About the Course

Aquaculture is the farming of salt and freshwater fish, molluscs (such as abalone), crustaceans and plants in controlled aquatic environments.  As wild resources are increasingly depleted, cultivation becomes key in producing this important source of dietary protein. A career in Aquaculture means that you are part of a team confronting a great challenge: feeding a growing world population and ensuring that what makes the ocean and freshwater systems special is preserved for future generations.

This course is for those already employed in Aquaculture and wishing to up skill and for those that are passionate to learn about and begin a career in aquaculture.

What you will learn:

This 10 month course developed by Stellenbosch University’s Centre of Aquaculture and facilitated and enriched by the HVT is made up of 6 modules:

  • Applied biology of aquaculture species
  • Nutrition and feeding of aquaculture species
  • Water ecology: monitoring and management
  • Production systems: design and management
  • Processing and product development
  • Fish disease and fish health management

*There may also be the opportunity for an internship in an aquaculture business.


In addition to the above knowledge, the HVT offers skills development in business management, emotional intelligence, communication, leadership and working in a team. These skills are considered essential to getting ahead in your position of employment.

Admission requirements

 •   National Senior Certificate (NSC), preferably with Biology

With certificate entry or an equivalent foreign secondary qualification on an NSC level confirmed by SAQA.

Admission Process

On submission of your application through our online system, you will receive an email from HVT to invite you to participate in our admissions process.  The process will consist of an interview, academic literacy assessment.

Payment structure

The course registration fee is R550 and the course fee is R30 000 in 2021.

On acceptance, you will be required to pay your registration fee and 10% of your course fee, thus R 3 550 to secure your placement.  This amount is due within 30 days of invoice.

The remaining R27 000 is payable over 9 months at R3 000 per month.

What you will need

To complete the programme, it is recommended that you have access to the following items:

  • Laptop/PC
  • Stable Internet connection
  • Time: ± 15-20hrs per week

Please note should you not have access to a computer or internet, you can access these resources at the HVT Hub.

Qualification accreditation

This is an accredited academic programme and you will receive a certificate both from Stellenbosch University’s Aquaculture Centre and HVT on successful completion of the programme.

Career Path

In Africa, aquaculture businesses continue to increase greatly in number. There is an enormous opportunity in South Africa for the establishment of aquaculture initiatives. Hermanus is considered an aquaculture “centre of leaning” and the Overstrand is known for its abalone farming, with wild populations being devastated by poaching. We need professionally skilled people who can understand the practise and offer leadership for the future. The knowledge and skills you gain from this course will support you in getting ahead in your position of employment in aquaculture.

Study part-time & experience our blended learning environment

This programme is presented predominantly through recorded material. There will also be opportunity for direct contact with the lecturers. We believe that face to face interaction is important and so, in addition to engaging with the pre-prepared content, you will be required to attend weekly tutorials during the programme duration.  With this on-going support and motivation, we ensure that you meetyour goals and objectives.

Your future starts here

The HVT brings academic excellence to the Overstrand region, through carefully crafted curriculums, aiming to equip students with 21st century workplace skills and qualifications

Contact Us Today

+27 (0) 63 226 0090

Enrolments Close 30 November 2020


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