Offering Info

Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

  • National Course Code: MAR30918
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR30918-01V01-21OTE-006

Location – TAFE Digital





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

14 Hours per week


1 Year

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

Course Details

Study the nationally recognised Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) and steer your way to a career as a master, chief mate or deck watchkeeper. Navigate the seas, rise to challenges and lead your crew on fishing charters, commercial vessels and tourist trips.


Through a mix of theory and practical coursework, learn to:

  • Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within coastal waters
  • Instruct your crew
  • Keep detailed records and log books
  • Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Love of the open water
  • Resilience to meet the challenges of life at sea
  • Great communication skills
  • An attention to detail
  • Strong leadership skills


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate III level
  • Eligibility to apply for a marine master licence
  • Strong pathways to continued studies to enhance your career opportunities

Career opportunities:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35metres
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 metres long in inshore waters


Take your career further with the:

  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (up to 35m)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500gt)

This course is superseded. You can still enrol in this course, and you will be contacted if you need to transition into the next version when it is available.

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. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) as a traineeship. To be eligible to enrol as a trainee 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 Australian Marine Safety Authority (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. Once 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 exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements including minimum age, minimum professional sea time hours and medical and eyesight assessments which need to be arranged by you.

Visit the AMSA website for more information.


To be prepared for this course, we recommend you have:

  • A love for the open water
  • An intermediate level of fitness and the ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes, without a life jacket in work attire
  • An aptitude for sea travel (do not suffer from acute ocean sickness)
  • Your own work clothes, including overalls, protective eyewear, closed work shoes and sun protection for practical sessions
  • Your own clothes for wet drills, including clothes similar to work clothes (no wetsuits or swimmers as per Australian Marine Safety Authority guidelines), a towel, and sun protection

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


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:

  • though there are no academic entry requirements to enrol into this TAFE qualification, 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
  • 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
  • the 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

Discover the skills you need, for the job you want at a TAFE NSW Information Session.


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 (equivalent of) 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 and mandatory practical training and assessment days.

In this course there are up to 6 practical sessions run over 3-5 days. A range of date 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 (test) 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 offering is designed for people who:

  • have likely completed the Certificate II MED 3 course and are working in the engine room of a vessel and on deck as a Master up to 12 metres or Master up to 24 metres. The dual deck/ engine room qualifications are often required by the employer to gain employment.
  • prefer blended learning delivery, as it enables them to maintain employment as a commercial seafarer whilst working towards achieving the qualification and subsequent licencing requirements as determined by AMSA.
  • seek 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.


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. Practicals 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?

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 131 601.

For further information on fees and charges please see

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:

  • AMSA licencing fees
  • recommend (optional) - the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Capt. 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

Enrolling 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. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

Core Units
Number Title
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
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
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships
MARB029 Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
MARK008 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within Near Coastal waters
MARN009 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres

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

Master mariner on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length, within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Whether you're a school leaver, an aspiring apprentice, looking to kickstart a career, or you're upskilling, reskilling, or re-training, there's a TAFE NSW course to give you the skills you need for the job you want.

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Course Location

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

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