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Diploma of Maritime Operations

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$12,280.00
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  • Further study: This qualification will prepare you for further study.
  • Entry-level employment: This qualification will prepare you for entry-level employment.
  • Mid-career employment: This qualification will prepare you for mid-career employment. Previous education or industry experience may be required.

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Course overview

This qualification is suitable for people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certification in the capacity of:

  • Master less than 24 metres (foreign going)
  • Chief Mate less than 3000 gross tonnage (GT)
  • Master of commercial vessel less than 500 gross tonnage (GT)
  • Mate less than 500 gross tonnage (GT)
  • Master less than 100 metres Near Coastal
  • Waterkeeper Deck
  • Watchkeeper Deck less than 3000 gross tonnage (GT)
  • Please note: RTO to insert on the testamur the job role and specialisation, if applicable, selected from the group choice below

    Licensing/Regulatory Information

    Legislative and regulatory requirements are applicable to this qualification:

  • This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification by AMSA as a Master less than 100 metres Near Coastal as defined in Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – National law) 2022.
  • This qualification is currently cited as meeting some of the requirements for certification by AMSA as a Master of a commercial vessel less than 500 gross tonnage (GT) or Watchkeeper Deck as defined in Marine Orders and the International Convention on Standards of Training Certification and Watchkeeping for Seafarers (STCW).
  • This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master less than 100 metres Near Coastal as defined in Marine Order 505 (Certificates of competency – National law) 2022.

    AMSA certification of competency will require:

  • completing an approved program of study that meets Master less than 100 metres course at Diploma level (MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Master less than 100 metres Near Coastal)
  • holding or have held certificates of competency as defined in Marine Order 505.
  • holding a Marine Radio Operators certificate of proficiency as defined in Marine Order 505
  • qualifying sea service as defined in Marine Order 505.
  • meeting the medical and eyesight requirements specified in Marine Order 505
  • having passed a final AMSA assessment
  • meeting any other regulatory requirements as defined in Marine Order 505.
  • This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Master of a commercial vessel less than 500 GT as defined in Marine Orders and STCW.

    AMSA certification of competency will require:

  • completing an approved program of study that meets regulations STCW A-II/1 and A-II/2 (MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Masters less than 500 GT)
  • holding or have held certificates of competency as defined in Marine Order 71
  • qualifying sea service as defined in Marine Order 71
  • completing STCW short courses as defined in Marine Order 71
  • holding a valid AMSA certificate of medical fitness
  • having passed a final AMSA assessment
  • meeting any other regulatory requirements as defined in Marine Order 71.

This qualification is required to obtain an AMSA certificate of competency as a Watchkeeper Deck as defined in Marine Orders and STCW.

AMSA certification of competency will require:

  • completing an approved program of study that meets regulation STCW A-II/I (MAR50320 Diploma of Maritime Operations - Watchkeeper Deck)
  • holding or have held certificates of competency as defined in Marine Order 71
  • qualifying sea service as defined in Marine Order 71
  • completing STCW short courses as defined in Marine Order 71
  • holding a valid AMSA certificate of medical fitness
  • having passed a final AMSA assessment
  • meeting any other regulatory requirements as defined in Marine Order 71.
  • Seafarers seeking certification should check requirements with AMSA.

    How to apply

    How to apply

    • Some training providers will let you enrol online while others may not. All training providers will need to see some documentation, like personal identification or school results, and all will ask you to have a Unique Student Identifier. Once you've found a training provider you like the look of, get in touch with them to see how they can help you enrol.
    • You can visit this provider’s course offering/s on provider’s website.
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    How long will it take to complete this qualification?

    Short Course

    All short courses are currently shown as under 4 months duration, based on the Department of Education's internal data analysis. Ask your provider for more information.

    Qualification

    Duration information is based on 20 hours of class time per week and uses aggregated data reported to the Department by Smart and Skilled providers.

    Apprenticeships and Traineeships

    The duration indicates contract term which includes both formal training and full-time employment under a training contract. This is based on aggregated data reported to the Department by Smart and Skilled providers. Click here for more information about doing an apprenticeship or traineeship and ask your provider for guidance on your individual circumstances.