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MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR20318 State ID: BDU0
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Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, fisheries, fishing, tourism and aquaculture.

This qualification is suitable for people who want to command and operate a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 100 kilowatts. 

In addition to successful completion of Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires students to successfully complete each of the following to be issued with a new certificate of competency:

  • Be at least 16 years old
  • Complete an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) (Completed during the course)

Refer to the following information for the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA)(opens in a new tab) for the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal). People seeking certification should contact the marine regulators, Australian Maritime Safety Authority(opens in a new tab) .

2021 Dates:

Semester 2
Main body of course: starts 19 July
Elements of Shipboard Safety: starts 23 August


This qualification is directly aligned with priority industry areas where the jobs are today, and into the future. As part of the state government Lower fees, local skills initiative, from 1 January 2021 through to 31 December 2021 you'll only pay half the course fees (plus resource fee), capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more.


This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees until December 2021. Fees are capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession, plus resource fees and other fees that may apply to your course. Find out more

School Leaver Non-School Leaver AQF
OLNA or NAPLAN 9 Band 8 C Grades in Year 10 English and Maths or equivalent Certificate I or Certificate II

An AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) will need to be completed to gain a Certificate of Competency from AMSA.

Attendance in class

This course is equivalent to 5 days per week when studied full time across nine weeks. 

At-home study

As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 3 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.

You will need to have the basic technical requirements for at-home study. If you don’t have access to a computer and WiFi at home, we recommend using our library computers during library hours.

Work placement

Work placement is not a requirement of this course.

What you need

On your first day you should bring your SM TAFE confirmation enrolment receipt, your student ID, stationery (pen, pencil, exercise book, eraser, folder for notebooks and handouts) and wear enclosed footwear.

In addition, the following dress requirements/PPE is required at all classes:

  • Safety steel-capped work boots must be worn during engineering classes. Heavy leather uppers and heavy duty soles.
  • No sand shoe volley type of footwear allowed (even with steel caps)
  • Overalls during engineering classes
  • Water, food, hat and sunscreen for boat days

Fremantle Campus does not have a cafeteria but has basic kitchen facilities (kettle, microwave, fridge).

Parking is available but please ensure apprentices arrive early on the first day to organise parking permit at the Customer Service counter.

  • This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal in the maritime industry and Command a Commercial Marine Vessel which is up to 12 meters in length. The propulsion power must be unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500 kW for an inboard engine.  Vessel: inshore or as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

For information about jobs and pathways, please see http://joboutlook.gov.au/

Further study opportunities:

  • MAR30918 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal), State ID BDU4

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Semester 2

Duration 9 Weeks
When Semester 2
Where Fremantle

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