Certificate IV in Fishing Operations

This qualification specifies the competencies required to oversee fishing operations.

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

implementing occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, food safety and quality control procedures and policies

locating fishing grounds

managing and controlling fishing operations

managing cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel

managing or leading work teams, including divers

managing the handling, harvesting and sorting of by-catch

skippering a vessel.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

fishing master



Packaging Rules

A total of twenty (20) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

five (5) fishing specialist elective units (Group A) plus

eleven (11) 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 IV or Diploma 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 SFIEMS302B

Act to prevent interaction with protected species

add topic SFIFISH310A

Adjust and position fishing gear

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 AHCMOM402A

Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment

add topic AHCWRK403A

Supervise work routines and staff performance

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Group B: Other elective units

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)

Seafood transport and storage

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFISH311A

Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance

add topic TLIA4025A

Regulate temperature controlled stock

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Specialised management systems

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIEMS301B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic SFIEMS401B

Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system

add topic SFIOHS501C

Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

add topic MTMCOR402C

Facilitate Quality Assurance process

add topic MTMCOR404A

Facilitate hygiene and sanitation performance*

add topic MTMCOR202A Apply hygiene and sanitation practices

add topic MTMPSR406B

Manage and maintain a food safety plan

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBADM407B

Administer projects

add topic BSBADM409A

Coordinate business resources

add topic BSBCUS401B

Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies

add topic BSBEBU401A

Review and maintain a website

add topic BSBFIA302A

Process payroll

add topic BSBFIA401A

Prepare financial reports

add topic BSBITU203A

Communicate electronically

add topic BSBITU305A

Conduct online transactions

add topic BSBITU404A

Produce complex desktop published documents

add topic BSBPUR401B

Plan purchasing

add topic BSBPUR402B

Negotiate contracts

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development

add topic SITXMPR401

Coordinate production of brochures and marketing materials

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Frontline management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBATSIC411C

Communicate with the community

add topic BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBHRM404A

Review human resources functions

add topic BSBHRM405A

Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff

add topic BSBHRM506A

Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

Industry leadership Focus A - Sector representation

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD401B

Develop and promote knowledge of the industry sector

add topic SFILEAD402B

Negotiate effectively for the sector

add topic SFILEAD403B

Demonstrate commitment and professionalism

Industry leadership Focus B - Resource management group membership

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD407A

Provide expert information to a resource management group

add topic SFILEAD408A

Analyse information to develop strategic seafood management options

add topic SFILEAD409A

Negotiate collective outcomes within the resource management group process


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

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

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake a:

    SFI50111 Diploma of Aquaculture.

    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


SFI40211 Certificate IV 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:


applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements

promptly instructing crew in response to abnormal situations

providing oral and written instructions for routine and emergency situations

responding to diversity

using clear, timely and accurate communication to inform crew of their responsibilities during fishing operations

using ranges and bearings from RADAR.


identifying and using the strengths of other team members

showing consideration of other vessels when positioning fishing operation

working as an individual and a team member

working with diverse individuals and groups.

Problem solving

acting to minimise the effects of abnormal situations on crew, environment and vessel safety whilst also minimising disruption to operations

applying a range of strategies in problem solving

maximising vessel stability during all stages of the fishing operation.

Initiative and enterprise

adapting to new situations

forecasting weather and responding appropriately

generating a range of options in response to workplace matters

identifying improvements to the fishing enterprise, including efficiencies, productivity and systems, such as OHS, environmental management and quality assurance.

Planning and organising

controlling vessel speed with due regard for safety, fishing operation and prevailing conditions

fixing position on navigational charts or electronic plotters

managing time and priorities

organising personnel into an efficient fishing operation

planning fishing areas based on information available, target species and fishing gear

sequencing activities for safe and efficient operation.


being timely and effective in responding to enterprise needs within work role

carrying a fair share of the workload

managing personal stress

prioritising work and related activities

taking responsibility and being accountable for planning and work outcomes.


being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

coaching crew and staff to improve performance

contributing to the learning of others

learning in order to take up new opportunities

participating in ongoing learning.


applying technology as a tool to record and analyse information

using catch reporting systems

using electronic aids to assist in locating fishing opportunities

using electronic communication tools

using vessel monitoring systems.