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Terms, Conditions, Policies and Guidelines for commercial certificate courses

Prior to enrolment students are asked to view our Terms and Conditions, Policies and Guidelines below. Any student attending a course at Sea School International must accept the terms, conditions, policies, guidelines and safety procedures. Signing the enrolment form confirms that the terms, conditions and guidelines are read, understood and agreed to.

Flexible Course Delivery

A flexible approach to delivery is offered to students depending on their work/life experience and individual needs. Students may attend the course on consecutive days or, they have an option to attend in 1 or 2 blocks over a period of time.

Enrolment - How it works

  • Complete the online enrolment form on this website
  • A staff member will call you for a short interview to discuss your experience, career needs and to advise course requirements
  • Scan and email us any supporting evidence that was determined in your interview (if applicable)
  • You will receive a booking confirmation email and a request to pay a non-refundable deposit of $500. Please note your place on the course is not confirmed until your course deposit has been received.
  • If you’re having any trouble during the application process, please call us for assistance on 1300 666 416

The Enrolment form is the agreement

The enrolment form is the agreement between the student and the RTO. Students are required to sign this form as acceptance of Sea School International’s terms, conditions, policies and guidelines. There is a declaration that the terms and conditions of enrolment have been read and are accepted. This may take the form of:

  • Paper-based signing on the enrolment form or quotation and proposal
  • Acknowledged acceptance of the terms and conditions on the website enrolment process.

Fees, Cancellations and Refunds

Your course fees are due immediately after commencing the course unless an instalment payment plan has been negotiated. Applications for an instalment payment plan are based on individual circumstances and are not automatically granted.

Should you wish cancel your enrolment, please notify us at your earliest convenience and note that course deposits are an application fee and are NOT refundable.

For more information, see the Fees and Refund Policy and the Instalment Plan Policy.

Enrolment Period

Enrolment periods and course completion limits are intended to ensure the academic integrity of our courses and assist with the management of student enrolment and progression.

The maximum time allowed for completion of a Sea School award is two years from the date of course commencement. Extensions can be applied for in writing. See the Enrolment Period and Course Completion Policy.

Transfers

If you wish to transfer your booking due to work, an emergency or other difficulties, we can arrange to have your booking changed to another date, course or person within a 12 month period, subject to availability. In this case, we ask that you give at least ten (10) working days’ notice.

Recognition of Prior Learning and Credit Transfer

Experienced people who have worked in the maritime industry and on vessels and/or hold any of the following qualifications they may be eligible for Recognition of Prior Learning and/or Credit Transfer:

  • MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set
  • MAR10313 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand NC)
  • MAR10413 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 2 NC)
  • MAR20313 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 NC)
  • MAR20413 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC)
  • MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24m NC)

Sea School may offer a reduction in course duration to candidates if they are deemed to have significant knowledge, skills, experience and an appropriate work history.

The RPL process

  1. Candidate contacts Sea School prior to course commencement for an interview to discuss your RPL application
  2. Candidate is interviewed over the phone. Documentary evidence is requested by the assessor.
  3. A competency conversation is conducted face to face. This provides an opportunity for the candidate to confirm their knowledge, skill level and discuss work history. The assessor reviews evidence provided with the candidate and records are taken.
  4. The Assessor analyses the application, confirms the evidence submitted including hours of sea service, work history and transcripts from other RTOs if applicable.
  5. The candidate may be given a number of written assessments or a practical assessment task to add to the evidence required to confirm competence in one or more units.
  6. The Assessor may grant RPL for some or all of the units in the course.
  7. An individual training plan is prepared for candidates who have been granted RPL in one or more units and are to attend gap training to complete the course.

Supporting evidence

Students may use the following evidence to support their RPL application:

  • A CV detailing relevant and current work experience in the maritime industry, past and present
  • Third party reports where the authenticity validity and reliability of the reports have been confirmed, including letters from employers
  • Formal qualifications or statements of attainment from other RTOs for units in the course or stand-alone units
  • Licenses and/or certificates gained whilst working in the maritime industry

Assessments

The assessment tasks include oral questions, a variety of worksheets, multiple choice questions and practical activities conducted in a real or simulated environment to demonstrate competence.

If you are deemed ‘not yet competent’ in any of your assessments or you miss one of your assessments due to absence, you are given one more opportunity to re-sit your re-assessment event. Re-assessment will be undertaken using different assessment tools.

A trainer/assessor will meet with the student to discuss the following prior to booking a re-assessment event:

  • establish the type of re-assessment i.e. written, oral or practical
  • a list of skill developments and additional study regime required
  • length of time needed for skill development and study
  • travel considerations if the student is in a remote region or far off location

See the Not Yet Competent Policy

If you have a grievance about the results of an assessment task, please tell the assessor and he will review the assessment outcome with another assessor to clarify the decision of Not Yet Competent. You will be notified of the outcome within 14 days from the result date.

All appeals against assessment decisions are forwarded to the Director and will be considered in a timely manner within the guidelines of our policies and procedures.

See the Complaints and Appeals Policy

Certification

Students must meet all course requirements including the qualification of sea service prior to certification.

Student Support Services

Sea School International is committed to providing equal opportunity to all students. We are mindful of the diversity of people in our classes and cater for this in our teaching and testing methods.

The Maritime industry requires students to have a literacy and numeracy skill level to effectively read, interpret and complete instructions and forms in English.

If you have difficulties in language, literacy and numeracy or you have a disability which may inhibit your ability to perform specific tasks, please inform us on your application to enrol so we can determine what assistance may be available to you.

A staff member will then ask questions to determine whether you:

  • are capable of meeting specific literacy and numeracy requirements determined by the Maritime Authority
  • have a learning or language disability and if so determine whether reasonable adjustment is to be made to respond to your individual learning needs and outcomes
  • are able to complete the assessment tasks
  • have a language barrier where an interpreter is required (at your cost)

As Sea School International runs short courses, we don’t have extensive support services for our students however, we want our students to succeed in their learning. If trainees are having difficulties, our trainers and assessors can provide the following types of learner support assistance:

  • Explanations of parts of the learning that have not been understood
  • Extra time on learning, individual coaching and/or repeat of classes where necessary
  • Extra time for assessments where appropriate

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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