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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.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Monday, 13 July 2020 12.00pm to 1.00pm https://tinyurl.com/ycdnz6ae


This is a online course. You will need to complete approximately 6 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 6 months.
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 1 hour of face to face or other study per week.

Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials and mandatory practical training and assessment days. In this course there are a total of 3 practicals sessions run over 2 days. A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into when you are eligible. There are several written tests (exams) in the course which can be sat at TAFE Digital Strathfield or via private supervision - details are available on the student portal.

If you choose to complete the practical assessments elsewhere (TAFE NSW Guidelines apply), this may incur an additional expense which becomes your responsibility..

You can also expect to complete approximately half an hour 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 entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


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
  • Do not suffer from acute ocean sickness
  • Provide your own work clothes. These include overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions
  • Provide your own clothes for wet drills. These include clothes similar to work clothes (no wet suits or swimmers as per Australian Marine Safety Authority guidelines), a towel, and sun protection
  • Undertake a prescribed learning, literacy and numeracy assessment to ensure you are prepared for the foundation skills requirements in each of the units of competency - contact us to discuss your requirements


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.

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:
There are no academic entry requirements to enrol into this TAFE qualification, though there are other requirements that you must satisfy in order to obtain the AMSA Certificate of Competency which will enable you to apply for work in the Maritime Industry.

Other requirements may include:

  • be at least 16 years of age,
  • a current First Aid certificate,
  • satisfactory completion of an eyesight test and declaration of medical fitness.

See the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website, Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information for details www.amsa.gov.au

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
To study and complete online assignments, attend supervised written exams and practical training and assessment sessions within the enrolment period.

  • reliable Internet access
  • the ability to attend practical training and assessment sessions in Sydney
  • are able to bring overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions (mandatory)
  • for sea survival, if applicable, students are required to bring 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.

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.


The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Once you pass the exam and become certified, you will be able to apply for roles and work in the industry.

Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your sea service and medical status. Make sure you review and meet the AMSA requirements before you enrol in this course. If you do not yet meet the AMSA criteria for certification at this qualification level, research lower level maritime qualifications to determine the best option for you.

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

Some AMSA requirements for this qualification include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements NOTE: You need to arrange your own medical and eyesight assessments
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

Visit AMSA: https://www.amsa.gov.au/qualifications-training/domestic-qualifications/general-purpose-hand-near-coastal

Deckhands or general purpose hands in the maritime industry.

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

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:

  • AMSA licencing fees
  • recommended (optional) - 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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Contact by Training Services NSW:
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 TAFE Digital.