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Sea School’s face to face, training courses attract a wide cross-section of participants, including new entrants to the maritime industry and skilled industry personnel. We offer a range of courses in maritime operations to provide students with the recommended AMSA pathway of General Purpose Hand to Coxswain to Master <24 and MED 3.

Sea School has two campuses; one in Newport on the Pittwater in Sydney and one in Tweed Heads in the rivers district in Northern NSW. Both campuses have access to training rooms and pristine waterways, providing students with on-the-water training and ‘real life’ learning experiences.

There are a number of options, listed below, to consider when enrolling. If you’d like more information and/or clarification on any of the options, please call us on 1300 666 416.

Option 1.
Complete the course on consecutive days or in block mode

A flexible approach to course delivery is offered to students depending on their work/life experience, sea service and individual needs. Students may attend their course in full on consecutive days or they have an option to attend in 2 or 3 blocks over a period of time if required.

New candidates with little or no sea time and/or industry experience are recommended to enrol in the Block training option; which means attending the course in 2 or more blocks. The Block training option provides students with the ability to complete the course over a longer period of time providing additional learning time to:

  • practice skills and knowledge in the workplace where possible
  • complete the ASMA task book in between blocks
  • obtain on-the-job experience whilst accruing required sea time
  • complete the self-directed study component

Option 2.
Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) and Credit Transfer (CT)

Recognition of prior learning (RPL) is an assessment process that involves assessment of an individual’s relevant prior learning including on the job, life experience and formal training to determine the amount of credit to be given when enrolling in a new qualification. Credit reduces the amount of learning required to achieve a qualification and may be through either RPL or credit transfer (CT).

Credit transfer is a process that provides students with credit outcomes for identified equivalence in content and learning outcomes between matched qualifications.

If you have prior learning and/or work experience and are enrolling in a Sea School course, you may apply for RPL. We’ll help you understand what specific types of evidence is suitable to gain the qualification you are pursuing. Evidence for recognition is not limited to existing documents you already have. Evidence can take a number of forms and might include any combination of:

  • Questioning – the assessor may give you written questions, or interview you and ask questions verbally
  • Observation of practical tasks – the assessor may observe you performing tasks in a simulated environment, in the classroom or any combination of locations
  • Third party reports – statutory declarations, letters, references or answers given by third parties to questions from the assessor, providing examples of your work ability relating your competence in specific areas
  • Documents – such as relevant qualifications/transcripts, project plans and reports, minutes of meetings, correspondence, resources developed

Option 3.
Assessment only pathway

When a candidate feels they possess the skills, experience and knowledge required to be deemed competent in a specific unit/s in their chosen course and, they are unable to provide enough evidence to be awarded RPL, the ‘Assessment only pathway’ may be an option to consider.

This enables candidates to prove their competency by completing only the assessment component of the course, without participating in the full training. There is no stipulated pre-requisite for enrolling in the assessment-only program however, it’s only recommended for masters with extensive work experience and sea service.

Option 4.
Customised workplace training

Sea School develops and delivers customised courses to corporate organisations and government agencies. Some of our clients include the Department of Primary Industries, Australian Fisheries Management Authority, Australian Federal Police, Australian Customs, Neumann’s Baulderstone and Water Desalination Alliance.

We also work with charter boat, tourist operators and Marinas to provide courses that are customised to the needs of your organisation and, are conveniently delivered in your workplace.

If you have any questions or would like some more information, you may contact us by phone, email or online form and we’ll be very glad to help.

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Just wanted to thank you and your staff at Sea School. I have over 20 years experience in the teaching profession and work closely with Macquarie Uni & UTS and I can certainly say that your methods of teaching were spot on.

Craig Mitchell, Managing Director, Sydney Harbour Bookings