Aquaculture Fish Industry Skills (Micro-credential) Level 3

Have you ever thought if you:
  • Want to work in the Aquatics industry?
  • Do you love looking after live fish?
  • Want to get equipped with the skills to improve the welfare of aquatic livestock?
  • Would you like to have the skills to avoid and manage health and safety risks associated with the aquatics industry?

If you answered “Yes” to one or all of the above then, this entry-level programme is just for you!

Study with us and learn how to:
  • Apply codes of practice relating to the care and welfare of fish in aquatic environments in NZ.
  • Describe and apply the requirements of caring for live fish.
  • Describe the anatomy and physiology of fish.
  • Apply correct procedures to develop and maintain an aquarium or other live aquaculture system.
  • Apply best practice processes for capturing, packaging and transporting live fish.
  • Describe the signs of abnormal characteristics and behaviors associated with fish diseases.
  • Select and apply appropriate medications and/or treatments for the control of disease or correction of adverse environmental conditions.

This qualification is an entry point for aquaculture. Use it to kick start your career!

Once qualified you will be able to work under limited supervision in the care of live fish in aquaculture and ornamental fish facilities,
Or work independently in a small-scale operation, aquaculture and ornamental fish care.

Upon successful completion of the requirements, you'll be awarded:
Aquaculture Fish Industry Skills, Level 3 Micro credential

Intake: Feb, April and August 2024
Duration: 22 weeks, part-time
Delivery Format: Blended learning with our tutors coming to your location, which becomes the delivery site.
Total credits: 40

  • New Zealand Resident or citizen
  • No academic requirements. Open entry
  • Must have access to an aquarium or other live fish holding systems in order to accomplish practical components of the assessment.
  • Access to a computer, internet and Google account

Career opportunities:
Aquaculture Technician and care of Ornamental Fish in retail and wholesale facilities.

The topics covered are:
  • Health and Safety
  • Filtration
  • Water Quality Management
  • Fish Nutrition
  • Fish Health Care
  • Life Support Systems (filtration, heating and lighting)
  • Identification of the needs of individual fish species and legislation as it relates to these animals.