Gain the specialist skills and training needed to apply for an AMSA certificate of competency and work as a master on domestic vessels up to 45 metres. You’ll learn to take a high level of professional responsibility for the safety of others when you graduate and work in this exciting sector.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Monitor and manage vessel operations
Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80m
Manage the loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
Observe regulations to ensure the safe operation of a vessel
Plan and navigate a passage on a larger commercial vessel
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Skills in handling strategies and resource management (crew, water, fuel, food, spare parts)
Exposure to survival techniques in a safe, simulated environment
The ability to prevent and minimise fire risk, including fighting a fire on board a vessel
Strong leadership and seamanship skills
Eligibility to apply for a Master less than 45 metres near coastal certificate of competency through AMSA
Some courses require evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
The ability to contact a headteacher prior to starting the course to discuss your experience and goals
Employment or experience in the maritime industry
Completed a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
No history of acute ocean sickness
The ability to work in various weather conditions in a moving environment
The ability to enjoy working varying times and hours
Learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at the level of year 10 at high school
To set you up for study success and ensure your skills match the demands of your course, TAFE NSW offers you a free Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) assessment. This assessment helps us to work with you to understand your individual study needs, to direct you to the right course for you and to give you the personalised support you need to succeed.
If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.
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Our graduates go onto roles like:
Ship's Masters control and manage the operation of ships or boats.
Other jobs include: master on commercial vessels up to 45m long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), master on vessels up to 80m long in inshore waters and chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80m long within the EEZ.
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:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence in this study area.
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level
The Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal) does not have any post-graduate courses.
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.
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 IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal) qualification, you’ll need to successfully complete 22 units of competency, including 22 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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