Course Type:
Accredited Course
Study Mode:
On Campus
6 weeks
Starting Date:
Lakes Entrance Seamec
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Course Overview

This qualification is perfect for people working in the maritime industry as a Master on commercial vessels up to 35 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 35 metres Near Coastal as defined by the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

Certification will require achievement of the MAR40613 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal), qualifying sea service and completed 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; people seeking certification should check with AMSA.

Taught on-campus over six 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 the qualification, you’ll be able to work onboard a commercial vessel as a Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal (within 200 nautical miles of the Australian Coast), gaining real-world experience in the industry you love while deciding whether to take your career even further.

This could mean studying a Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 80 metres Near Coastal) (not offered at TAFE Gippsland), to further your employment opportunities. If this is a path you choose, we’ll be on deck to talk you through all your options.

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. Normal hours are 8.30am to 4pm with some evening classes as required.

Qualifications and Recognition

Upon completion of this course, students will be issued with a Statement of Attainment.

Career Opportunities

Employment onboard a commercial vessel as a Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal (within 200 nautical miles of the Australian Coast)

Opportunities for Further Study

  • MAR50713 - Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 80 metres Near Coastal) (Not on Offer at TAFE Gippsland)

Further Information

Course and Entry Requirements

Entry Requirements

Mandatory entry requirements

Hold MAR30913 or equivalent. If MAR30913 or equivalent is not held, candidates will need to undertake training or RPL to gain the remainder of the units to complete the qualification.

Recommended entry requirements

  • You need to show you have experience working on commercial vessels greater than or equal to 12 metres long, while holding a Master less than 24 metres NC or Mate up to 80 metres NC. You must have completed either:
  • 180 days, including 120 days in charge of a navigational watch, with a completed approved task book.
  • 360 days, including 240 days in charge of a navigational watch, 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.


  • If at least half of your sea service is not to seaward of sheltered waters, your certificate will be restricted to sheltered waters.

Limitations to entry

  • Download and complete the Eyesight test certificate and a Certificate of medical fitness for a near coastal qualification form 559.
  • The Eyesight test certificate lets us know that your eyesight meets the necessary standard for working at sea.
  • Get your eyesight tested by a qualified medical practitioner, and get the practitioner to complete the Eyesight test certificate for you.
  • If you are colour blind, you will be restricted to working in daylight hours only.
  • The Certificate of medical fitness for a near coastal qualification form 559 lets us know that you are medically fit for working at sea.
  • You need to get a medical practitioner to examine you and complete the Certificate of medical fitness for a near coastal qualification form 559 for you. You should provide the medical practitioner with the Guidelines for the medical assessment of near coastal seafarers.
  • But, if you have a current AMSA medical (Certificate of medical fitness form 303) you can use this in place of the eyesight test certificate and the Certificate of medical fitness for a near coastal qualification form 559.
  • Submit your completed forms as part of your certificate of competency application.


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

To be eligible for a Master less than 35 metres near coastal certificate you must:

  • Be at least 16 years old on the certificate issue date.
  • Hold either a Master less than 24 metres near coastal or Mate less than 80 metres near coastal certificate of competency.
  • Meet medical, eyesight, sea service and course requirements.

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

Course units
MARA003 Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARB010 Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres
MARC011 Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services
MARC012 Monitor and manage vessel operations
MARC014 Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres
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
MARF010 Work safely in confined spaces on a vessel
MARG002 Manage a small crew
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
MARH006 Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
MARK003 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres
MARN004 Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres
MARA004 Manage vessel stability
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres


Students participate in classroom theory sessions supplemented by practical experience.