Sustainable Aquaculture
Level 3

Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3)

  • We are evolving

    From 2023, NMIT and the programme you have enrolled in will become part of
    Te Pūkenga, and you will graduate with a Te Pūkenga qualification. See more here.

  • Locations and dates


    20 February 2023


    18 July 2022
    10 October 2022

    Online with Workshops:

    8 August 2022
    Muriwhenua Trust
  • Study options

    Full time and part time.

  • Length

    16 weeks full-time including two weeks of study breaks. One-year part-time Online with workshop in October

  • Total credits


  • Fees

    2022: $2,756 plus $100 Student Services Levy

    Compulsory Student Services Levy applies ($2 per credit).

    Fees listed are for each year of the programme, indicative only and may vary with course selection.

    View course details for individual fees.

  • National qualification code


Free programme. Online programme.

A career in the aquaculture industry starts here with NMIT’s introductory qualification that prepares you for work or further study.

This programme is eligible for fees-free under the Targeted Training and Apprenticeships Fund (TTAF). Please note fees will only be covered under TTAF until 30 June 2023. Find full details about the fund here.(external link)  Students are advised to enquire about their eligibility for any other fees-free funding when enrolling.


Aquaculture is the breeding, rearing, and harvesting of fish, shellfish, plants, algae and other organisms in all types of water environments.

It is the world’s fastest-growing primary sector, which means there’s high demand for skilled workers.

If you want to work in an innovative industry that’s helping to feed the world and protect ocean and freshwater ecosystems, a career in aquaculture is for you.

In this course, you’ll cover the fundamentals of sustainable aquaculture systems, hatchery management, and fish farming.

As a graduate, you will be prepared to undertake further study, leading to a range of exciting jobs at aquaculture farms, on boats, or in scientific research organisations.

You’ll get a practical, hands-on education at NMIT with a blend of classroom lessons, field trips, and time spent on-site with industry.

Nelson is where a majority of New Zealand’s aquaculture production and research takes place, which makes it a great place to study.

You can complete this programme in two different ways:

Full-time on-campus study

Study on-site at NMIT face-to-face with a tutor in our aquaculture classrooms. You’ll complete the course within half a year and be well-placed to continue with the Level 4 Certificate during the rest of the year.

Online with Nelson workshops

Study online from home around work or other commitments. You’ll complete the course within a year and only have to be on campus at NMIT for a two-week block of practical work in October. Expect to spend about 12 hours a week on your studies.








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