Offering Info

Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)

  • National Course Code: MAR40618
  • TAFE NSW code: MAR40618-01V01-21BAL-025

Location – Ballina





Course Start Date


Study Commitment

13.7 Hours per week


52 Weeks

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

Course Details

The nationally accredited Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal) at TAFE NSW gives you the skills and training needed to apply for an AMSA certificate of capacity and work as a master on domestic vessels up to 35 m long, or chief mate on vessels up to 80m.


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

  • Monitor and manage vessel operations
  • Manage a small crew
  • Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 m
  • Manage the loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
  • Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions
  • Observe regulations to ensure the safe operation of a vessel


Develop the attributes to help you get ahead:

  • An enjoyment of being on the water
  • An excitement for commanding a vessel with coastal maritime
  • Strong leadership skills with the ability to manage a small crew
  • A commitment to the welfare and safety of their passengers and crew
  • The ability to work in various weather conditions in a moving environment
  • The ability to enjoy working varying times and hours


Completing this course provides you with:

  • A nationally recognised qualification at Certificate IV level
  • Eligibility to apply for a Master less than 35 metres near coastal certificate of competency through AMSA

Career opportunities:

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


Take your career further with the:

  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500 GT)

This course is superseded.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 course. You can enrol now.

TAFE NSW also offers the Certificate IV in Maritime Operations 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 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. Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status.

AMSA licensing requirements include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

Visit the AMSA website for more information.


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

  • Completed a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • The ability to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket and in work attire
  • No history of acute ocean sickness
  • Learning, reading, writing, literacy, and numeracy competencies at the level of year 10 at high school

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


There are no information sessions currently scheduled for this course.


This is a flexible course. You will need to attend approximately 13.7 hours of class, over 2-3 days a week, for 52 weeks.

You may also be required to complete approximately 3.1 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including extra reading.


This qualification is suitable for existing workers who wish to work as a Master on vessels up to 35 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or a Mate on vessels up to 80 metres in length.

There is a new version of this course coming soon. If it is available before you complete your studies, you will be notified of your options and may be transferred to the new course.


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


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

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
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARH006 Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions
MARC011 Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services
MARG002 Manage a small crew
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
MARA003 Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
MARN004 Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres
MARA004 Manage vessel stability
MARK003 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARC012 Monitor and manage vessel operations
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
MARC014 Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
MARB010 Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
MARF010 Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel

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

Working as a Master on vessels up to 35 metres within the maritime industry.

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

154-164 Burnet Street, Ballina
Phone 131 601

Fees information

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