Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC

MED 3 - MAR20413 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC)

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is suitable for people who wish to operate machinery on vessels less than 500kw-propulsion power as a Chief Engineer in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) in operations up to offshore limits (within 200nm) or as a Second Engineer on a vessel with propulsion power < 750kw- in operations up to restricted offshore operations (within 30nm)

People who complete this course plus an Elements of Shipboard Safety Course and a First Aid Course will meet the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) training requirement for a Marine Engine Driver 3 NC CoC.

SMT provides this training by working with participants to recognise their existing skills and knowledge and then to build upon these to meet the requirements of the qualification.

Qualification requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification however the training is designed for participants with considerable experience in operating small vessels and who have the sea service time required for a Marine Engine Driver Class 3 NC CoC.
More information about the Marine Engine Driver 3 NC CoC, including sea service requirements, see the AMSA website or contact the SMT office.


How will I be trained and assessed?

SMT provides this training by working with participants to recognise and build on their existing skills and knowledge.

Training and assessment is conducted in a classroom environment, workshop and on vessels, activities will include:

  • written assessments of underpinning knowledge;
  • simulated workplace activities outlined in an activity booklet; and
  • demonstration of practical skills and knowledge

Participants who are seeking a Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 NC CoC must also undertake an AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) which is incorporated into and completed during the course assessment by SMT.


What will I learn?

The course covers a theoretical and practical knowledge of the operations of mechanical equipment in an engine room of a small vessel including:

  • marine diesel engines and their fittings, shafting and propellers;
  • preparing marine diesel engines for use;
  • precautions necessary for the prevention of fire or explosion associated with the use of petrol, L.P. gas and distillate and with the charging of batteries;
  • actions to be taken in the event of fire or explosion, including the use of firefighting appliances;
  • cooling water and fuel systems, bilge pumping arrangements;
  • care of low-voltage electrical systems, including batteries;
  • fuel consumption; estimation and calculation; and
  • communication knowledge, skills required to write simple work-related documents

Participants must also complete the following two SMT courses if they have not already done so:

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety
  • First Aid

How long will the qualification take to complete?

The MED 3 is a delivered over 10 days (9am – 5pm). Participants must bring their own work style clothing and enclosed footwear appropriate to the forecast weather conditions. Please allow 2 extra days to complete the ESS course if you have not previously done so.

What sort of credentials do I get if I successfully complete the course?

To receive a MAR20413 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal), you will be required to complete 12 units of competency, those 12 units are made up of 8 units from the MED 3 course which are listed below and 4 units from the ESS course.

  • MARB003 Service marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • MARC001 Complete engine room tasks
  • MARC002 Maintain hull out of water
  • MARC003 Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • MARC004 Operate deck machinery
  • MARC007 Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • MARJ001 Follow environmental work practices
  • BSBWOR203 Work effectively with others

AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) and Interim Certificate of Competency (ICoC)

As part of its assessment process, SMT will complete an AMPA on each participant for the units completed as part of the course. Completed AMPA’s are a requirement of AMSA and are submitted to AMSA with your completed AMSA application paperwork.

SMT can issue an Interim Certificate of Competency (ICoC) to participants who have successfully completed the courses for a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC, have been issued with the qualification, have met all of the evidence and sea time requirements of AMSA and have all fees paid.

The following AMSA paperwork and evidence is required to be completed by the participant and submitted to SMT a minimum of 1 week prior to the commencement of the course:

  • AMSA 426 Certificate of Competency Application which incorporates the Sea Service and Medical Declaration
  • AMSA 542 Eyesight test certificate (must be completed by an optometrist)
  • AMSA 771 Sea service record
  • Proof of identity which includes a Passport or a driver’s licence and birth certificate
  • Current photo (SMT will take your photo and verify it)
  • Other attached evidence including a current first aid

Within 7 days of an ICoC being issued, SMT will lodge all completed paperwork to AMSA on your behalf. If you do not have all your paperwork completed prior to the commencement of your course, SMT will still lodge your application paperwork to AMSA but you may not be eligible for an ICoC.

For eligible Tasmanian residents, this training is subsidised by the Department of State Growth, Tasmania

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Course Dates

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Start Date Location Cost
Mon 12th Aug 2019 at 9:00AM Battery Point, Domain Slip and Wharf Price $1,931.00 Apply