Offering Info

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

  • National Course Code: MAR10318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR10318-01V01-21YAM-011

Location – Yamba Connected Learning Centre

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

3.3 Hours per week


52 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This course is superseded.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:

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 flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 3.3 hours of class per week, for 52 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 0.3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including extra reading.

Students are able to attend face to face tutorial sessions as well as off campus practicals.

This course is offered through connected learning. Connected learning is an education delivery model where a teacher leads a virtual classroom that can be accessed by students in different geographic locations.

This is just like a regular classroom, but teachers and students use the latest web conferencing technologies to connect. This provides you with access to more courses without leaving your local community. You will also build a wide professional network by studying alongside students in different locations and strengthen your digital literacy skills which are increasingly important in the modern workplace.

Connected Learning Centres are custom designed to utilise modern technologies, simulations and virtual reality experiences to offer you a wider range of choices, more accessible, practical training and flexible learning opportunities.

Our Connected Learning Centres will equip you with the skills you need for the jobs you want - in regional NSW, or anywhere in the world. If you would like to explore your local Connected Learning Centre


This Certificate I is an entry level qualification where participants are not required to have any pre-existing knowledge or skills and provides a pathway for new entrants to a career in the maritime industry. Participants undertaking this program wish to gain skills and knowledge in knot-tying, anchoring a vessel, fire-fighting, survival, WHS and Basic lookout duties.


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

This course is currently scheduled at TAFE NSW Yamba, Connected Learning Centre on Monday from 9.00am to 2.00pm. 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?


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

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
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.

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

24 Treelands Drive, Yamba
Phone 131 601

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