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MAR10418 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR10418 State ID: BDU3
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Are you ready to pursue a career at sea?

The Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal) entitles certificate holders to:

  • command a vessel less than 12m in length that is not carrying passengers and has less than 100kw of power for an inboard engine (however outboards are unlimited).
  • operate a vessel in sheltered waters or as a tender within 3m of a parent vessel or from an aquaculture lease.

This qualification is delivered in skill sets, enabling flexibility for students and the ability to articulate across qualifications.

To attain this qualification, participants will complete the following blocks. These will be delivered on the dates below:

Elements of Shipboard Safety 

  • 27 February - 1 March 
  • 17-19 April 
  • 12-14 June 

Vessel Operations and Environment 

  • 3-6 April 
Participants will require the following texts:
  • Nautical Knowledge Coxswain SLG ABF521
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety.

Throughout this course, you will gain skills in:

  • Handling a vessel less than 12 metres in length 
  • Applying basic maintenance and environmental knowledge
  • Applying safety procedures at sea
  • Demonstrating seamanship skills.

  • You have minimal sea time and experience and wish to acquire the certification to command a commercial vessel up to 12m, with limiting range, horsepower, and restrictive conditions.
  • You have spent a small amount of time on board recreational vessels which may include but not be limited to, Tourism, Aquaculture, Port Operations, or Ranger groups. 
  • If you are already employed or are required to hold this certificate to facilitate employment.

Students will complete 40 hours of face-to-face study over 8 days. Training is delivered in 2 blocks:

  1. Elements of Shipboard Safety (3 days)
  2. Vessel Operations and Environmental Practice (5 days)

Students will also complete practical assessments and be assessed on knowledge-based questions.

Students must meet the following entry requirements:

  • The National Maritime Register (AMSA) require students undertaking this qualification to be over 16 years of age. 
  • It is an organisational requirement that students can successfully swim for 50m unaided to undertake the unit ‘Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment’.

Upon completion of a maritime qualification, participants must complete an AMSA mandated practical assessment - Coxswain AMPA

The National Standard for Commercial Vessels Part D - Crew Competencies requires that a seafarer pass a final assessment prior to the issue of a certificate of competency.

MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

This qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Fishing boat driver
  • General deckhand

Employment within commercial marine sector, such as pearling, tourism, aquaculture and port operations. 

Job titles and qualification requirements may vary between organisations.

For more information about job and career pathways, visit JobOutlook(opens in a new tab)  or Jobs and Skills WA(opens in a new tab) .

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Our estimated fees are based on:

  • Full time study in 2023
  • A selection of elective units designed to meet local industry demand for skills (different unit selections will attract different fees)
  • For more information regarding eligibility and fees, please visit DTWD website 

These fees are estimates only and depend on your eligibility for government funding, concession rates, the units you choose to study or seek to be recognised under Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Additional resource, material and/or equipment costs may apply. Visit our Fees and Charges page for more information, including on consumer rights.

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Duration 8 days
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Course fee $1,377.41

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