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

  • National Course Code: MAR20418
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20418-01V01-21PMQ-018

Location – Port Macquarie

Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

8.1 Hours per week


52 Weeks

  • 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.

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 8.1 hours of class, over 2-3 days a week, for 52 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 0.6 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including extra reading.


This qualification applies to people working in the Maritime Industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency in the capacity of:

  • Chief engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <500 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • Second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <750 kW within the EEZ or
  • Chief or second engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ or
  • Assistant under direct supervision of a chief engineer
  • Worker in the engine room of vessels <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW


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 on Monday 6.00pm to 9.00pm, Wednesday 9.00am to 9.00pm, Thursday from 9.00am to 4.00pm and 6.00pm to 9.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.

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?


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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 the right qualification, location and study type for you. As you progress through the application and enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

If you are interested in studying as a Trainee please call 131 601 for full details.

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Core Units
Number Title
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
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
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARB028 Service marine internal combustion engines and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

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

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Course Location

Port Macquarie
70 Widderson Street, Port Macquarie
Phone 131 601

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