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Commercial maritime training

MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Master < 24m Near Coastal)
Duration: 20 days plus sea time

Course Information

All you need to know about this course can be found in our Certificate III Master NC course information booklet or AMSA Guidance Notes.    Enrol now.

Government Funding and Incentives

Ask us about access to Government subsidised training and course fee payment by instalments. Call 1300 666 416.

Why choose us?

Our mission is to provide exceptional maritime training that creates real employment outcomes for our students.

  • We train on the water
    Our campuses are conveniently located close to waterways so you can walk out of the classroom and onto a vessel for practical, on-board training.
  • You can study full-time or part-time
    You have the choice to study your course all in one go or do it in blocks of time so it’s convenient for whenever you can get the time off work. Talk to us and we’ll make a plan that works for you.
  • Pay as you go with flexible payment plans
    You can pay your course fees in full or by instalments over the term of your course duration.
  • We have a Job Register
    When you graduate you’ll be automatically added to our Job Register and emailed when positions become vacant in the industry, providing you opportunities for part-time and full-time work.
  • Trainers are experienced seafarers
    Our trainers are experienced seafarers and industry experts. Class sizes are small and courses tailored to the group, so you receive individualised, expert attention to help you get through your course.
  • Under new management since 2013
    Since taking over Sea School, we’ve had over 400 graduates successfully complete our courses. We are an AMSA compliant, quality-driven RTO that offers you the best training and career pathways.

Coastal Vessels

Master <24m commands coastal trading vessels under 24 metres in length in designated near offshore waters. They co-ordinate the activities of crew members, and oversee the safe operation of the vessel at sea, at anchor and in port. With experience you could become a sought-after Master, transporting along the Australian coastline, carrying cargo or commanding a commercial fishing vessel.

You will learn vessel operations and management, how to manoeuvre larger vessels, safety and seamanship as well as how to plan and navigate a passage at Master level. The course includes how to instruct the ship’s crew on watch keeping, wheelhouse operations, environmental management, routine maintenance, keeping records and logbooks, communications and how to slip and dock a vessel.

Words of advice for Master <24 metres

The majority of commercial vessels require the Master to be dual ticketed, i.e. have both a Master <24m and the Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (MED 3) qualifications. If you want to further your career in the marine industry, then you should consider doing both qualifications.

Who is this Certificate for

MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

The holder of this certificate can:

  • Command a commercial vessel <24 m long in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • Act as Chief Mate or deck watchkeeper on a vessel <35m long in the EEZ
  • Act as Chief Mate or deck watchkeeper on a vessel <80m long in inshore waters

Certificate of Competency (Crew Licence) Master <24 Meters Near Coastal

In addition to successful completion of Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master <24m Near Coastal) the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires students to be at least 16 years old and successfully complete each of the following:

Passing your final assessment

Completing our course doesn’t guarantee you’ll pass the AMSA final assessment to get your certificate of competency. Passing the exam depends on how much study you’re prepared do, your performance on the day and your confidence.

Let us know when you’re ready to book your final assessment so we can schedule a FREE pre-oral revision session with a trainer in person or over the phone to help you prepare.

To apply for a certificate of competency visit either the NSW Roads and Maritime Service (RMS) or Maritime Safety Queensland (MSQ) who will process your application on AMSA’s behalf.

People seeking certification should contact the marine regulators, Australian Maritime Safety Authority: Head Office phone: +61 2 6279 5000 (8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday EST) or visit the website

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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

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