Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)

This qualification specifies the competencies relevant to a person in the seafood industry whose work involves implementing and monitoring an environmental management system (EMS) of some complexity. This may involve community consultation, cooperative action and reporting in relation to environmental management within the local region .The qualification has the flexibility to accommodate an integrated approach to occupational health and safety (OHS), quality assurance, food safety and environmental management within the organisation.

The qualification will have application for people implementing environmental management systems:

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

for seafood wholesalers, fish markets or retailers

fishing companies.

This qualification caters for two vocational pathways. Pathway One includes competencies that support a specialist EMS role within an organisation. Pathway Two includes the competencies that support a facilitator working with a team from a number of organisations in the development of an EMS.

Job roles

A person would typically apply ecological sustainability principles, implement procedures and maintain the organisation’s EMS. That person would be proactive in monitoring the effectiveness of the EMS and lead its continued improvement. The role may include responsibility for training, development of a workplace learning system or facilitating an EMS group in the application of ecological sustainability principles. The group may develop a shared EMS or group members may each develop an EMS for their organisation.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

environmental, risk or compliance supervisor or leader

environmental, risk or compliance manager.


Packaging Rules

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

six (6) core units plus

five (5) environmental management specialist elective units (Group A) plus

nine (9) elective units that may be selected from a combination of:

Group A environmental management 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 two (2) of those units must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma level. Units must be relevant to environmental management 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 SFIEMS301B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

* 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: Environmental management specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA413A

Develop emergency procedures for an aquaculture enterprise

add topic SFIEMS302B

Act to prevent interaction with protected species

add topic SFIEMS401B

Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system

add topic SFIEMS501B

Develop workplace policy for sustainability

add topic SFIOHS501C

Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

add topic AHCCCF405A

Develop community networks

add topic BSBAUD402B

Participate in a quality audit

add topic BSBRES401A

Analyse and present research information

add topic BSBMGT403A

Implement continuous improvement

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic MTMCOR402C

Facilitate Quality Assurance process

add topic MTMPSR406B

Manage and maintain a food safety plan

add topic MTMPSR412A

Participate in product recall

add topic MTMPSR414A

Establish sampling program

Group B: Other elective units

Community management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCCF403A

Obtain and manage sponsorship

add topic AHCCCF404A

Contribute to association governance

add topic AHCCCF407A

Obtain resources from community and group

add topic AHCCCF408A

Promote community programs

add topic AHCCCF409A

Participate in assessments of project submissions

add topic AHCCCF410A

Support individuals in resource management change processes

add topic AHCCCF411A

Develop approaches to include cultural and human diversity

add topic AHCILM403A

Contribute to the proposal for a negotiated outcome for a given area of country

add topic AHCILM404A

Record and document community history

add topic AHCWRK402A

Provide information on issues and policies

add topic BSBATSIC411C

Communicate with the community

Conservation and land management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCCHM403A

Prepare safe operating procedures for calibration of equipment

add topic AHCILM401A

Protect places of cultural significance

add topic AHCILM405A

Develop work practices to accommodate cultural identity

add topic AHCLPW403A

Inspect and monitor cultural places

add topic AHCLPW404A

Produce maps for land management purposes

add topic AHCLPW405A

Monitor biodiversity

add topic AHCNAR401A

Supervise natural area restoration works

add topic AHCNAR402A

Plan the implementation of revegetation works

add topic AHCPCM502A

Collect and classify plants

add topic AHCPMG401A

Define the pest problem in a local area

add topic AHCPMG402A

Develop a pest management action plan within a local area

add topic AHCPMG403A

Develop monitoring procedures for the local pest management strategy

add topic AHCPMG404A

Coordinate the local pest management strategy

add topic AHCPMG405A

Implement pest management action plans

add topic AHCPMG406A

Investigate a reported pest treatment failure

add topic AHCSAW401A

Set out conservation earthworks

add topic AHCSAW402A

Supervise on-site implementation of conservation earthworks

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 BSBWOR301B

Organise personal work priorities and development


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 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 BSBINM401A

Implement workplace information system

add topic BSBINN301A

Promote innovation in a team environment

add topic BSBLED401A

Develop teams and individuals

add topic BSBMGT401A

Show leadership in the workplace

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

Training and assessment

Unit code

Unit title

add topic TAEASS401B

Plan assessment activities and processes

add topic TAEASS402B

Assess competence

add topic TAEASS403B

Participate in assessment validation

add topic TAEDEL301A

Provide work skill instruction

add topic TAEDEL401A

Plan, organise and deliver group-based learning


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry with prior experience in environmental management

    SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture

    SFI30211 Certificate III in Fishing Operations

    SFI30311 Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management Support)

    SFI30511 Certificate III in Seafood Processing

    SFI30611 Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Sales and Distribution)

    vocational or tertiary studies related to environmental management.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    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 to some competencies.

Employability Skills


SFI40311 Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)

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 requirements for this qualification include:


consulting with work group, key personnel and specialists on implementation and improvements in environmental and resource efficiency

explaining roles and responsibilities to staff

measuring resource usage

writing and presenting reports to management.


facilitating teams to identify potential improvements

liaising with emergency agencies

supporting staff to meet work schedules and production outcomes.

Problem solving

developing alternative approaches as required

developing measurement methods for monitoring non-routine water quality and environment parameters

devising approaches to improving environmental sustainability

recommending corrective actions to non-compliances with food safety or environmental management standards.

Initiative and enterprise

applying knowledge about resource use to organisational activities

identifying improvements

reporting non-compliances with food safety program and/or environmental standards.

Planning and organising

implementing environmental and energy efficiency management policies and procedures relevant to own work area.


following through on commitments

modelling professional behaviour to others

taking responsibility and being accountable for planning and environmental sustainability outcomes.


being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

contributing to the learning of others

learning in order to take up new opportunities

participating in ongoing learning.


using technology to maintain and store records, data and information

using technology to create graphs and charts to present data and information visually.