Aquaculture Modern Apprenticeship SVQ2

What is special about this course?

This course is aimed at those who work in the fish farming industry, carrying out the daily husbandry duties on either a freshwater or marine site.  The SVQ 2 Aquaculture is a recognised qualification which has been designed by the industry.  It can be useful for progression within the student's place of work and is particularly useful for those without any formal qualifications in aquaculture.  It offers the candidate the opportunity to demonstrate the skills they have learnt, and also fill any gaps in their knowledge and understanding of the fish farm industry. 


Entry requirements

Candidates need to be employed in a fish farm with at least three months experience. 

To obtain the full qualification you must achieve 10 units: 7 mandatory and 3 optional.

Mandatory Units

  • Prepare holding units to receive fish
  • Prepare and gather live fish
  • Carry out routine maintenance and repairs on aquaculture facilities
  • Monitor the aquatic production environment
  • Maintain environmental conditions within holding
  • Work safely in an aquatic environment
  • Prepare to and feed fish

Option Units

  • Stock fish into holding units
  • Grade live fish
  • Prepare to and harvest fish
  • Collect information on fish growth and development
  • Prepare to and treat health problems in fin fish
  • Spawn fish and fertilise fish eggs
  • Establish and maintain green egg incubation
  • Prepare and maintain fish eggs in a hatchery
  • Care for juvenile fish
  • Prepare for the transport of live fish
  • Transport live fish
  • Prepare and operate small craft

How will I study my course?

  • Flexible
  • Work based

How long will my course last?


How will I be assessed?

The course is delivered thorugh a mixture of assessor visits to the candidate's workplace, and a production of a portfolio of evidence and answered questions to assess the candidate's knowledge and understanding. 

Where can I study my course?

  • Inverness Campus

Start date

Rolling entry

How much will my course cost?

For information on costs of this course please contact the college at which you wish to study.

What can I do on completion of my course?

SVQ 3 Aquaculture

Is there more information available online?

You can use the above QR code to connect directly to the course details.

Apply for Aquaculture Modern Apprenticeship SVQ2

Applications to be made by employers through the Business Solutions Team at Inverness College UHI. The Team can also be contacted for further course information on 01463 273666.

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