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MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR30821 State ID: BHC8
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Progress your career at sea as a maritime engineer.

The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) entitles certificate holders to:

  • Act as Chief Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than 750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Act as Second Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than 1500 kW within the EEZ
  • act as an assistant under the direct supervision of the chief engineer; or in the engine room of a vessel up to 80m long with propulsion power up to 3,000 kW

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

To attain this qualification, participants will need to complete the following skill sets:

Elements of Shipboard Safety 

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

Marine Engine Driver 

  • 7-17 March 
  • 19-30 June 

First Aid(opens in a new tab)


Throughout the course, you will gain skills in:

  • applying safety procedures including survival skills at sea
  • extinguish fires
  • refueling vessels adhering to marine pollution (MARPOL) guidelines
  • performing basic engineering calculations
  • operating and maintaining deck machinery
  • auxiliary power systems, and extra-low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • you are already employed or are required to hold this certificate to facilitate employment
  • wishing to become employed in the maritime industry as a MED 2 or attain your Engineering ticket to enhance promotion in the sector.  
  • you are an industry provider wishing to upskill staff in maritime operations

Students will complete 109 hours of face-to-face study over 15 days. Training is delivered in 3 blocks.

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Marine Engine Driver
  • First Aid

Students will also complete both theory and practical assessments.

Free in 2023

This course will be FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

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.
BSBTWK201 Work effectively with others
MARB031 Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARB032 Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARC036 Operate deck machinery
MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARC040 Manage fuel systems
MARC041 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARC042 Operate electrical systems
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
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
HLTAID011 Provide first aid

This qualification prepares you for roles such as:

  • Marine Engine Driver

Employment within commercial marine sector, such as tourism, aquaculture, port operations, ranger groups, offshore oil and gas.

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.

Delivery locations and study options

Duration 15 days
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Course fee $312.85

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