Master <24m NC (M5)

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 the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) training requirement 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.

For more information about Master up to 24m (NC) CoC see AMSA information sheets available from the STT office or MAST office.

How will I be trained and assessed?

STT provides this training by working with participants to recognise and build on their existing skills and knowledge. Training is conducted in MAST-approved training venues and vessels. Assessment is conducted during these training sessions. All training and assessment is conducted by MAST-approved trainers and assessors. Assessment activities will include:

  • written assessments* of underpinning knowledge;
  • written assessments* of underpinning knowledge;
  • verbal assessments of understanding of actions to be taken during routine, emergency and exceptional circumstances;
  • 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
  • demonstration of practical skills and knowledge

Participants who are seeking a Master up to 24m (NC) CoC must undertake an additional AMSA oral assessment. As part of the training, STT provides assistance to participants with their preparation for the oral 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
  • Workplace regulations and legislation
  • Ship stability
  • Voyage planning

Participants must also enrol in and complete the following three STT courses if they have not already done so:

  • Elements of Shipboard Safety Course
  • First Aid Course
  • Long Range Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP) Course

How long will the Qualification take to complete?

This is a 25 day course provided in five blocks, either:

  • over a five-week period; OR
  • one week per month for five months

Class is generally from 9am to 5pm, with some assessment days running into the evening if required.

What do I need to bring to the training sessions?

All of the equipment, training materials and assessment materials that participants need will be provided by STT. Participants must bring their own writing materials and wear work-style clothing and enclosed footwear suitable for a Vessel and Wet Weather gear appropriate for the weather conditions forecast.

Qualification requirements

There is no formal prerequisite for this qualification; however the training is designed for participants who have considerable experience in operating small vessels and the required sea service to apply for a Master up to 24m (NC) CoC.

More information about the Master up to 24m (NC) CoC, including sea service requirements, is available from STT or MAST.

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

If you successfully complete all of the assessments, you will receive a nationally-recognised Statement of Attainment from STT 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

And the 4 units from the Elements of Shipboard Safety Course

MAST will issue a Master up to 24m (NC) Certificate of Competence on behalf of AMSA when you have met all AMSA Licence requirements. Details of the requirements are Master up to 24m (NC) available from STT or MAST. NOTE: Documentation is submitted to MAST/AMSA not STT

Task Books

Task books can be obtained from STT before a course commences, however they need to be returned and verified at least 3 weeks prior to the course completion. On completion of the Task Book, MAST will assess if the Task Book meets AMSA requirements and will determine whether to accept the Task Book as part of a sea service assessment. For fees relating to purchasing and assessment of the Task Book by STT, please refer to the latest course schedule and fees document, other fees may apply for assessment by MAST.  

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 19th Mar 2018 Battery Point Price $2,005.00 Apply
Mon 30th Jul 2018 Battery Point Price $2,005.00 Apply
Mon 1st Oct 2018 Battery Point Price $2,005.00 Apply