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Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35m Near Coastal) - MAR40613

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Course Name Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35m Near Coastal)
Course Code MAR40613
Location Newnham Campus, Launceston
Duration Approx. 12 weeks
Course Fees 2018 Master <35 metres $2,943.00*
Intake 1

Block B: 30 July - 4 September 2018 ^ +
Block A: 10 September - 12 October 2018 ^ + 

Included in course fees:
Shipboard Safety Skill Set: 3 - 5 September 2018

Not included in course fees:
AMSA Final Assessment: 3 - 4 September 2018
AMSA Final Assessment: 15 - 17 October 2018
Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (LROCP): 5 - 7 September 2018 ($120.00)

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About the course

This course is divided into 2 distinct training blocks conducted over a 12 week period.

Block A: (7 weeks, including short courses) can also be undertaken by prospective "Master up to 24m" students, as the units of competency are the same for each qualification. Topics included in Block A:

  • Navigation and Position Determination
  • Passage Planning
  • Wheelhouse Equipment and Electronic Navigation Aids
  • Watchkeeping
  • Vessel Design, Construction and Maintenance
  • Regulations

Block B: (5 weeks), includes units of competency specific to the Certificate IV Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal). Topics included in Block B:

  • Stability
  • Cargo Operations
  • Crew and vessel management
  • Vessel Handling
  • Propulsion and Machinery operation and management
  • Working at heights and Confined Space Entry

Learning typically takes place from Monday to Friday between 9.00am - 5.00pm each day.

As part of the course you will likely undertake an extended voyage(s) on the AMC vessel M.V. Bluefin. Voyages will be coastal voyages but may be up to 4 days (3 nights) in duration. Students are required to meet Shipboard Safety Skill set and certain medical requirements prior to undertaking voyages on M.V. Bluefin.

Marine & Safety Tasmania (MAST)
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Career opportunities

Successful completion of this training program will result in a Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal). This certificate meets part of the requirements of the Australian Maritime Safety Authority Certificate of Competency, allowing the holder to act in the following capacities:

  • Master up to 35 metres within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone
  • Master up to 80 metres within Inshore Waters (15M)
  • Chief Mate up to 80 metres within Australia's Exclusive Economic Zone

Further information can be obtained from AMSA's website regarding sea time, medical, first aid and marine radio requirements necessary to gain a Certificate of Competency upon completion of this training program.


Launceston courses will be delivered at AMC's Newnham Campus on a full-time basis - Newnham Campus, Launceston (PDF 698.2KB). Some practical aspects of the training will be undertaken at the Beauty Point campus (bus transfers will be provided free of charge).


On-campus accommodation is available, for further information please visit the UTAS Accommodation website.

How to apply

Please visit the VET Online Application page to apply.

Need further information?

Please complete the Online Enquiry Form and the most appropriate person will respond to you directly.

Contact details

VET Administration
Australian Maritime College
Locked Bay 1397
Launceston Tasmania 7250
T: +61 3 6324 9404

^ Dates may vary depending on units undertaken. AMC reserves the right to reschedule or cancel courses due to insufficient enrolments.

* Includes 1 week of short courses, Shipboard Safety Skill Set (cost included in course fee) and Long Range Operator Certificate of Proficiency (cost not included in course fee).

* AMSA Orals are not included in the course fee, please contact AMSA direct for application cost and licencing requirements.

+ This course is not available to international students

Unique Student Identifier (USI)
As of 1 January 2015 students undertaking nationally recognised training are required to have a USI.
To apply, please visit: Unique Student Identifier. You will be asked to provide your USI upon enrolment.