If working on the sea is your goal, this course will help you get started with your dream career. Qualify to work as a general purpose hand in coastal waters on a vessel up to 80 metres, as you learn to work as part of a crew on deck or in the engine room.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
How to work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres
Critical survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
Fire fighting skills and basic First Aid
Environmental work practices to protect our waters
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
The confidence to work as part of a crew, in a support role, on a vessel up to 80 metres
The ability to fight a fire on board a vessel
Engage in following procedures to abandon vessels in an emergency
Be comfortable with guiding a survival craft through rough weather
A strong study pathway to continue on to higher-level maritime qualifications
Entry-level qualifications for a great career
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
An intermediate level of fitness
The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, while wearing work clothes and without a life jacket
The ability to handle rough seas without getting seasick
Access to appropriate work clothes, including closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions
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Our graduates go onto roles like:
Deck Hands perform maintenance and lookout tasks aboard ships.
Other jobs include: General purpose hand (deckhand/engine room assistant)
The Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Once you pass the exam and become certified, you will be able to apply for roles and work in the industry. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements including minimum age, minimum professional sea time hours and medical and eyesight assessments which need to be arranged by you. Visit the AMSA website for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) does not have any pre-requisite courses.
The Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) does not have any related courses.
At TAFE NSW, we recognise your previous study and work experience. You can apply for recognition of prior learning or a credit transfer with any of our courses. If you're successful you'll get your qualification faster.
Courses are made up of a combination of both core and specialty units. In the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 8 Units of Competency, including 8 core and 0 speciality units.
Core units are central to the job outcomes of a particular industry or occupation. These are the units industry has agreed are essential to be capable and qualified at a particular study level.
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