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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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  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • 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.

Take the nationally accredited Certificate III in Maritime Operations and steer your way to a career as a master, chief mate or deck watch keeper. Learn to navigate the seas, rise to challenges, and lead your crew on fishing charters, commercial vessels and tourist trips.


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 meters within coastal waters
  • Instruct your crew
  • Complete routine maintenance
  • Keep detailed records and log books
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 meters
  • Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • Participate in safe workplace practices


Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:

  • Love of the open water
  • Resilience to meet the challenges of life at sea
  • Great communication skills
  • An attention to detail
  • Strong leadership skills


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a marine master licence
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career outcomes:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres
  • Chief mate
  • Deck watch keeper


Take your career further:

  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (up to 35m)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500gt)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watch Keeper - International Qualification)
  • STCW - Unlimited Master International Qualifications


The Maritime Skills Forecast found that 75% of maritime employers reported a skills shortage, specifically in the domestic commercial vessel sector. The demand for qualified marine workers will continue to increase steadily. This course equips you with the tools to be a confident seafarer and take your career to the next level.


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 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 (equivalent of) 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 and mandatory practical training and assessment days. In this course there are up to 6 practicals sessions run over 3-5 days. A range of date options are provided for you to select/ book into.

Practical sessions are undertaken after online, unit relevant assignment/s are submitted.

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

Written exams (test) require supervision and can be undertaken at Strathfield campus or via private supervision.

You can also expect to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources, available on the Online Learning Support site; along with other research as required. 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 eligible for this course, you must:

  • 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
  • Competent 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 Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) Master (up to 24 meters). You need this certificate to apply for jobs in the industry.


There is no work placement requirement 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, you need to be able to provide evidence:

  • though there are no academic entry requirements to enrol into this TAFE qualification, 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
  • 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. - reliable Internet access
  • the ability to attend practical training and assessment sessions
  • overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
  • 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.


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 this course, 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

In addition, to successfully gain your Master License you will need:

  • 120 days of sea service, in the five years prior to licence application, on a vessel over 7.5 meters long with a completed task book


  • 600 days of sea service, of which at least half was accrued, on a vessel over 7.5 meters, and at least half was accrued on a commercial vessel. Up to half may be accrued on recreational vessels over 5 meters long.

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

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

BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
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
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
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARK008 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within Near Coastal waters
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
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

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:

  • AMSA licencing fees
  • recommend (optional) - the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Capt. 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.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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