Course Start Date
7 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- This training is subsidised by the NSW Government
- Fully Subsidised Course
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).
LEARN NEW SKILLS
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 YOUR TALENT
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
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
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
GROW YOUR CAREER
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This course is superseded.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.
To register for an information session, head to tafensw.edu.au/infofest. 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.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
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.
MORE ABOUT THIS COURSE
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.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
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 Lynda.com)
- 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.
SMART AND SKILLED FEES
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?
FULLY GOVERNMENT SUBSIDISED
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.
READ BEFORE YOU ENROL
Learn about TAFE NSW Fees
Learn about TAFE NSW Payment/Funding
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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|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|
Deckhands or general purpose hands in the maritime industry.
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