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Gain skills in navigating a vessel, applying maintenance and engineering knowledge, operating a marine radio, applying safety procedures at sea, applying ships knowledge and demonstrating nautical knowledge.

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IAC98 IAC98 Coxswain Engineering Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
coxswain, coxswain engineering, coxen, coxan, coxsan, coxswen, coxswain engineering skill set, maritime training

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

Learn the basics of marine engineering.

This Coxswain Engineering Skill Set is a mandatory requirement in the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastal) qualification. This skill set is an intensive three-day course introducing basic marine engineering.

During this course, participants will learn how to:

  • Operate and service small vessel propulsion systems including diesel and petrol engines, cooling systems and lubrication systems
  • Undertake pre-start checks, routine checks, fault finding, shutdown procedures
  • Operate and service auxiliary systems including steering systems, emergency steering, rudders, bilges systems, manifold systems and valves
  • Operate deck machinery, anchor windlass, winches
  • Maintain and service marine extra low and low voltage electrical systems
  • Carry out refuelling and fuel transfer operations.

This course will provide participants with the ability to maintain machinery, troubleshoot and identify potential problems, as well as service machinery according to manufacturers' schedules.

IAC99 IAC99 Coxswain Navigation Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
Coxswain Navigation Skill Set, coxswain navigation, coxswain nav, coxen nav, coxan nav, cox navigation, maritime training, maritime short course

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

The Coxswain Navigation Skill Set is an intensive and hands-on three-day course that forms part of the mandatory requirement of the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastal) qualification.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Develop and undertake a passage plan for your vessel in recognition of weather and tides
  • Interpret navigational charts and navigational hazards
  • Safely and accurately plot your position using a range of different navigation equipment
  • Apply navigation to coastal voyages

This course provides great skills for recreational and commercial vessel operators alike and is a must for anyone wanting to undertake a boating trip.

Books required: NAUTICALKN Nautical Knowledge (Coxswain): Student learning guide ABF521/SLG

IAC97 IAC97 Coxswain Vessel Operations and Environmental Practice Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
Coxswain Vessel Operations and Environmental Practice, coxswain vessel ops, coxswain enviro practice, coxswain training, coxsan training, coxen training, maritime short course

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

This Skill Set is a fundamental component of both the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 near Coastal) and Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1) qualifications.

This course covers all of the necessary points to safely operate and manoeuvre a vessel to 12m in length following domestic regulations.

This course is rigorous and students will learn to: 

  • Apply regulations, laws and codes of conduct required to operate a commercial vessel
  • Handle and manoeuvre a vessel in varying conditions and emergencies
  • Tow and be towed safely
  • Secure a vessel and apply ropes and knots to different situations
  • Understand and maintain different propulsion systems and their application
  • Check the condition and seaworthiness of a vessel and identify engine faults
  • Refuel 

The final day of the course will consist of the Coxswain Environmental Practice Skill Set as applicable to the Coxswain Grade 2, Coxswain Grade 1 and MED II qualifications.

IAC96 IAC96 Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
elements of shipboard safety, ESS, shipboard safety, ship safety, maritime training, maritime short course

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

The Elements of Shipboard Safety Skill Set forms a crucial part of all maritime qualifications offered from Coxswain Grade II, Coxswain, Master 24 and MED II. This three-day course covers all of the important emergency procedures required to survive at sea if disaster strikes. The course is intensive, rigorous and physically demanding.

Participants will learn how to:

  • Swim short distances while fully clothed and wearing shoes without the aid of a life jacket
  • Launch a life raft, right an inverted life-raft, climb into the life raft and assist other survivors
  • Successfully use flares, EPRIBS and other emergency equipment
  • Follow evacuation procedures to abandon ship and use survival techniques such as HELP (Heat Escape Lessening Position)
  • Use correct fire extinguisher to extinguish a fire type such as oil fire, electrical fire or plastic fire
  • Understand and practice OS&H workplace procedures
IAD01 IAD01 Marine Engine Driver (MED 2) Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
Marine engine driver, MED 2, marine engine, marine driver, maritime short course, maritime training

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

The Marine Enginer Driver (MED 2) Skill Set has been designed for experienced crew working towards their MAR30818 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade II).

Participants will learn how to:

  • Service and maintain engines, auxiliary equipment and vessels to high standards and within regulations
  • Manage a range of engineering components and systems
  • Operate and maintain a range of electrical systems and equipment
  • Undertake and record routine checks on engine room items
AC870 Marine Radio Skill Set
Skill set Face-to-face classroom delivery
marine, radio, mar, rad, maritime, ocean, water, sea

Your health and safety is important to us.

Spaces are limited in face-to-face classes to adhere to social distancing guidelines. Additional hygiene protocols will be implemented and other controls may apply. Students must follow the directions of the lecturer to ensure the health and safety of all students and teaching staff.

This two day skill set provides participants with the skills required to use a marine radio correctly. This course is a mandatory requirement of the Coxswains and Master 24 Licenses issued by AMSA and DOT, and also results in the official Marine Radio Operators Certificate of Proficiency (MROCP) License issued by ACMA.

Students will learn about:

  • VHF, HF, UHF radios
  • Different stations and frequencies required for communication
  • Operating procedures for routine, distress, urgency and safety communications
  • Marine DSC techniques and procedures, public correspondences, Seaphone and
  • EPIRBs
  • Search and Rescue in Australia
  • Marine radio equipment basic trouble shooting and maintenance

Students are required to purchase book AMCMARINE Marine Radio Operator’s Handbook Maritime 2013 AMC Marine 21.

MAR20318 BDU0 Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
Certificate II Face-to-face block delivery
Face-to-face classroom/campus delivery
Maritime, marine, fishing boat driver, fish, cert 2, maritime training

Are you ready to pursue at career at sea?

The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) entitles certificate holders to:

  • Command a vessel less than 12m in length carrying passengers and has less than 500kw of power for an inboard engine (however outboards are unlimited)
  • Operate a vessel within waters designated by the Department of Transport (DOT)

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:

Participants will require the following text:

  • Nautical Knowledge Coxswain SLG ABF521
  • Engineering Knowledge Coxswain SLG ABF522
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Marine Radio Operators Handbook

This course is available at other campus locations upon request.

Coxswain AMPA

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. For more information, please click here.

MAR10418 BDU3 Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 Near Coastal)
Certificate I Face-to-face block delivery
Face-to-face classroom/campus delivery
Fishing boat driver, maritime, maritime ops, mari, coxswain, coxan, grade 2 coxswain, marine

Are you ready to pursue at 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 qualifications, participants can complete the following skill sets:

Participants will require the following text:

  • Nautical Knowledge Coxswain SLG ABF521
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety

This course is available at other campus locations upon request.

Coxswain AMPA

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. To find out more, click here.

MAR30818 BDV0 Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
Certificate III Face-to-face block delivery
Face-to-face classroom/campus delivery
Marine engine driver, maritime, marine, fishing, coxswain, coxan, coxin, cert 3, coxswain grade 1

Ready to progress your career at sea?

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 EEZ
  • Act as Second Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power less than 1500 kW within the EEZ

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:

Participants will require the following text:

  • Marine Auxiliary Equipment & System Operations (MED2): SLG ABF632
  • Marine Diesel Engine Operation (MED2) SLG, ABF631
Coxswain AMPA

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. For more information, please click here.

MAR30918 BDU4 Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
Certificate III Face-to-face block delivery
Face-to-face classroom/campus delivery
Maritime, marine, master, master 24, vessel master, 24 metres near coastal, cert 3 maritime

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 EEZ
  • Act as a Chief Mate or deck watch keeper 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:

Participants will require the following text:

  • Australian Boating Manual
  • Coastal Navigation (Master 5) SLG, ABF532
  • Nautical Knowledge (Master 5) SLG, ABF531
  • Radar (Master 5) ABF534/SLG
  • Ship Knowledge (Master 5) SLG ABF533
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • Marine Radio Operators Handbook
Coxswain AMPA

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. For more information, please click here.

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