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.
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 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)
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) .
Semester 2, 2021 dates:
- Body of course: starts 30 August
- 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.
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Attendance in class
This course is equivalent to 5 days per week when studied full time across five weeks.
As well as the in-class component, you will need to complete approximately 10 hours of additional study each week outside of class hours, including private study, assignment preparation, and research.
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 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).
For information about jobs and pathways, please see
Further study opportunities:
- MAR40518 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal), State ID BDU5
Study options and next steps
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