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

National Code: MAR20321
TAFE SA Code: TP01321


Find your sea legs with this nationally recognised qualification in maritime operations. Learn all about handling vessels of up to 12 metres with seamanship skills, planning and navigating passages, and safety compliance. You’ll gain hands-on experience with basic servicing and maintenance, inboard and outboard motors, main propulsion and auxiliary systems, basic survival skills and first aid, minimising fires, and workplace safety. 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 (see www.amsa.gov.au/qualifications-training/domestic-qualifications/coxswain-grade-1-near-coastal for more details).

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Entry Recommendations
Recommended for those wanting a qualification in maritime operations. Those wanting to achieve AMSA certification for Coxswain Grade 1 will need to meet AMSA requirements including 150 days of sea going experience and medical and eyesight requirements.

Attendance Requirements (subject to change)
AMSA certification requires completion of an AMSA Mandated Practical Assessment (AMPA) for all units. Practical assessments are spread throughout the course and non-attendance for these assessments in some cases may require completion of the practical at a later scheduled date.

Industry Conditions and Skills
Together with meeting the Australian Maritime Safety Authority pre- requisites this course will help certify students to drive a commercial vessel less than 12 metres (Coxswain Grade 1) recognised across Australia. you must be prepared to work on a sea going vessel and have a reasonable level of physical fitness for practical assessments, including in water survival training. Clear verbal communication skills are needed. Some mathematics is needed for engineering and navigation calculations.

Additional Uniforms, Equipment and Costs
You will need to have and wear closed toe shoes and a spray jacket. The unit HLTAID003 Provide First Aid is not included in the fees for this course.

Total Fees for the 4 week course
You may be eligible for government subsidised training.
Subsidised training may require applicants to complete a Core Skills Profile Assessment (CSPA).
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  • Upfront Payment

    Each semester, fees can be paid online with VISA or Mastercard or at an Australia Post outlet.

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    Payment Plan

    If you have difficulty paying your fees upfront, you may be eligible for a payment plan.

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  • Employment Outcomes

    Coxwain Grade 1

    Note: Completion of a TAFE SA course does not guarantee an employment outcome. Formal requirements other than educational qualifications (eg licensing, professional registration), may apply to some occupations.

    Qualifications & Skills Covered

    Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) (MAR20321)
    This qualification includes skills in basic servicing and maintenance, inboard and outboard motors, main propulsion and auxiliary systems, basic survival skills, minimising fires, navigation, regulations, seamanship skills and workplace safety. To complete the qualification you are required to complete all 13 core units.

    Note: Students who successfully complete only one or more units of competency but not the full qualification are eligible to receive a Statement of Attainment.

    of TAFE SA graduates are satisfied with the overall quality of training.
    of TAFE SA graduates would recommend their training.

    * 2021 NCVER Student Outcomes Survey findings
  • Below is a list of all units that TAFE SA can offer in this qualification. The selection of elective units you will be enrolled into depends on the campus you attend, and the qualification packaging rules described on www.training.gov.au.

    Not all elective units listed below must necessarily be completed to achieve your qualification.


    Name Nominal Hours
    Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment 35
    Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres 55
    Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres 40
    Follow environmental work practices 35
    Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel 30
    Handle a vessel up to 12 metres 80
    Meet work health and safety requirements 30
    Operate inboard and outboard motors 35
    Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems 30
    Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems 40
    Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres 50
    Provide First Aid 18
    Survive at sea using survival craft 15
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