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Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

National Course Code: MAR30918

TAFE NSW Course Number: MAR30918-01V01

Nominal Hours: 466

Full Fee: $8,600
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 the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency in the capacity of:

- master on commercial vessels up to 24 m in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
- chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35 m in length within the EEZ or
- chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 m in length in inshore waters.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master <24 metres NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification of competency will require:
- achieving MAR30917 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master <24 m Near Coastal)
- a Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency
- sea service consisting of:
- 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
- 600 days qualifying sea service
- 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) conducted on a commercial vessel 7.5 m in length.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 9 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 3 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. There are a total of 8-9 practicals days in this course. 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 becmes your responsibility.

You can also expect to complete approximately 11 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 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 a Master 24 near coastal certificate. You need to be able to provide evidence that you:
- are at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
- 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.
- can swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket, to complete some of the mandatory assessments with this qualification

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

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.

Master mariner on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length, within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARK008 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within Near Coastal waters
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
MARB029 Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
MARN009 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 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$1,480
Second qualification$1,780
Non-government subsidised fee$8,600

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) that you 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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