MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations

(General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)

From as low as $1,265!*

Begin Your Maritime Career with Our General Purpose Hand Course

Embark on a rewarding maritime journey with our General Purpose Hand course, designed for aspiring professionals in the commercial maritime sector. This course equips you with essential skills for the crucial role of a Deckhand, covering safety, vessel operations, and maintenance. Gain practical expertise and theoretical knowledge, setting sail towards a successful career in the maritime industry.

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Course Content

If you are looking to kick start your career on a Commercial vessel, you will need to attain the entry-level rank of General Purpose Hand. Often referred to as a Deckhand, this foundational course will allow you to embark on a maritime career across a wide range of vessels.

As a General Purpose Hand, you will form part of the general crew that reports to the Master to ensure the safety of the fellow crew, passengers and the Commercial vessel itself.
Introduction to Maritime Operations: An overview of the maritime industry, its regulations, and the role of a General Purpose Hand.
Safety at Sea: Basic training on safety procedures, use of safety equipment, and emergency response protocols.
Vessel Operations Assistance: Techniques and best practices for assisting in the operation of a vessel, including anchoring, mooring, and basic navigation.
Maintenance Assistance: Basics of vessel maintenance, including cleaning, painting, and simple repairs.
Rope Work: Understanding different types of ropes, knots, and their applications in maritime operations.
Communication: Basics of maritime communication, both verbal and using standard marine communication equipment.
Environmental Awareness: Introduction to the maritime environment, marine conservation, and sustainable practices.

Core Units of Competency

Provide First Aid
Assist with routine maintenance on a commercial vessel
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
Work as part of a crew on a commercial vessel
Apply general purpose hand skills aboard a commercial vessel

Is This Course Right For You?

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Career Opportunities and Study Pathways

This qualification is suitable for people working in an entry level position in the maritime industry as a General Purpose Hand under general supervision of the master or engineer of a commercial vessel to:

Study Pathways

Further Studies
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level


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


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

Common Career Opportunities

General Purpose Hand (GPH)

Work onboard vessels assisting in various tasks, from deck maintenance to aiding in vessel operations. This is a foundational role in maritime operations, often serving as a stepping stone to more specialised positions.

Deckhand on Commercial Vessels

Serve on commercial boats, including fishing vessels, ferries, and tour boats, assisting with daily operations, maintenance, and passenger services.

Maintenance Crew on Larger Vessels

Work on larger ships, such as cruise liners or cargo ships, as part of the maintenance team, ensuring the vessel is kept in optimal condition.

Marine Tourism Assistant

Support operations in marine tourism ventures, such as diving tours, whale watching, or island hopping, ensuring tourists have a safe and enjoyable experience.

Marina or Dock Assistant

Work in marinas or docks, assisting with vessel berthing, maintenance, and providing services to boat owners.

Entry-Level Position on Offshore Platforms

Begin a career in offshore oil or gas platforms, assisting in various operations and gaining experience in the offshore industry.

Course Schedule

Tuesday, 2 April 2024 Wednesday, 3 April 2024
Tuesday, 7 May 2024 Wednesday, 8 May 2024
Tuesday, 4 June 2024 Wednesday, 5 June 2024
Tuesday, 2 July 2024 Wednesday, 3 July 2024
Tuesday, 6 August 2024 Wednesday, 7 August 2024
Tuesday, 3 September 2024 Wednesday, 4 September 2024
Tuesday, 8 October 2024 Wednesday, 9 October 2024
Tuesday, 5 November 2024 Wednesday, 6 November 2024
Tuesday, 3 December 2024 Wednesday, 4 December 2024

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This level of qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification as a General Purpose Hand Near Coastal as defined by Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – National law) 2022.

Certification will require:

  • Achievement of the MAR10220 Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
  • 5 days qualifying sea service on a commercial vessel
  • An Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) approved first aid certificate

People seeking certification should check with AMSA.

This is an accredited course.

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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