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28.3 Hours per week
- Nationally Recognised Training
- Apprenticeship Allowed
- VET Student Loans Available
The nationally accredited Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deckhand) is your passport to life on international waters as a 2nd or 3rd Deck Officer. Use your sense of adventure and natural navigation ability to challenge yourself and take the next step in your maritime career.
LEARN NEW SKILLS
Through theory and practical course work, you will strengthen your abilities:
- Manage on-ship needs including inventory, budgets and procurement
- Lead your crew in watchkeeping, ship operations and maintaining equipment
- Manage vessel, navigation, cargo and safety in international waters using radar and other equipment
DEVELOP YOUR TALENT
Develop the personal attributes that will help you get ahead:
- Establish your leadership style
- Effective communication to create clarity in high pressure situations
- Resilience to face the challenges of life on the sea
ACHIEVE YOUR GOALS
Completing this course will provide you with:
- Eligibility to apply for a Watchkeeper Deck Certificate through AMSA
- Strong pathway to a degree and an Master Unlimited AMSA certificate
- Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area
- Junior officer
- 3rd and 2nd Deck Officer
GROW YOUR CAREER
Complete this course and gain your AMSA Watchkeeper Deck Certificate to access a degree pathway with University of Tasmania Australian Maritime College.
TAFE NSW Newcastle has an articulation partnership agreement with the UTAS AMC to deliver the third year of a Bachelor of Applied Studies (Nautical Science). This pathway provides eligibility for a Master Unlimited Certificate issued by AMSA.
Maritime employers report skills shortages in the industry, which makes now a great time to advance your maritime career with this qualification.
This course is superseded.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.
To register for an information session, head to tafensw.edu.au/infofest. 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 course. You will need to attend approximately 19.7 hours of class, over 5 days a week, for 37 weeks. As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 8.5 hours of other study per week.
You may also be required to complete approximately 1.7 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours private study, research and assignment preparation.
IS THIS COURSE RIGHT FOR YOU?
This course offering is designed for people who:
- existing workers who wish to work in the Maritime Industry as a Watchkeeper Deck in any operating area.
- are students who seek work in the Marine Industry.
- are nternational students wishing to obtain an AMSA issued STCW qualification.
SERVICES AND STUDY SUPPORT
There are additional learning and study tools available for this course:
- Students who require assistance with Language Literacy and Numeracy can access Maths Support classes at the start of each semester.
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 Lynda.com)
- 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 Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, from 9.00am to 4.00pm. This timetable may change and will be confirmed by your teacher.
PAYMENT OPTIONS AND ASSISTANCE
This course is approved for a Commonwealth VET Student Loan (VSL). If you meet the VSL eligibility and academic suitability requirements, you are able to apply to the Commonwealth for a loan to cover all or part of your course fee. We will ask you whether you would like to apply for a VET Student Loan when you enrol and advise you of the process.
The loan cap for this course is $16,077.00. This means the maximum amount you can borrow for each Unit of Study is $4,920.00, and you will need to directly pay the remaining $900.00 for 3 x Units of Study, and $903.00 for 1 x Unit of Study.
Find out more about VET Student Loans.
Direct payment by Unit of Study instalments is available for this course.
The Units of Study and associated fees for this course are detailed below. Fees are charged on the census day for each Unit of Study. To secure a loan for part or all of your course, you must be eligible and submit a valid application to the Commonwealth for a VET Student Loan. You may withdraw prior to the census date without incurring a fee.
To complete your VET Student Loan application, you will need to provide:
- Your Tax File Number (TFN). If you dont have a TFN, click here for information on how to apply for one. You can complete your loan application with a Certificate of Application for a TFN, but must provide your TFN as soon as it is issued. If you dont provide your TFN before your first census day, you will need to pay the tuition fees for that unit of study.
- Your Commonwealth Higher Education Student Support Number (CHESSN) ). If you have previously accessed a loan via the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), either at TAFE or university, you will already have a CHESSN. You must use the same CHESSN whenever you access a student loan. If you dont have CHESSN, we will allocate one on your behalf.
- A copy of your Australian Year 12 Certificate; OR
- A copy of a certificate showing that you have been awarded a qualification at level 4 or above in the Australian Qualifications Framework (where the language of instruction was English). If you previously completed a Certificate IV or higher qualification at TAFE NSW, just let us know where and when you studied in your application; OR
- Display competence at Exit Level 3 in the Australian Core Skills Framework in both reading and numeracy through an approved Language, Literacy and Numeracy test. We will let you know if this is required once you apply.
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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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|MARF022||Apply maritime resource management principles|
|MARF012||Control safe access to and on vessel|
|MARJ003||Ensure compliance with environmental management legislation|
|MARF003||Follow vessel security procedures|
|MARJ004||Inspect and report defects and damage to vessel|
|MARO002||Maintain a safe navigational watch|
|MARN005||Maintain seaworthiness of a vessel|
|MARA005||Maintain vessel stability|
|MARF011||Manage firefighting and fire prevention activities on board a vessel|
|MARA010||Manage loading, unloading and stowage of cargo|
|MARF006||Observe personal safety and social responsibility|
|MARF007||Operate survival craft and other lifesaving appliances|
|MARK004||Perform basic vessel manoeuvres|
|MARH008||Plan and conduct a passage|
|MARF008||Prevent and fight fires on board a vessel|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid|
|MARG004||Provide leadership to crew|
|MARF013||Provide medical first aid on board a vessel|
|MARF014||Respond to emergencies|
|MARF009||Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment|
|MARO003||Transmit and receive information by the global maritime distress and safety system|
|MARO004||Transmit and receive information by visual signalling|
|MARH009||Use an electronic chart display and information system to navigate safely|
|MARH010||Use bridge equipment to determine vessel position|
|MARF010||Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel|
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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