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Commercial maritime training

MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations
(Master < 24m Near Coastal)

The Australian passenger vessel fleet is as vibrant and varied as any around the world and has a role for you that will take you places; from work vessels, barges, small tugs and city ferries, to high speed catamarans.

Master <24 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.

This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry as a Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ). 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.

This qualification is one component of the eligibility criteria to achieve the Master <24 NC Certificate of Competency which allows you to work in any state or territory in Australia.

Student Course Information

Who is this Certificate for?

The holder of this certificate can:

  • Command a commercial vessel <24m 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

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 professional maritime trainers and assessors are qualified and experienced seafarers aboard a variety of commercial vessels. Our students are guaranteed a high level of education that combines traditional classroom teaching with practical, on-board training.
  • 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.

Course Fees and Duration

  • $3750 includes Marine Radio Licence and course text
  • Final assessment & CoC lodgement is an additional fee
  • Course duration is 4 weeks (20 days) full-time face to face PLUS a self-directed study component and sea service

For government funding and incentives, please refer to the New South Wales government funding page or the Queensland government funding page.

Fee Payment

A deposit of $500 is to be paid on enrolment to hold your place on the course. Course fees are due to be paid in full on course commencement. You will be invoiced upon enrolment.

You can pay by credit card, cash or by electronic funds transfer. Instalment payment plans are available upon application.

Flexible course delivery – complete it full-time or in block mode

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 over 4 weeks or, there is an option to attend in 2 or more blocks over a period of time.

The block delivery option must be discussed and approved by the Director prior to course commencement.

How to Apply

Please complete our online commercial course enrolment form. After receiving your enrolment, we will then email you a booking confirmation with a request to pay a deposit to ensure your place on the course.

If you need to cancel your course due to an emergency or work, be assured your course enrolment can be transferred to another date, course or person within a 12 month period or, you can apply for a refund in extenuating circumstances.

What to Bring

Identification

Australian Drivers Licence, current passport or birth certificate, Unique Student Identifier (USI)

 
Sea Service:

Please bring your evidence of qualifying sea service. See the Record of Sea Service Form

 
RPL (if applying):

Academic transcripts of previous qualifications, CV, letters from employers

 
Clothing:

Work or casual clothes for both theory and practical days

 
Footwear:

Deck shoes, joggers, sandshoes or work boots (no thongs)

 
Radio day:

1 x Passport photo for Marine Radio course

 
Fight Fire day:
  • No synthetic outer clothing, socks or underwear
  • Long sleeve 'cotton' work shirt
  • Long 'cotton' pants or jeans
  • Hair is to be tied back, if applicable
 
Sea Survival day:
  • In-water sea survival clothing to include a t-shirt or shirt plus pants
  • Spare set of clothes to wear after sea survival in water practical
  • Lunch, a bottle of water, large towel, warm jacket, and strong large plastic bag for wet clothes
 

Course Text

  • The definitive reference book for the Maritime industry and professional crew is the Australian Boating Manual by Dick Gandy. This is the course text and the cost is included in your course fees.
  • A self-directed study regime during the course is required.

Certification

To receive the full qualification you must demonstrate competency in all units and meet all course requirements, including qualification of the required sea service.

If you don’t achieve competency in some of the units, Sea School’s Competency Not Achieved Assessment Policy allows you to return to attend specified classes to re-sit training and/or assessments at no cost within a 12 month period. Should you not complete the whole course then you will receive a statement of attainment for the units you’ve completed.

Final Assessment and Certificate of Competency (CoC) Application

Final Assessment

If you have elected to do the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) with Sea School, we'll incorporate it into our course structure so when you’ve completed your course, you’ve completed your final assessment.

Please read the AMSA requirements for the Certificate of competency for this course.

Certificate of Competency (CoC) Application

Sea School is now offering an optional service to complete the final assessment with us and to help you compile your documentation for an Application for a Certificate of Competency (industry licence), check you’ve met the requirements and send it to AMSA for processing. Alternatively, you may submit your documentation independently.

See Sea School Schedule of Fees for more information.

Required Evidence - Sea Service and Elements of Shipboard Safety units

This course requires you to provide the following evidence prior to certification:

  • Of your sea service component i.e. 600 days qualified sea service OR a completed task book PLUS 120 days qualified sea service
  • A transcript showing evidence of completion of the Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) which are usually embedded in other maritime qualifications such as GPH, Coxswain and/or Marine Engine Driver.

Course Structure

The M<24 qualification is made up of 14 units of competency. Ten of the units are delivered in this course and the remaining 4 units are a *course requirement and are the Elements of Shipboard Safety Skill Set (ESS) see below.

MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • BSBFLM303C
    Contribute to effective workplace relationships
  • MARB004
    Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
  • MARB005
    Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH003
    Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • MARH004
    Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH005
    Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • MARI002
    Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARJ002
    Monitor environmental management on a vessel
  • MARK002
    Maneuver a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters
  • MARN003
    Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres
  • *MARF001
    Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • *MARF002
    Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • *MARF004
    Meet work health and safety requirements
  • *MARF005
    Survive at sea using survival craft

Note: You may undertake the *Elements of Shipboard Safety units before, during or after enrolling in this course however, you must be deemed competent in all 14 units prior to receiving the qualification. If you hold a GPH or Coxswain certificate, you will have already completed the ESS units.

Credit Transfer and Recognition of Prior Learning

  • Credit Transfers (CT) are granted if you have successfully completed a course within the last 5 years that contains the same units as the Sea School course you've enrolled in. You may apply for a CT by providing evidence in the form of a transcript and if CT is granted, you may be exempted from some or all of the coursework.
  • Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) is based on your work history, sea time and previous studies. You may apply for RPL if you can provide sufficient evidence with a minimum currency of 5 years. An assessor will make a judgement on the evidence provided and if RPL is granted, you may be exempted from some or all of the coursework. A competency conversation interview may be required as part of your portfolio of evidence.

Terms and Conditions

Signing your enrolment form acknowledges your understanding of your rights, obligations and acceptance of Sea School’s terms and conditions. Sea School course costs, timetable, course content, policies and procedures are subject to change without notice. You are required to read the detailed terms and conditions information on our website.

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