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MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR30821 State ID: BHC8
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This certificate will allow you to work as:

  • chief engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 750 kilowatts within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • second engineer on vessels with inboard engines with propulsion power up to 1500 kilowatts within the EEZ.
  • chief or second engineer on a vessel with outboard engines within the EEZ.
  • an assistant under the direct supervision of the chief engineer.
  • in the engine room of a vessel up to 80 meters long with propulsion power up to 3000 kilowatts.

Study in specialist facilities

Situated in the port city of Fremantle, SM TAFE’s Fremantle campus includes some of the most comprehensive facilities for maritime training in the country, with advanced training equipment and highly experienced and qualified lecturing staff. SM TAFE’s maritime training integrates simulator technology, a fleet of three vessels, biological and computing laboratories, along with engineering, seamanship and aquaculture workshops.

You can learn real-world skills in the ship, bridge and engineering simulator training suite and become job ready for your role. The technology used features the most advanced mathematical modelling and shipping databases in the world and the hardware replicates the current equipment installed on seagoing ships.


  • maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
  • undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
  • complete engine room tasks
  • maintain hull out of water
  • operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • operate deck machinery
  • operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • operate electrical systems
  • apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • meet work health and safety requirements
  • survive at sea using survival craft
Free in 2023

This course is FREE from 1 January 2023. The course fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA State Government for WA residents.

Some eligibility conditions apply for the free training, and other fees may apply for some courses. Please see the FAQs on our Skills Ready page for further information.

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
  • Students must be at least 16 years of age to commence this course
  • Prospective students should preferably hold a Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal).

In addition to successful completion of Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires students to successfully complete the following to be issued with a new certificate of competency:

  • Complete an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) 

Refer to the following information for the AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA)(opens in a new tab)

People seeking certification should contact the marine regulators, Australian Maritime Safety Authority. Phone: Head Office 02 6279 5000 (8.00am to 5.00pm, Monday to Friday EST) or visit their website(opens in a new tab)

Attendance in class

This course is 5 days per week when studied full time. Students will be provided theory content to study self-paced, then attend practical sessions for 2 weeks, plus 4 days for those who need to complete their ESS certificate.

At-home study

As well as any in-class component required, you will need to complete additional study each week, 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

When attending campus for practical study 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 during practical attendance:

  • Safety steel-capped work boots must be worn in engineering facilities. 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 aligned to the educational requirement for Certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade II as described in Part D of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV)

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Semester 1, 2023

Fremantle - Online and On Campus

Duration 1 Semester
When Semester 1, 2023
Where Fremantle
How Online and On Campus
Course fee
Tuition fee* Resource fee Total fee
General $0.00 $1,356.00 $1,356.00

Indicative fees and charges 

The fees quoted are estimates only and are for all units in the course for students enrolling on a full-time basis. If you're a student that has successfully completed a lower-level qualification that is a prerequisite for this course, you'll only pay for the units that you need to enrol in to complete this course. Please view the full list of fee disclaimers. 

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