Qualification details

SFI10111 - Certificate I in Aquaculture (Release 4)


Usage recommendation:
Supersedes SFI10104 - Certificate I in Seafood Industry (Aquaculture) 21/Jul/2011
Is superseded by and equivalent to SFI10119 - Certificate I in Seafood IndustryUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages. Three previous qualifications merged and replaced with one new qualification. Revised packaging rules. Total number of units reduced by 2. Core units revised. 20/Jun/2019

Release Status:
ReleaseRelease date
4 (this release) 06/Mar/2015
(View details for release 3) 20/Aug/2013
(View details for release 2) 29/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) 22/Jul/2011

Training packages that include this qualification

Units of competency

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FDFOP1009A - Follow work procedures to maintain qualityFollow work procedures to maintain quality Elective
FDFOP2063A - Apply quality systems and proceduresApply quality systems and procedures Core
HLTAID003 - Provide first aidProvide first aid Elective
MTMP2002C - Prepare animals for slaughterPrepare animals for slaughter Elective
RIICCM208D - Carry out basic levellingCarry out basic levelling Elective
RIISAM201D - Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materialsHandle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials Elective
RIISAM203D - Use hand and power toolsUse hand and power tools Elective
RIISAM204D - Operate small plant and equipmentOperate small plant and equipment Elective
SFIAQUA102B - Carry out basic aquaculture activitiesCarry out basic aquaculture activities Elective
SFIAQUA220A - Use wadersUse waders Elective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 841111 Aquaculture Worker 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9921-79 Farm Hands Nec 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0507 Fisheries Studies 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Aquaculture 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Aquaculture Production Hand Assistant 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 841111 Aquaculture Worker 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 9921-79 Farm Hands Nec 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0507 Fisheries Studies 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 21/Jul/2011 
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Modification History


TP Version 




HLTFA311A Apply first aid replaced with HLTAID003 Provide first aid

Superseded units from RII09 Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package replaced with new units from RII Resources and Infrastructure Industry Training Package



HLTFA301B Apply first aid replaced with HLTFA311A Apply first aid in response to regulatory changes



Equivalent imported units updated

Included prerequisites in Packaging Rules



Initial release


This qualification represents the minimum requirements for an individual commencing a career as an aquaculturist. It provides individuals with an introduction to the aquaculture environment and some basic skills needed in this area of the seafood industry. It is an appropriate level for an individual undertaking work experience, or in a probationary period in employment. It is particularly applicable to school-based studies.

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.

Job roles 

An individual operating at this level undertakes a range of basic work activities, such as feeding, handling and harvesting stock, minor construction work, general cleaning and maintenance of stock culture structures. Work is carried out under close direction and supervision and duties may vary between aquaculture enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

  • farm hand
  • farm labourer
  • farm worker.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Entry into this qualification may be:

  • by direct entry and without prior aquaculture skills or knowledge
  • through a school vocational studies program combined with work experience.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake:

  • SFI20111 Certificate II in Aquaculture
  • SFI30111 Certificate III in Aquaculture.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

Competencies in this qualification may require a licence or certification.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


SFI10111 Certificate I in 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 :


  • confirming instructions
  • estimating the duration of tasks
  • oral reporting on work activities, problems and abnormal stock behaviour to a supervisor
  • reading and interpreting instructions and work procedures
  • reading schedules relating to feeding, grading or harvesting
  • recording and reporting data.


  • contributing to participative OHS arrangements
  • respecting people from diverse backgrounds
  • sharing information relevant to work with co-workers
  • undertaking duties in a positive manner to promote cooperation.

Problem solving

  • assisting in solving problems
  • recognising and resolving problems and conflicts that may arise in workplace
  • reporting problems to supervisor.

Initiative and enterprise

  • adapting to new situations
  • identifying environmental, OHS, quality and food safety hazards.

Planning and organising

  • collecting and checking equipment before beginning work activities
  • following safe work practices
  • planning to complete work within an allocated timeframe.


  • prioritising work
  • seeking support to improve own performance.


  • identifying own learning needs for future work requirements and career aspirations
  • taking part in learning opportunities.


  • using automated equipment, such as feeders and data loggers.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

A total of eight (8) units of competency must be achieved.

  • four (4) core units plus 
  • one (1) aquaculture specialist elective units (Group A) plus 
  • three (3) 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 any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of two (2) units can be imported, however, they must align to Certificate I or II level and be relevant to aquaculture operations.

Core units of competency 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Apply basic food handling and safety practices


Communicate in the seafood industry


Work effectively in the seafood industry


Meet workplace OHS requirements

* Note: 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 


Carry out basic aquaculture activities


Use waders


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices

Group B : Other elective units 

Maintenance and operations support 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Follow work procedures to maintain quality


Carry out basic levelling


Handle resources and infrastructure materials and safely dispose of nontoxic materials


Use hand and power tools


Operate small plant and equipment

Occupational health and safety 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Provide first aid

Seafood processing 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Clean fish*

SFIPROC106B Work with knives


Clean work area


Fillet fish and prepare portions*

SFIPROC106B Work with knives


Work with knives


Prepare animals for slaughter

Seafood transport and storage 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Shift materials safely using manual handling methods