MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations

(Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

From as low as $1,010!*

Navigating Success: Small Vessel Command

This course equips you with key skills for navigating and operating small vessels in Australian inshore waters. Ideal for aspiring Coxswains, it covers navigation, safety, vessel handling, and more, setting you on course for a successful maritime journey.

The MAR20321 – Certificate II in Maritime Operations(Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) provides excellent grounding for continuation to a Master certificate of competency.

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Course Overview:

Our training courses for Coxswain Grade 1 offer hands-on experience in navigating vessels within Australia’s inshore waters. The training allows operation of vessels with an inboard engine up to 500KW and no limit for outboard engines. Our comprehensive Coxswain training ensures you master the necessary Units of Competency, positioning you to achieve the Certificate II in Maritime Operations (coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)

This course is designed for students who have achieved 80% of the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) sea time requirements for Coxswain Grade 1 NC Certificate of Competency.

Course Contents:

Introduction to Maritime Operations: Familiarisation with the maritime industry, its regulations, and the role of a Coxswain.
Navigation and Seamanship: Basic principles of navigating vessels, including the use of navigation tools and understanding of charts.
Safety Protocols: Comprehensive training on safety procedures, emergency response, and the use of safety equipment.
Vessel Handling: Techniques and best practices for maneuvering vessels in various conditions.
Maintenance and Upkeep: Basics of vessel maintenance, including routine checks and addressing common issues.
Communication: Effective communication techniques, both verbal and using maritime communication equipment.
Environmental Awareness: Understanding the maritime environment and the importance of sustainable practices.
Weather Patterns: Basics of meteorology and its impact on maritime operations.

Core Units of Competency

Provide First Aid
Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
Operate inboard and outboard motors
Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems
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
Survive at sea using survival craft
Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres
Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres
Follow environmental work practices
Handle a vessel up to 12 metres
Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres

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Career Opportunities and Study Pathways

This qualification applies to people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency to command and operate the engines of a vessel:

  • <12 m in length
  • with propulsion power that is unlimited for an outboard engine or <500 kW for an inboard engine
  • that is in inshore waters or designated waters


  • as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).Coxswain on Commercial Vessels

Operate commercial vessels within Australian inshore waters, ensuring the vessel’s safety and overseeing its operations.

Study Pathways

Previous Studies:
Begin here to gain experience and confidence:


Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)


Certificate III in Seafood Post Harvest Operations
Further Studies:
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level:


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


Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
Related Studies:
Strengthen your expertise and gain specialist skills to expand your employability:


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


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

Common Career Opportunities

Marine Transport Operator

Operate ferries or water taxis, transporting passengers between coastal locations, islands, or across harbours.

Tour Boat Operator

Work for tourism companies, offering services like guided tours, fishing trips, or diving expeditions in coastal regions.

Marine Rescue Operator

Participate in marine rescue teams, aiding in search and rescue operations within inshore waters.

Workboat Operator

Operate workboats that support marine construction, offshore operations, or assist larger vessels.

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Fishing Vessel Skipper

Lead commercial or chartered fishing expeditions, ensuring safety and efficient operations.

Maritime Supervisor or Manager

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

Course Schedule

Monday, 8 April 2024 Friday, 26 April 2024
Monday, 10 June 2024 Friday, 28 June 2024
Monday, 12 August 2024 Friday, 30 August 2024
Monday, 14 October 2024 Friday, 1 November 2024
Monday, 2 December 2024 Friday, 20 December 2024

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Coxswain Grade 1 NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification of competency will require:

  • achieving MAR20321 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
  • a Marine Radio Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency
  • sea service consisting of:
    • 30 days qualifying sea service¬†and a completed AMSA approved task book
    • Or 150 days qualifying sea service
  • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D
  • assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) conducted on a commercial vessel ‚Č• 5 m in length.

This is an accredited course.

How to Enrol

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Option 2: Simply fill out the enquiry form and one of our team will contact you to discuss the next steps and available course dates.

*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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