MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations

(Master Up To 24 Metres Near Coastal)

From as low as $1,480!*

Professional Mastery in Coastal Vessel Operations

Elevate your maritime career with our Certificate III in Maritime Operations, designed for those aspiring to captain vessels up to 24 metres. This course offers a blend of practical experience and in-depth knowledge, essential for navigating the complexities of near coastal operations. 

Ideal for maritime professionals seeking to enhance their command skills, it’s a strategic step towards becoming a certified Master in Australian waters.

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Course Overview

The “Master up to 24 metres (Near Coastal)” course, formerly known as “Master 5”, empowers you to captain a marine vessel up to 24 metres long within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ). Additionally, this qualification enables you to serve as Chief Mate or Deck Watch Keeper on ships less than 35 metres in the EEZ. This course provides the hands-on experience essential for enhancing your skills and ensuring long-term success in the maritime field.

This course is designed for students who have achieved 80% of the AMSA (Australian Maritime Safety Authority) sea time requirements for Master up to 24 Meters NC Certificate of Competency.

Course Content

Advanced Seafood Processing: Delve deeper into specialised processing techniques, including preservation methods, value-added products, and innovative processing technologies.
Advanced Navigation: Building on foundational navigation skills, this module delves deeper into advanced navigation techniques and tools.
Shipboard Safety: Ensuring the safety of the vessel, crew, and passengers, including emergency procedures and safety equipment.
Vessel Operations and Maintenance: Advanced techniques for vessel handling, anchoring, mooring, and routine maintenance.
Meteorology: Interpreting weather maps, understanding weather patterns, and making informed decisions based on meteorological data.
Shipboard Management: Leadership and management skills for effectively running a vessel, including crew management and administrative duties.
Environmental Practices: Understanding the environmental impact of maritime operations and implementing sustainable practices.
Emergency Response: Advanced training in handling maritime emergencies, including man-overboard, fire fighting, and vessel abandonment.

Core Units of Competency

Provide First Aid
Support effective workplace relationships
Perform routine maintenance on a vessel up to 24 metres
Slip or dock a vessel & maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
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
Manage & maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
Plan & navigate a passage for a vessel up to 80 metres
Use wheelhouse equipment for safe navigation
Observe regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 80 metres
Monitor environmental management on a vessel
Manoeuvre a vessel up to 24 metres within near coastal waters
Perform seamanship operations on board a vessel up to 24 metres

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 M24
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 the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency in the capacity of:
  • master on commercial vessels up to 24 m in length within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ) or
  • chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35 m in length within the EEZ or
  • chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 m in length in inshore waters.

Common Career Opportunities

Master of Commercial Vessels

Captain commercial vessels up to 24 metres in length within Australian near coastal waters, ensuring safe and efficient operations.

Tour Boat Captain

Operate boats for tourism ventures, such as guided tours or fishing trips, in coastal areas.

Charter Boat Captain

Operate charter boats for private events, parties, or specialised tours, ensuring a memorable experience for clients while maintaining safety standards.

Marine Transport Operator

Command ferries or water taxis, transporting passengers between coastal points or islands.

Fishing Vessel Master

Lead commercial fishing expeditions, ensuring safety and adherence to regulations.

Marine Rescue Service Leader

Take charge of marine rescue operations, coordinating teams during search and rescue missions within inshore waters.

Study Pathways

Previous Studies
Begin here to gain experience and confidence:


Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
Further Studies
Advance your skills to take your career to the next level


Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 45 metres Near Coastal)
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Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)

Course Schedule

Monday, 6 May 2024 Friday, 31 May 2024
Monday, 8 July 2024 Friday, 2 August 2024
Monday, 2 September 2024 Friday, 27 September 2024
Monday, 4 November 2024 Friday, 29 November 2024

Licensing/Regulatory Information

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master <24 metres NC as defined in the National Standard for Commercial Vessels (NSCV) Part D.
AMSA certification of competency will require:
  • achieving MAR30921 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master <24 m Near Coastal)
  • a Marine Radio Long Range Operators Certificate of Proficiency
  • sea service consisting of:
    • 120 days qualifying sea service and a completed AMSA approved task book
    • Or 600 days qualifying sea service
  • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in the NSCV Part D and
  • assessment by an AMSA approved assessor using the AMSA mandated practical assessment (AMPA) conducted on a commercial vessel ≥7.5 m in length.

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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