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Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1)( Engineering Class 1 Motor)

National ID: MAR60120 | State ID: AC38

This qualification is suitable for people who work as an Engineer Class 1 in the maritime industry on ships powered by main propulsion machinery of any propulsion power in any operating area. This qualification forms some of the requirements for certification by the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) as an Engineer Class 1 as described in Marine Orders 70-73 (2014) under the Navigation Act 2012. People seeking certification should check requirements with AMSA.

Required short courses: 

  • Medical First Aid
  • Proficiency in Survival Craft
  • Advanced Fire Fighting

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Marine Engineer

Further Study Option(s)

Become a specialist in your field with university study

The information about university credit points and tuition costs provides a general guide only. SM TAFE recommends students discuss credit points with the university or college of their choice at the time of graduation.

Australian Maritime College

This course has a study pathway with the Australian Maritime College(opens in a new tab)   as of November 2021.

  • Australian Maritime College - Bachelor of Applied Science (Marine Engineering) - two core units and four elective units, delivered in Launceston or online

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

National ID: MAR50320 | State ID: AC52

This certificate enables you to work as a Master or Chief mate on vessels less than 500 gross tonnage in any operating area and as Watchkeeper deck officer on vessels of any gross tonnage and in any operating area.

Gain these skills:

  • maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship stability)
  • monitor, loading, unloading, securing and stowage of cargo
  • contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting)
  • follow vessel security procedures (security awareness training)
  • observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR)
  • prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting)
  • survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST)
  • plan and conduct a passage and determine position
  • use of electronic chart display and information system (ECDIS) to maintain the safety of navigation
  • use of radar and other bridge equipment to maintain safety of navigation
  • manoeuvre the ship
  • maintain seaworthiness of the ship (ship construction)

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Ship's Master

Further Study Option(s)

Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

Diploma of Marine Engineering Engineering Class 3 (near Coastal)

National ID: MAR50120 | State ID: AC31

This qualification lets you carry out the duties of chief engineer.

Gain these skills:

  • apply leadership and team working capability
  • contribute to fire prevention and firefighting (basic firefighting)
  • observe personal safety and social responsibility (PSSR)
  • operate survival craft, rescue boats and lifesaving appliances (proficiency in survival craft)
  • prevent, control and fight fires on board a vessel (advanced firefighting)
  • survive at sea in the event of vessel abandonment and personal survival techniques (PST)
  • monitor compliance with legislative requirements
  • ensure compliance with pollution prevention requirements
  • apply basic principles of naval architecture
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of marine auxiliary boilers
  • demonstrate basic knowledge of marine electrical systems

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Marine Engineer

Further Study Option(s)

Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) (Engineer Class 1 (Motor))

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR40320 | State ID: BFW3

This certificate will allow you to work as:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 35 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).
  • Master on vessels up to 80 metres long in inshore waters.
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 metres long within the EEZ.

Gain these skills:

  • manage loading, discharging and stowing of cargo
  • manage vessel stability
  • slip or dock a vessel and maintain hull on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • plan and supervise routine maintenance on a vessel up to 80 metres
  • manage a propulsion unit using appropriate engine systems and support services
  • monitor and manage vessel operations
  • operate deck machinery and steering gear 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
  • manage and maintain a navigational watch on board vessels up to 80 metres
  • manoeuvre a vessel up to 80 metres

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Ship's Masters

Further Study Option(s)

Diploma of Maritime Operations (Watchkeeper Deck)

Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 500 GT)

Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 1 Near Coastal)

National ID: MAR40220 | State ID: BFV6

This qualification is aligned to the educational requirement for Certification as Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 as described in Part D of the National Standards for Commercial Vessels (NSCV). The Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate of Competency (CoC) is issued by the appropriate maritime regulatory authority in each state and territory.

A Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate allows a holder to take charge of the machinery on vessels less than:

  • 525kw (35QN) propulsion power engaged in operations in any area; or750kw (50QN) propulsion power engaged in operations up to Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm), or
  • 1500kw propulsion power engaged in operations up to Inshore limits (15nm).

This certificate also allows the holder to be second-in-charge of machinery on vessels less than:

  • 525kw (35QN) propulsion power engaged in Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm)
  • 750kw (50QN) propulsion power engaged in operations up to Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm)
  • 1500kw propulsion power engaged in operations up to Offshore Limits (600nm); or
  • 1500kw propulsion power

Evidence of sea time/service on board a vessel will be required to obtain a Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate of Competency from AMSA. For information on all CoC requirements, please see: http://nationalsystem.amsa.gov.au/factsheets.php

Gain these skills

  • undertake basic maintenance of electrical systems
  • manage refuelling
  • undertake maintenance of 240 to 440 voltage alternating current electrical systems
  • undertake maintenance of machinery, machinery systems and structural components
  • complete engine room tasks
  • maintain hull out of water
  • operate and maintain extra low and low voltage electrical systems and equipment
  • operate marine internal combustion engines, and propulsion and auxiliary systems
  • operate and monitor marine internal combustion engines, propulsion plant and auxiliary systems
  • operate 240 to 440 voltage alternating current electrical systems
  • apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

A Marine Engine Driver (Motor) Grade 1 Certificate allows a holder to take charge of the machinery on vessels less than:

  • 525kw (35QN) propulsion power engaged in operations in any area; or750kw (50QN) propulsion power engaged in operations up to Australian Coastal - Middle Water Limits (600nm), or
  • 1500kw propulsion power engaged in operations up to Inshore limits (15nm).

Further Study Option(s)

Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Class 3 Near Coastal)

Diploma of Marine Engineering (Engineer Watchkeeper Specialist)

Advanced Diploma of Marine Engineering (Class 1) (Engineer Class 1 (Motor))

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating)

National ID: MAR30220 | State ID: BFW1

The Integrated Rating (IR) course is an entry-level qualification to equip new entrants into the maritime industry with practical skills and knowledge in general shipboard operations of merchant ships. This course is the AMSA approved pre-sea training course required (along with the AMSA required sea service) for issuance of the AMSA Integrated Rating Certificate of Proficiency. Integrated ratings steer a vessel under the direction of the officer of the watch and work in the engine room under the direction of engineering officers.

Gain these skills

  • assist with cargo operations
  • conduct engine and navigational watches
  • assist in berthing and unberthing
  • provide general deck operational assistance and maintain documentation
  • general servicing and maintenance of the ship and its machinery
  • maintain cleanliness of decks and structures
  • steering the ship under supervision
  • splicing ropes and wires

In addition to successful completion of the Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Integrated Rating), the Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) requires students to successfully complete each of the following to be issued with a new certificate of competency:

  • Meet medical requirements
  • Completed qualifying sea service time, refer to AMSA requirements for more details
  • Hold an approved steering Certificate

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Deck Hands

Further Study Option(s)

Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master less than 500 GT)

Advanced Diploma of Maritime Operations (Master Unlimited)

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership

National ID: SIS30619 | State ID: BEU9

Take the plunge into leadership

Become a leader in the outdoor recreation industry. This qualification is aimed at employability in the marine tourism and outdoor recreation industry's with employment outcomes such as charter boat crew, snorkel and kayak leaders/guides, camps, expeditions, and adventure tours among many others.

During the course you will undertake the planning, risk management, finalisation and leading of multiple activities, including snorkelling, kayaking, bushwalking and navigation.

This is a fun and exciting qualification that will help you gain the knowledge and skills to take the first steps into an amazing industry.

Gain these skills:

  • manage group participation
  • operational logistics of tours
  • provide quality service
  • manage equipment including kayaks and safety gear
  • leading activities including kayaking, snorkelling, bushwalking, tour guiding and navigation
  • first aid, water rescue and Occupational Health and Safety
  • marine and ocean environment information to assist with providing tour guide information

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Bungy jump master | Fishing guide | Hunting guide | Mountain hiking/trekking guide | Outdoor adventure instructor.

Further Study Option(s)

Certificate IV in Travel and Tourism

Diploma of Travel and Tourism Management

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

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

National ID: MAR30918 | State ID: BDU4

This qualification will provide you with the practical skills and knowledge to safely operate a commercial vessel of less than 24 metres in length within offshore limits. You will learn skills in shipboard safety, navigation, ship knowledge and vessel operations.

This certificate will allow you to work as:

  • Master on commercial vessels up to 24 metres long within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ)
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 35 metres long within the EEZ
  • Chief mate or deck watchkeeper on vessels up to 80 metres long in inshore waters

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Deck and Fishing Hand

Further Study Option(s)

Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

Certificate II in Outdoor Recreation

National ID: SIS20419 | State ID: BEV1

Turn your passion for the outdoors into job possibilities!

Looking for a career that combines people skills with adventure and tourism? A career that can give you the potential to travel and explore? Climb towards a career in Outdoor Recreation and join an exciting and growing industry that has a large focus on marine tourism.

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

Assistant guide in the Marine Tourism, Tourism and Outdoor Recreation industry. 

Further Study Option(s)

Certificate III in Outdoor Leadership

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

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

National ID: MAR20318 | State ID: BDU0

Coxswain's can gain employment in the small vessel sector in commercial workboats, fisheries, fishing, tourism and aquaculture.

This qualification is suitable for people who want to command and operate the engines of a vessel less than 12 metres long with unlimited outboard engine propulsion, or inboard engines less than 500 kilowatts. 

Your qualification prepares you for roles such as:

This qualification is suitable for people who work as a Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal in the maritime industry and Command a Commercial Marine Vessel which is up to 12 meters in length. The propulsion power must be unlimited for an outboard engine or up to 500 kW for an inboard engine.Vessel: inshore or as a tender or auxiliary vessel within 3 nautical miles (nm) of a parent vessel within the exclusive economic zone (EEZ).

Further Study Option(s)

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

Course overview

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  • Not competitive
  • No selection criteria
Location Duration Competitive Selection criteria
No No selection criteria

Please contact the college to receive an indicative price for this course.

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