Master<24m NC

MAR30913 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24m Near Coastal)

Who is the qualification for?

This qualification is for people who require a commercial licence to skipper fishing or trading vessel up to 24 metres in length within 200 nautical miles from the coast or act as Watchkeeper or Chief Mate on larger vessels. People who complete this course will meet AMSA training requirements for a Master up to 24m Near Coastal CoC. Holders of this CoC are also qualified to act in the following positions:

  • Command a commercial vessel <24m long in the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ)
  • Act as a Chief Mate on a vessel <35m long in the EEZ
  • Chief Mate of a trading vessel less than 35 metres in length for ACMW operations (within 600nm).
  • Chief Mate of a fishing vessel:
    • less than 80 metres in length for offshore operations (within 200nm); or
    • 35 metres in length for unlimited domestic operations;
  • Watchkeeper on a fishing vessel less than 80 metres in length for offshore operations (within 200nm); or
  • Watchkeeper on a fishing or trading vessel less than 35 m in length for ACMW operations

Qualification requirements

There are no formal prerequisites for this qualification; however the training is designed for participants who have considerable experience in operating small vessels and have the required sea service to apply for a Master up to 24m (NC) CoC. For more information about Master up to 24m(NC) CoC 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 during these training sessions. Assessment activities will include:

  • written assessments* of underpinning knowledge
  • verbal assessments of understanding of actions to be taken during routine, emergency and exceptional circumstances
  • computer-simulation assessments of watch keeping activities
  • completion of workbook activities and an assignment
  • demonstration of vessel practical skills and knowledge

Participants who are seeking a Master up to 24m(NC) CoC must also undertake an AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) which is incorporated and completed during the course assessment. 

How is training delivered?

The course covers theoretical and practical knowledge of the following:

  • Colregs and Buoyage
  • Coastal Navigation
  • Radar
  • Wheelhouse systems
  • Ship systems, Seamanship
  • Workplace regulations and legislation
  • Ship stability
  • Voyage planning
  • Elements of Shipboard Safety skill set for those students who don't already hold the current MAR units of competency

AMSA requires those wishing to apply for a Certificate of Competency (CoC) to also have a valid First Aid, LROCP and an Elements of Shipboard Safety, these courses are offered by SMT.

How long will the Qualification take to complete?

This is a 25 day course for those students with current ESS units and is a 27 day course for thsoe without current ESS units provided as either:

  • one week per month for five months or
  • five consecutive weeks

Classes are generally from 9am to 5pm, with some assessment days running into the evening where required. All equipment, training and assessment materials participants need are provided. Please bring your own writing materials, wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and Wet Weather gear appropriate for the forecasted weather conditions.

What sort of credential(s) do I get if I complete the qualification?

If you successfully complete all of the written and practical assessments, you will receive a nationally-recognised Qualification from SMT for the following units:

  • MARB004 Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
  • MARB005 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH003 Manage and maintain navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • MARH004 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARH005 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
  • MARI002 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
  • MARJ002 Monitor environmental management on a vessel
  • MARK002 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters
  • MARN003 Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres
  • BSBFLM303 Contribute to effective workplace relationships

Plus the 4 MAR units from the Elements of Shipboard Safety Course

SMT can issue an Interim Certificate of Competency (ICoC) to participants who have successfully completed the course, 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 drivers licence and birth certificate
  • Current photo (SMT will take your photo and verify it)

Within 7 days of an ICoC being issued, SMT will lodge all completed paperwork to AMSA on your behalf

Task Books

Task books can be purchased from SMT. If you wish to use a Task Book to reduce the amount of sea service time you require for your course, the Task Book needs to be fully completed and submitted to SMT 1 week prior to the commencement of your course for assessment, once it is assessed as satisfactory it will be attached to your sea time evidence used for the issue of the ICoC. For fees relating to purchasing and assessment of the Task Book by SMT, please refer to the latest course schedule and fees document.

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 18th Mar 2019 Battery Point Price $2,406.00 Apply
Mon 8th Jul 2019 Battery Point Price $2,406.00 Apply
Mon 30th Sep 2019 Battery Point Price $2,406.00 Apply