now offering Aquaculture Traineeships in Queensland with the support of the Skills Assured Supplier program

seafood & maritime training

Certificate III in Aquaculture

For workers who are already actively employed in the finfish or shellfish aquaculture industry (including hatcheries).


SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture includes assessment in the workplace and is offered by Seafood & Maritime Training (SMT) for workers who are already actively employed in the finfish or shellfish aquaculture industry (including hatcheries) in jobs like the following:

  • farm attendant
  • technician
  • leading hand
  • shift or team leader
  • supervisor

qualification delivery arrangements

The units of competency in SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture are delivered and assessed in a set of SMT courses (see table below), with some assessments conducted in the workplace.

As part of the structure of the qualification, 12 units are completed via the short courses required*.

The remaining 4 units are made up from other short courses selected when negotiating the training plan, with courses that will be supported by the employer and SMT.

Information regarding the training and assessment of those courses selected can be found below and by exploring this website for the other course information.

things you need to know


Most people enrol into SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture as a trainee and their training and assessment costs are met by their employer.

These costs are detailed in individual contracts between SMT and the employer. There is no cost to the individual trainee.

course duration

Most people who enrol in SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture take around two years to complete the qualification.

equipment & materials

All the equipment, training and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by SMT and/or participants’ employers.

Participants are required to provide their own writing materials.

how will I choose which courses to take in my qualification?

Every participant in SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture will have a Training Plan developed, this is negotiated with the Trainee, Employer and SMT. Participants and their employers select the courses the participant will take and prepare their Training Plan during a meeting with an SMT representative.

All participants must attend and successfully complete the compulsory courses for either Shellfish or Finfish.

To receive a SFI30119 Certificate III in Aquaculture participants are required to complete 16 units of competency as follows:

  • 3 core and 13 elective
compulsory units
Compulsory SMT CoursesUnits
Finfish Trainees
Biosecurity and Induction2 cores commenced*
WHS2 cores* and 1 elective
Finfish Husbandry and Finfish Production8 electives and 2 cores* commenced
Shellfish Trainees
WHS2 core and 1 elective
Food Safety Course2 elective units
Shellfish Husbandry10 elective units
elective units

SMT Courses to be chosen from as extra electives


Forklift Course*

1 elective unit

First Aid Course*

1 elective unit

Deck Lifting and Machinery Appliance Course

1 elective unit

Use Waders Safely Course*

1 elective unit

Elements of Shipboard Safety Course*

4 elective units

Coxswain Deck Course*

up to 5 elective units**

Coxswain Navigation Course*

1 elective unit

Coxswain Engineering Course*

2 elective unit

Long Range Certificate of Proficiency Course*

1 elective unit

* Details about each of these courses and the associated units of competency can be found in by exploring the other courses found in the website.

** Additional units of competency above the requirements of this qualification will be recognised with a statement of attainment.

what support will I get during my training

Each participant will have regular contact with SMT’s Trainer/Assessor and staff whilst attending off the job training, including regular (2 per year) site visits to monitor the participant’s progress.

During workplace visits the SMT representative will work with the participant to:

  • discuss planned training and assessment;
  • discuss progress and provide feedback, including:
    • completing any outstanding assessments; and
    • checking that training schedules are current and reviewing the training plan


Participants are also encouraged to discuss any of the above with staff when attending training at SMT. Participants are encouraged to call the CEO or Training Officer at any time with any questions or if requiring assistance or support.


The SMT representative will also work with the workplace supervisor to:

  • answer any questions about the level of performance required for tasks listed in the Workplace Assessment Logbook;
  • check that site evaluation forms are complete and current;
  • check that supervisor/assessor suitability forms have been completed for all logbook signatories;
  • check that training schedules are current and review the Training Plan
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