Ready to progress your career at sea?
The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) entitles certificate holders to:
- Command a commercial vessel less than 24m in length in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
- Act as a Chief Mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels less than 35m long
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
Master 24 Navigation Watchkeeping
Master 24 Seamanship
Master 24 Ship Knowledge
Throughout the course, you will gain skills in:
- navigating the seas
- rising to challenges and leading your crew on fishing charters
- commercial vessels and tourist trips, with skills in shipboard safety, coastal navigation and passage planning
- ship knowledge and vessel operations including stability and deck loading
- operating marine radio and radar.
- you are wishing to become employed in the maritime industry or attain the Masters ticket to enhance promotion in the sector
- you are an industry provider wishing to upskill staff in maritime operations
Students will complete face-to-face study of 20 days (at 6.5 hours per day).
Training is delivered in week blocks consisting of:
- Master 24 Navigation Watchkeeping Skill Set
- Master 24 Seamanship Skill Set
- Master 24 Ship Knowledge Skill Set
- Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) Skill Set
- Marine Radio Skill Set
- First Aid
Students will also complete both theory and practical assessments.
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.
This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master (up to 24 metres Near Coastal) as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.
AMSA certification of competency will require:
- achieving MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24m 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 of qualifying sea service, of which:
- (a) at least half must be accrued on vessels ≥7.5m long; and
- (b) at least half must be accrued on commercial vessels; and
- (c) up to half may be accrued on recreational vessels ≥5m long
- meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D
- assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) conducted on a commercial vessel ≥7.5 m in length.
|BSBLDR301||Support effective workplace relationships|
|MARB029||Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres|
|MARB030||Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres|
|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|
|MARH015||Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres|
|MARH016||Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres|
|MARH017||Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation|
|MARI004||Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres|
|MARJ007||Monitor environmental management on a vessel|
|MARK008||Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within Near Coastal waters|
|MARN009||Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres|
|HLTAID011||Provide first aid|
This qualification prepares you for roles such as:
- Master a vessel up to 24 metres in length in the EZZ
- Chief Mate
- Deck Watchkeeper
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.
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.