MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations

(Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 & 3 Near Coastal)

From as low as $1,010!*

Develop Precision In Maritime Operations

This course is expertly designed for individuals aiming to master the operation and maintenance of marine engines in near coastal waters. Ideal for those nearing completion of their AMSA sea time requirements, it combines theoretical knowledge with practical experience, ensuring you are equipped to manage engine rooms safely and efficiently. 

Propel your maritime career forward as a skilled engine driver, chief engineer, or technical specialist in the dynamic world of marine operations.

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Course Content

This course is tailored for individuals aiming to become proficient Marine Engine Drivers in near coastal waters. It offers a blend of theoretical knowledge and hands-on experience, ensuring participants are well-equipped to operate and maintain marine engines safely and efficiently.
This course is designed for students who have achieved 80% of the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) sea time requirements for Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC Certificate of Competency.

Marine Engine Fundamentals: Introduction to the principles of marine engine operation, including diesel and petrol engines.
Maintenance and Troubleshooting: Techniques for routine maintenance, diagnostics, and troubleshooting common engine issues.
Safety Protocols: Comprehensive training on safety procedures specific to engine rooms, including fire prevention and emergency response.
Electrical Systems: Basics of marine electrical systems, including battery management, circuitry, and fault detection.
Fuel Systems Management: Understanding and managing fuel systems, including fuel types, storage, and efficient consumption.
Propulsion Systems: Overview of various propulsion systems, their components, and maintenance requirements.
Environmental Stewardship: Best practices for minimising environmental impact, including waste management and pollution control.
Legislation and Compliance: Familiarisation with maritime regulations, standards, and compliance requirements for engine operations.

Core Units of Competency

Work effectively with others
Provide First Aid
Maintain marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
Undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
Complete engine room tasks
Maintain hull out of water
Operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
Operate deck machinery
Operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
Manage fuel systems
Operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
Operate electrical 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
Follow environmental work practices

Is this course right for you?

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Entry Requirements:

To ensure you have the right skills and support to succeed in your course, a Language, Literacy, and
Numeracy (LLN) evaluation helps identify any areas where you may require additional support to help
you achieve your goals.

You will also be required to hold at least 80% of the AMSA sea service requirements. Refer to the MED2
Entry Requirements Info Sheet for further details on sea service requirements and submitting evidence.

Due to the physical requirements of this qualification, the Learner must be physically fit.

Career Opportunities and Study Pathways

This qualification applies to people working in maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency in the capacity of:

Study Pathways

Previous studies
Begin here to gain experience and confidence.


Certificate I in Maritime Operations (General Purpose Hand Near Coastal)
Further and related Studies
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level and gain specialist skills to expand your employability.


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


Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal)

Common Career Opportunities

Marine Engine Driver Grade 2

Operate and maintain engines on vessels within near coastal waters. This role involves ensuring the smooth operation of marine engines, troubleshooting issues, and performing routine maintenance.

Chief Engineer on Smaller Vessels

Serve as the primary engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 750 KW within the Economic Exclusion Zone (EEZ). This role involves overseeing all engine operations and maintenance tasks.

Second Engineer on Larger Vessels

Work as a supporting engineer on vessels with propulsion power up to 1500 KW within the EEZ. Assist the chief engineer in managing and maintaining the vessel's engine systems.

Marine Workshop Technician

Work in marine workshops or shipyards, specializing in the repair, maintenance, and overhaul of marine engines and related systems.

Marine Engine Driver
Marine Surveyor Assistant

Assist marine surveyors in inspecting and assessing the condition of marine engines and systems, ensuring they meet regulatory standards and requirements.

Course Schedule

Monday, 29 April 2024 Friday, 17 May 2024
Monday, 8 July 2024 Friday, 26 July 2024
Monday, 9 September 2024 Friday, 27 September 2024
Monday, 11 November 2024 Friday, 29 November 2024

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certification as a Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.

AMSA certification will require:

  • achieving MAR30821 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 NC)
  • sea service consisting of:
    • 180 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
    • or 360 days qualifying sea service
    • or 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book, while holding a Coxswain 1 (Cox 1), Coxswain 2 endorsed for 500 kW inboard propulsion (Cox 2 500 kW), or Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 (MED 3)
    • or 240 days qualifying sea service while holding a Cox 1, Cox 2 500 kW or MED 3
    • or 90 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
    • or 180 days qualifying sea service while holding a workshop skill equivalent qualification
  • 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)

This is an accredited course.

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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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