Qualification details

SFI40211 - Certificate IV in Fishing Operations (Release 3)


Usage recommendation:
The Deleted usage recommendation was implemented on 13 June 2017 to describe training components that have no replacement. Enrolments in training components and statements of attainment or qualifications issued before 13 June 2017 are valid. For any components marked as deleted after 13 June 2017, the applicable transition/teach-out periods apply. For specific questions regarding the enrolment, delivery or issuance of a statement of attainment/qualification, please contact your training regulator.
DeletedDeleted from SFI11 Seafood Industry Training Package20/Jun/2019
Supersedes and is equivalent to SFI41204 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations)Minimum number of units reduced from 21 to 20 Increased flexibility in unit selection.21/Jul/2011
Supersedes and is equivalent to SFI42204 - Certificate IV in Seafood Industry (Fishing Operations - Marine Engine Driver I)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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BSBPUR401B - Plan purchasingPlan purchasingSupersededElective
TLIA4025A - Regulate temperature controlled stockRegulate temperature controlled stockSupersededElective
SFIOHS301C - Implement OHS policies and guidelinesImplement OHS policies and guidelinesDeletedElective
BSBINN301A - Promote innovation in a team environmentPromote innovation in a team environmentSupersededElective
BSBLED401A - Develop teams and individualsDevelop teams and individualsSupersededElective
AHCMOM402A - Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipmentSupervise maintenance of property machinery and equipmentSupersededElective
BSBHRM405A - Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staffSupport the recruitment, selection and induction of staffSupersededElective
MTMCOR402C - Facilitate Quality Assurance processFacilitate Quality Assurance processSupersededElective
BSBFIA302A - Process payrollProcess payrollSupersededElective
AHCWRK403A - Supervise work routines and staff performanceSupervise work routines and staff performanceSupersededElective
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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 511 Certificate IV 
Taxonomy - Industry Sector N/A Fishing Operations,Maritime Operations 
Taxonomy - Occupation N/A Fishing Master 

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 511 Certificate IV 21/Jul/2011 
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Modification History


TP Version 




Superseded HRM units from BSB07 Business Services Training Package updated



TLID3033A Operate a vehicle-mounted loading crane replaced with TLILIC0012A Licence to operate a vehicle loading crane (capacity 10 metre tonnes and above)

Equivalent imported units updated

Included prerequisites in Packaging Rules



Initial release


This qualification specifies the competencies required to oversee fishing operations.

The qualification will have application for people working:

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

Job roles 

Individuals operating at this level undertake a broad range of routine processes and procedures which may include

  • implementing occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, food safety and quality control procedures and policies
  • locating fishing grounds
  • managing and controlling fishing operations
  • managing cleaning and maintenance of equipment and vessel
  • managing or leading work teams, including divers
  • managing the handling, harvesting and sorting of by-catch
  • skippering a vessel.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

  • fishing master
  • skipper/owner.

Pathways Information

Pathways into the qualification 

Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

  • prior vocational qualifications or equivalent experience related to maritime certifications, fishing, seafood processing or aquaculture operations.

Pathways from the qualification 

After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake a:

  • SFI50111 Diploma of Aquaculture.
  • SFI50211 Diploma of Fishing Operations.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

Licensing , legislative , regulatory or certification considerations 

Licences for operating motor vehicles, tractors, forklifts, vessels and other plant apply for some competencies.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Employability Skills Summary


SFI40211 Certificate IV 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 :


  • applying numeracy skills to workplace requirements
  • promptly instructing crew in response to abnormal situations
  • providing oral and written instructions for routine and emergency situations
  • responding to diversity
  • using clear, timely and accurate communication to inform crew of their responsibilities during fishing operations
  • using ranges and bearings from RADAR.


  • identifying and using the strengths of other team members
  • showing consideration of other vessels when positioning fishing operation
  • working as an individual and a team member
  • working with diverse individuals and groups.

Problem solving

  • acting to minimise the effects of abnormal situations on crew, environment and vessel safety whilst also minimising disruption to operations
  • applying a range of strategies in problem solving
  • maximising vessel stability during all stages of the fishing operation.

Initiative and enterprise

  • adapting to new situations
  • forecasting weather and responding appropriately
  • generating a range of options in response to workplace matters
  • identifying improvements to the fishing enterprise, including efficiencies, productivity and systems, such as OHS, environmental management and quality assurance.

Planning and organising

  • controlling vessel speed with due regard for safety, fishing operation and prevailing conditions
  • fixing position on navigational charts or electronic plotters
  • managing time and priorities
  • organising personnel into an efficient fishing operation
  • planning fishing areas based on information available, target species and fishing gear
  • sequencing activities for safe and efficient operation.


  • being timely and effective in responding to enterprise needs within work role
  • carrying a fair share of the workload
  • managing personal stress
  • prioritising work and related activities
  • taking responsibility and being accountable for planning and work outcomes.


  • being open to learning, new ideas and techniques
  • coaching crew and staff to improve performance
  • contributing to the learning of others
  • learning in order to take up new opportunities
  • participating in ongoing learning.


  • applying technology as a tool to record and analyse information
  • using catch reporting systems
  • using electronic aids to assist in locating fishing opportunities
  • using electronic communication tools
  • using vessel monitoring systems.

Packaging Rules

Packaging Rules 

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

  • four (4) core units plus 
  • five (5) fishing specialist elective units (Group A) plus 
  • eleven (11) 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 from any other nationally endorsed Training Package or accredited course. A maximum of four (4) units can be imported and at least two (2) of those units must be aligned to Certificate IV or Diploma level. Units must be relevant to workplace needs.

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 


Act to prevent interaction with protected species


Adjust and position fishing gear


Locate fishing grounds and stocks of fish


Manage and control fishing operations


Implement OHS policies and guidelines


Supervise maintenance of property machinery and equipment


Supervise work routines and staff performance


Identify risk and apply risk management processes

Group B : Other elective units 

Crane operations 

Unit code 

Unit title 


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


Licence to operate a non-slewing mobile crane (greater than 3 tonnes capacity)


Licence to operate a slewing mobile crane (up to 20 tonnes)

Seafood transport and storage 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Operate vessel deck machinery and lifting appliance


Regulate temperature controlled stock


Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Specialised management systems 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Implement and monitor environmentally sustainable work practices


Conduct an internal audit of an environmental management system


Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program


Facilitate Quality Assurance process


Facilitate hygiene and sanitation performance*

MTMCOR202A Apply hygiene and sanitation practices


Manage and maintain a food safety plan

Business services 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Administer projects


Coordinate business resources


Coordinate implementation of customer service strategies


Review and maintain a website


Process payroll


Prepare financial reports


Communicate electronically


Conduct online transactions


Produce complex desktop published documents


Plan purchasing


Negotiate contracts


Analyse and present research information


Organise personal work priorities and development


Coordinate production of brochures and marketing materials


Source goods/services and evaluate contractors

Frontline management 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Communicate with the community


Implement workplace information system


Review human resources functions


Support the recruitment, selection and induction of staff


Manage recruitment selection and induction processes


Promote innovation in a team environment


Develop teams and individuals


Show leadership in the workplace


Implement continuous improvement

Industry leadership Focus A  - Sector representation 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Develop and promote knowledge of the industry sector


Negotiate effectively for the sector


Demonstrate commitment and professionalism

Industry leadership Focus B  - Resource management group membership 

Unit code 

Unit title 


Provide expert information to a resource management group


Analyse information to develop strategic seafood management options


Negotiate collective outcomes within the resource management group process