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MAR50315 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

National ID: MAR50315 State ID: AWO1
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This certificate enables you to work as a Master or Chief mate on vessels less than 500 gross tonnage in any operating area and as Watchkeeper deck officer on vessels of any gross tonnage and in any operating area.

With this certificate you can perform the duties or functions of:

  • Master or chief mate on ships less than 500 gross tonnage in any operating area.
  • Watchkeeper deck officer on ships of any gross tonnage in any operating area.
  • Master and chief mate on ships less than 3000 gross tonnage in near coastal waters.
  • Able seafarer—deck.

In addition to successful completion of the Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master up to 500GT), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires students to successfully complete each of the following to be issued with a new certificate of competency:

  • Meet medical test and eyesight requirements
  • Completed qualifying sea service time as either understudy of the officer in charge of a navigational watch or equivalent. Please refer to AMSA website below for further information
  • Pass a Final Assessment at an AMSA office.

Refer to the following information on the AMSA website(opens in a new tab) for further details. 

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 the website(opens in a new tab)

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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.

Half price in 2021

This course is part of the Lower fees, local skills initiative where you'll only pay half the course fees from January until December 2021 capped at $1,200; or $400 if you're aged 15—24 or eligible for a concession. Find out more

Only course fees are half price. You may be required to pay other fees that apply to your course.

VET Student Loans (VSL)

This course is a VET Student Loan eligible course. A VET Student Loan creates a debt that must be repaid to the Commonwealth and is only available to students who are eligible.

To find out if you are eligible or to see the list of eligible courses visit our Student Loans page.

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
  • This marine course is aligned to the educational requirements for certification as Deck Watchkeeper as described in Marine Orders - Part 3: Seagoing Qualifications (Version 6) under the Australian Navigation Act 1912. A history of sea time/service on board a vessel will be required to obtain a certificate of competency from AMSA.

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

Further study opportunities:

  • MAR60315 Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited), State ID AWN9

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