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Course Info

Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

National Course Code: MAR10318

Overview

The nationally accredited Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal) will launch your career as a general purpose hand on a vessel up to 80 metres. Learn to work in a crew on deck or in the engine room and get one step closer to Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certification.

LEARN NEW SKILLS

Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Critical survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Nautical terminology
  • How to operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Environmental work practices to protect our waters
  • How to work effectively as part of a crew

DEVELOP YOUR TALENT

Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • The ability to collaborate
  • Great communication skills
  • Mechanical aptitude
  • To make the most of your adventurous spirit

ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS

Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised Certificate I qualification and job readiness to work as a general purpose hand
  • Eligibility to apply for your AMSA - general purpose hand certification

Career opportunities:

  • General purpose hand (deckhand)
  • Marine engine driver
  • Small vessel master

GROW YOUR CAREER

Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 near Coastal)
  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastal)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

Locations

This course is currently available at 5 campus locations across NSW. Enquire now for other locations.

Course details

People who are successful in this industry are:

  • Excited to work in a support role with coastal maritime
  • Physically fit
  • Resilient to face the challenges of life on the sea

Assessments give you the opportunity to demonstrate what you have learned so far and identify what knowledge or skills need further development. In this course you will undertake:

  • Knowledge assignment - short answer questions that can be completed during the course
  • Closed book exam - multiple choice questions
  • Practical assessments - observations against practical activities
  • Oral questions - on a vessel or in a simulated work environment

This Certificate I level course is your first entry point to the industry and provides you with the skills to gain work as a general purpose hand on deck or in the engine room. You do not need any work experience or sea time to enrol.

The Certificate I Maritime Operations - Coxswain Gd2 course is an entry level qualification to begin commanding vessels. You need to be working in the industry and have verifiable sea time to enrol.

Choose your Certificate II pathway:

Certificate II Coxswain 1 - You need to be working in the industry and want to pursue a career path in operations and commanding a vessel. You need complete task books and provide evidence of your previous sea experience.

Certificate II Marine Engine Driver 3 - You will be working in the industry and want to pursue a career path in engineering. You need complete task books and provide evidence of your previous sea experience.

Continue your pathway with a Certificate III level course:

Certificate III Marine Engine Driver 2 - You will be working in the industry and looking to further your career in engineering. This course involves task books and you will need to provide evidence of your previous sea time.

Certificate III Master 24 - You will be working in the industry and looking to furthering your career in operations and commanding a vessel up to 24m. This course involves task books and you will need to provide evidence of your previous sea time.

This course is very practical with much of your learning, and all of your practical assessments, occurring in a range of authentic simulated workplace environments. Some simulated environments are offsite like the Olympic size swimming pool and the firefighting facility.

You will gain hands-on experience working as part of a crew, in a support role, on a vessel up to 80 metres as well as:

  • Survival skills - at an Olympic size swimming pool you will learn life jacket techniques, jumping from a height and while swimming, helping others in distress, procedures to follow when an order to abandon vessel is given
  • Handling strategies - to guide a survival craft through rough weather and sea conditions
  • Fire prevention and minimisation procedures
  • Fighting a fire on board a vessel - at a firefighting facility learn to operate fire extinguishers, breathing apparatus, and how to control a crowd
  • Seamanship skills - identifying and applying the specific knot needed for the task, practicing different types of knots and hitches to effectively tether a boat

No real-world projects are included in this course, however, you will learn in real world, simulated environments.

TAFE NSW offers you a range of study environments to enhance your learning in this course, including:

  • TAFE NSW campus classroom
  • Olympic sized swimming pool for survival practical and firefighting facilities for situations relating to emergency procedures
  • A floating boat (minimum of 5metres) used to practice the skills needed to work as a general purpose hand on a vessel
  • Firefighting facility

The Maritime IRC Skills Forecast states that 75% of maritime employers reported experiencing a skills shortage in the industry. Domestic Commercial Vessel occupations including deckhands and general purpose hands are in greatest demand.

Demand for qualified workers is expected to increase across all seafaring classifications at sea and ashore in the next five years to 2024. Forecasts show that 11.6% additional seafarers in seagoing roles and 17.7% additional ex-seafarers to work ashore will be needed.

Cutting-edge technologies are sweeping through the Maritime industry with the aim of improving operational efficiency and crew safety. New software systems integrate with existing ship control systems and onboard systems are increasingly digitalised.

These emerging technologies will have a significant impact on the maritime industry. TAFE NSW training includes new skills and competencies to meet these challenges.

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • On campus, Combination
  • Full Time, Variable
  • Fully Subsidised Course

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