Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
5 weeks
Starting Date:
11/05/2022, 31/08/2022 and 02/11/2022
Lakes Entrance Seamec
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Course Overview

This is the perfect qualification 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).

Licensing/Regulatory Information… a.k.a the important stuff!

This level of qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

To become qualified, you must achieve the MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal), qualifying sea service and complete the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved task book or qualifying sea service, an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency, AMSA final assessment and an AMSA approved first aid certificate.

Taught on-campus over five 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!

When you’ve finished this course, you’ll be able to work onboard a commercial vessel as a Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal (within 200 nautical miles of the Australian Coast), gaining hands-on experience while you take the time to decide your next career move.

That next move could mean studying a Certificate IV Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal), which will enhance your career opportunities and open more doors when it comes to senior leadership positions.

Enrol in the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) Master Class 5 today to add more skills to your toolkit.


Monday to Friday, 9.00am to 4pm with some early starts or late finishes.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon successful completion of this course students will be eligible to receive the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal) Master Class 5.

Career Opportunities

Employment onboard a commercial vessel as a Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal (within 200 nautical miles of the Australian Coast)

Opportunities for Further Study

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

  • Applicant for Master 24 must be 18 or older.

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.

  • Have required seatime of:
  • 120 days on commercial vessels greater than or equal to 7.5 metres long with a completed approved task book OR 600 days of which at least half must be on vessels greater than or equal to 7.5 metres long, at least half on commercial vessels, and up to half on recreational vessels greater than or equal to 5 metres long, without a task book.
  • able to achieve seatime within 5 years (if the seatime requirement is not met prior to course application, the AMPA will not be completed and no Interim CoC will be issued)
  • Achieve required eyesight and medical requirements for application of Certificate of Competency
  • Be at least 18 years of age

Limitations to entry

  • Medical/disability issues (access to vessels)


Not Applicable

Online requirement

Not Applicable


Course Cost

VET Student Loans

Not Applicable for this course

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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

The AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) will be completed throughout the course. Upon successful completion of the AMPA, the student will be issued with an Interim Certificate of Competency provided certain requirements are met. The student then has 60 days to complete the application process with AMSA before the interim CoC becomes invalid.

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

Many TAFE Gippsland courses offer Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Click to learn more about RPL and how it can benefit you.

Course Structure

Sample course units

Unit CodeUnit Description
BSBFLM303Contribute to effective workplace relationships
HLTAID003Provide first aid
MARB029Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
MARB030Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
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
MARH015Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
MARH016Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
MARH017Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
MARI004Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
MARJ007Monitor environmental management on a vessel
MARK008Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within Near Coastal waters
MARN009Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres


Not Applicable