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MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal)

National ID MAR40320 State ID BFW3
Become a master, chief mate or watchkeeper on vessels

When you undertake this AMSA-accredited course, you will be guided by experts, while expanding your maritime skills, from crew leadership to emergency procedures. Learn voyage planning, weather forecasting, cargo management, and vessel maneuvering. 

Gain real-world skills at our Fremantle campus, equipped with cutting-edge facilities, simulators, and experienced staff. Be job-ready with advanced technology and comprehensive training, ensuring compliance with national standards.

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This course remains FEE FREE in 2024! The tuition fees are 100 per cent subsidised by the WA 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.

* Please note that eligibility requirements apply to some of the free training. Tuition fees are free, but resource fees may be payable for some courses

CampusesFremantle.

When Semester 1, 2024. Semester 2, 2023.

Study Mode On Campus.

Progress to the next level in maritime operations and navigate your career towards your dream job at sea.

This course will qualify you to work as a:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 45 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Master on vessels up to 100 metres long in inshore waters
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 100 metres long within the EEZ.
  • Undertake the duties and perform the functions of a General Purpose Hand NC

Be guided by our team of expert lecturers as you expand on your current maritime knowledge and gain a practical specialised skillset in monitoring and managing the operation of a vessel. You'll learn techniques to lead a small crew as well as safety onboard and operating survival craft in an emergency. Be trained in fundamentals such as planning a voyage and weather forecasting, discharging and stowing of cargo, managing seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80m, and manoeuvring a vessel up to 80m.

SM TAFE has key maritime connections which give students strong employability opportunities in oil and gas, shipbuilding and defence industries, alongside partnerships with Shell, Rio Tinto, Royal Oman Police, MMA Offshore Marine, BHP, INPEX and Australian Offshore Solutions.

Visit the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) website for details regarding sea service and certification requirements.

Take the next step in your seafaring career and become a skilled maritime professional.

Study in specialist facilities

Situated in the port city of Fremantle, the SM TAFE 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.

 

  • manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
  • manage vessel stability
  • slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services
  • monitor and manage vessel operations
  • operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment
  • follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel
  • meet work health and safety requirements
  • manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres

Important information

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Semester 1, 2024

Details

Duration 8 Weeks
When Semester 1, 2024
Where Fremantle
How On Campus

Course fees

Indicative General fee $133.75
(Tuition fee* $0.00 + Resource fee $133.75 )

Units and fees

Core

National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid $0.00 $0.00
MARA022 Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo $0.00 $11.00
MARA024 Manage vessel stability $0.00 $11.00
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARB046 Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
MARC047 Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services $0.00 $11.00
MARC048 Monitor and manage vessel operations $0.00 $7.50
MARC051 Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment $0.00 $0.00
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel $0.00 $0.00
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements $0.00 $0.00
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft $0.00 $0.00
MARG007 Manage a small crew $0.00 $7.50
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation $0.00 $0.00
MARH019 Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions $0.00 $10.00
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel $0.00 $0.00
MARK009 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $20.25
MARN013 Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces $0.00 $22.50

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. 

Semester 2, 2023

Details

Duration 8 Weeks
When Semester 2, 2023
Where Fremantle
How On Campus

Course fees

Indicative General fee $133.75
(Tuition fee* $0.00 + Resource fee $133.75 )

Units and fees

Core

National ID Unit title General fee Resource fee
HLTAID011 Provide First Aid $0.00 $0.00
MARA022 Manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo $0.00 $11.00
MARA024 Manage vessel stability $0.00 $11.00
MARB030 Slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARB046 Plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
MARC047 Manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services $0.00 $11.00
MARC048 Monitor and manage vessel operations $0.00 $7.50
MARC051 Operate deck machinery and steering gear on a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
MARF027 Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment $0.00 $0.00
MARF028 Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel $0.00 $0.00
MARF029 Meet work health and safety requirements $0.00 $0.00
MARF030 Survive at sea using survival craft $0.00 $0.00
MARG007 Manage a small crew $0.00 $7.50
MARH015 Manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARH016 Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARH017 Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation $0.00 $0.00
MARH019 Forecast weather and oceanographic conditions $0.00 $10.00
MARI004 Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $0.00
MARJ007 Monitor environmental management on a vessel $0.00 $0.00
MARK009 Manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $20.25
MARN013 Manage seaworthiness of a vessel up to 80 metres $0.00 $11.00
RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces $0.00 $22.50

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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