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Qualification - Certificate in Fish Care and Culture VEN028

Course CodeVEN028
Fee CodeS2
Duration (approx)600 hours

Learn to be an expert in fish.

The fish industry is a billion dollar concern.  We eat fish, keep fish as pets, farm fish and more.  This course looks at the different areas of the industry, from marine studies to managing aquariums.

With the successful completion of the Certificate in Fish Care and Culture you will be able to improve your career and job prospects in the fishing industry.

  • Start your own business in the fish world.
  • Improve your knowledge and skills.
  • Study 6 modules covering marine studies, aquarium management, aquaculture and aquaponics.
  • Course duration: 600 hours of self paced study.


Core ModulesThese modules provide foundation knowledge for the Qualification - Certificate in Fish Care and Culture VEN028.
 Aquarium Management BEN105
 Marine Studies I BEN103
 Aquaculture -Marine BAG220
 Fish Farming & Aquaculture BAG211
 Marine Studies II BEN203
 Aquaponic Farming BHT319

Note that each module in the Qualification - Certificate in Fish Care and Culture VEN028 is a short course in its own right, and may be studied separately.

This Course is Relevant to All Form of Aquaculture

Aquaculture is by no means new. People have been growing fish and other things in water for thousands of years. Interest in the subject however, has strengthened both among professionals seeking to farm fish, plants and crustaceans; and among amateurs, sometimes prompted by nothing more than an interest, and sometimes in an effort to become a little more self sufficient.

There are a lot of different terms used to describe growing fish; each with a subtly different connotation.

  • Aquaculture  is farming fish and other water dwelling plants or animals; in fresh water or salt water.
  • Pisciculture is farming fish only (excludes crustaceans, molluscs, seaweed etc)
  • Mariculture is aquaculture in saline water
  • Aquaponics involves circulating the water from an aquaculture tank, into hydroponic growing systems and back into the aquaculture tank.
  • Aquarium management generally refers to growing plants or animals in water as a hobby, or for research or aesthetic purposes

Commercial Aquaculture Systems
Aquaculture systems are generally confined environments; where growing conditions have ben optimised to support more animals in a given space than what might occur in nature.  One problem is that when fish (or other animals) are grown at such close quarters, competition can be strong, and often cannibalisation may become an issue. 
Commercial systems therefore need to separate small or developing animals from larger ones.
As such, pisciculture systems tend to be one of three types:

  • Hatchery Systems that produce fertile eggs, larva or fingerlings 
  • Nursery Systems that nurse small larvae to fingerlings or juveniles
  • Grow-out Systems that grow fingerlings or juveniles to marketable sizes

With all of this growing interest in serious aquaculture; the need for expert advice is greater than ever - whether as a consultant, a writer, educator or something else.  This course can open up a wide range of new possibilities for anyone prepared to apply themselves to learn.


How The Course Works

The course can be started at any time.  You study by distance learning, so you can study in the comfort of your own home. This doesn't mean you are all alone in your studies; our highly qualified and friendly tutors are there to help you every step of the way.  If you have any questions at all, they are always happy to help.

To complete the course, you are required to study 6 modules.

Each module comprises a number of lessons.  At the end of each lesson there is an assignment to be submitted to your tutor.  At the end of each module, there is also an examination which you can take at a time and location to suit you.

To pass the course you are required to pass all assignments and 6 exams.

If you are not sure about going straight to the certificate, you can study each of the modules mentioned as a standalone course. Please click on the links for more information.





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Meet some of our academics

Alison PearceUniversity Lecturer, Quality Assurance Manager, Writer and Research Technician. Alison originally graduated with an honors degree in science from university and beyond that has completed post graduate qualifications in education and eco-tourism. She has managed veterinary operating theatre, responsible for animal anesthesia, instrument preparation, and assistance with surgical techniques and procedures.
Dr. Gareth PearceVeterinary scientist and surgeon with expertise in agriculture and environmental science, with over 25 years of experience in teaching and research in agriculture, veterinary medicine, wildlife ecology and conservation in the UK, Australia and New Zealand. Post-graduate qualifications in Education, Wildlife Conservation Medicine, Aquatic Veterinary Studies and Wildlife Biology & Conservation. Gareth has a B.Sc.(Hons), B.V.Sc., M.A., M.Vet.S,. PhD, Grad. Cert. Ed.(HE), Post-Grad.Cert. Aq.Vet.Sc., Post-Grad. Cert. WLBio&Cons., Dipl. ECPHM, MRCVS.
Cheryl McLardySports Horse Stud Groom, Stable Manager, Yard Manager, Equine industrial Training Manager, FE Distance Learning Manager. Cheryl has spent two decades working in agriculture and equine industries, across England, Scotland, Australia and New Zealand. Cheryl has a B.Sc.(Hons), HND Horse Mgt, C&G Teaching Cert.
Marius Erasmus Subsequent to completing a BSc (Agric) degree in animal science, Marius completed an honours degree in wildlife management, and a masters degree in production animal physiology. Following the Masters degree, he has worked for 9 years in the UK, and South Africa in wildlife management, dairy, beef and poultry farming.

Check out our eBooks

Marine AnimalsA heavily illustrated text with seven chapters including: classification, fishes, sea birds, marine reptiles, marine mammals, marine invertebrates, and zooplankton. 110 pages, 133 colour photos
Preserving Meat and FishThe Preserving Meat and Fish ebook is a guide for everything that you need to know about preserving your own meat and fish.
Technical WritingThe Technical Writing ebook has been written for anybody who would like to become a technical writer, add technical writing to their repertoire of skills, or improve their technical writing skills.
AquaponicsThe Aquaponics ebook will give you a great understanding of how to start your own aquaponics production.