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Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

  • National Course Code: MAR30818
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR30818-01V01-20OTE-001


Study Type


Course Start Date


Study Commitment

23 Hours per week


1 Year

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

Course Details

This qualification applies to people working in 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 <750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <1500 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 or
  • worker in an engine room of a vessel <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW.

Licensing/Regulatory Information
This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:

  • achieving MAR30817 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC
  • sea service consisting of:
    • 180 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
    • 360 days qualifying sea service
    • 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book, while holding a Coxswain 1 (Cox 1), Coxswain 2 endorsed for 500 kW inboard propulsion (Cox 2 500 kW), or Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (MED 3)
    • 240 days qualifying sea service while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2 500 kW or MED 3
    • 90 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
    • 180 days qualifying sea service while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
  • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D and
  • assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA).

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.


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.

Although there are no academic entry requirements to enrol in this TAFE qualification, there are other requirements that you must satisfy in order to obtain the AMSA Certificate of Competency (license) which will enable you to apply for work in the Maritime Industry. Students need to be aware that for some qualifications there may be a pathway prerequisite to achieve the AMSA Certificate of Competency (licensing).

Other requirements may include: be at least 16 years of age, holding a current First Aid certificate, holding a marine Radio Operators Certificate, satisfactory completion of an eyesight and medical test as well as satisfying sea service requirements. Please see the AMSA website Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information at for further information.

To be enrolled in this course, AMSA recommends being eligible for an MED 2 near coastal certificate. You need to be able to provide evidence that you are:

  • at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date
  • able to meet medical, eyesight and course requirements. It is students? responsibility to arrange their medical examinations and get the practitioner to provide a certificate or statement stating that you do not suffer any greater abnormality in colour vision than could be tested by the Ishihara Test.
  • able to swim 50 metres and to stay afloat for 5 minutes without a lifejacket, to complete some of the mandatory assessments for this qualification.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • reliable internet access
  • to attend practical training and assessment sessions
  • overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
  • additional supplies for wet drills: 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 11 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 a total of 4-5 practical days in this course (equivalent to approximately 2 hours of face to face or other study per week).

Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials, strongly recommended training days and mandatory practical assessment days. A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into when eligible. If you choose to complete the practical assessments at another RTO (who are approved by AMSA), this would likely incur an additional expense, which becomes your responsbility.

You can also expect to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources which are 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:

  • are likely a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3, wanting to progress to working in the engine room as Chief Engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power of less than 750 kW, or Second Engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power less than 750 kW .
  • are able to engage in self-directed study and prefer blended learning delivery, as it enables you to maintain employment as a commercial seafarer, whilst working towards achieving the qualification and subsequent licencing requirements as determined by AMSA.
  • likely seek employment in a wide range of water based operations such as on harbour cruises; dolphin and whale watching tours; commercial fishing; ferry operations; marina berthing facilities and volunteer or professional water rescue organisations, amongst other career opportunities.

Through work, study and life experience, ideally you will have:

  • good digital skills
  • good time management skills
  • medium level organisational skills to take responsibility for following the timetable and managing the study schedule


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
  • Studiosity - online access to a real life tutor
  • Easy computing online short courses
  • Access to local TAFE libraries

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 (4-5 days) 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?

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 by instalments is available.

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 131 241.

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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:

  • it is recommended (optional) to purchase the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy
  • navigation plotting instruments, along with AUS Chart 252, are required for unit MARH016 - Plan and conduct a passage.


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Core Units
Number Title
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARC034 Maintain hull out of water
MARC033 Complete engine room tasks
MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARC036 Operate deck machinery
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARC042 Operate electrical systems
MARC041 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARC040 Manage fuel systems
MARB032 Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
MARB031 Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems

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

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