National ID: 52697WA | State ID: 3731


This course provides the learner with skills and knowledge to gain employment in the maritime industry or for further studies in marine sciences in the University sector. You will learn about seamanship, small vessel operations and maintenance, coastal navigation and meteorology, marine biological and ecological systems, fishing and aquaculture technology and management strategies. This course has a significant component of practical training on board our fleet of vessels, in designated fishing & engineering workshops and in laboratories.

This qualification is completed as a dual qualification with MAR20313 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal), which enhances the employability skills of the graduates and provides them with the opportunity to apply for a nationally recognised commercial ticket (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal (NC)) once they have completed the additional Australian Maritime Safety Authority requirements. Please ensure that you enrol in both at time of enrolment.

The Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) is not eligible for Vet Fee Help, and must either be paid in full or by the Payment Plan whereby a $100 deposit is paid upfront and the balance is split over 8 x fortnightly payments.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Completion of this qualification provides a pathway to become a fisheries officer, coastal ranger, marine research assistant or deckhand/master.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Marine Science at Murdoch University

Course overview

Course details

Course Overview

Where Maritime
Duration 1 year (2 semesters) full time
How Full Time (On Campus)
When Available Semester 2, 2017

Completion of this qualification provides a pathway to become a fisheries officer, coastal ranger, marine research assistant or deckhand/master.

For information about jobs and pathways, please see

Further study opportunities:

Marine Science at Murdoch University

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

These fees are estimates only for students enrolling in government funded courses on a full time basis.

The indicative fees for a course may differ between training providers due to the units they have included in the course outline. These differences generally result from adapting courses to meet local industry needs. The actual cost of a course will also vary if different electives are chosen by the student.

Nominal hours are not hours of training or instruction. They are used to determine course fees and subsidy levels to reflect the cost to deliver quality training.

Other charges may apply.

Indicative Tuition Fees in 2017

VET Student Loans 

Students in an eligible diploma qualifications and above may be assisted through a loan under the Commonwealth Government's VET Student Loan scheme. For more information on entrance requirements and eligible course list please see www.education.gov.au/vet-student-loans 

For information on VET Student Loans at South Metropolitan TAFE please visit the Student Loans page.

International students

Fees, charges, available locations, applications, and enrolment procedures for international students are different to those applicable to local students.

International students can only study full-time.

For information on international student fees and application, please follow this link to the  TAFE International WA website 

1 Core Units

Unit Title National ID Unit of Study
Aquaculture Industry overview 57299
Assist with routine maintenance of a vessel MARB001 WH794
Coastal Navigation 57292
Conduct baseline studies of coastal and marine ecosystems 57295
Conduct biodiversity assessment for marine ecosystems 57296
Develop managemental plans for coastal and marine resources 57297
Ensure a safe workplace BSBWHS501A WE733
Implement monitoring programs for the coastal and marine environment 57298
Interrogate and analyse statistical data PSPGOV523A C8053
Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres MARN003 WH879
Prepare for maintenance SFISHIP211C D9302
Produce spreadsheets BSBITU304A D0787
Use power tools/hand held operations MEM18002B W5574
Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation MARH005 WH852
Utilise Commercial Fishing Techniques and Technology 57300
Vessel Handling 57293
Weather Watch Keeping 57294
Work safely with industrial chemicals and materials MEM13003B W5505
  • This course uses TAFE Admissions, to study full-time in Semester Two 2017, apply through tasonline.tafe.wa.edu.au/ on or after May 1st, 2017 and before June 12th, 2017.
  • Online courses normally have enrolments available ongoing at any time, for help enrolling or for more information
    call: 1800 001 001 or email: info@smtafe.wa.edu.au
  • For apprenticeships and traineeships (where available), you must be employed in a training contract by an appropriate organisation to study.
  • For international students (where available), contact
  • For all other courses, or if you need help or have questions please call us on
    1800 001 001 or email us at info@smtafe.wa.edu.au

Please note: All enrolling students will require a Unique Student Identifier number.

Entrance Requirements

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
Completion of WACE General or ATAR (Minimum C Grades) or equivalent Completion of WACE General or ATAR or equivalent (minimum C Grades) Certificate III

South Metropolitan TAFE maintains strong relationships with a number of universities. On completion of diploma and advanced diploma courses, students may be eligible for credit towards a bachelor degree at one of our university partners. For details of our university pathway options, visit our Uni Pathways page.

Please note: Different university entrance arrangements may apply to international students. For further details please contact the individual Universities directly.

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