Course Type:
Short Course; Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
4 weeks
Starting Date:
Lakes Entrance Seamec
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Course Overview

Do you already work in the maritime industry and want to get your Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency? Then we have the course for you!

This course will teach you how to command and operate the engines of a vessel:

  • <12 m in length with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or <500 kW for an inboard engine that is in inshore waters or designated waters


  • As a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Taught on-campus over four weeks, you’ll attend classes Monday - Friday. This immersive learning is designed to give you the skills you need quicker, getting you back on the water in no time!

And when you’ve finished this course, you’ll be able to work as a skipper, master of vessel up to 12 metres and up to 500 kW, gaining real-world experience as you decide where you’d like to go next.

That might mean studying a Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal), or a Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal). Both of these courses will give you specialised skills and help further your employment opportunities in the industry you love.

What are you waiting for?


Attendance days are usually Monday to Friday, 9am to 4pm. There are some early starts and late finishes.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal).

Career Opportunities

Skipper, master of vessel up to 12 metres and up to 500 kW

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements


  • Completed Elements of Shipboard Safety (ESS) within the last 5 years; or
  • Have the required seatime experience for an application for an AMSA Coxswain Grade 1 Certificate of Competency

Limitations to entry

To be eligible for a Coxswain grade 1 near coastal certificate you must:

  • be at least 16 years of age on the certificate issue date.
  • meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.


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

Students need to be aware that for some qualifications there may be a pathway prerequisite to achieve the AMSA Certificate of Competency (licensing). Other requirements may include: be at least 16 years of age, holding a current First Aid certificate, holding a marine Radio Operators Certificate, satisfactory completion of an eyesight and medical test as well as satisfying sea service requirements. Please see the AMSA website Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information at for further information. Students need to arrange this themselves and is not required to complete this course.


Not Applicable

Pathway to Industry Licence

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Coxswain Grade 1 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:

  • achieving MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • a Marine Radio Operators VHF Certificate of Proficiency
  • sea service consisting of:
    • 30 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book;


    • 240 days qualifying sea service
    • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D and
      assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) conducted on a commercial vessel ≥5.0 m in length

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

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
HLTAID003Provide first aid
MARB027Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARC037Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARC038Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARF027Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARF028Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARF029Meet work health and safety requirements
MARF030Survive at sea using survival craft
MARH013Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
MARI003Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
MARJ006Follow environmental work practices
MARK007Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARN008Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres


Students participate in classroom theory sessions supplemented by practical experience.