Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus, Online, Full Time
3 weeks
Starting Date:
17/01/2022, 09/05/2022, 15/08/2022 and 17/10/2022
Lakes Entrance Seamec
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Course Overview

This qualification is suitable for people working in entry-level positions in the maritime industry as a General Purpose Hand on deck or in the engine room of a vessel less than 80 metres within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or in the engine room only for a vessel with propulsion power less than 3000 kW.

Students will gain knowledge in assisting with routine maintenance on a vessel, Applying basic survival techniques including the use of survival craft, Minimising and fighting fires on a vessel, Work Health and Safety processes and procedures, Working as part of a crew on a vessel, Applying GPH skills on a vessel.


Wednesday 8:30am - 4:00pm, Thursday 7:00am - 4:00pm, Friday 8:30am - 4:00pm

This course is delivered using a Blended delivery model:

  • Approximately 6 hours online
  • 3 days on campus

The online learning component must be completed prior to attending on campus. The on campus component is delivered concurrently with 0417ESS.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal).

Career Opportunities

The learner will be able to apply to AMSA for a Certificate of Competency (CoC) as a General Purpose Hand (GPH). This certification allows the holder to undertake the duties of a GPH  to work:

  • Under direct supervision of the person in charge of a vessel or its engines.
  • On deck or in the engine room of a vessel up to 80 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • In the engine room only of vessels with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts.

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

To gain the GPH CoC, an applicant must be at least 16 years of age and meet certain medical and eyesight requirements. More information can be found at:

Limitations to entry

Learners must be medically fit and able to participate in the practical activities. This includes but is not limited to the following

  • Swimming in water with and without a lifejacket,
  • Extinguishing fires using hand held fire fighting appliances weighing up to 12kg,
  • Paddling and moving around in a liferaft


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

Help with Fees

Specialist Course Information

Specialist Course Information



Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

Not Applicable

Material and Equipment supplied by students

Not Applicable

Student Services

Support is available for students at every stage of the study journey. Please speak to any of our friendly reception or teaching staff.

Recognition of Prior Learning

Students who already hold a marine qualification or have previously completed maritime studies should discuss the RPL process with a SEAMEC trainer prior to enrolment so as to assess eligibility requirements.

Course Structure

Course Modules

Course units
MARN016 Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel
MARG012 Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel
MARB053 Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft


Not Applicable