Offering Info

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

  • National Course Code: MAR10220
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR10220-01V01-21OTE-088

Location – TAFE Digital


Self paced



Course Start Date


Study Commitment

2 Hours per week


26 Weeks

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
  • Fully Subsidised Course

Course Details

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.


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

  • Critical survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Nautical terminology
  • Firefighting skills and basic First Aid
  • Environmental work practices to protect our waters
  • How to work effectively as part of a crew


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


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/engine room assistant)


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500GT)

When you study with TAFE NSW, we want you to succeed. Entry requirements allow us to make sure that you have the right pre-existing knowledge and skills to achieve your chosen qualification. You will need to provide evidence that you meet the requirements listed in this section.


There are no entry requirements for this qualification. You can enrol in this course now.


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.


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

  • An intermediate level of fitness
  • The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, while wearing work clothes and without a life jacket
  • The ability to handle rough seas without getting seasick
  • Access to appropriate work clothes, including closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions

If you need help preparing for study, contact us about your options.

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


This is a self paced combination delivery course. You must attend approximately 2 hours of class. You may also be required to complete approximately 5 hours of additional study. This additional study could include private study, work placements and research.

This course offering has no set attendance requirement per week. Optional online TEAMs tutorials are available to attend. Students are required to attend 3 sessions for practical skills assessment after completing all knowledge assignments.

The course will run for 26 weeks.

We offer student services and study support to ensure you can achieve your goals. Learn about TAFE NSW Student Services

As a TAFE NSW student in this course, you will have access to:

  • LinkedIn Learning (formerly
  • Smarthinking - after hours online study support service
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries
  • Accessibility and Disability Support Services
  • Access to Read&Write learning support software at TAFE and at home

An individual training plan will be provided when you enrol in this course. Your plan will outline the recommended study timetable and detail your units and assessments.


This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to TAFE NSW and the NSW Government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

Depending on your previous qualifications and experience, your fee may be less than the maximum fee quoted. Your actual fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process. Payment plans are available through TAFE NSW for Smart and Skilled eligible qualifications.

For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit Are You Eligible?


This course is fully government-subsidised for eligible students, meaning you will not have to pay any course fees. It is part of a program to help people develop the skills they need to get a job, undertake entry level qualifications or transition to a new job.

If you are not eligible for subsidised training, you can still choose to enrol in the course but will need to pay the full (non-subsidised) fee.


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Recognition is a process of acknowledging previously completed qualifications, skills, knowledge or experience relevant to your course. This may reduce the amount of learning required, reduce your course fees and allow you to achieve your qualification faster.

Learn about Recognition at TAFE NSW Recognition

Applying with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
MARG012 Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel
MARN016 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel
MARB053 Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

Note: Not all elective units listed may be available to study, please enquire for more information.

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

OTEN (Open Training Education Network)
51 Wentworth Rd, Strathfield
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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