Learn to navigate the seas and sail to a career as a master, chief mate or deck watchkeeper. Rise to challenges as you lead a crew on fishing charters, commercial vessels and tourist trips on vessels within Australian coastal waters.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within coastal waters
Instruct your crew
Keep detailed records and log books
Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Qualification which meets one of the four requirements to apply for Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA) licensing (alongside medical tests, an oral exam and sea time hours)
A strong pathway to continue your study and enhance your career opportunities
Develop resilience to meet the challenges of life at sea
Survival and firefighting skills
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol today.
This course is offered as a traineeship. Enquire today to check the eligibility requirements.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
Completed the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
A love for the open water
An intermediate level of fitness and the ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, without a life jacket in work attire
An aptitude for sea travel (do not suffer from acute ocean sickness)
Your own work clothes, including overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions
Your own clothes for wet drills, including clothes similar to work clothes (no wetsuits or swimmers as per Australian Marine Safety Authority guidelines), a towel, and sun protection
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Our graduates go onto roles like: Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35metres and Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 metres long in inshore waters
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 AMSA website for more information.
Take your study further with other courses offered at TAFE NSW:
The Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres 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 III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 15 Units of competency, including 15 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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