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Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

National Course Code: MAR10318

TAFE NSW Course Number: MAR10318-01V01

Nominal Hours: 170

Full Fee: $2,830
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $0

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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Government Subsidised

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

Set sail in your new career as a general purpose hand with the nationally accredited Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal). Learn to work as part of a crew, on deck or in the engine room, on a vessel up to 80 metres. Plus, get one step closer to certification with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

- Critical survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
- To fight fires on board a vessel
- Nautical terminology
- Practical seamanship skills
- How to operate inboard and outboard motors
- Environmental work practices to protect our waters
- How to work effectively as part of a crew


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career:

- The ability to collaborate
- Great communication skills
- Mechanical aptitude
- To make the most of your adventurous spirit


Completing this course will provide you with:

- A nationally recognised Certificate I qualification and job readiness to work as a general purpose hand
- Eligibility to apply for your AMSA - general purpose hand certification


Go on to further study in either commanding a vessel or engineering:

- Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 near Coastal)
- Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastal)


The Maritime IRC Skills Forecast states that 75% of maritime employers are experiencing a skills shortage. This means domestic commercial vessel occupations - including general purpose hands (deckhands), marine engine drivers and small vessel masters - are in demand.

Forecasts show that the industry needs 11.6% additional seafarers in seagoing roles and 17.7% additional ex-seafarers to work ashore.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 4 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

As well as the online component, there is a requirement to do approximately half an hour of face to face or other study per week.
Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials (2 days) and mandatory practical training and assessment days (2 days). A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into when eligible.

If you choose to complete the practical assessments at another RTO (who are approved by AMSA), this would likely incur an additional expense, which becomes your responsibility.

You can also expect to complete approximately 8 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources, available on the Online Learning Support site, along with other research. Assignments are completed and submitted online for teacher assessment.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


To be successful in this course, you must have:

- Reasonable language, literacy and numeracy (LLN) skills

When you begin your study, you will complete a learning, literacy and numeracy (LLN) assessment to make sure you have the foundation skills required for this qualification. If needed, TAFE NSW will provide support for your LLN needs.


Once you complete this qualification, you will be eligible to apply for an AMSA GPH Certificate of Competency. You need this certificate to apply for jobs in the industry.


There is no work placement requirement for this qualification.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

- Have an intermediate level of fitness. Specifically, you should be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, without a life jacket in work attire
- Possess a love for the open water
- Do not suffer from acute ocean sickness

**AMSA requirements**

To be employed in the maritime industry, you will also need to consider AMSA certification requirements.

When you successfully complete the Certificate 1 in Maritime Operations, you will be eligible to apply for an AMSA certificate. AMSA requirements include:

- Be at least 16 years old when applying for your AMSA certificate
- Meet medical and eyesight requirements. NOTE: You need to arrange your own appointments for your medical and eyesight assessments. You will also need to provide a certificate that shows the Ishihara Test has not picked up a fault in your colour vision.
- Hold a current First Aid certificate

Visit [AMSA](https://www.amsa.gov.au/qualifications-training/domestic-qualifications/general-purpose-hand-near-coastal) for more information.

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence that you:
- have the ability to swim 50 metres and to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket to complete some of the mandatory assessments within this qualification.

To be eligible for a General Purpose Hand Near Coastal Certificate of Competency (licence), under The Austlian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA), a student must:
- be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
- meet medical and eyesight requirements. It is the student’s responsibility to arrange their medical and eyesight assessments and provide a certificate or statement stating that they do not suffer any greater abnormality in colour vision than could be tested by the Ishihara Test
- hold a valid first aid certificate (Unit HLTAID003)

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- reliable internet access
- the ability to attend practical training and assessment sessions
- overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
- for wet drills; clothes to get wet in (similar to work clothes, but no wet suits), a second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat
- it is recommended (optional) that you purchase the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.

Deckhands or general purpose hands in the maritime industry.

MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARO001 Perform basic lookout duties
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARB001 Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel
MARN001 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a vessel
MARG001 Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$0
Second qualification$0
Non-government subsidised fee$2,830

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.


This course is fully government-subsidised for eligible students, meaning you will not have to pay any course fees. It is part of a program to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
- it is recommended (optional), that you purchase the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy.

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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