Aquaculture Online Course

Certificate Courses for Adult Learners

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Self Paced

Flexible Study Schedule


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Is this course for me?

This course is for best for adult learners who:

Need a flexible day/night study schedule

Are planning for a new career in this field or are just interested.

Want a stepping stone before committing expensive and years-long education.

In this course you will learn to the requirements for management of different aquaculture systems.

Learn the essentials of aquaculture.  You will learn how to setup an aquaculture system and learn the care and breeding of freshwater fish as well as how to manage an aquaculture enterprise for fresh water fish. Enhance your expertise in this important course. Improve your work prospects in the field by developing your capacity to manage freshwater aquaculture enterprises.

  • 100 hour course
  • Fully supported by expert tutor by email
  • Flexible home based study
  • Learn all aspects of freshwater fish farming

This course is fully supported by our Marine / Aquaculture tutor Peter Palma and covers: water (e.g. source, purity, flow, temperature, dissolved oxygen), stocking rates, spawning, checking stock, stripping, fertilization, hatching, growth stages, feeding, harvesting, stocking and more.

Course Aims:

  • Explain different aquaculture production systems
  • Explain the cultural requirements of different types of fish suitable for aquaculture
  • Explain cultural practices for freshwater crayfish
  • Explain different factors affecting the vigour of animals in an aquaculture farm
  • Explain methods, including feeding and harvesting, used to manage freshwater animal populations
  • Develop informed management decisions for an aquaculture enterprise

There are 12 Lessons in this course:

Introduction To Aquaculture

  • Scope and nature of freshwater aquaculture
  • Resources … references, organisations around the world
  • Equipment and material suppliers

Production Systems – EP and IP

  • Open, semi closed and closed systems
  • Extensive production
  • Intensive production
  • Water containment … earth, concrete,wood, brick, stone, fibre-glass, liners, etc
  • Dams and Water Storage … siting, site

What Species To Farm

  • Selection criteria
  • Climate
  • Water resources
  • Finance
  • Scale of operation
  • Other resources: manpower, knowledge, support services, etc.
  • Market demand and access
  • Ecological considerations
  • Risk Considerations
  • Review of different fish …(We review many fish and other species suited to farming in Australia,the UK and other countries, including…)
  • Trout
  • Rainbow trout
  • Brown Trout
  • Bass
  • Catfish
  • Carp
  • Cod
  • River Blackfish
  • Marron
  • Algae


  • Three main Trout species
  • Farming Trout
  • Water
  • Determining flow in source water
  • Water temperature
  • Water dissolved oxygen
  • Stocking rates for production pools
  • Spawning trout
  • Checking the fish
  • Stripping technique
  • Fertilisation of Ova
  • Hatching Ova
  • From hatch to free swimming stage
  • Feed
  • After free swim stage


  • Industry perspective
  • Breeding and growth rates
  • Induced breeding … hormone injection
  • Growth
  • Fry management and after care
  • Grow out
  • Pond rearing for larvae
  • Barramundi diseases and parasites


  • Varieties … Australian bass, American loudmouth, smallmouth
  • Habitat requirements … temperature, dissolved oxygen, pH
  • Natural spawning cycle
  • Controlled spawning
  • Harvesting

Freshwater Crayfish

  • Scope and nature of crustacean aquaculture
  • Marron and Yabbie
  • Conditions … water, temperature, pH, salinity, dissolved oxygen, organic loading, water clarity, pod size
  • Initial breeding stocks
  • Production potential
  • Stocking rates
  • Breeding
  • Growth
  • Feeding
  • Composts for Marron feeding
  • Red Claw
  • Yabbie
  • Spiny Freshwater Crayfish


  • Tilapia Aquaculture
  • Habitat and Distribution
  • General Biology
  • Breeding facility
  • Breeding of Tilapia
  • Environmental conditions
  • Nursery culture
  • Pond culture

Setting Up A Fish Farm

  • Land and water
  • Water requirements
  • Extensive production dams
  • Intensive production pools and raceways
  • Cages
  • Biological filtration systems
  • Filter efficiency
  • Clearing turbid water in dams
  • Protecting fish
  • Improving genetic quality of fish
  • Economics of establishing and running an aquaculture farm
  • Financial Management
  • Financial Institutions
  • Better planning
  • Economics
  • What to Plan for
  • Production
  • Marketing

Fish Foods & Feeding

  • Scope and nature
  • Pelleted feed
  • Live feed
  • Brine shrimp
  • Daphnia
  • Worms
  • Night lights
  • Fishmeal
  • Oil meals
  • Fish food production
  • Beef heart
  • Legumes
  • Seafood and vegetable mix
  • Earthworm and Compost production


  • Introduction
  • Harvesting techniques … seine nets, gill nets, traps, long lines, funnel trap, flyke trap, etc
  • Fish pumps
  • Mechanical graders
  • Fish health management
  • Review of diseases … salmonids, barramundi, trout, carp, etc.

Prawn Farming

  • Introduction to Prawn Aquaculture
  • Ecology and Distribution
  • Molting
  • Reproduction
  • Spawning Induction (Eyestalk Ablation)
  • Fecundity
  • Feeding
  • Big-tank Hatchery
  • Small-tank Hatchery
  • Combined Hatchery System
  • Traditional or Extensive Farming
  • Improved Traditional or Semi-Intensive System
  • Intensive Culture
  • Principles of Biofloc Technology
  • Biofloc Farm Setup
  • Development and Maintenance of Biofloc

When you have completed the lessons of your Certificate course, you will be given the option of taking the optional exam. It's okay if you don't want the exam, we still issue your Careerline Certificate. For Advanced Certificates however, the exam is compulsory (per module) and are included in the course fee.

Your Tutor

Peter Palma

B.Sc. Fisheries, MSc (candidate), Aquaculture/Marine Tutor

Aquaculture science and teaching are the two things Peter is most passionate about. He is currently a Master of Science candidate, studying the reproductive biology of groupers. He holds a Bachelor’s degree in Fisheries science with a specialization in aquaculture. His field work experiences include broodstock and hatchery management of marine fish species, and disease monitoring of cultured organisms. Over the years, Peter visited fish farms in Australia, Canada and the Philippines, and learned first-hand how aquaculture operation is being done all over the world.

Frequently Asked Questions

Can I pay in installments?

Yes! We offer great payment plans, however full payment up front is the cheapest. You can choose the best payment plan for you from the course page, or call us on 07 55368782 to talk to one of our course consultants for a custom plan.

Can I study from anywhere in the world?

We have many international students. Careerline's range of courses are suitable for any one, anywhere in the world.

Do I get a discount if I enroll in a second course?

Yes. You may claim a 5% fee discount when you enroll in a second course, and a further 10% off a three-course package.


Do I have to sit an Exam?

No. If you are enrolled in a Certificate course (100hrs), the exam is optional. You will be issued with a certificate which proves that you are competent in all units, if you choose not to sit the exam.

Do you have set start dates?

There are no set start dates, you may start at any time. Our courses are all self-paced. As our home page says, ‘Courses for Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime’. ‘Anytime’ includes the start time of your choice. However, we do encourage our students to submit assignments on a regular basis. Wherever possible, we suggest developing a study routine.

How It Works

1. Learn Online

Get access to your course content anywhere, anytime and study at your own pace.

2. Get Help & Support

Connect with other like-minded students and get help from the teacher whenever you have a question.

3. Receive Certificate

Graduate from your course knowing that you have what it takes to reach your next step.

Course Summary

  Learn about different aquaculture systems.

  Learn the requirements of a range of freshwater fish and crayfish.

  Learn to manage freshwater feeding and harvesting.


Full Fee $595.00 incl GST - Best Value!
Payment Plan From $50/week incl GST
Duration 100 hrs (12 months)
Exam Optional
Qualification Certificate
Tutor Support Yes unlimited by email