Diploma of Aquaculture

This qualification represents the competencies relevant to people working in the aquaculture sector of the seafood industry at a management level.

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

for companies proving consultancy, advisory, equipment sales or other services.

Job role

A person operating at this level will have a wide range of technical skills and/or managerial, coordination and planning responsibilities which may include:

complying with a wide range of local, state, territory and federal government regulations and restrictions, including human resources, aquaculture operations, occupational health and safety (OHS), environment, animal welfare and food safety

designing and planning culture and holding systems and other structures

developing policies and procedures ensuing continual improvement throughout the business

implementing new technologies and ideas

managing risk and implementation of effective controls and corrective actions

managing the production system

sourcing external contractors and services.

Work may vary between aquaculture and aquatic holding enterprises.

Job role titles may include:


farm manager

hatchery manager

production manager

quality manager

compliance manager

marketing manager

new technology/automation specialist.


Packaging Rules

A total of twenty one (21) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

six (6) aquaculture specialist elective units (Group A) plus

eleven (11) 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 four (4) units can be imported, however, at least three (3) of those units must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma level. Units must be relevant to aquaculture operations 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

* 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 SFIAQUA501C

Develop a stock nutrition program

add topic SFIAQUA502C

Develop and implement an aquaculture breeding strategy

add topic SFIAQUA503C

Establish an aquacultural enterprise

add topic SFIAQUA504C

Plan environmentally sustainable aquacultural practices

add topic SFIAQUA505C

Plan stock health management

add topic SFIAQUA507C

Plan and design water supply and disposal systems

add topic SFIAQUA508C

Plan and design stock culture or holding systems and structures

add topic SFIAQUA509B

Develop stock production plan

add topic SFIAQUA510B

Select, plan or design a system or facility utilising high technology water treatment components

add topic SFIDIST501C

Export product

add topic SFIDIST502C

Import product

add topic SFIEMS501B

Develop workplace policy for sustainability

add topic SFIOHS501C

Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

add topic AHCAGB603A

Manage the production system

add topic AHCBUS505A

Develop a marketing plan

add topic AHCBUS506A

Develop and review a business plan

add topic BSBRSK501B

Manage risk

Group B: Other elective units

Aquaculture operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIAQUA407C

Coordinate sustainable aquacultural practices

add topic SFIAQUA408C

Supervise harvest and post-harvest activities

add topic SFIAQUA413A

Develop emergency procedures for an aquaculture enterprise

Farm operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB502A

Plan and manage infrastructure requirements

add topic AHCAGB503A

Plan and monitor production processes

add topic AHCAGB505A

Develop a whole farm plan

add topic AHCAGB601A

Develop export markets for produce

add topic AHCAGB602A

Manage estate planning

add topic AHCAGB604A

Analyse business performance

add topic AHCAGB605A

Manage business capital

add topic AHCBUS501A

Manage staff

add topic AHCBUS507A

Monitor and review business performance

add topic AHCBUS601A

Manage capital works

add topic AHCBUS603A

Develop and review a strategic plan

add topic AHCCHM501A

Develop and manage a chemical use strategy

add topic AHCMOM501A

Manage machinery and equipment

add topic AHCMOM502A

Implement a machinery management system

add topic AHCMOM601A

Analyse machinery options

add topic AHCWRK501A

Plan, implement and review a quality assurance program

add topic AHCWRK502A

Collect and manage data

add topic AHCWRK603A

Design and conduct a field-based research trial

Ornamental operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SIRXINV005A

Control inventory

Quality assurance and food safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MTMPS5603B

Develop, manage and maintain quality systems

add topic MTMPSR5601B

Design and manage the food safety system

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic BSBADM504B

Plan or review administrative systems

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBFIM502A

Manage payroll

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBHRM506A

Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBINM601A

Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBMGT617A

Develop and implement a business plan

add topic BSBPMG522A

Undertake project work

add topic BSBPUR501C

Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies

add topic BSBPUR502B

Manage supplier relationships

add topic BSBPUR504B

Manage a supply chain

add topic BSBWRK510A

Manage employee relations

add topic FNSORG604A

Establish outsourced services and monitor performance

add topic TAADEL502B

Facilitate action learning projects

Community management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIPROC611C

Participate in a media interview or presentation

add topic AHCCCF502A

Facilitate development of group goals and projects

add topic AHCCCF503A

Promote group formation and development

add topic AHCCCF504A

Support group and community changes in resource management

add topic AHCCCF505A

Contribute to regional planning process

add topic AHCCCF506A

Manage the incorporation of a group

add topic AHCCCF601A

Map regional issues and stakeholders

add topic AHCILM506A

Operate within community cultures and goals

add topic AHCILM508A

Propose a negotiated outcome for a given area of country

add topic AHCLPW601A

Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management plan

add topic AHCWRK503A

Prepare reports

add topic CHCCD404E

Develop and implement community programs

add topic LGACOM502B

Devise and conduct community consultations

add topic TLIR4003A

Negotiate a contract

Industry leadership Focus C - Strategic development

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD501C

Develop and promote industry knowledge

add topic SFILEAD502C

Shape strategic thinking

add topic SFILEAD503C

Cultivate productive working relationships

add topic SFILEAD504C

Plan and achieve change and results

add topic SFILEAD505C

Communicate with influence

add topic SFILEAD506C

Demonstrate personal drive and integrity

add topic SFILEAD507C

Provide corporate leadership

Strategic management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBATSIC411C

Communicate with the community

add topic BSBEBU501A

Investigate and design e-business solutions

add topic BSBMGT516C

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBLED501A

Develop a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBINN502A

Build and sustain an innovative work environment

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT605B

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBMGT616A

Develop and implement strategic plans

add topic BSBSUS501A

Develop workplace policy and procedures for sustainability

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development

add topic PSPPOL501A

Develop organisation policy


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

    direct entry with prior aquaculture or related experience

    SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture

    SFI30211 Certificate III in Fishing Operations

    SFI30311 Certificate III in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management Support)

    SFI40111 Certificate IV in Aquaculture

    SFI40311 Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Environmental Management)

    vocational and tertiary studies related to environmental sustainability or aquaculture.

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake professional development activities in areas of benefit to their workplace and their personal aspirations.

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. OHS, food safety, and environmental protection regulations apply to aquaculture enterprises.

Employability Skills


SFI50111 Diploma of 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:


calculating design criteria for culture and holding structures

comparing data to determine energy and water efficiency

consulting with industry representatives and experts

drawing up and monitoring budgets

interpreting legislation and regulations

interpreting plans and work specifications

negotiating with contractors and suppliers

researching new technological equipment or processes.


leading work teams

sharing information with work team on emergency procedures, sustainable aquaculture practices and production objectives

working with diverse individuals and groups.

Problem solving

applying analytical thinking to solve problems in the workplace

developing strategies in response to water quality and stock health issues

solving problems individually or in teams.

Initiative and enterprise

evaluating options for improvement

identifying potential improvements

recognising and taking advantage of market opportunities.

Planning and organising

applying risk management approaches

coordinating production and harvest activities with market requirements, and culture or holding species requirements

planning for production, stock health, construction and finance

setting up and implementing systems, such as quality assurance, food safety, OHS and ecologically sustainable development (ESD).


following through on commitments

modelling professional behaviour to others

taking responsibility and being accountable for planning and production outcomes.


being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

creating a systematic approach to learning within an enterprise

contributing to the learning of others

learning in order to take up new opportunities

participating in ongoing learning.


applying technology as a production management and monitoring tool

using technology and related workplace equipment

using technology to present information, such as graphs and tables

using technology to manage finances, cash flows and monitor expenses.