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Certificate in Aquaculture

Code:  5M5156
Award:  National Framework of Qualifications level

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QQI Certificate in Aquaculture
This is a nationally accredited level 5 qualification in Aquaculture that is practical and hands on. It will appeal to people who have an interest in Marine Biology and the ocean. It includes Workboat handling, Finfish and Shellfish on - growing, and work experience carried out abroad.

Who is it aimed at?
This practical course would suit anyone who wants to enter this growth industry or who is working in the industry already. It will certainly benefit those who want to start their own fish farms, or wish to progress on to third level education to pursue studies in Marine Biology.

The course is held in the National Fisheries College of Ireland Castletownbere, Co Cork.

Entry to the National University of Ireland’s Bachelor of Science in Applied Freshwater and Marine Biology (Code GA770) is now available as a progression option from the QQI Certificate in Aquaculture.

What does the course involve?
The course includes modules on:

  • Safety at Sea
  • Shellfish On-Growing (oysters, mussels, clams, scallop, abalone and urchin)
  • Finfish On-Growing
  • Juvenile Fish Production
  • Work Experience Module
  • Communications
  • Workboat Handling
  • Marine Engineering Processes
  • Computers

Application forms are available from BIM ( and should be returned to the National Fisheries College, Castletownbere, Co. Cork. Candidates selected for interview will be notified as soon as possible prior to the next available course. Further information on content is available at NFC Castletownbere, (027) 71230 or

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Progression Routes

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This course leads to a QQI Major Award, and provides progression opportunities to a number of Higher Education courses, including those in the CAO.

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