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New Zealand Certificate in Sustainable Aquaculture (Level 3)

This course is available

Online, On-Campus

Level of Study



1 year

Next start date

Expected Apr 2024


Nelson Marlborough Institute of Technology


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

At NMIT we feel it is important for our students to gain as much insight not only into our programmes but the career opportunities that can lead from them and what a normal workday may consist of.

if you'd like to know more about the Aquaculture industry and what you could learn with NMIT.

You will become familiar with the key aspects of the aquaculture industry and learn how to build functioning systems to house aquatic animals and then see them develop through key stages of their life cycle. The monitoring and recording of water quality that you carry out will be key to support these animals through their growth.

You will also be able to identify workplace hazards and demonstrate compliance with Health and Safety practices.

This programme uses a blended learning model, including practical hands-on classes, field trips and time spent on-site with industry.

Upon completion, you will be awarded New Zealand Certificate in Aquaculture (Hatchery) level 3.

The programme is also designed to enable you to pursue further study in this field.

Career pathways

This course aims to pathway you into the aquaculture industry. This may mean work on an oyster farm, salmon farm or a mussel farm. Or may involve work as a technician in a scientific research organisation.

If the boating part of the course is for you, it may open doors to more boating qualifications and maritime work.

If you have really enjoyed the study and especially the science side you may want to continue into the degree in Marine Conservation and Aquaculture.

Entry criteria

No minimum academic requirements.

English language requirements

IELTS test: General or Academic score of 5 with no band score lower than 5. TOEFL Internet-based test (iBT): Score of 35 (with a writing score of 14). PTE (Academic) score of 36 with no band score lower than 36; Cambridge English Qualifications: B2 First or B2 First for Schools with a score of 154. No less than 154 in each skill. OET: Minimum of Grade C or 200 in all sub-tests. NZCEL - Level 3 (General). Language Cert - B1 Achiever International ESOL Written (LRW) PASS with no less than 25/50 in each skill and Spoken (S) PASS.

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