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National Fishing Industry Education Centre

The National Fishing Industry Education Centre (Natfish) is an innovative, flexible training centre. We offer a variety of accredited certificate and short courses for marine and freshwater industries covering aquaculture, seafood, marine studies and recreational fishing services.

Courses are taught by highly qualified teachers with extensive industry experience, using up to date equipment and practices. The centre has been recognised for excellence in flexible delivery through various awards including a National Best Practice Award.

Natfish is part of one of the leading training and education providers in Australia and NSW - North Coast TAFE who are twice winners of the NSW Large Training Provider of the Year Award in 2004 & 2005, and winner of the 2004 Australian Large Training Provider of the Year Award.

To find out more about Natfish and the services we offer explore some of the links below or use the Global Navigation Above.

Aquaculture
Introduction
Natfish delivers Certificate II, Certificate III, Certificate IV and Diploma courses in aquaculture, as well as short courses such as Hatchery Techniques, Recirculation Technology and Seafood Safety. For detailed course information select a course by clicking on one of the buttons at the left of this page or continue down this page for more information on how Natfish courses are run.

The Certificate and Diploma courses are delivered flexibly, which means they involve a combination of external study and practical workshops. The courses can be studied full time or part time. You choose the number of subjects you wish to enrol in each year and may change your enrolment during the year if you need to.

All students start in the Certificate II level course, which covers the basic, practical skills and knowledge required for working in the aquaculture industry, and then progress through the certificate levels, up to Diploma level if desired.

Workshops
Most units require compulsory attendance at practical workshop blocks. At the workshops you will participate in practical activities, you may also go on field trips and complete practical and written assessments. Workshops are timetabled so that you attend a block covering the requirements for several units to save you travelling too often.

Morning and afternoon tea is provided at the workshop, but you have to provide your own lunch. Facilities available include student kitchen with microwave, fridge, freezer and a BBQ. Natfish is 10km from town and students often travel a considerable distance to attend workshops and want to make the most of their time here, we therfore have a tight timetable for workshops. You are encouraged to bring lunch with you rather than leave the campus in the short lunch break.

Learning materials
Notes for the units are sent out to you, four to six weeks before each workshop block, to help you pace your studies. Some units do not have notes and are taught entirely at the workshop. There are also support materials for most units on this website, under the Student Resources button in the left hand menu at the top of this page.

You must read the notes, and complete the activities contained in them at home prior to attending the workshop as you will be required to sit a unit test at most workshops.

Costs
There are two different charges when you enrol in one of the aquaculture course - the TAFE NSW Course Fee and the Course Related Charge, as well as some optional expenses.

TAFE NSW Fee
There is an annual TAFE NSW Fee for each course you enrol in. The charge is different for each course and is reviewed each year. The current fee is advised under each course, use the Course Information button at the top left of this page. The TAFE NSW Fee can be paid by semester and you will be asked to pay each year when you re-enrol until you complete the course. You may be eligible for a concession fee if you are receiving any government benefits..

Course Related Charge
The Course Related Charge covers the unit notes, morning and afternoon teas during workshops and other resources you require at the workshop, or will require to complete assessments at home. The charge is different for each course and is reviewed each year. Again the current fees are listed under each course, which you can select from the menu at the top left of this page.

The Course Related Charge should be paid at enrolment to ensure you receive your learning materials on time.

Student Association Fee
We recommend that all students join the Student Association. The association provides many services to Natfish students, including BBQ lunches and pizza days for members at some workshops, discounts with many retail outlets around the state and is constantly improving student facilities on the campus providing things like outdoor furniture and much more.

Other Costs
You will need to pay for your own travel to and from workshops, accomodation whilst attending workshops and for your lunches during workshops. This could be your major cost in completing your course.

All certificate level and diploma courses are Austudy and Abstudy approved.

Local Navigation AquacultureMarine Studies
Certificate III Student Resources Industry Information and Links
Recreational FishingSeafood ProcessingMarine Studies
Introduction
Natfish offers a Certificate III in Transport & Distribution, Maritime Operations, which allows learners to sample major marine industry sectors while gaining practical work focused skills that a particular industry would expect from new employees.

The course is delivered face to face at the Coffs Harbour campus as a full time course over 1 semester. Attendance is required for 3 to 4 days per week and there is a one week field trip to Hastings Point Marine Education Centre.

Marine Studies can also be studied by distance flexible delivery through Natfish.

Costs
There are two different charges when you enrol in the marine studies course - the TAFE NSW Fee and the Course Related Charge, as well as some optional expenses which the teachers will outline to you when you start.

TAFE NSW Course Fee
There is an annual TAFE NSW Fee for each course you enrol in. The charge is different for each course level and is reviewed each year. You may be eligible for a concession fee if you are on any sort of government benefit.

All certificate level courses are Austudy and Abstudy approved.

Course Related Charge
You are required to pay a Course Related Charge for the course. This covers field trips, Hastings Point accommodations & meals for Coffs Harbour students and learning materials for distance students.

The Course Related Charge must be paid before you go on a field trip.

Student Association Fee
We recommend that all students join the Student Association. The association provides many services to Natfish students, including discounts at many retail outlets around the state and is constantly improving student facilities on the campus providing things like outdoor furniture and much more.

Local Navigation AquacultureMarineRecreational FishingSeafood ProcessingCourse InformationIndustry Information and LinksStudent ResourcesSeafood Processing
Introduction
Natfish delivers training in seafood processing, sales and distribution through flexible delivery. Courses are a mixture of work based training, distance education and where appropriate some classroom sessions.

The benefit of this approach is the focus is on recognising and formalising skills that the student already uses and/or has learnt on the job and providing targeted training where needed. Assessment for the courses will be a mixture of work-based assessment such as observations in the workplace, assignments and campus based assessment (such as tests or practical assessment events).

You can get further information on the Seafood Processing courses by selecting the Course Information button on the left of this page.

Recreational Fishing
Introduction
Australian spend more time fishing than any other recreational sport or pastime. Anglers contribute to retail turnover to the tune of $550 million per annum in NSW alone.

Natfish delivers a Certificate II and III Fishing Industry, Recreational Services which is aimed at people looking to gain work servicing the recreational fishing industry.

The courses prepare you to work in areas such as tackle shops, fishing equipment wholesale, fishing tours and charter boat operations. You learn basic and advanced fishing techniques, about weather, safety and the regulatory and environmental responsibilites associated with fishing.

For detailed information on the recreational fishing courses delivered at Natfish, simply select a course by clicking a button at the left or continue down this page for more information on how Natfish courses are run.

The Certificate II and III courses are delivered flexibly, which means they involve a combination of external study and practical workshops. Eache course can be completed in one year part time. Students start off in the Certificate II course then move on to the Certificate III once they have completed the Certificate II.

Workshops
The courses require attendance at practical workshop blocks, generally three one week blocks per year. The workshops are based at Maclean campus. This gives close access to great fishing spots around the lower Clarence and surrounding coast. At the workshops you will participate in practical activities, you will go on field trips and complete practical and written assessments. Workshops are timetabled so that you attend a block covering the requirements for several modules to save you travelling too often.

Morning and afternoon tea is provided at the workshop, but you have to provide your own lunch. Facilities available include student kitchen with microwave & fridge. Maclean campus is on the edge of town and students often travel a considerable distance to attend workshops and want to make the most of their time here, we therfore have a tight timetable for workshops. You are encouraged to bring lunch with you rather than leave the campus in the lunch break.

Module notes
Module notes are sent out to you, four to six weeks before each workshop block, to help you pace your studies. Some modules do not have module notes and are taught entirely at the workshop. There are also support materials for some modules on this website, under the Student Resources button in the left hand menu at the top of this page.

You must read the notes, and complete the activities contained in them, at home prior to attending the workshop as you will be required to sit a module test at most workshops.

Costs
There are two different charges when you enrol in one of the aquaculture course - the TAFE NSW Fee and the Course Related Charge, as well as some optional expenses.

TAFE NSW Fee
There is an annual TAFE NSW Fee for each course you enrol in. The charge is different for each course and is reviewed each year. The current fee is advised under each course using the Course Information button at the top left of this page. You will be asked to pay another TAFE NSW Fee each year when you re-enrol, until you complete the course. You may be eligible for a concession fee if you are receiving any government benefits.

Course Related Charge
You are required to pay a Course Related Charge for each course, which covers the module notes, bait and some terminal tackle for workshops field trips and other resources you require at the workshop. The charge is different for each course and is reviewed each year. Again the current fees are listed under each course, which you can select from the menu at the top left of this page.

The Course Related Charge must be paid at enrolment to ensure you receive your learning materials on time. There is no exemption from this charge.

Student Association Fee
We recommend that all students join the Student Association. The association provides many services to Natfish students, including BBQ lunches and pizza days for members at some workshops, discounts with many retail outlets areound the state and is constantly improving student facilities on the campus providing things like outdoor furniture and much more.

Other Costs
You will need to pay for your own travel to and from workshops, accomodation whilst attending workshops and for your lunches during workshops. This could be your major cost in completing your course.

All certificate level courses are Austudy and Abstudy approved.

Student Support
North Coast TAFE supports Natfish students with a wide range of services including counselling, disability services, tutorial support, and aboriginal student support. These services can be accessed both whilst students are on campus or by phone. North Coast TAFE Student Support web page tells you more about these services and how to access them.

North Coast Library Services provide students with support with study and assignments, including writing, learning and presentation skills on their Learning Centre site. The Information Centre contains a wide range of library web resources, E-books, catalogues.

Natfish also provides internet support materials and information using Moodle, a web based learning platform. To go to the Natfish internet course documents select Primary Industry and Natural Resources course category, then Seafood Industries. Note this service is only available to enrolled students.

On campus a student resource room housing a large collection of resource books, videos and student computers with Internet access is available. Natfish students can borrow books through the Grafton campus library.



National Fishing Industry Education Centre
Natfish, Locked Bag 5
GRAFTON New South Wales 2460
(02) 6644 4700

Web Link

http://www.natfish.tafensw.edu.au/



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