Diploma of Aquaculture

National code: SFI50111 | WA course code: W990 | CRICOS code: 075990C

Diploma of Aquaculture

About this course

This course will equip you with the practical skills and knowledge you need to manage the operations of fish farms, marine farms and hatcheries. You will learn skills in developing and implementing a breeding strategy, planning ecologically sustainable practices, managing stock health and developing a stock production plan. You will also learn how to set up and manage a small business, including staff management, developing a business plan and marketing strategies.


This qualification has four core units and 17 elective units. Follow this link to view an outline of this qualification.

Please note that you must complete all of the core units listed on the qualification outline, however the elective units you study may differ between TAFE colleges. You will be provided with a course outline at orientation which identifies the elective units you will be enrolled into at your TAFE college.

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Admission requirements

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

  • Equivalent to Australian Year 10 is required for entry into this course

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Tuition fees

The fee displayed is the current tuition fee.

TIWA tuition fees are reviewed annually and can be viewed in the Schedule of Fees.

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 with your Letter of Offer.

Resource fees

The Resource fee includes any consumable that is used by a student in the course of their study e.g. paint, internet use etc... This fee is paid to your college at enrolment.

Material fees

​The Materials fee includes any item that remains the property of a student after the course has been completed e.g. personal protective equipment, tools, text books etc... This fee is paid to your college at enrolment.

Additional information

​Please view the Admission Requirements for your country of origin.

Career opportunities

  • Hatchery Manager
  • Hatchery Technician


country of origin: ITALY

Diploma of Aquaculture
South Metropolitan TAFE
Back home in Sicily I studied marine biology but I always wanted to come to Australia. South Metropolitan TAFE is one of the best institutes for aquaculture in the world. There is nothing similar back home. I am currently designing a project for a barramundi farm which is really exciting. I love this institute the environment is very stimulating. There is a good balance between practice and theory. My class is very multicultural with lots of different backgrounds. My lecturers are very passionate and knowledgeable. They succeed every day in transferring their passion and love of aquaculture. I feel very lucky to study here.
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