Qualification details

SFI10211 - Certificate I in Fishing Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
Is superseded by and equivalent to SFI10119 - Certificate I in Seafood IndustryUpdated to meet Standards for Training Packages.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
Supersedes SFI10204 - Certificate I in Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations) 21/Jul/2011

ReleaseRelease date
3 (this release) 06/Mar/2015
(View details for release 2) 29/Mar/2013
(View details for release 1) 22/Jul/2011

Units of competency

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SFICORE101C - Apply basic food handling and safety practicesApply basic food handling and safety practicesSupersededCore
SFIPROC105B - Fillet fish and prepare portionsFillet fish and prepare portionsSupersededElective
SFIPROC102C - Clean work areaClean work areaSupersededElective
HLTAID003 - Provide first aidProvide first aidSupersededElective
MTMP2002C - Prepare animals for slaughterPrepare animals for slaughterSupersededElective
TLID1001A - Shift materials safely using manual handling methodsShift materials safely using manual handling methodsSupersededElective
MARF005 - Survive at sea using survival craftSurvive at sea using survival craftSupersededElective
SFICORE106B - Meet workplace OHS requirementsMeet workplace OHS requirementsSupersededCore
SFIAQUA220A - Use wadersUse wadersSupersededElective
SFIPROC101C - Clean fishClean fishSupersededElective
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SchemeCodeClassification value
ANZSCO Identifier 899212 Fishing Hand 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7994-13 Fishing Hand 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0317 Maritime Engineering And Technology 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Fishing Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A No Specific Job Role 

Classification history

SchemeCodeClassification valueStart dateEnd date
ANZSCO Identifier 899212 Fishing Hand 07/Aug/2012 
ASCO (occupation type) Identifier 7994-13 Fishing Hand 07/Aug/2012 
ASCED Qualification/Course Field of Education Identifier 0317 Maritime Engineering And Technology 07/Aug/2012 
Qualification/Course Level of Education Identifier 524 Certificate I 21/Jul/2011 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Superseded units from TDM07 Maritime Training Package replaced with new units from MAR Maritime Training Package

Added HLTAID003 Provide first aid



Included prerequisites in Packaging Rules



Initial release


This qualification provides individuals with an introduction to the fishing sector of the seafood industry and some basic skills needed in this sector. 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:

  • for aquaculture farms using wild caught broodstock or seedstock
  • on fishing vessels
  • on charter vessels.

Job roles 

Individuals operating at this level undertake a range of work activities under supervision, which may include:

  • assisting with operation of fishing gear and equipment
  • handling harvest and sorting by-catch
  • basic processing
  • general cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

  • general deckhand
  • fisher.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

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

Pathways from the qualification 

After completing this qualification, candidates may undertake:

  • SFI20211 Certificate II in Fishing Operations
  • SFI30211 Certificate III in Fishing Operations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

Units of competency in this qualification do not require a licence or certification.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


SFI10210 Certificate I 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 :


  • confirming instructions
  • estimating the duration of tasks
  • oral reporting of work activities and problems to a supervisor
  • reading and interpreting instructions and work procedures
  • 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 the 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 basic technology skills to record data
  • using technology and related workplace equipment.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

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

  • four (4) core units plus 
  • one (1) fishing specialist elective unit (Group A) plus 
  • three (3) 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 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 fishing 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

Elective units of competency 

Group A : Fishing specialist units 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Participate in environmentally sustainable work practices


Assemble and repair damaged netting


Contribute to at-sea processing of seafood*

SFICORE101C Apply basic food handling and safety practices


Apply deckhand skills aboard a fishing vessel


Prepare for maintenance


Provide first aid


Apply basic survival skills in the event of a vessel abandonment


Meet work health and safety requirements


Survive at sea using survival craft

Group B : Other elective units 

Aquaculture operations 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Use waders

Maritime operations 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Transmit and receive information by marine radio

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