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

  • National Course Code: MAR10318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR10318-01V01-21ULT-003

Location – Ultimo, Marcus Clark (Building W)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

03 May 2021

Study Commitment

35 Hours per week


2 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This course is superseded.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

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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 eligible for a General Purpose Hand Near Coastal certificate, under AMSA a student must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date;
  • Meet medical and eyesight requirements. It is the students responsibility to arrange their medical and eyesight assessments and provide a certificate or statement stating that they do not suffer any greater abnormality in colour vision than could be tested by the Ishihara Test;
  • Hold a valid HLTAID003 Provide first aid certificate, or equivalent; and
  • Have the ability to swim 50 metres and to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket to complete some of the mandatory assessments within this qualification.
  • Students must bring work overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions.
  • For wet drills, students also require clothes to get wet in (similar to work clothes, excluding wet suits), the second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat. AMSA does not recommend the use of swimwear with survival practicals.
  • Students will have to make their own way to the practicals for survival, fire as well as the boat practicals.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • To complete all assignments, attempt and pass all exams as well as the mandatory practicals.
  • There is also a requirement for assessment of MARF030 that a student be able to swim 50m while wearing a lifejacket and float for 5 minutes without wearing a lifejacket in work attire.

Survival Practicals are held at Qantas Pool - Mascot, Fire Practicals at Nirimba TAFE, Boat practicals are conducted on Sydney Harbour. Attendances and completion of all practicals & assessments are mandatory. Students have to make their own way to the practical venues.

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 Full Time, Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 27.5 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 2 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 7.5 hours of other study per week.

You can expect to do at least an additional 4 hours/day of self-directed study which may include practicing knots, splices and assignments.


This qualification is suitable for people working in entry level positions in the maritime industry as a General Purpose Hand on deck or in the engine room of a vessel up to 80 metres within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or in the engine room only for a vessel with propulsion power up to 3000 kW in any state or territory in Australia.


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

To keep you safe while studying, some of our face to face classes may be replaced with online or connected learning. We have also modified our face to face classes to meet physical distancing requirements and increased cleaning on campus. As restrictions ease, the way you attend your class may change again. If work placement and the demonstration of practical skills are requirements of your course, due to the impacts of COVID-19 there may be a delay or modification in being able to undertake these aspects of your course in the planned timeframe. Be assured, we'll keep you informed every step of the way.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Friday from 8.30am to 4.30pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.


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?


Students must bring work overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions.


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

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

Ultimo, Marcus Clark (Building W)
827-837 George Street, Sydney
Phone 131 601

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