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

Certificate IV   NRT
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Start date:
Mon 9 Oct 2017
 –   Ultimo
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  • Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal) course details

    Course description and aims

    This qualification is suitable for those sailing as 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.

    Other Requirements

    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 www.amsa.gov.au for further information.

    Course outcomes and careers

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


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    Entry requirements

    There are no entry requirements for this qualification.

    Enrol at any location

    Full Time
    Course start:
    Mon 9 Oct 2017
    Course duration:
    6 Weeks
    Financial Assistance:
    Smart & Skilled
    32 Hours per week
    Smart and Skilled Second Qual:
    Smart and Skilled First Qual:
    Course Fee:
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    Indicative timetable:

    You will need to attend approximately 32 hours of class a week over 5 days per week. An indication of how your weekly timetable may look is: Monday to Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm.

    How to enrol or apply:

    To apply for this course you must meet the Smart and Skilled eligibility criteria: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled


    Before you enrol you must have a Unique Student Identifier (USI). Visit http://www.usi.gov.au/students/create-your-usi to request a USI. Remember to add Sydney TAFE to your account via the Manage Permissions page (code: 90003, name: TAFE NSW - Sydney Institute).

    Find out more about applying and enrolling: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/applying-and-enrolling

    Fee information:


    This course is government-subsidised, meaning you pay a portion of the full course fee to Sydney TAFE and the government will pay the balance. However, you must meet certain eligibility criteria for this to apply.

    The fee category that will apply to you depends on your eligibility and your individual circumstances. Your fee and eligibility for concession/exemption will be calculated and confirmed during the enrolment process.

    For further information about eligibility and explanations of the different fee categories, visit http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/smart-skilled.


    Instalment payment options are available for this course. For more information, see http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/fees-and-charges

    Find out more about financial assistance http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/financial-assistance


    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.

    Find out more about recognition: http://www.sydneytafe.edu.au/courses/recognition

    Other Information:

    This qualification is only open for those who hold or completed a Master 5 Certificate Course

    This qualification is suitable for those sailing as 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.
    The target group includes:
    - existing workers aiming to upskill,
    - recreational boat owner/operators
    - industry apprentices and trainees
    - international learners and
    - eligible learners within the Smart and Skilled program

    Also, this qualification is a requirement for students who intend to pursue a career in the maritime industry, and is recommended for students intending to undertake further studies in this industry.
    This qualification is suitable for people who work in the maritime industry operating as Chief Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 750 kW and Second Engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 1500 kW in the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
    This qualification is endorsed by Smart and Skilled and included on the Skills List and available for eligible learners.

    The qualification provides the underpinning knowledge suitable for persons employed at this level of certification. Candidates will be required to submit for examination their completed AMSA task books at the commencement of a course. Candidates will gain hands on experience including manoeuvring experience when they are employed on-board commercial vessels as they complete the sea time required by the regulator.


    NumberSubject nameNominal hours
    MARF001Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment30
    MARF002Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel30
    MARH006Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions10
    MARC011Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services30
    MARG002Manage a small crew50
    MARH003Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres30
    MARA003Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo30
    MARN004Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres20
    MARA004Manage vessel stability20
    MARK003Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres30
    MARF004Meet work health and safety requirements20
    MARC012Monitor and manage vessel operations30
    MARJ002Monitor environmental management on a vessel15
    MARI002Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres15
    MARC014Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres20
    MARH004Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres100
    MARB010Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres40
    MARB005Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres20
    MARF005Survive at sea using survival craft15
    MARH005Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation60
    MARF010Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel30




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