National code: MARSS00037

Statement of Attainment in Compass Adjuster Limited Skill Set

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Overview About this course

This short course will give you the skills to take your maritime career to the next level as a limited compass adjuster. Learn how to adjust magnetic compasses on vessels less than 45 metres and gain the experience you need for AMSA licensing.

Outcomes What you'll gain

Learning outcomes

Through a mixture of theory and practical course work, learn to:

  • Explain principles of magnets, magnetism, magnetic fields, terrestrial magnetism, ship’s magnetism, magnetic compass design and magnetic compass construction

  • Prepare for work by removing or securing movable magnetic materials in the locality of the compass in accordance with workplace procedures

  • Physically inspect a compass and binnacle in accordance with manufacturer’s specifications and workplace procedures using the appropriate tools, equipment and techniques

  • Analyse records in the ship's compass deviation book to determine if any changes have been made to correctors and determine the recent performance of the compass in accordance with workplace procedures

  • Determine compass deviations due to coefficients as appropriate and adjust the compass using procedures outlined

  • Complete documentation and record the position of correctors and residual coefficients in accordance with workplace procedures

Course outcomes

Gain practical experience and develop specialist skills that give you an advantage in the job market.

  • A nationally accredited Statement of Attainment

  • The skills and knowledge required to apply the principles of magnetic compass adjusting

  • The ability to adjust a ship's compass on vessels under 45 metres

  • A pathway to further study in unlimited compass adjusting

  • The opportunity to complete a number of compass swings on a vessel that can be used as evidence to apply for Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) licensing as a limited compass adjuster

Suitability Is this course right for you?

Entry requirements

This course requires evidence of previous experience or study before you can enrol

  • Successful completion of the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) as evidenced by a copy of your transcript or certificate.

  • A certificate of competency that permits a person to command a vessel less than 24 metres (Masters less than 24 metres near coastal) or an equivalent certificate as a master recognised by AMSA.

Entry recommendations

To be prepared for this course, we recommend that you have:

  • Math skills at a year 12 level or higher including the ability to solve complex formulas and use a calculator

  • A maritime operations background and entry-level navigation understanding

  • The time for self-paced study and assessment completion outside of scheduled class times

  • Awareness of the AMSA certification requirements

  • Reading and writing skills at a Year 12 level

  • The ability to prove your skills in an appropriate simulated workplace environment

  • Basic computer skills

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.

Pathways Future career and study options

Career pathways

Our graduates go onto roles like: limited compass adjuster.


During the course, students will have the opportunity to complete a number of compass swings on a vessel that can be used as evidence to apply for AMSA licensing as a limited compass adjuster. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status. AMSA licensing requirements include: - Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate - Medical and eyesight requirements - Minimum professional sea time hours Visit AMSA for more information.

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Your experience counts

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.

Units Units taught in this course

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.

  • Apply elements of magnetic compass adjusting MARB051

  • Apply knowledge of the principles of magnetic compass adjusting MARB052

TAFE NSW services Facilities and support

TAFE NSW provides support services across all campus locations and online. Whatever your needs or circumstances, we have the people, resources, counselling and facilities to support you in focusing on your studies.

  • TAFE NSW Disability Support Service

  • TAFE NSW Language, Literacy and Numeracy (LLN) support

  • TAFE NSW Aboriginal Support; Learner support (ABE)

  • TAFE NSW Careers, Counselling and Pathways Service

  • TAFE NSW Libraries

  • Scholarship programs – be supported as you explore your talents and fulfil your potential

  • Read&Write literacy and study support software is available free for all TAFE NSW students to use while studying on campus and at home

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