Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
3 weeks
Starting Date:
20/03/2022, 09/05/2022, 17/08/2022 and 17/10/2022
Lakes Entrance Seamec
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Course Overview

Working in the maritime industry and looking to upskill?

Get your Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) Certificate of Competency, and be skilled in the areas of:

  • Chief Engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <500 kW within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • Second Engineer on vessels with an inboard engine with propulsion power <750 kW within the EEZ or
  • Chief or Second Engineer on vessels with an outboard engine with unlimited propulsion power within the EEZ or
  • Assistant under direct supervision of a Chief Engineer or Worker in the engine room of vessels <80 m long with propulsion power <3000 kW.

Taught on-campus over three 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’re finished, you’ll be able to work onboard a commercial vessel as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (work as an engineer on a commercial vessel with power rating up to 500kW within 200nm of the coast).

You might also like to take your career further by studying a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal). This course will enhance your skills and open more doors when it comes to employment. We’ll be on deck to walk you through the decision-making process if and when the time comes.

There has never been a better time to up-skill in your industry, and we’ll help you set yourself up for a rewarding and successful career in the maritime industry.


Monday to Friday, 8:30am to 4:30pm with 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 (Marine Engine Driving - Grade 3 Near Coastal).

Career Opportunities

Employment onboard a commercial vessel as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (work as an engineer on a commercial vessel with power rating up to 500kW within 200nm of the coast)

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Recommended entry requirements

Individuals intending to complete this qualification must complete HLTAID011 Provide First Aid in there own time to be eligible for a credit transfer.

For an application for a Certificate of Competency to AMSA, you will require:

You need to show you have experience working at sea as a General purpose hand, as a Coxswain grade 2 or 1 NC, or assisting an engineer, while on vessels with propulsion power greater than or equal to 75 kilowatts. You must have completed either:

20 days on commercial vessels, including at least 10 days on vessels with inboard diesel engines, with a completed approved task book.

60 days, including at least 30 days on vessels with inboard diesel engines, without a task book.

If you have completed a task book you must attach a copy of the seafarer details page to your application.

You must complete at least half of the qualifying sea service required for the certificate in the 5 years before the application.

You need to submit at least one of the following as proof of qualifying sea service:

  • Record of sea service form
  • an approved sea service task book
  • a letter from the vessel operator, owner, master or chief engineer detailing your sea service
  • a declaration acceptable to AMSA.

Limitations to entry

Applicants will be required to satisfy AMSA medical and eyesight requirements. Applicants must be at least 16 years of age on the certificate issue date.

Candidates should be able to swim at least 25 metres in a pool without a lifejacket, be capapble of lifting fire appliances weighing up to 12kg and be able to physically move around a vessel


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

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:

  • Achieving MAR20418 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
  • Sea service consisting of:
    • 20 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book or
    • 60 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).

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
BSBWOR203Work effectively with others
HLTAID003Provide first aid
MARB028Service marine internal combustion engines and propulsion and auxiliary systems
MARC033Complete engine room tasks
MARC034Maintain hull out of water
MARC035Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
MARC036Operate deck machinery
MARC039Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion 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
MARJ006Follow environmental work practices


Course requires participation in classroom tuition and activities on local vessels to understand and experience real workplace situations. Assessments are competency based, in real-life situations (or simulated real-life) situations whenever possible.