July 22, 2020


There are currently relatively few formal qualifications linked to commercial aquaculture compared with qualifications associated with commercial fishing. However this is changing, with several options already available and others likely to come online in future as the aquaculture sector expands.

Aquaculture has now been incorporated into some existing tertiary education courses, although to date there is no dedicated aquaculture degree. There are however a number of post-graduate options, such as a post-graduate diploma at Stellenbosch University. Aquaculture is also offered as a course component of degrees such as marine science and agriculture.

By contrast there is a fully-fledged Aquaculture Engineering degree at the University of KwaZulu-Natal.

Most commercial aquaculture farms favour senior staff with some form of formal training, with agriculture and marine science particularly highly regarded. Entry-level jobs require little or no training, although on-the-job training is imperative.


Aquaculture Innovations

• Practical Fish Farmer Course (5 days of life on a fish farm - Grahamstown).
• Aquaculture System Management Course (3 days theory – Pretoria).
• Commercial Aquaponics Course (2 day theory & practical – Pretoria and Grahamstown).
• Combined Aquaculture and Aquaponics Course (4 days theory – various countries) .

Contact Details: Website. E-mail: info@aquaafrica.co.za      
Telephone: +27 (0) 46 622 3690

David Fincham Aquaculture
Courses: David Fincham Aquaculture Training Programme

Overview: The course covers 10 Modules and includes all the Learner Manuals, Practical session and knowledge tests. The training is conducted both off site and on the farm. Students may also achieve SETA accreditation through our SETA accredited service provider.

Contact Details: Website. Telephone: +27 (0) 11 678 1906

Institutions offering certificates, diplomas and degrees:




 Occupational Certificate: Aquaculture Farmer


 Occu- pational Certificate

 Bachelor of Science

 University of Zululand

First Degree

 Postgraduate Diploma: Aquaculture

 University of Stellenbosch

 Post graduate Diploma

University of Cape Town (Western Cape): Botany and Zoology Departments. provides a post graduate course in aquaculture.
Contact Details: Telephone +27 (0) 21 650 9111 

Stellenbosch University in collaboration with Louisiana State University’s (Western Cape): Provides a 3-day course in Stellenbosch. Department of Animal Science – offer a Bachelor of Science degree (BSc. Agric) with majors in Aquaculture and Conservation or Aquaculture and Animal Science. The Department of genetics (DivIsion of Aquaculture) at Stellenbosch University also offers short modules and training in aquaculture.
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 21 808 9111. E-mail: info@sun.ac.za

Rhodes University (Eastern Cape): Short courses in aquaculture for agriculture extension officers and veterinarians with the support from DAFF. Department of Ichthyology and Fisheries Science offers undergraduate and postgraduate course in aquaculture. An aquaculture module is offered at Rhodes University if one majors in Ichthyology and Fisheries Science within the undergraduate Bachelor of Science degree.
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0)46 603 8111

University of the Western Cape (Western Cape): Botany and Zoology Departments offer post graduate courses in aquaculture.
Contact Details: Telephone +27 (0) 21 9592911. 

University of KwaZulu-Natal (KwaZulu-Natal): Microbiology Department – offers post graduate courses in microbi- ological aspects related to aquaculture.
Contact Details: Telephone +27 (0) 31 260 8596. E-mail: education@ukzn.ac.za / enquiries@ukzn.ac.za

University of the Free State (Free State): Undergraduate courses as part of freshwater ecology and post graduate courses specializing in aquatic parasitology.
Contact Details: Telephone +27 (0) 51 401 2634. E-mail: info@ufs.ac.za

Nelson Mandela University (Eastern Cape): University Zoology Department – Undergraduate courses as part of Aquatic Ecology and Applied Aquatic Science.
Contact Details: Telephone +27 (0) 41 504 1111. E-mail: info@mandela.ac.za

University of Limpopo (Limpopo): Science Faculty - Aquaculture Research Unit – offers aquaculture courses at a postgraduate level, focusing on freshwater finfish.
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 15 268 2788


University of Pretoria
Course: Food Science Honours (BSc)

Overview: In the Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Sciences, they strive to continuously improve our high impact research and significantly address the national shortage of PhD graduates that respond to global and local challenges. This Food Science (Hons) programme is offered by University of Pretoria.

Academic Requirements:
• BSc (Food Science): A final grade point average of at least 60% at final-year level or on recommendation of the head of the department can be admitted;
• Passing of a preliminary examination and/or completion of certain prescribed modules

Cape Peninsula University of Technology
Course: Food Technology BTech

Overview: The course produces competent technologists capable of decision-making at an intellectual level requiring mature judgement. Graduates are able to conceive, identify and optimise technical solutions for the design and production of food products


University of KwaZulu-Natal
Course: Aquaculture Engineering Degree

Overview: The University of KwaZulu-Natal (UKZN) is currently the only university in South Africa to offer an Agricultural Engineering degree. This degree is offered by the School of Bioresources Engineering and Envi- ronmental Hydrology (BEEH) and is accredited by the Engineering Council of South Africa. The School of BEEH offers a 4 year BSc Eng degree and also MSc Eng and PhD degrees in Agricultural Engineering.

The South African Institute of Agricultural Engineers
Course: Short Courses
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 12 842 4043


Grootfontein Agricultural Development Institute
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 49 802 6600

Elsenburg Agriculture Training College
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 21 8085111 


The Aquaculture Association of Southern Africa
Contact Details: Telephone: +27 (0) 12 803 5208. E-mail: info@aasaaqua.co.za.


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