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MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR30921 State ID: BHD2
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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

Marine Radio(opens in a new tab)

First Aid(opens in a new tab)


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. 

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.

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.

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 25 days
When Date: 2023
Where Broome Campus
Course fee $281.00

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