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Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

  • National Course Code: MAR20318
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20318-01V01-21OTE-013

Location – TAFE Digital





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is subsidised by the NSW Government

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) equips you with the skills to operate vessels up to 12m. This hands-on course will have you ready to start your new career running catamaran tourist trips, fishing charters or off-shore vessels.


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

  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Fight fires on board a vessel
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Contribute to environmental work practices


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability


Completing this course provides you with:

  • Eligibility to apply for the Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal certificate through AMSA
  • A strong study pathway to go on to higher-level maritime qualifications
  • First Aid Certificate

Career opportunities:

  • Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal
  • Mastering up to a 12m vessel


Take your career further with the:

  • 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)

This course is superseded.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 now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee you must:

  • Be employed in the maritime industry as this course is delivered in the workplace
  • Have a signed traineeship contract

Thinking about a traineeship? Enquire today.


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. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status.

AMSA licensing requirements include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

Visit AMSA website for more information


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

  • Completed a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
  • The ability swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
  • The ability to handle rough seas without getting seasick
  • The learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at the level of year 10 at high school

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


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
  • 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.
  • reliable Internet access
  • to attend practical training and assessment sessions
  • overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
  • 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.


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 6 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
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 take part in face to face or other study equivalent to approximately 1 hour a 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 up to 9 practical sessions, run over 6 - 8 days. A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into. Practical sessions are undertaken after online, unit relevant assignment/s are submitted.

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

Written exams (test) require supervision and can be undertaken at Strathfield campus or via private supervision.

You can also expect to complete approximately 1 hour of additional study each week outside of online study 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 volunteer or commercial employment as a skipper (Master) of a vessel up to 12 metres in length (within 12 natutical miles)
  • are seeking employment in a wide range of water based operations, such as on harbour cruises; dolphin and whale watching tours; ferry operations; marina berthing facilities and volunteer or professional water rescue organisations.


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

  • access to 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.
  • optional classroom tuorials covering most 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?

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 601. For further information on fees and charges please see

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.


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

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


Learn about TAFE NSW Fees

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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.

Core Units
Number Title
MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARH013 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
MARC038 Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
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
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARB027 Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems

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

As a Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal 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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