Offering Info

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)

  • National Course Code: MAR20418
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20418-01V01-21OTE-010

Location – TAFE Digital

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

9 Hours per week


1 Year

  • Nationally Recognised Training
  • Traineeship Allowed
  • This training is fully government-subsidised under JobTrainer

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) at TAFE NSW will give you the skills and knowledge you need to work in the Australian maritime industry in MED3 roles such as chief or second engineer on vessels less than 12m in length.

This is a fully government subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


Through theory and practical course work, you will:

  • Operate and service marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • Operate deck machinery
  • Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • Fight fires onboard a vessel
  • Survive at sea using survival craft
  • Provide first aid


Develop personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability
  • Dexterity and hand-eye coordination
  • Ability to work in a team


Completing this course will provide you:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate II level
  • Eligibility to apply for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal (MED3) certificate of competency through AMSA

Career opportunities:

  • Marine engine driver grade 3 near coastal (MED3)


Expand your expertise with:

  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations
  • Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations


The maritime industry seeks qualified workers with 75% of employers reporting a skills shortage between 2017/18, primarily for domestic commercial vessel roles which include marine engine drivers, small vessel (<35m) masters, deckhands, managers and educators. There has never been a better time to advance your maritime career with TAFE NSW.

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.


TAFE NSW offers the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal) as either a traineeship or non-traineeship, so you can create the career you want.


There are no entry requirements for non-trainees. You can enrol in this course now.


To be eligible for this course 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. When 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 certificate of competency requirements. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional 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.

Some AMSA requirements include:

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

Visit the AMSA website for more information:


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

  • Have completed a Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
  • Are able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
  • Do not suffer from acute ocean sickness
  • Have learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at Certificate I level so you can successfully achieve course outcomes

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

Note: Regardless of the study mode you choose, you will be required to attend practical assessment sessions on a vessel, at a workshop, and related facilities. You will need to bring suitable clothing and personal protective equipment (PPE) for your assessments. Contact your prospective campus for practical assessment locations, dates and clothing/PPE requirements.


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
  • ability 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.

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 an online course. You will need to complete approximately 7 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 do (equivalent of) 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 up to 9 practicals 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 (tests) 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 as required. Assignments are completed and submitted online for teacher assessment.


This course delivery is designed for people who:

  • are wanting to gain volunteer or commercial 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.
  • seek to work as a Marine Engine Driver - MED3 near Coastal, on a vessel of less than 12m in length, with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine, or less than 500 kW for an inboard engine; that is in inshore waters or designated waters, or as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).


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 and via web form and 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.

Every effort is made by TAFE NSW staff to ensure a successful outcome for enrolled learners. TAFE NSW offers a free tutorial support service to all TAFE NSW learners and further support services include:

  • Smarthinking - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Library resources

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 is a fully government-subsidised JobTrainer course. Eligibility criteria applies.


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 training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place. You may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption, or fee free scholarship. Payment made by instalments is available.

You may continue with 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 131 241.

For further information on fees and charges please see
Please ensure to 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 instalment payments.


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


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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

Applying 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 right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through te application and 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
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
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
MARB028 Service marine internal combustion engines and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARC036 Operate deck machinery
MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems

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

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Course Location

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

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