Diploma of Seafood Processing

This qualification represents the competencies relevant to people working in the seafood processing sector of the seafood industry in the capacity of an owner manager or operations manager. A person operating at this level will have a wide range of technical skills and/or managerial, coordination and planning responsibilities.

The qualification will have application for people working:

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

for contract harvesting and on-farm processing companies

in processing plants

for wholesalers or retailers.

Job roles

A person operating at this level will have a wide range of technical skills and/or managerial, coordination and planning responsibilities which may include:

managing risk and implementation of effective controls and corrective actions

managing the production system

designing and planning of processing and holding systems and other structures

developing policies and procedures ensuing continual improvement throughout the business

complying with a wide range of local, state, territory and federal government regulations and restrictions, including human resources, aquaculture operations, occupational health and safety (OHS), environment, animal welfare and food safety

implementing new technologies and ideas

sourcing external contractors and services.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:


factory manager

production manager

quality manager

compliance manager

marketing manager

new technology/automation specialist.


Packaging Rules

A total of twenty one (21) units of competency must be achieved.

five (5) core units plus

three (3) seafood processing specialist elective units (Group A) plus

thirteen (13) elective units that may be selected from a combination of:

Group A seafood processing specialist units not yet selected for this qualification

Group B elective units

imported units from this Training Package or from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of four (4) units can be imported, however, at least three (3) of those units must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma level. Units must be relevant to seafood processing and not duplicate units already selected.

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

add topic SFIPROC401C

Evaluate a batch of seafood

Elective units of competency

Group A: Seafood processing specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIEMS501B

Develop workplace policy for sustainability

add topic SFIOHS501C

Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

add topic SFIPROC406C

Develop food safety programs

add topic SFIPROC407C

Conduct internal food safety audits

add topic SFIPROC501C

Manage seafood processing production units

add topic SFIPROC502C

Produce technical reports on seafood processing systems

add topic SFIPROC503C

Analyse seafood packaging requirements

add topic SFIPROC504C

Design and manage a product recall

add topic SFIPROC601C

Establish costs and/or conditions for sale of seafood product

add topic SFIPROC602C

Plan and manage seafood and related product concept development

add topic SFIPROC603C

Develop and manage seafood and related product production trials

add topic SFIPROC604C

Plan and develop formulations and/or specifications for new seafood product

add topic SFIPROC606C

Develop and implement energy control systems in seafood processing environments

add topic SFIPROC609C

Monitor the seafood business environment to determine threats and opportunities

add topic SFIPROC610C

Establish and manage effective external relationships

add topic TAADEL502B

Facilitate action learning projects

Group B: Other elective units

Competitive manufacturing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MEM15001B

Perform basic statistical quality control

add topic MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSS405001A

Develop competitive systems and practices for an organisation

add topic MSS405011A

Manage people relationships

add topic MSS405020A

Develop quick changeover procedures

add topic MSS405050A

Determine and improve process capability*

add topic MSS404052A Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSS405070A

Develop and manage sustainable energy practices

Occupational health and safety

Unit code

Unit title


Provide first aid

Post-harvest operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIDIST501C

Export product

add topic SFIDIST502C

Import product

add topic SFIPROC611C

Participate in a media interview or presentation


Coordinate marketing activities


Develop and implement marketing strategies

add topic AHCBUS502A

Market products and services

add topic TLIA4025A

Regulate temperature controlled stock

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Quality assurance and food safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MTMPS5603B

Develop, manage and maintain quality systems

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB602A

Manage estate planning

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic BSBADM504B

Plan or review administrative systems

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBFIM502A

Manage payroll

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBHRM506A

Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBINM601A

Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBMGT617A

Develop and implement a business plan

add topic BSBPMG522A

Undertake project work

add topic BSBPUR502B

Manage supplier relationships

add topic BSBWRK510A

Manage employee relations

add topic FNSORG604A

Establish outsourced services and monitor performance

add topic TAADEL502B

Facilitate action learning projects

Industry leadership Focus C - Strategic development

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD501C

Develop and promote industry knowledge

add topic SFILEAD502C

Shape strategic thinking

add topic SFILEAD503C

Cultivate productive working relationships

add topic SFILEAD504C

Plan and achieve change and results

add topic SFILEAD505C

Communicate with influence

add topic SFILEAD506C

Demonstrate personal drive and integrity

add topic SFILEAD507C

Provide corporate leadership

Strategic management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBATSIC411C

Communicate with the community

add topic BSBEBU501A

Investigate and design e-business solutions

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBINN502A

Build and sustain an innovative work environment

add topic BSBLED501A

Develop a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT516C

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBMGT605B

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBMGT616A

Develop and implement strategic plans

add topic BSBPUR501C

Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies

add topic BSBPUR504B

Manage a supply chain

add topic BSBSUS501A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic PSPPOL501A

Develop organisation policy


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    SFI30511 Certificate III in Seafood Processing, or equivalent experience

    SFI40511 Certificate IV in Seafood Processing

    vocational and tertiary studies related to environmental sustainability or aquaculture.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake professional development activities in areas of benefit to their workplace and their personal aspirations.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Licences for operating motor vehicles, tractors, forklifts, vessels and other plant apply to some competencies.

Employability Skills


SFI50511 Diploma of Seafood Processing

The following table contains a summary of the employability skills as identified by the seafood processing 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 requirements for this qualification include:


determining performance required to meet internal and external customer needs

facilitating team achievements

leading cooperative work relations with people of different ages, gender, race or religion

managing organisational processes and providing problem-solving support to others

providing leadership.


analysing food safety practices

identifying and addressing potential and actual problems associated with work operations or in achieving work outcomes

identifying environmental features, regulations, insurance requirements, legal requirements and other factors which may affect the product or service to be provided

identifying hazards and suggesting control measures

investigating problem causes and implementing corrective strategies

using material and process knowledge to solve problems.

Problem solving

determining information gathering requirements to monitor work processes and procedures

determining quality and other indicators of work

determining and acting on situations requiring further information or problem solving

identifying efficient production processes

implementing continuous improvement processes

implementing business development processes

providing leadership in the workplace.

Initiative and enterprise

conducting business planning processes

demonstrating time-management skills

determining resource requirements

determining work timelines and output targets

identifying hazards and implementing appropriate hazard control measures

optimising work processes.

Planning and organising

analysing implications of relevant Acts and regulations on work practices

conducting work reviews to determine improvement requirements

determining workplace procedures and instructions

managing own time to meet deadlines

monitoring work operations and identifying and acting on any quality and performance issues.


assessing work data and information to identify areas for improved performance

being supportive and assertive and using interpersonal skills to encourage workplace learning

developing learning opportunities

gathering feedback on own work to assess effectiveness in meeting objectives and integrate information into own practice

identifying own training needs and seeking skill development if required

maintaining currency of industry skill and knowledge.


ensuring readiness and operational efficiency of workplace technology

helping others use technology efficiently and safely

selecting computer software applications to perform work operations

working with technology safely and according to workplace standards.


ensuring readiness and operational efficiency of workplace technology

helping others use technology efficiently and safely

selecting computer software applications to perform work operations

working with technology safely and according to workplace standards.