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Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

National Course Code: MAR30818

TAFE NSW Course Number: MAR30818-01V01

Nominal Hours: 470

Full Fee: $8,560
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,780

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  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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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.

This qualification applies to people working in maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency in the capacity of:

- chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
- second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <1500 kW within the EEZ or
- chief or second engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ or
- assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer or
- worker in an engine room of a vessel <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:
- achieving MAR30817 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC
- sea service consisting of:
- 180 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
- 360 days qualifying sea service
- 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book, while holding a Coxswain 1 (Cox 1), Coxswain 2 endorsed for 500 kW inboard propulsion (Cox 2 500 kW), or Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (MED 3)
- 240 days qualifying sea service while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2 500 kW or MED 3
- 90 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
- 180 days qualifying sea service while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
- meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D and
- assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA).


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 11 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 a total of 4-5 practical days in this course (equivalent to approximately 2 hours of face to face or other study per week).

Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials, strongly recommended training days and mandatory practical assessment 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 responsbility.

You can also expect to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources which are 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.

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, AMSA recommends being eligible for an MED 2 near coastal certificate. You need to be able to provide evidence that you are:
- at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
- able to meet medical, eyesight and course requirements. It is students’ responsibility to arrange their medical examinations and get the practitioner to provide a certificate or statement stating that you do not suffer any greater abnormality in colour vision than could be tested by the Ishihara Test.
- able to swim 50 metres and to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket, to complete some of the mandatory assessments for this qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
- reliable internet access
- to attend practical training and assessment sessions
- overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
- additional supplies 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

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.

Although there are no academic entry requirements to enrol in this TAFE qualification, there are other requirements that you must satisfy in order to obtain the AMSA Certificate of Competency (license) which will enable you to apply for work in the Maritime Industry. Students need to be aware that for some qualifications there may be a pathway prerequisite to achieve the AMSA Certificate of Competency (licensing).

Other requirements may include: be at least 16 years of age, holding a current First Aid certificate, holding a marine Radio Operators Certificate, satisfactory completion of an eyesight and medical test as well as satisfying sea service requirements. Please see the AMSA website Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information at www.amsa.gov.au for further information.

Marine Engine Driver Grade 2.

MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
MARC041 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARC036 Operate deck machinery
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARB031 Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARB032 Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
MARC040 Manage fuel systems
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
MARC042 Operate electrical systems

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$1,480
Second qualification$1,780
Non-government subsidised fee$8,560

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 training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:
- it is recommended (optional) to purchase the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy
- navigation plotting instruments, along with AUS Chart 252, are required for unit MARH016 - Plan and conduct a passage.

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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