Expand your horizons and take your maritime career to the next level as you gain the skills to work as a Master on domestic vessels up to 80 metres long. Enjoy a greater variety of employment opportunities around the Australian near coastal zone.
Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:
Develop skills in ship handling
Lead and manage a ship crew
Conduct safe navigational watches in a variety of conditions
Conduct fire-fighting as a team and manage emergency responses
Provide first aid onboard a vessel
Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.
Experience in managing firefighting and fire prevention activities onboard a vessel
Exposure to conducting emergency response drills and man-overboard drills using life-saving equipment in simulated environments
Train on an AMSA-approved Ship's Bridge Simulator to analyse information from bridge equipment and conduct a safe navigational watch in a variety of conditions
Eligibility to apply for Master less than 80 Metres Near Coastal Certificate of Competency through AMSA
This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol
Before your first day of class you must complete a Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) skills test and achieve a score of 4 across the Learning, Numeracy and Oral Communcation bands,a score of 3 across the Reading and Writing bands and 2 across one band of Digital Literacy. This helps us to determine that your skills match the demands of the course, to direct you to an alternative study option or to provide you with the appropriate support for your success. Your teacher will let you know when this must be completed.
To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:
A Master less than 35 Metres Near Coastal Certificate of Competency or have equivalent experience
The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
A resistance to acute ocean sickness
The ability to perform basic trigonometry at Year 10 level maths or equivalent
Comfort working safely in confined spaces on a vessel
The ability to supply or use your existing Personal Protective Equipment like safety shoes and protective clothing
The ability to supply navigation and plotting equipment like a scientific calculator, parallel rulers, compasses and dividers
TAFE NSW is committed to meeting the learning needs of every community. Meeting these needs can mean there are additional entry requirements at different campus locations. Check your preferred location for further requirements. If you need help preparing for study, contact us to find out how we can support you.
Our graduates go onto roles like: Master on commercial vessels up to 80 metres long operating within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ), Chief mate on commercial vessels up to 80 metres long operating within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) and Deck watchkeeper on commercial vessels up to 80 metres long operating within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
To work as a master on commercial vessels up to 80 metres in length, you need to attain the AMSA Certificate of Competency. To be eligible for this license, you need to meet the following requirements: - Be at least 16 years old - Hold either a Master less than 35 metres near coastal or Mate less than 80 metres near coastal certificate of competency - Meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements as indicated on the AMSA website - Successfully complete the Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 80 metres Near Coastal) Please see the AMSA website for further information.
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The Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 80 metres Near Coastal) does not have any post-graduate courses.
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The Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 80 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 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 80 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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