International Course Info

Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

  • National Code: MAR50315
  • CRICOS Code: 088805B

This course focuses on developing the practical skills and knowledge required to work as deck watchkeeper on board vessels. You will learn to perform various tasks in relation to cargo handling, vessel stability and manoeuvring, equipment checking and maintenance, operational quality and safety.

In addition, you will learn to communicate using standard marine vocabulary, visual signalling and other maritime equipment. You will learn to determine position of the vessel by using radar and other bridge equipment. You will be taught how to measure and observe weather conditions and interpret and apply these to Watchkeeping.

This course is aligned to the educational requirements for certification as Deck Watchkeeper as described in Marine Orders - Part 71 (Masters and Deck Officers) 2014 under the Australian Navigation Act 2012. Evidence of sea time/service on board a vessel will be required to obtain a certificate of competency from AMSA Website.

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Subject area: Maritime Operations

Course code:
Course fee:
1 Year


  • Year 12 or equivalent
  • IELTS 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5 across all bands (OR) IELTS 5.5 with 10 weeks of English Language Program (Beginner to Advanced) at TAFE NSW English Language Centre (OR) TOEFL (iBT) 60
  • Certificates of Competency in Deck or Engineer Officers courses can only be achieved via a definite pathway. Certificates are issued by Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as per requirements laid down in Standards of Training, Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW) a convention of International Maritime Organisation (IMO).
  • These courses are only part of the prerequisites for the eligibility with AMSA for their final oral assessment prior to issuing of the Certificates of Competency. A student must also have specific and necessary training and sea-service before they are eligible for AMSA final assessment. Students need to apply for Qualifying Sea Service (QSS) approval from AMSA once they receive a letter of offers from TAFE NSW. AMSA requirements and their contact details are obtainable from AMSA website.


FOR 2020

Newcastle Total course fee: A$20,260 Enrol: Feb , Jul

FOR 2021

Newcastle Total course fee: A$20,260 Enrol: Feb , Jul


To receive the Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck) students must complete all core units and, if available, a range of additional units.

Note: Additional units contain compulsory and elective units which may vary between each semester and campus, and will depend on a number of considerations including the packaging rules for the qualification and demand for the unit.





Course fees and duration can vary based on the Institute you want to study at, the entry requirements for the course, and the year you will begin study.

Additional costs for uniforms, equipment, textbooks and materials (if applicable) range from A$300 - $1,000 per course.


Completion of this course offers graduates the ability to gain employment in the international shipping industry as a Deck Watchkeeper on any sea-going vessel in any operation area.