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MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

National ID MAR50320 State ID AC52
Elevate your maritime leadership

Advance as a skilled specialist with our course, qualifying you for roles like Master or Chief Mate on vessels in various waters. Be guided by expert mariners, gain leadership and communication techniques, overseeing stability, navigating international waters, and leading emergency response.

SM TAFE industry connections enhance your employability, aligning with top players in oil, gas, shipbuilding, and defense. If leadership at sea calls you, step up, enhance your nautical skills, and navigate your career to new heights.

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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

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.

CampusesFremantle.

When Semester 1, 2024. Semester 2, 2023.

Study Mode On Campus.

Ready to navigate your crew through rough or smooth seas? Further advance your maritime career and become a highly skilled specialist in a supervisory role.

This course will qualify you to work in international waters as a:

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

Be guided by our team of lecturers who are expert mariners, as you become equipped with leadership and communication techniques to manage a crew. You'll gain a specialised maritime skillset and become trained in overseeing a vessel's stability and seaworthiness, managing cargo handling, navigating international waters and directing the team on watchkeeping. You'll also learn essential emergency response skills such as onboard firefighting, operating survival craft and providing first aid.

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.

If you've got what it takes to be a leader onboard, follow your calling for a career at sea and take the next step in enhancing your nautical and navigational knowledge.

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

Learn in specialist facilities

Situated in the port city of Fremantle, SM TAFE’s Fremantle campus includes some of the most comprehensive facilities for 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 seaworthiness of the ship (ship stability)
    • monitor, loading, unloading, securing and stowage of cargo
    • contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting)
    • follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training)
    • observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR)
    • prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting)
    • survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST)
    • plan and conduct a passage and determine position
    • use of electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) to maintain the safety of navigation
    • use of radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safety of navigation
    • manoeuvre the ship
    • maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship construction)

    Important information

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    Semester 1, 2024

    Details

    Duration 2 Semesters
    When Semester 1, 2024
    Where Fremantle
    How On Campus

    Units and fees

    Semester 1, 2024

    Core Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    HLTAID011 Provide First Aid $0.00 $92.75
    MARH022 Plan and conduct a passage and determine position $0.00 $16.50
    MARO012 Transmit and receive information by visual signalling $0.00 $20.25
    MARO009 Maintain a safe navigational watch $0.00 $20.25
    MARN011 Maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship construction) $0.00 $9.75
    MARK011 Manoeuvre the ship $0.00 $38.00
    MARJ008 Ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements $0.00 $47.75
    MARH024 Use of radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safety of navigation $0.00 $16.50
    MARH023 Use of electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) to maintain the safety of navigation $0.00 $16.50
    MARF047 Monitor compliance with legislative requirements $0.00 $37.25
    MARA017 Maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship stability) $0.00 $11.00
    MARF041 Observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR) $0.00 $36.00
    MARF037 Follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training) $0.00 $55.25
    MARF031 Apply leadership and team working capability $0.00 $16.00
    MARA025 Monitor, loading, unloading, securing and stowage of cargo $0.00 $15.25
    RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces $0.00 $22.50
    Elective Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    Apply medical first aid on board ship
    $0.00 $1,052.25
    Semester 1, 2024 fee
      Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
    General $0.00 $1,523.75 $1,523.75

    Semester 2, 2024

    Core Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    MARO011 Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS) $0.00 $54.50
    MARF046 Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST) $0.00 $483.00
    MARF044 Prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting) $0.00 $939.25
    MARF035 Contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting) $0.00 $1,142.50
    Elective Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    Operate survival craft, rescue boats and lifesaving appliances (proficiency in survival craft)
    $0.00 $842.25
    Semester 2, 2024 fee
      Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
    General $0.00 $3,461.50 $3,461.50

    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 2 Semesters
    When Semester 2, 2023
    Where Fremantle
    How On Campus

    Units and fees

    Semester 2, 2023

    Core Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    MARA017 Maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship stability) $0.00 $11.00
    MARO009 Maintain a safe navigational watch $0.00 $20.25
    MARN011 Maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship construction) $0.00 $9.75
    MARK011 Manoeuvre the ship $0.00 $38.00
    MARJ008 Ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements $0.00 $47.75
    MARH024 Use of radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safety of navigation $0.00 $16.50
    MARH022 Plan and conduct a passage and determine position $0.00 $16.50
    MARF047 Monitor compliance with legislative requirements $0.00 $37.25
    MARF032 Apply medical first aid on board ship $0.00 $1,052.25
    MARA025 Monitor, loading, unloading, securing and stowage of cargo $0.00 $15.25
    RIIWHS202E Enter and work in confined spaces $0.00 $22.50
    Elective Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    Apply leadership and team working capability
    $0.00 $16.00
    Semester 2, 2023 fee
      Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
    General $0.00 $1,303.00 $1,303.00

    Semester 1, 2024

    Core Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    HLTAID011 Provide First Aid $0.00 $92.75
    MARO012 Transmit and receive information by visual signalling $0.00 $19.75
    MARH023 Use of electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) to maintain the safety of navigation $0.00 $16.50
    MARF046 Survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST) $0.00 $483.00
    MARF044 Prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting) $0.00 $939.25
    MARF041 Observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR) $0.00 $36.00
    MARF037 Follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training) $0.00 $55.25
    MARF035 Contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting) $0.00 $1,113.75
    Elective Fees
    National ID Unit title Tuition fee Resource fee
    Operate survival craft, rescue boats and lifesaving appliances (proficiency in survival craft)
    $0.00 $842.25
    Transmit and receive information by the Global Maritime Distress and Safety System (GMDSS)
    $0.00 $54.50
    Semester 1, 2024 fee
      Tuition fee Resource fee Total fee*
    General $0.00 $3,653.00 $3,653.00

    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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