Offering Info

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

  • National Course Code: MAR30818
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR30818-01V01-21ULT-002

Location – Ultimo, Marcus Clark (Building W)

Study Type

Full Time

Course Start Date

03 May 2021

Study Commitment

42 Hours per week


5 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal) at TAFE NSW equips you with the skills and knowledge needed to work in MED2 roles on vessels operating in the Australian near coastal maritime industry.

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


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Operate and maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion systems and auxiliary systems
  • Manage fuel systems
  • Operate and maintain electrical systems
  • Operate deck machinery
  • Apply survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Fight fires onboard a vessel and follow procedures to minimise fires
  • Provide first aid


Develop your personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Problem solving skills
  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability
  • Ability to work in a team


Completing this course will provide you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal (MED2) certificate of competency through AMSA

Career opportunities:

  • Marine engine driver grade 2 near coastal (MED2)


Take your maritime expertise to the next level with:

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


75% of maritime employers reported a skills shortage in the industry between 2017 and 2018 and a review of data showed this shortage was primarily for domestic commercial vessel roles including marine engine drivers, small vessel (<35m) masters

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 III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 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 II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
  • Be 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 III 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 that you are:

  • 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 and/or the Certificate II - MED 3 course before enrolling in this course. It is also recommended that you have commenced doing the practical tasks in the AMSA Task Book.

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • Complete all the required assignments, pass all final exams as well as complete all the mandatory practical AMPA assessments.

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 Full Time, Face to Face course. You will need to attend approximately 42 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 5 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 32 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including self-study to complete all your assignments, doing research, case studies as well as preparation for final assessments.

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 wayto the practical venues. Directions and maps will be given on the first day of the course.


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 less than 750 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • Second engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power less than 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 the direct supervision of a chief engineer or worker in an engine room of a vessel less than 80 m long with propulsion power less than 3000 kW.

People seeking clarification should check the AMSA requirements by contacting AMSA directly. It is highly recommended that you complete or hold the MED 3 Certificate before enrolling in this course. It is also recommended that you complete at least 50 per cent of the MED 2 Task Book or have the required sea time to obtain the AMSA License.
The MAR Maritime Training Package also has direct links to the Standards of Training, Certification and Watch keeping (STCW) which are reflected in Marine Orders 70-73 (2014) under the Navigation Act 2012 by AMSA.


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.

This course is currently scheduled on Monday to Friday from 8:30am to 4:30pm. 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?


Students are required to swim 50m and there is a requirement to stay afloat for 5min without a lifejacket in working attire. In order to complete some of the mandatory assessment within this qualification, AMSA recommends wearing working clothes while participating in these practicals.

  • Students must bring overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions.
  • For wet drills, students also require clothes to get wet in (no wet suits), the second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat. AMSA does not recommend the use of swimwear with survival practicals.
  • Students will require a computer with internet access and a browser in order to access on line learning components.
  • Students wishing to gain entry without the AMSA log book and sea time will need to demonstrate and supply evidence, prior to enrolment acceptance.
    In addition to your successful completion of the MAR30818 - (MED2 NC) with TAFE NSW, to successfully gain your MED2 License you will also need:
  • 180 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
  • Or 360 days qualifying sea service
  • Or 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2, endorsed for 500 kW inboard propulsion (Cox 2 500 kW), or (MED 3)
  • Or 240 days qualifying sea service while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2 500 kW or MED 3
  • Or 90 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
  • Or 180 days qualifying sea service while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
  • Meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D
    Assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA).
    Any current AMSA requirement to obtain this license should refer to AMSA website


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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
MARB031 Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARC040 Manage fuel systems
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARC035 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARC041 Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
MARC036 Operate deck machinery
MARC042 Operate electrical systems
MARC039 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARB032 Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
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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