Certificate II in Aquaculture

This qualification represents the base entry point into this sector of the seafood industry and provides people with a range of core and underpinning skills and knowledge relevant to work as a field hand in the aquaculture sector. 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

Individuals operating at this level undertake a sequence of routine tasks under direction caring for stock which may be at varying stages of development. Duties may include:

harvesting stock, carrying out post-harvest operations and preparing stock for transport

maintaining the quality of stock culture environment or holding facility, including water quality, temperature and flow

maintaining and constructing stock culture structures and other farm structures.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

farm hand

general hand

shop hand


pond worker

farm labourer

hatchery or nursery assistant.


Packaging Rules

A total of fifteen (15) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

four (4) aquaculture specialist elective units (Group A) plus

seven (7) 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 from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of three (3) units can be imported, however, at least 2 of those units must be aligned to Certificate II or III level. Units must be relevant to aquaculture operations and not duplicate skills 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

* 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 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 SFIAQUA201C

Collect broodstock and seedstock

add topic SFIAQUA205C

Feed stock

add topic SFIAQUA206C

Handle stock

add topic SFIAQUA209C

Manipulate stock culture environment

add topic SFIAQUA211C

Undertake routine maintenance of water supply and disposal systems and structures

add topic SFIAQUA212C

Work with crocodiles

add topic SFIAQUA213C

Monitor stock and environmental conditions

add topic SFIAQUA214B

Produce algal or live-feed cultures

add topic SFIAQUA215B

Carry out on-farm post-harvest operations

add topic SFIAQUA216B

Harvest cultured or held stock

add topic SFIAQUA217B

Maintain stock culture, holding and other farm structures

add topic SFIAQUA219B

Operate and maintain high technology water treatment components

add topic SFIAQUA221A

Control predators and pests

add topic SFIAQUA222A

Control diseases

add topic AHCMOM304A

Operate machinery and equipment

add topic MTMP2002C

Prepare animals for slaughter

Group B: Other elective units

Aquaculture operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA220A

Use waders

add topic SFIEMS201B

Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic SFIFISH209C

Maintain the temperature of seafood

add topic SFIFISH210C

Assemble and repair damaged netting

add topic SFISTOR202C

Receive and distribute product

add topic SFISTOR204A

Prepare, pack and dispatch stock for live transport

add topic SFISTOR205A

Prepare, pack and dispatch non-live product

Diving operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFISH211A

Provide support for diving operations*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIFISH312A

Perform breath-hold diving operations*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SISOODR302A

Plan outdoor recreation activities

add topic SISOOPS304A

Plan for minimal environmental impact

add topic SISOSCB301A

SCUBA dive in open water to a maximum depth of 18 metres

Farm operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCBIO202A

Follow site quarantine procedures

add topic AHCCHM201A

Apply chemicals under supervision

add topic AHCCHM304A

Transport, handle and store chemicals

add topic AHCMOM202A

Operate tractors

add topic AHCMOM205A

Operate vehicles

add topic AHCPMG201A

Treat weeds

Fishing operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFISH208C

Maintain, prepare, deploy and retrieve purse seines to land catch

Maintenance and operations support

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCARB205A

Operate and maintain chainsaws

add topic AHCINF204A

Fabricate and repair metal or plastic structures

add topic AHCMOM204A

Undertake operational maintenance of machinery

add topic RIICCM205D

Carry out manual excavation

add topic RIICCM208D

Carry out basic levelling

add topic RIICCM211D

Erect and dismantle temporary fencing and gates

add topic RIICRC208A

Lay pipes

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


Clean premises and equipment

Maritime operations

The units in this group can contribute towards a MAR20313 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal). Additional MAR units from this qualification are listed in Certificate III in Aquaculture.

The units below are equivalent to the former Elements of Shipboard Safety.

Unit code

Unit title


Transmit and receive information by marine radio


Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment


Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft

Occupational health and safety

Unit code

Unit title


Provide first aid

Ornamental operations

Unit code

Unit title


Apply point-of-sale handling procedures

add topic SIRXINV001A

Perform stock control procedures

Quality assurance and food safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic FDFOP2063A

Apply quality systems and procedures

add topic FDFFS2001A

Implement the food safety program and procedures

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 SFIPROC201C

Head and peel crustaceans

add topic SFIPROC203C

Shuck molluscs

add topic FDFOP2056A

Operate a freezing process

Seafood sales, distribution and marketing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIDIST202C

Retail fresh, frozen and live seafood

add topic SIRXICT001A

Operate retail technology


Interact with customers


Balance and secure point-of-sale terminal

Seafood transport and storage

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFISTOR203C

Assemble and load refrigerated product

add topic TLID1001A

Shift materials safely using manual handling methods

add topic TLID2004A

Load and unload goods/cargo

add topic TLILIC2001A

Licence to operate a forklift truck

Vessel operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFISH215B

Apply deckhand skills aboard a fishing vessel

add topic SFISHIP201C

Comply with organisational and legislative requirements

add topic SFISHIP205C

Maintain marine plant

add topic SFISHIP206C

Operate a small vessel

add topic SFISHIP207C

Operate and maintain outboard motors

add topic SFISHIP208C

Operate low powered diesel engines

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBCUS201B

Deliver a service to customers

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBWOR204A

Use business technology

add topic FNSACC301A

Process financial transactions and extract interim reports


    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.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake a:

    SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture

    SFI30311 Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management Support).

    Maritime competencies gained through SFI20111 Certificate II In Aquaculture may be counted towards a Coxswain maritime certification.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Licences for operating motor vehicles, tractors, forklifts, vessels and other plant apply for some competencies. Occupational health and safety (OHS), food safety, and environmental protection regulations apply to aquaculture enterprises.

This qualification contains SFISHIP units for basic vessel operation skills. If a Coxswain certification is required then consider undertaking some or all of the units found in the electives, in the functional grouping, Maritime operations. The remaining competencies required to achieve the Coxswain certification can be gained in the SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture.

Employability Skills


SFI20111 Certificate II 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:


counting stock numbers

estimating percentage of feed consumed

estimating the duration of tasks

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

reading and interpreting standard operating procedures (SOPs) and equipment manufacturer guidelines

reading meters or test kits when making adjustments to culture environment or calibrating equipment

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 the workplace

reporting problems to supervisor

recording and reviewing water quality data or environmental condition.

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

identifying environmental, OHS and food safety hazards

monitoring and responding to changing weather conditions

monitoring stock and responding to abnormal activity.

Planning and organising

collecting and checking equipment before beginning work activities

identifying hazards prior to commencing a job

moving equipment into position in readiness for work activities

planning to complete work within an allocated time frame.


prioritising work

seeking support to improve own performance.


identifying own learning needs for future work requirements and career aspirations.


using automated equipment, such as feeders and data loggers.