SFI30219 Certificate III in Fishing Operations

National ID
SFI30219
WA Course Code
BEI7
CRICOS code
0100602

Why choose this course?

Build on your skills and knowledge in the fishing and seafood industry with this qualification. You will learn to understand shipboard orders, follow safe work practices, fishing operations and marine communication. Acquire knowledge and skills in the correct use of fishing gear and equipment, monitoring environment and water quality, and how to handle, harvest and sort by catch.

During this course you will be involved in coastal navigation and meteorology, marine biology and ecology and the use of technology in the aquaculture field. By the end of this course, you will have the seaperson skills to operate a small vessel and be able to apply management skills across the fishing operations industry.

The course is available at Central Regional TAFE, Geraldton campus, which is a coastal city in the mid-west region of Western Australia. Upon completion of your studies, you have the option to continue into SFI50119 Diploma of Aquaculture for a further 12 months.

Career opportunities

  • Deckhand - Sailing Charters
  • General Deckhand

  • An IELTS score (academic) of 5.5 with no band score less than 5.0 or equivalent.

  • Completion of SFI20219 Certificate II in Fishing Operations is required for entry into this course.

Your study options

Semester 2, 2023

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2023
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $750
  • Materials fee: $30

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students will have access to the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) for a minimum of 3 days per week in the simulated workplace and aboard the training vessel “Master Class”.

SFI30219 Certificate III in Fishing Operations - BEI7
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 3 core units and 13 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • SFIBIO301 Identify and report signs of aquatic disease or pests
  • SFIWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • SFIXSI201 Work effectively in the seafood industry
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MARC043 Transmit and receive information by marine radio
  • MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
  • MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
  • SFIAQU303 Monitor stock handling activities
  • SFIAQU304 Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring
  • SFIAQU306 Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures
  • SFIAQU315 Apply control measures for diseases
  • SFIFSH302 Perform breath-hold diving operations
  • SFIFSH304 Adjust and position fishing gear
  • SFIFSH305 Locate fishing grounds and stocks of fish
  • SFIFSH306 Manage and control fishing operations

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written or oral assessments, workshop activities, projects, assignments and direct observations skills including practical activities and role plays.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines. Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency. Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped classrooms and computer labs, small vessels, outboards, safety management systems, personal protective equipment, AMSA Notices and Guidance Notes, first aid kits and specialised marine and mooring equipment.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated workplace at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI), training vessels including dinghies, centre console vessels, the 62ft vessel Master Class and marine radios.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

Semester 2, 2024

Duration | 1 semester
When | Semester 2, 2024
Where | Central Regional TAFE (52789)
How | On campus and simulated work environment, to a minimum of 20 contact hours per week
Fees (total indicative for course)
  • Tuition fee: $6,240
  • Resources fee: $750
  • Materials fee: $30

Tuition fees are reviewed annually. If tuition fees are increased, you will be required to pay the new fees as they are introduced. You will be provided with an indicative schedule of fees in your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees are for consumables you use in your course e.g. paint, internet etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment. If your course goes longer than one semester, the resource fee may not need to be paid in one amount but may be spaced out over the duration of your course. Your college will advise you of the payment amount each semester.

Material fees are for items that remain your property after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc. You pay this fee to your college at enrolment.

Work placement

There is no work placement requirement for this course, however students will have access to the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI) for a minimum of 3 days per week in the simulated workplace and aboard the training vessel “Master Class”.

SFI30219 Certificate III in Fishing Operations - BEI7
1 semester

To achieve this qualification, students must demonstrate competency in 16 units. These 16 are comprised of 3 core units and 13 elective units. Elective units listed below have been selected in consultation with industry.

Students who enrol into this qualification will be eligible for credit transfer of the units that they have already achieved. Fees paid by international students are set on a commercial basis and are paid as a whole of course fee - no refund will apply to credit transfers. Please refer to your letter of Offer for detailed duration and costings for your enrolment.

Core units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • SFIBIO301 Identify and report signs of aquatic disease or pests
  • SFIWHS301 Contribute to workplace health and safety processes
  • SFIXSI201 Work effectively in the seafood industry
Elective units
    National ID
    Unit title
  • MARC043 Transmit and receive information by marine radio
  • MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
  • MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
  • MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
  • SFIAQU303 Monitor stock handling activities
  • SFIAQU304 Maintain water quality and environmental monitoring
  • SFIAQU306 Monitor production and maintain algal or live-feed cultures
  • SFIAQU315 Apply control measures for diseases
  • SFIFSH302 Perform breath-hold diving operations
  • SFIFSH304 Adjust and position fishing gear
  • SFIFSH305 Locate fishing grounds and stocks of fish
  • SFIFSH306 Manage and control fishing operations

Assessment methods

The methods of assessment used in this course include written or oral assessments, workshop activities, projects, assignments and direct observations skills including practical activities and role plays.

These assessment strategies and evidence gathering are in accordance with the relevant training package or accreditation guidelines.  Detailed Information is provided in the assessment matrix, learning plans and assessment tools for each of the units of competency.  Assessors use this matrix to ensure assessments are spread across the duration of the course rather than clustered together at particular times.

Learning resources, facilities and equipment

The following learning resources, facilities and equipment are available at each campus so that you can achieve the skill and knowledge requirements of this course.

Learning resources may include access to a fully equipped classrooms and computer labs, small vessels, outboards, safety management systems, personal protective equipment, AMSA Notices and Guidance Notes, first aid kits and specialised marine and mooring equipment.

Facilities and equipment may include access to a simulated workplace at the Batavia Coast Maritime Institute (BCMI), training vessels including dinghies, centre console vessels, the 62ft vessel Master Class and marine radios.

Key dates

Semester and holiday dates are included in your Letter of Offer. View upcoming semester start and end dates.

There may be further semester intakes available for enrolment. You can view any further intakes when you submit your online application(opens in a new tab).

For information about pathways from TAFE to university, view our Pathways to university page.

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TAFE International Western Australia (TIWA) is the Registered Training Organisation (RTO) and Commonwealth Register of Institutions and Courses for Overseas Students (CRICOS) provider, for the delivery of training to international students, enrolled in a TAFE course in Western Australia. This nationally recognised course is delivered by a Western Australian TAFE college on TIWA's behalf. TIWA retains responsibility for the quality of the training and assessment delivered by the TAFE colleges and for the issue of certification documentation to students.

Last updated on December 1, 2022