Certificate III in Fishing Operations

This qualification contains the competencies required by an experienced deckhand undertaking a wide range of fishing operation tasks.

Maritime certifications, such as a Coxswain, cannot be achieved through this qualification. Refer to the TDM07 Maritime Training Package for relevant qualifications.

Skill Sets are available through the SFI11 Seafood Industry Training Package as an alternative for fishers using the TDM07 Maritime Training Package to gain a maritime certification. These include:

Environmental Management Skill Set

Fishing Operations Skill Set.

The qualification will have application for people working:

for aquaculture farms using wild caught broodstock or seedstock

on charter vessels

on fishing vessels.

Job roles

Individuals operating at this level undertake a broad range of routine processes and procedures which may include:

maintaining food safety and quality control procedures and policies

overseeing cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel

overseeing the handling, harvesting and sorting of by-catch

selecting, deploying and operating fishing gear and equipment

supervising or leading work teams.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

senior deckhand



Packaging Rules

A total of eighteen (18) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

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

ten (10) 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 from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of four (4) units can be imported and at least two (2) of those units must be aligned to Certificate III or IV level. Units must be relevant to workplace needs.

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 SFIEMS301B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic SFIEMS302B

Act to prevent interaction with protected species

add topic SFIFISH209C

Maintain the temperature of seafood

add topic SFIFISH210C

Assemble and repair damaged netting

add topic SFIFISH309B

Construct nets and customise design*

add topic SFIFISH210C Assemble and repair damaged netting

add topic SFIFISH310A

Adjust and position fishing gear

add topic SFIFISH311A

Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance

add topic SFIFISH401C

Locate fishing grounds and stocks of fish

add topic SFIFISH402C

Manage and control fishing operations

add topic SFIOHS301C

Implement OHS policies and guidelines

add topic AHCLSK319A

Slaughter livestock

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Diving operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIDIVE309A

Work effectively as a diver in the seafood industry*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE310A

Perform diving operations using SSBA*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE311A

Perform diving operations using SCUBA*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE312A

Undertake emergency procedures in diving operations using SSBA*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE313A

Undertake emergency procedures in diving operations using SCUBA*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE314A

Perform compression chamber diving operations*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE315A

Perform underwater work in the aquaculture sector*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic SFIDIVE316A

Perform underwater work in the wild catch sector*

add topic HLTFA311A Apply first aid

add topic HLTAID003

Provide first aid

add topic SISOOPS304A

Plan for minimal environmental impact

add topic SISOODR302A

Plan outdoor recreation activities

add topic SISOSCB301A

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

Group B: Other elective units

Aquaculture operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA206C

Handle stock

add topic SFIAQUA213C

Monitor stock and environmental conditions

add topic SFIAQUA217B

Maintain stock culture, holding and other farm structures

add topic SFIAQUA303C

Coordinate stock handling activities

add topic SFIAQUA309C

Oversee harvest and post-harvest activities

add topic SFIAQUA316A

Oversee the control of predators and pests

add topic SFIAQUA317A

Oversee the control of diseases

add topic SFIAQUA318A

Coordinate feed activities

Fishing charter operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFCHA301C

Develop information and advice on fishing charter trips

add topic SFIFCHA302C

Operate an inshore day charter

Crane operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic TLILIC0012A

Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)

add topic TLILIC3006A

Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)

add topic TLILIC3008A

Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)

Maritime operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MARB001

Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel

add topic MARB002

Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems

add topic MARB009

Manage refuelling

add topic MARC003

Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment

add topic MARC005

Operate inboard and outboard motors

add topic MARC006

Operate main propulsion and auxiliary systems

add topic MARC020

Transmit and receive information by marine radio

add topic MARF001

Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

add topic MARF002

Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel

add topic MARF004

Meet work health and safety requirements

add topic MARF005

Survive at sea using survival craft

add topic MARG002

Manage a small crew

add topic MARH001

Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres

add topic MARI001

Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres

add topic MARI002

Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres

add topic MARJ001

Follow environmental work practices

add topic MARK001

Handle a vessel up to 12 metres

add topic MARN002

Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

add topic MARN003

Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres

Observer operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIOBSV301B

Monitor and record fishing operations

add topic SFIOBSV302B

Collect reliable scientific data and samples

add topic SFIOBSV303B

Collect routine fishery management data

add topic SFIOBSV304B

Analyse and report onboard observations

Quality assurance, food safety and environmental management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIEMS401B

Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system

add topic FDFFS2001A

Implement the food safety program and procedures

add topic FDFFS3001A

Monitor the implementation of quality and food safety programs*

add topic FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures

add topic FDFTEC3001A

Participate in a HACCP team*

add topic FDFFS2001A Implement the food safety program and procedures

Seafood processing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIPROC302C

Handle and pack sashimi-grade fish

Seafood transport and storage

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SITXINV201

Receive and store stock

add topic SITXINV202

Maintain the quality of perishable items

add topic SITXINV401

Control stock

add topic FDFOP2010A

Work with temperature controlled stock

Vessel operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFISHIP201C

Comply with organisational and legislative requirements

add topic SFISHIP202C

Contribute to safe navigation

add topic SFISHIP206C

Operate a small vessel

add topic SFISHIP207C

Operate and maintain outboard motors

add topic SFISHIP211C

Prepare for maintenance

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBADM311A

Maintain business resources

add topic BSBCUS301B

Deliver and monitor a service to customers

add topic BSBFIA301A

Maintain financial records

add topic BSBFIA302A

Process payroll

add topic BSBFIA303A

Process accounts payable and receivable

add topic BSBFIA401A

Prepare financial reports

add topic BSBINM301A

Organise workplace information

add topic BSBITU306A

Design and produce business documents

add topic BSBITU307A

Develop keyboarding speed and accuracy

add topic BSBITU309A

Produce desktop published documents

add topic BSBRKG304B

Maintain business records

add topic BSBSUS201A

Participate in environmentally sustainable practices

Corporate management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBFLM303C

Contribute to effective workplace relationships

add topic BSBFLM306C

Provide workplace information and resourcing plans

add topic BSBFLM309C

Support continuous improvement systems and processes

add topic BSBFLM311C

Support a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBFLM312C

Contribute to team effectiveness

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development


Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBITU305A

Conduct online transactions

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBRKG402B

Provide information from and about records

Training and assessment

Unit code

Unit title

add topic TAEASS301B

Contribute to assessment

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry and with or without prior fishing operations skills or knowledge

    through a school vocational studies program combined with work experience

    prior vocational qualifications related to maritime certifications, fishing, seafood processing or aquaculture operations.

    This qualification is suited to Australian Apprenticeship pathways.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake a:

    SFI40211 Certificate IV in Fishing Operations

    SFI40311 Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)

    SFI50211 Diploma of Fishing Operations.

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.

Employability Skills


SFI30211 Certificate III 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:


completing forms/records accurately and legibly

estimating time to position fishing devices based on echo sounder

expressing own opinion clearly and listening to others without interrupting

giving clear instructions about tasks and methods to work teams

interpreting gear plans

interpreting work-related instructions, notices and documents

requesting assistance from appropriate personnel) as needed

reading and recording data from electronic detection equipment

reading tide tables.


contributing to participative OHS and emergency arrangements

overseeing or coordinating work of other team members

respecting people from diverse backgrounds

sharing information relevant to work with co-workers

undertaking duties in a positive manner that promotes cooperation in the workplace.

Problem solving

developing effective solutions to control level of risk associated with work tasks

identifying and rectifying unsafe and inefficient aspects of a work area

reconditioning or adjusting sub-optimal fishing gear

solving problems by asking questions and seeking advice.

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

analysing fish catches to determine effectiveness and performance of fishing device

identifying, assessing and controlling environmental, OHS and food safety hazards within area of responsibility

monitoring and responding to changing weather conditions

recognising and reporting faulty equipment

using criteria to assess effectiveness of sub-optimal fishing gear.

Planning and organising

coordinating labour, equipment and other resources to ensure that fishing operation is carried out according to strategy

developing a fishing strategy that takes into account all relevant factors

establishing and communicating clear directions and expectations to crew or on-land staff

following environmental management procedures

having appropriate techniques, tools and equipment for maintaining and readying fish devices for deployment

identifying hazards prior to commencing and during the fishing operation or task

maintaining catch at required temperature

planning for self and work team to complete operation within an allocated timeframe.


maintaining own knowledge of the job role, reviewing own performance and actively seeking and acting upon advice and guidance

prioritising work and completing delegated tasks

taking responsibility for self and work outcomes of others at the appropriate level.


being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

identifying own learning needs for future work requirements and career aspirations

undertaking learning as required for work.


examining options mechanisation or other technology to reduce risks and improve efficiencies

monitoring position, concentration and movement of target species electronically

monitoring positions of vessel and fishing

using computer technology for recording information.