Offering Info

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

  • National Course Code: MAR10318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR10318-01V01-21OTE-012

Location – TAFE Digital

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

7 Hours per week


26 Weeks

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

Course Details

Set sail in your new career as a general purpose hand with the nationally accredited Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal). Learn to work as part of a crew, on deck or in the engine room, on a vessel up to 80 metres. Plus, get one step closer to certification with the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA).


Through theoretical and practical course work, you will learn:

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


Develop the skills that will help you get ahead in this career:

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


Completing this course will provide 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


Go on to further study in either commanding a vessel or engineering:

  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 near Coastal)
  • Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 near Coastal)


The Maritime IRC Skills Forecast states that 75% of maritime employers are experiencing a skills shortage. This means domestic commercial vessel occupations - including general purpose hands (deckhands), marine engine drivers and small vessel masters - are in demand.

Forecasts show that the industry needs 11.6% additional seafarers in seagoing roles and 17.7% additional ex-seafarers to work ashore.

This course is superseded.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.

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.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Have an intermediate level of fitness. Specifically, you should be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, without a life jacket in work attire
  • Do not suffer from acute ocean sickness
  • Provide your own work clothes. These include overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions
  • Provide your own clothes for wet drills. These include clothes similar to work clothes (no wet suits or swimmers as per Australian Marine Safety Authority guidelines), a towel, and sun protection
  • Undertake a prescribed learning, literacy and numeracy assessment to ensure you are prepared for the foundation skills requirements in each of the units of competency - contact us to discuss your requirement.


The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). 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 through your sea service and medical status. Make sure you review and meet the AMSA requirements before you enrol in this course. If you do not yet meet the AMSA criteria for certification at this qualification level, research lower level maritime qualifications to determine the best option for you.

Once you complete this qualification, you will be eligible to apply for an AMSA GPH (General Purpose Hand) Certificate of Competency. You need this certificate to apply for jobs in the industry.

Some AMSA requirements for this qualification include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements NOTE: You need to arrange your own medical and eyesight assessments
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

Visit AMSA:


With 130 locations across the state, TAFE NSW tailors qualifications to meet the needs of the local community and specific student groups (like apprentices, fast-tracked and online students). To make sure this course is the right fit for you, we will need you to demonstrate that you can meet the additional requirements below.

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence:
There are no academic entry requirements to enrol into this TAFE qualification, though there are other requirements that you must satisfy in order to obtain the AMSA Certificate of Competency which will enable you to apply for work in the Maritime Industry.

Other requirements may include:

  • be at least 16 years of age,
  • a current First Aid certificate,
  • satisfactory completion of an eyesight test and declaration of medical fitness.

See the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website, Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information for details

To successfully complete this course, you will need:
To study and complete online assignments, attend supervised written exams and practical training and assessment sessions within the enrolment period.

  • reliable Internet access
  • the ability to attend practical training and assessment sessions in Sydney
  • are able to bring overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions (mandatory)
  • for sea survival, if applicable, students are required to bring clothes to get wet in (similar to work clothes, but no wet suits), a second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat.

To register for an information session, head to Students who cannot attend the Information Session please make an online enquiry or contact us on 131 601 for more information about the course!


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a online course. You will need to complete approximately 6 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 6 months.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

As well as the online component, there is a requirement to do approximately 1 hour of face to face or other study per week.

Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials and mandatory practical training and assessment days. In this course there are a total of 3 practicals sessions run over 2 days. A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into when you are eligible. There are several written tests (exams) in the course which can be sat at TAFE Digital Strathfield or via private supervision - details are available on the student portal.

If you choose to complete the practical assessments elsewhere (TAFE NSW Guidelines apply), this may incur an additional expense which becomes your responsibility..

You can also expect to complete approximately half an hour of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources, available on the Online Learning Support site, along with other research. Assignments are completed and submitted online for teacher assessment.


This course offering is designed for people who:

  • want to gain employment or vounteer in a commercial maritime operation such as working as a deck hand with a ferry operator; on harbour or coastal crusiers or marine rescue.

This qualification is the minimum required to work on commercial vessels operating in Australian waters.


There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


There are additional learning and study tools available for this course, including:

  • Students can access Maritime Studies teachers and customer service at TAFE Digital via phone Monday Friday during business hours or via email at any time. Students are encouraged to call and speak with a teacher when they need help with their studies.
  • When it is identified that students are not engaging in their studies, they will be contacted by phone or email and offered support to re-engage.
  • Optional classroom tuorials covering all units are held at TAFE Digital Strathfield, Sydney and are available for you to attend throughout your course.
  • All practical training and assessment sessions in this course are delivered in Sydney.
    Note: Classroom tutorials and practical sessions are dependant on minimum student bookings.

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. Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney.


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.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • AMSA licencing fees
  • recommended (optional) - latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy.


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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

Enrolling 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. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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Core Units
Number Title
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARB001 Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel
MARG001 Work effectively as part of a crew on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARN001 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a vessel
MARO001 Perform basic lookout duties

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

Deckhands or general purpose hands in the maritime industry.

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Course Location

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

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