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

  • National Course Code: MAR20418
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR20418-01V01-21ULT-002

Location – Ultimo, Marcus Clark (Building W)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

03 May 2021

Study Commitment

35 Hours per week


4 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.


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.

As per AMSA, to be eligible for a MED3 certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • Meet medical, eyesight and course requirements.
    Also Students require to swim 50 metres and also the requirement to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket.
    In addition AMSA also requires 20 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book Or 60 days qualifying sea service in total.

Sea service performed by a person when the person is less than 16 years old may be counted as qualifying sea service:

  • Only for a Coxswain Grade 1 or a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 certificate; and only if the person was at least 14 years old when the sea service was performed.
    Qualifying sea service:
  • may be accrued:
    (i) For a deck certificate at up to 15% of the sea service required, on a vessel that is not underway, while the applicant is performing duties in a deck capacity or refitting work; and
    (ii) For an engineering certificate at up to 33% of the sea service required, on a vessel that is not underway and while the applicant is performing engine related duties or refitting; or
  • In any other case must be accrued while the vessel is underway.

There are no formal Training Package entry requirements for this qualification. It is highly recommended that you complete the Certificate I - General Purpose Hand course before enrolling in this course.
It is also recommended that you complete at least 50 per cent of the MED 3 Task Book or have the required sea time to obtain the AMSA License

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Complete all assignments, exams as well successfully attend and complete all mandatory practicals including the AMPA.

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

Survival Practicals are conducted at QANTAS Pool in Mascot. Fire Fighting Practicals are conducted at Nirimba TAFE. Engineering Practicals are conducted on a boat in Sydney Harbour and in the engineering workshop at TAFE.
All students are expected to wear proper PPE at these practical sessions. Students have to make their own way to the practical venues. Directions and maps will be given on the first day of the course.


This is a Full Time, Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 35 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 4 weeks.

You will be expected to self-study an extra 10 hours per week at your own pace to complete your assignments and prepare for your final assessments.


This qualification is one component of the eligibility criteria to achieve the MED3 Certificate of Competency which allows you to work in any state or territory in Australia.
This qualification is suitable for people working MED3 near Coastal on deck of a vessel of less than 12 m 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:

  • Aboriginal and/or Torres Strait Islander Student Support and Services
  • Accessibility and Disability Services
  • Personal Counselling
  • Vocational Counselling
  • Learning Support
  • International Student Support
  • Scholarships
  • Multicultural Support
    Detailed current information on these Support Services are made available to staff and students at TAFE NSW Student Services. Additionally, every student is supported by a dedicated Student Services team at each campus location.

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.

Classes will be held from Monday to Friday from 08:30am - 4:30pm over four weeks commencing on 03 May, 2021

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.

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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
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

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

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