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Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

National Course Code: MAR20318

TAFE NSW Course Number: MAR20318-01V01

Nominal Hours: 420

Full Fee: $6,440
Max. Fee If Eligible For Subsidy: $1,210

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  • Government Subsidised
  • Traineeship

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If your course has been funded by Training Services NSW under Smart and Skilled, you may be contacted by a Training Services NSW representative to discuss your experience at OTEN.

The nationally accredited Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) equips you with the skills and experience to confidently perform as a ship’s master operating vessels up to 12m. Run catamaran tourist trips or fishing charters or work on rig tenders and off-shore vessels.


Through theory and practical course work, you will learn to:

  • Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • Fight fires on board a vessel
  • Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • Operate inboard and outboard motors
  • Operate a vessel up to 12 metres
  • Contribute to environmental work practices


Develop the personal attributes to help you get ahead:

  • Collaboration and communication skills
  • Adventurous and resilient spirit
  • Strong swimming ability


Graduate from this qualification provides you with:

  • Eligibility to apply for the Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal certificate through AMSA
  • A strong study pathway to go on to higher-level maritime qualifications

Career opportunities:

  • Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal
  • Master up to 12m vessel


Take your career further:

  • Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
  • Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
  • Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500GT)


The marine workforce is ageing and Australia is experiencing a maritime skills shortage. The majority of maritime employers report experiencing a skills shortage in the industry, primarily in domestic commercial vessel occupations. Increasing shortages makes now a great time to advance your maritime career with this qualification.


To find out more about this course, meet our teachers and receive information about enrolment and next steps, attend an information session.

Date Time Location
Monday, 13 July 2020 12.00pm to 1.00pm https://tinyurl.com/ycdnz6ae


This is an online course. You will need to complete approximately 6 hours of online study, each week, for your enrolment duration of 1 year.
You can increase the hours of online study per week to complete the course sooner.

As well as the online component, there is a requirement to take part in face to face or other study of approximately 1 hour a week.

Practical components of this course are delivered in Sydney and include optional classroom tutorials and mandatory practical training and assessment days. In this course there ar up to 9 practicals sessions run over 6- 8 days. A range of dates options are provided for you to select/ book into.

Practical sessions are undertaken after online, unit relevant assignment/s are submitted.

If you choose to complete the practical assessments elsewhere (TAFE NSW Guidelines apply), this may incur an additional expense which becomes your responsibility. Written exams (tests) require supervision and can be undertaken at Strathfield campus or via private supervision.

You can also expect to complete approximately 1 hours of additional study each week outside of online study hours, including independent study of Maritime Learning Resources available on the Online Learning Support site, along with other research. Assignments are completed and submitted online for teacher assessment.

To ensure you leave us with the most up to date qualification...

If during or after your enrolment, the course in which you are enrolled is updated in line with national industry standards, the Institute reserves the right to transition you into an alternate course. If this becomes necessary, the Institute will advise you of the change and the arrangements which will be available for you to complete your alternate course.


There are no Training Package entry requirements for this qualification.


There are no TAFE NSW entry requirements for this qualification.


The maritime industry is regulated by the Australian Marine Safety Authority (AMSA). AMSA sets specific requirements for each maritime qualification to ensure you are ready to join the industry. Once you graduate from your TAFE NSW course, you will be assessed against the relevant requirements through an AMSA examination process. Once you pass the exam and become certified, you will be able to apply for roles and work in the industry.

Graduating from this course only meets part of the AMSA exam criteria. You will need to meet other requirements through your professional sea service and medical status. Make sure you review and meet the AMSA requirements before you enrol in this course. If you do not yet meet the AMSA criteria for certification at this qualification level, research lower level maritime qualifications to determine the best option for you.

Some AMSA requirements include:

  • Minimum age requirements when applying for your AMSA certificate
  • Medical and eyesight requirements NOTE: You need to arrange your own medical and eyesight assessments
  • Minimum professional sea time hours

[Visit AMSA website for more information] (https://www.amsa.gov.au/qualifications-training/domestic-qualifications/coxswain-grade-1-near-coastal).

Are there any additional entry requirements?

A number of courses may require prospective students to provide additional information such as documentation, an expression of interest, evidence that you are already employed as an apprentice, or preferred prior study (or equivalent).

To be enrolled in this course, you need to be able to provide evidence:

  • There are no academic entry requirements to enrol into this TAFE qualification, though there are other requirements that you must satisfy in order to obtain the AMSA Certificate of Competency which will enable you to apply for work in the Maritime Industry.

Other requirements may include:

  • be at least 16 years of age,
  • satisfactory completion of an eyesight test and declaration of medical fitness.

See the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website, Domestic Commercial Vessels - Seafarers and Qualifications information for details www.amsa.gov.au

To successfully complete this course, you will need:

  • to study and complete online assignments, attend supervised written exams and practical training and assessment sessions.
  • reliable Internet access
  • to attend practical training and assessment sessions
  • overalls, protective eyewear, and sun protection for practical sessions
  • for sea survival, if applicable, students are required to bring clothes to get wet in (similar to work clothes, but no wet suits), a second set of clothes (to change into), a towel, sunscreen, and hat.

Credit (or recognition) for modules/units may be granted based on previous learning, studies, work and/or life experiences. Please discuss this with the teaching section when you enrol.


To be prepared for this course, it is recommended that you:

  • Be fit at an intermediate level
  • Be able to swim 50 metres and stay afloat for 5 minutes without a life jacket
  • Undertake a prescribed learning, literacy and numeracy assessment to ensure you are prepared for the foundation skills requirements in each of the units of competency
  • Consider the AMSA certification requirements

At the beginning of your course you will need to provide evidence of either:

  • AMSA log book with evidence of 30 days sea time
  • Other evidence of your sea time that is not logged in an AMSA log book of 240 days

As a Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal in the maritime industry.

MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
MARJ006 Follow environmental work practices
HLTAID003 Provide first aid
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements
MARN008 Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
MARK007 Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
MARB027 Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft
MARC038 Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
MARI003 Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
MARC037 Operate inboard and outboard motors
MARH013 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres

The above list includes units being offered at OTEN. If licensing in another state other than NSW is required, please check requirements with the relevant state.

You don't need to study what you already know! The skills, knowledge and experience you have gained from your previous learning, work experience and life in general may be taken into account.

To apply for recognition in one or more units you must clearly show that you have the equivalent and relevant skills, knowledge and experience of the unit or group of units.

For Credit transfer where you have completed previous studies either with TAFE NSW or with another tertiary provider complete the Enrolment Adjustment - Credit - Previous Studies form, and include any required evidence.

For Recognition of Prior Learning, attach your evidence to a completed Enrolment Adjustment – Credit – Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL) form and submit for assessment.

Send your applications to:

Email: oten.recognitionhelp@tafensw.edu.au

Post: OTEN Recognition, 51 Wentworth Road, Strathfield NSW 2135

Keep a copy of all completed forms for your records.

To find out more about Credit and to help you with your application read the Credit e-Kit for Students.

Need more help? Contact the Recognition Help Desk

Smart and Skilled Student Fees

The cost of this course will vary based on your eligibility for a Smart and Skilled Student Fee. Eligibility criteria can be found on the Smart and Skilled website or you can call us on 131 601 for further information and advice.

First qualification$1,010
Second qualification$1,210
Non-government subsidised fee$6,440

Trainees: From 2016 if you are starting a traineeship that is on the NSW Skills List, your Smart and Skilled fee for the whole qualification will not be more than $1,000.

This training is subsidised by the NSW government under Smart and Skilled. The student fee you will need to pay, will be determined according to your personal circumstances and eligibility for a subsidised place, you may also be eligible for a concession fee, fee exemption or fee free scholarship. Payment by instalments is available.

You may continue with an enrolment into this course if you are not eligible for subsidised training, however the full training fee will be applicable. There are conditions to enrolment if you are a Temporary Visa Holder. To discuss your visa status and eligibility to enrol please phone 131 241. For further information on fees and charges please see https://www.tafensw.edu.au/get-started-at-tafe-nsw/fees-information

Please ensure you also read and understand the associated fee policies and conditions related to withdrawal from a course, applying for a refund of fees, applying for a deferral to your studies and if you are behind in payment of instalments.


You will need to provide for yourself the following resources, which you will keep when you complete your study:

  • AMSA licencing fees
  • recommended (optional) - the latest edition of The Australian Boating Manual by Captain Dick Gandy

When enrolling under a Smart and Skilled entitlement and where you are eligible for 100% credit from previous studies, your student fee contribution will be zero. However, you will be required to pay an administration fee for the production of your testamur.

For full details on TAFE NSW fees and money matters please visit our Paying for Your Course page.

Enrolling with us is easy, though the exact process does depend on your course and any prerequisites that go with it. Be sure to read all course information carefully to make sure it is the right qualification, location and study type for you. Enrol and pay online via our secure payment gateway to secure your place. As you progress through the enrolment process you will be prompted to provide additional information.

For further information or assistance, call 131 601.

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