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Course Overview

Do you own or work in an aquarium/pet shop with fish? Ever wondered whether fish can feel pain, or whether you are doing the right things for your fish? Do you know the rules and regulations for aquariums/pet shops and do you have a workplace safety plan in place? We have created a workshop just for you. Come join our team of expert facilitators to learn the rules and regulations governing your business, business management, workplace safety, fish care & management and how to recognise healthy and diseased fish. This certified short course aims to elevate standards and competencies of the retail ornamental fish sector.

Who Should Attend

Pet retail shop owners or employees who are handling/dealing with aquarium retail ornamental fish ONLY.  

What You'll Learn


  • To impart skills and knowledge important for responsible animal care and welfare amongst the pet retail shop personnel  

  • To provide knowledge about client education as part of their responsibility in promoting responsible pet ownership 

Course Content

  • Lecture (12 hours) 

  • Animals and Birds Act Regulations 

  • Animal Care and Management 

  • Animal Health and Diseases 

  • Animal Housing 

  • Occupational Health and Safety 

  • Business Ethics and Management 

  • Client Education 

Delivery Methodology

  • Face-to-face lectures (12 hrs) 

  • Workshop (4hrs) 

  • Question & Answers 

  • MCQ assessment (0.5hrs)  

Subject Synopses

Animals and Birds Act Regulations 

This topic will introduce participants to the legislations governing the import and export of animals, including CITES, animal welfare, the responsibility of pet shop owners, and the conditions for granting pet shop licenses.  It will also cover legislation on the sale of medicines and medications in the local context.


Animal Care and Management 

Participants will be introduced to the daily care of freshwater and marine systems, general health signs, fish nutrition and types of feed and storage conditions, handling and restraint, behaviour and emergency preparedness, as well as common diseases and the treatment and control of the spread of diseases.


Animal Health and Diseases

This topic will cover general health signs, recognition and treatment of common diseases. Diagnostic methods such as simple skin scrapes and submission of biological samples to the laboratory will be discussed.


Animal Housing 

Principles of aquarium setup for fresh water and marine systems, with the monitoring of water quality conditions in freshwater and seawater, will be covered in this topic.  Concepts of quarantine and disinfection will also be introduced.  Aquarium maintenance will also be covered.


Occupational Health and Safety 

This topic provides an introduction to the biological, physical and chemical aspects of occupational safety, with emphasis on zoonoses, personal hygiene practices and personnel vaccination.


Business Ethics and Management 

Participants will be introduced to the broad concepts of setting up a business, rules and ethics governing businesses, consumer rights and good business management.


Client Education 

This topic will introduce the participants to responsible pet ownership, and the role pet shops can play in fostering good pet ownership in the local context.



The workshop will demonstrate on the techniques of chemical restraint and practical handling of fish, as well as monitoring of the aquatic environmental conditions.




Participants who meet at least 75% of attendance requirements, passed assessments and complete the workshop will be awarded the Certificate of Accomplishment.

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Course Contact

  • 67881212
  • Monday - Thursday: 8:30am - 6:00pm
    Friday: 8:30am - 5:30pm
    Closed during lunchtime, 12:00pm - 1:00pm
    and on weekends and public holidays.


  • https://www.tp.edu.sg/tsa
  • Temasek SkillsFuture Academy (TSA)

    Temasek Polytechnic

    East Wing, Block 1A, Level 3, Unit 4

    21 Tampines Avenue 1,

    Singapore 529757

  • Temasek Polytechnic reserves the right to alter the course, modify the scale of fee, amend any other information or cancel a course with low enrolment.