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 obtain a Coxswain Grade 2 Certificate of Competency applicants are required to complete all units of training, have completed either 7 days qualifying sea service on a commercial vessel and completed the approved task book OR 60 days qualifying sea service on commercial or recreational vessels (*Note - sea service must be completed in the last 5 years).
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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.
- You are already employed or are required to hold this certificate to facilitate employment.
Students will complete face-to-face study over 8 days.
To attain this qualification, participants will need to complete the following skill sets:
MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set
- 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
- *MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
General fees - $186.24
Concession fees -$98.46
7 - 9 August
13 -15 November
14 - 14 December
Coxswain Vessel Operations and Environmental Practice
The Coxswain Vessel Operations and Environmental Practice block is made up of 5 units:
- MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors
- MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure the safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres.
- MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
- MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
- MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices.
General fees - $422.05
Concession fees -$211.15
31 July - 4 August
27 November - 1 December
Students will also complete practical assessments and be assessed on knowledge-based questions.
- MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft (this is included as part of the MARSS00008 Ship Board Safety block and will assist in completing further Maritime studies, however, isn't a requirement for this course) *this will be an additional cost to the student.
Not all units and study modes are offered at all campuses. Please check with your local campus.
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 MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment.
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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.
- Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
- Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
We offer a range of further study opportunities, view our course list here(opens in a new tab) .
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.