Diploma of Fishing Operations

This qualification prepares skippers to manage fishing operations, including aspects of personnel and business management.

The qualification will have application for people working for fishing companies.

Job roles

Individuals operating at this level are likely to have responsibilities, such as:

managing occupational health and safety (OHS), environmental, food safety and quality control procedures and policies

managing on-land operations for fishing vessel or fleet

managing the upgrading or purchase of equipment and vessel

managing transport of product for post-harvest operations or sale

recruiting and training staff, including skippers

skippering a vessel.

Work may vary between enterprises.

Job role titles may include:

fleet manager

on-land operations manager

production manager

quality or compliance manager



Packaging Rules

A total of twenty one (21) units of competency must be achieved.

four (4) core units plus

six (6) 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 three (3) 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

add topic SFICORE101C

Apply basic food handling and safety practices

add topic SFICORE103C

Communicate in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE105B

Work effectively in the seafood industry

add topic SFICORE106B

Meet workplace OHS requirements

Elective units of competency

Group A: Fishing specialist units

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIEMS501B

Develop workplace policy for sustainability

add topic SFIFISH310A

Adjust and position fishing gear

add topic SFIFISH401C

Locate fishing grounds and stocks of fish

add topic SFIFISH402C

Manage and control fishing operations

add topic SFIOHS501C

Establish and maintain the enterprise OHS program

add topic AHCMOM502A

Implement a machinery management system

Group B: Other elective units

Business services

Unit code

Unit title

add topic AHCAGB602A

Manage estate planning

add topic BSBADM502B

Manage meetings

add topic BSBADM504B

Plan or review administrative systems

add topic BSBFIM501A

Manage budgets and financial plans

add topic BSBFIM502A

Manage payroll

add topic BSBHRM506A

Manage recruitment selection and induction processes

add topic BSBINM601A

Manage knowledge and information

add topic BSBMGT515A

Manage operational plan

add topic BSBMGT617A

Develop and implement a business plan

add topic BSBPMG522A

Undertake project work

add topic BSBWRK510A

Manage employee relations

add topic FNSORG604A

Establish outsourced services and monitor performance

Community management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIPROC611C

Participate in a media interview or presentation

add topic AHCCCF502A

Facilitate development of group goals and projects

add topic AHCCCF503A

Promote group formation and development

add topic AHCCCF504A

Support group and community changes in resource management

add topic AHCCCF505A

Contribute to regional planning process

add topic AHCCCF506A

Manage the incorporation of a group

add topic AHCCCF601A

Map regional issues and stakeholders

add topic AHCILM506A

Operate within community cultures and goals

add topic AHCILM508A

Propose a negotiated outcome for a given area of country

add topic AHCLPW601A

Coordinate the preparation of a regional resource management plan

add topic AHCWRK502A

Collect and manage data

add topic AHCWRK503A

Prepare reports

add topic CHCCD404E

Develop and implement community programs

add topic LGACOM502B

Devise and conduct community consultations

add topic TLIR4003A

Negotiate a contract

Fishing charter operations

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFIFCHA302C

Operate an inshore day charter

add topic SFIFCHA501C

Plan and manage extended fishing charter trips*

add topic SFIFCHA302C Operate an inshore day charter

Quality assurance and food safety

Unit code

Unit title

add topic MTMPS5603B

Develop, manage and maintain quality systems

add topic MTMPSR5601B

Design and manage the food safety system

Industry leadership Focus C - Strategic development

Unit code

Unit title

add topic SFILEAD501C

Develop and promote industry knowledge

add topic SFILEAD502C

Shape strategic thinking

add topic SFILEAD503C

Cultivate productive working relationships

add topic SFILEAD504C

Plan and achieve change and results

add topic SFILEAD505C

Communicate with influence

add topic SFILEAD506C

Demonstrate personal drive and integrity

add topic SFILEAD507C

Provide corporate leadership

Small business management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBSMB301A

Investigate micro business opportunities

add topic BSBSMB401A

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business

add topic BSBSMB402A

Plan small business finances

add topic BSBSMB403A

Market the small business

add topic BSBSMB404A

Undertake small business planning

add topic BSBSMB405B

Monitor and manage small business operations

add topic BSBSMB406A

Manage small business finances

add topic BSBSMB407A

Manage a small team

Strategic management

Unit code

Unit title

add topic BSBATSIC411C

Communicate with the community

add topic BSBEBU501A

Investigate and design e-business solutions

add topic BSBINM501A

Manage an information or knowledge management system

add topic BSBINN502A

Build and sustain an innovative work environment

add topic BSBLED501A

Develop a workplace learning environment

add topic BSBMGT502B

Manage people performance

add topic BSBMGT516C

Facilitate continuous improvement

add topic BSBMGT605B

Provide leadership across the organisation

add topic BSBMGT616A

Develop and implement strategic plans

add topic BSBPUR501C

Develop, implement and review purchasing strategies

add topic BSBPUR504B

Manage a supply chain

add topic BSBWOR501B

Manage personal work priorities and professional development


    Pathways into the qualification

    Pathways for candidates considering this qualification include:

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

    Pathways from the qualification

    After achieving this qualification, candidates may undertake professional development activities in areas of benefit to their workplace and their personal aspirations.

    This qualification also contains units that are part of:

    Limited Fishing Charter Operator Skill Set

    Extended Fishing Charter Operator Skill Set

    Industry Leadership: Strategic Development Skill Set.

Entry Requirements

Not Applicable

Licensing Information

Licensing, legislative, regulatory or certification considerations

Licences for operating motor vehicles, tractors, forklifts, vessels and other plant apply for some competencies. Food safety, OHS and environmental protection regulatory requirements apply in the management of fishing operations.

Employability Skills


SFI50211 Diploma of 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:


consulting with and conveying information on OHS to staff

interpreting relevant information to aid decision making

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

using logical argument to gain commitment for financial and human resources for OHS purposes.


showing consideration of others when positioning fishing operation

facilitating teams to achieve business goals, develop and implement policy

identifying and using the strengths of other team members

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

determining solutions to control risks to systems, such as OHS, environmental management, physical resource management, human resource management and financial management

maximising vessel stability during all stages of the fishing operation.

Initiative and enterprise

facilitating and promoting change within the fishing enterprise

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

making recommendations on enterprise policy development, such as OHS, environmental management and sustainability, workforce development and regulatory matters

offering advice to develop industry policy, regulations and procedures

selecting area of operation to optimise fishing opportunity

taking initiative and making decisions within workplace role

translating ideas into actions.

Planning and organising

adapting resource allocations to cope with contingencies

allocating people and other resources to tasks and workplace requirements

controlling vessel speed with due regard for safety, fishing operation and prevailing conditions

delegating roles and responsibilities for OHS and environmental management

determining or applying required resources

fixing position on navigational charts or electronic plotters

implementing and monitoring of systems, such as OHS and environmental management systems

managing time and priorities

organising personnel into an efficient fishing operation

planning fishing areas based on information available, target species and fishing gear

planning systematic approaches, such as for OHS, environmental management, workforce development and meeting regulatory obligations

sequencing activities for safe and efficient operation

using basic business systems for planning and organising

working within or establishing clear enterprise goals and deliverables.


being timely and effective in responding to enterprise needs within work role

carrying their fair share of the workload

managing personal stress

prioritising work and related activities

taking responsibility for actions of self and others to achieve outcomes.


being open to learning, new ideas and techniques

consulting and incorporating regulations into work practices

contributing to the learning of others

learning in a range of settings, including informal learning

learning in order to accommodate change

participating in ongoing learning.


applying technology as a management tool to analyse and present information

using catch reporting systems

using electronic aids to assist in locating fishing opportunities

using electronic communication tools

using vessel monitoring systems.