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MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations
(Master Up To 45 Metres Near Coastal)

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Professional Mastery in Near Coastal Navigation

Elevate your maritime career with our Certificate IV in Maritime Operations, tailored for professionals aspiring to command vessels up to 45 metres. Building on foundational maritime skills, this course delves into advanced navigation, safety, and leadership for larger vessel management. 

Ideal for those with significant sea time experience, it’s a decisive step towards mastering near coastal operations and leading as a confident, skilled captain or maritime supervisor.

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Course Overview:

The “Master up to 45 metres (Near Coastal)” course, formerly known as “Master 4” and “Master 35”, is tailored for maritime professionals aiming to command larger vessels of up to 45 metres in length within Australian near coastal waters. It delves deeper into maritime operations, navigation, and leadership, ensuring participants are adept at handling the complexities of larger vessels.

This course is designed for students who have achieved 80% of the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) sea time requirements for Master up to 45 metres NC Certificate of Competency, and; hold the MAR30921 – Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal).

Course Contents:

Advanced Maritime Operations: A deeper exploration of maritime operations, including vessel management, crew coordination, and operational planning.
Expert Navigation: Advanced techniques and tools for navigating larger vessels, including electronic navigation systems and integrated bridge systems.
Safety and Emergency Protocols: Comprehensive training on safety procedures for larger vessels, including fire prevention, crowd management, and emergency coordination.
Vessel Handling and Seamanship: Techniques for manoeuvring, anchoring, and docking vessels up to 45 metres in length.
Maritime Legislation and Compliance: Understanding the regulatory framework for larger vessels, including international conventions and national regulations.
Leadership and Shipboard Management: Developing leadership skills to manage larger crews, handle administrative duties, and ensure smooth vessel operations.
Meteorology and Oceanography: Advanced understanding of weather patterns, ocean currents, and their impact on maritime operations.
Environmental Stewardship: Best practices for ensuring sustainable maritime operations, minimising environmental impact, and adhering to marine conservation regulations.

Core Units of Competency

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

Is This Course Right For You?

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Career Opportunities and Study Pathways

This qualification is suitable for those sailing as Master on vessels up to 45 metres in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or a Mate on vessels up to 100 metres in length.

Study Pathways

Previous Studies
Begin here to gain experience and confidence:

MAR20321

Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

SFI30319

Certificate III in Seafood Post Harvest Operations
Related Studies
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability:

MAR30921

Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)

MAR30821

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

Common Career Opportunities

Master of Mid-Sized Commercial Vessels

Command commercial vessels up to 45 metres in length within Australian near coastal waters. This includes cargo ships, transport vessels, and specialised commercial boats.

Charter Boat Captain

Operate larger charter boats for private events, corporate gatherings, or specialised tours, ensuring a premium experience for clients while maintaining high safety standards.

Marine Transport Operator

Captain larger ferries or water taxis, especially those operating between major ports, islands, or covering longer distances within the Exclusive Economic Zone.

Fishing Vessel Master

Lead larger commercial fishing expeditions, overseeing the operations of mid-sized fishing vessels, crew management, and ensuring adherence to fishing quotas and regulations.

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Marine Tour Operator

Operate larger vessels for extended marine tours, such as multi-day cruises, diving expeditions, or eco-tours in coastal regions.

Maritime Supervisor or Manager

Oversee operations at maritime facilities, such as marinas or docks, ensuring smooth operations, safety compliance, and coordinating vessel movements.

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This level of qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal as defined by Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – National law) 2022.

Certification as a Master less than 45 metres Near Coastal (as defined by Marine Order 505) will require achievement of the MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal), certification as a Master less than 24 metres Near Coastal, an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency, Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) final assessment and an AMSA approved first aid certificate.

People seeking certification should check with AMSA.

This level of qualification is also currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a Mate less than 100 metres Near Coastal as defined by Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – national law) 2022.

Certification as a Mate less than 100 metres Near Coastal will require achievement of the MAR40320 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal), qualifying sea service and completion of AMSA approved task book or qualifying sea service, an appropriate radio certificate of proficiency, AMSA final assessment and an AMSA approved first aid certificate.

People seeking certification should check with AMSA.

How to Enrol

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*Fees may vary due to prerequisite qualifications. Contact us for more information on what fee structure you may be eligible for.

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