Certificate IV in Seafood Processing

This qualification represents the competencies relevant to people working in the seafood processing sector of the seafood industry in the capacity of a supervisor, shift manager or process manager.

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

for wholesalers or retailers

in processing plants.

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:

coordinating advanced processing

coordinating the handling and slaughtering of harvested stock

overseeing calibration and maintenance of equipment and facilities

maintaining food safety and quality control procedures and policies

supervising or leading work teams.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

leading or senior fish processor

process manager


shift manager.


Packaging Rules

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

five (5) core units plus

four (4) seafood processing specialist elective units (Group A) plus

eleven (11) 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 two (2) 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 SFIAQUA413A

Develop emergency procedures for an aquaculture enterprise

add topic SFIDIST401C

Buy seafood product

add topic SFIEMS301B

Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices

add topic SFIOHS301C

Implement OHS policies and guidelines

add topic SFIPROC402C

Maintain hygiene standards while servicing a food handling area

add topic SFIPROC403C

Follow basic food safety practices

add topic SFIPROC404C

Apply and monitor food safety requirements

add topic SFIPROC405C

Oversee the implementation of a food safety program in the workplace*

add topic SFIPROC404C Apply and monitor food safety requirements

add topic SFIPROC406C

Develop food safety programs

add topic SFIPROC407C

Conduct internal food safety audits

add topic SFISTOR301C

Operate refrigerated storerooms

add topic AHCWRK403A

Supervise work routines and staff performance

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 MSS403001A

Implement competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS403002A

Ensure process improvements are sustained

add topic MSS403011A

Facilitate implementation of competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS403030A

Improve cost factors in work practices

add topic MSS403032A

Analyse manual handling processes

add topic MSS404050A

Undertake process capability improvements*

MSS404052 Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSS403051A

Mistake proof an operational process

add topic MSS404052A

Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MTMCOR404A

Facilitate hygiene and sanitation performance*

add topic MTMCOR202A Apply hygiene and sanitation practices

add topic MTMS313A

Prepare product formulations

Group B: Other elective units

Seafood processing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA216B

Harvest cultured or held stock

add topic SFIFISH311A

Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance

add topic SFIPROC607C

Prepare work instructions for new seafood processing tasks

add topic SFIPROC608C

Provide practical and/or commercial advice to seafood users

add topic AHCLSK319A

Slaughter livestock

add topic FDFSUG218A

Operate a boiler - basic

add topic TLILIC0012A

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

add topic TLILIC2001A

Licence to operate a forklift truck

Competitive manufacturing

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MSS402060A

Use planning software systems in operations

add topic MSS402061A

Use SCADA systems in operations

add topic MSS402080A

Undertake root cause analysis

add topic MSS403005A

Facilitate use of a Balanced Scorecard for performance improvement

add topic MSS403010A

Facilitate change in an organisation implementing competitive systems and practices

add topic MSS403013A

Lead team culture improvement

add topic MSS403021A

Facilitate a Just in Time system

add topic MSS403023A

Monitor a levelled pull system of operations

add topic MSS403040A

Facilitate and improve implementation of 5S

add topic MSS403041A

Facilitate breakthrough improvements

add topic MSS404053A

Use six sigma techniques*

add topic MSS404052A Apply statistics to operational processes

add topic MSS404060A

Facilitate the use of planning software systems in a work or team area

add topic MSS404061A

Facilitate the use of SCADA systems in a team or work area

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


Coordinate production of brochures and marketing materials

add topic TLIR4002A

Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

add topic TLIA4025A

Regulate temperature controlled stock

Quality assurance, food safety and environmental management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBRSK401A

Identify risk and apply risk management processes

add topic MTMPSR412A

Participate in product recall

add topic MTMPSR414A

Establish sampling program

add topic SFIEMS401B

Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system

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 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 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

Small business management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBINM201A

Process and maintain workplace information

add topic BSBSMB301A

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB401A

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB405B

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBSMB407A

Manage a small team

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 TAEDEL402A

Plan, organise and facilitate learning in the workplace


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    SFI20511 Certificate II in Seafood Processing

    SFI30511 Certificate III in Seafood Processing

    prior experience related to seafood processing

    vocational and tertiary studies related to seafood processing.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

    SFI50511 Diploma of Seafood Processing

    SFI50111 Diploma of Aquaculture.

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


SFI40511 Certificate IV in 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:


accessing, interpreting and applying technical information

analysing data and information to determine implications for work operations

communicating with all team members in a professional manner

completing workplace documentation and records

demonstrating effective and appropriate communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with people

demonstrating effective and appropriate documentation, communication and interpersonal skills when dealing with internal and external clients

developing work instructions, specifications and procedures

using a range of communication technologies to support work operations

using most appropriate communication method given priority, cost and audience needs.


demonstrating leadership skills

identifying and managing performance required to meet internal and external customer needs in own work and team work

liaising with and providing support to other team members

managing organisational processes and provide problem-solving support to others

working cooperatively with people of different ages, gender, race or religion.

Problem solving

identifying factors which may affect the product or service to be provided

identifying hazards and suggesting control measures

identifying, rectifying or reporting potential and actual problems associated with work operations

implementing food safety procedures in the workplace

investigating problem causes

monitoring food safety practices

using material and process knowledge to solve problems.

Initiative and enterprise

assessing quality and other indicators of products

assisting in the implementation of continuous improvement processes

determining and acting on situations requiring further information or problem solving

gathering and analysing feedback on products, processes and procedures

providing leadership in the workplace

supporting achievement of efficient production processes.

Planning and organising

demonstrating time-management skills

identifying hazards and implementing appropriate hazard control measures

optimising work processes

scheduling and sequencing work to maximise safety and productivity

sourcing and preparing materials and resources and ensuring availability to support work operations.


implementing and monitoring workplace procedures and instructions

interpreting and applying relevant Acts and regulations

keeping the work area clean and tidy at all times

managing own time to meet deadlines

monitoring own work and work of team and identifying and acting on any quality issues.


assessing work data and information to identify areas for improved performance

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

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

implementing learning activities as appropriate to ensure achievement of specified work requirements.


ensuring readiness and operational efficiency of workplace technology

helping others use technology efficiently and safely

using computer software applications effectively

working with machines and workplace technology safely and according to workplace standards.