard a fishing vessel

add topic SFISHIP211C

Prepare for maintenance


Provide first aid


Apply basic survival skills in the event of a vessel abandonment


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft

Group B: Other elective units

Aquaculture operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA220A

Use waders

Maritime operations

Unit code

Unit title


Transmit and receive information by marine radio

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

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry and without prior fishing operations skills or knowledge

    through a school vocational studies program combined with work experience.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After completing this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI20211 Certificate II in Fishing Operations

    SFI30211 Certificate III in Fishing Operations.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Employability Skills


SFI10210 Certificate I in Fishing Operations

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the fishing operations 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 workplace to another.

Employability Skill

Industry for this qualification include:


confirming instructions

estimating the duration of tasks

oral reporting of work activities and problems to a supervisor

reading and interpreting instructions and work procedures

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 the 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 basic technology skills to record data

using technology and related workplace equipment.