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|Study Mode||Full-time, On Campus, Workplace|
|Length||Up to 12 months|
|Commencement||Apply any time|
|Timetable||15 days of face to face training and two days of practical assessments. Plus workplace tasks and assessment throughout the course.|
Whilst we pride ourselves on our hands-on training, we have had to adjust most of our courses for study from home and remote learning during the COVID-19 restrictions. This means courses will be delivered using a range of methods including online learning, virtual classrooms, workbooks and direct contact with your teacher.
Given the government restrictions that are now in place to reduce the spread of coronavirus in Australia, we expect this new model of study will continue until the government makes changes to these restrictions.
This qualification applies to people working in the maritime industry seeking an Australian Maritime Safety Authority (AMSA) certificate of competency to command and operate the engines of a vessel:
The areas of knowledge required of a Coxswain included in our course, Vessel Survey Categories and areas of operation, Safety Management Systems, Manoeuvring a vessel , Anchoring Fight & Extinguish Fires Survival at Sea, Splicing, Knots, Hitches and Seamanship Skills, Basic Meteorology and Tidal knowledge, Basic Vessel Stability, Operating Deck Equipment (Lifting Gear and Anchor winches), Environmental Regulations,, Knowledge of Marine Engines, Fuel, Cooling, Fire, Bilge and Deck Wash Pumping Systems, Knowledge of Engine Start Up & Shut Down procedures, Knowledge of Low Voltage Electrical systems.
The units of the MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal) are delivered over 12 months as a self-paced, self-directed distance learning program supported by a 17 day workshop (delivered in class face-to-face) for students requiring additional practical and theory support. Where students have the required minimum 240 days sea service an AMSA form 771 must be submitted. Students without the minimum 240 days sea service will need to complete the AMSA approved Coxswain Grade 1 task book with at least 30 days sea service on commercial vessels ≥5 m long. If required a Task Book will be provided upon enrolment.
Many students undertaking this course have already completed the below four units as part of another Maritime qualification or as part of the MARSS00008 Shipboard Safety Skill Set.
As these units form part of this course, students who have not completed them, will be required to attend an additional 4-days (delivered in class face-to-face) sometime within the duration of their course.
The delivery of this qualification is facilitated through a blend of different modes including:
The flexibility of the program allows each student additional hours of supervised instruction, if required, by attending more than one workshop block.
All students have access to their own trainer available via phone (Mon to Fri 8am – 4.30pm) or email and text for additional support.
MAR20318 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Coxswain Grade 1 Near Coastal)
The Maritime industry has identified vocational outcomes and/or areas of local demand in transport, construction, shipping and tourism sectors along the east coast.
Operate a commercial vessel under 12m within 15nm of the coastline with a propulsion power of up to 500kW for inboard engines and unlimited for outboard engines.
MAR20418 Certificate II in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 3 Near Coastal)
MAR30818 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Marine Engine Driver Grade 2 Near Coastal)
MAR30918 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master up to 24 metres Near Coastal)
MAR31018 Certificate III in Maritime Operations (Master Inland Waters)
MAR40618 Certificate IV in Maritime Operations (Master up to 35 metres Near Coastal)
Why don’t you come along to our next course info session to find out everything you need to start your learning journey? You can chat with our teachers, tour our facilities, learn more about the course, find out about the application process and get your questions answered by our course experts.
A general command of spoken and written English, as well as the ability to write a simple report is required.
As a safety consideration, SWTAFE recommends all students be physically fit to carry out all the roles and responsibilities of a Coxswain on a commercial vessel under 12m within 15nm of the coastline with a propulsion power of up to 500kW for inboard engines and unlimited for outboard engines as described under the National Standards for Commercial Vessels - Part D.
Students should also be able to swim (any stroke) a minimum of 50 metres fully clothed.
Students undertaking this course will be required to complete the minimum sea service requirements (refer AMSA) within 12 months of their start date to be issued with a Certificate.
It is a requirement of this course that all enrolling students undertake a language, literacy and numeracy assessment.
As some of the delivery of the course is on-line and all resources are contained in a dedicated learner portal, students must have access to a computer (with Microsoft Office software) and an internet connection.
Free Wi-Fi is available during training blocks.
As students will undertake training in the use of the SWTAFE online student portal they will require basic computer skills to complete the course without disadvantage.
When enrolling into a SWTAFE course it is a requirement that all enrolment documentation is received before enrolment confirmation can occur. The required documents and information are listed below:
To be eligible for this qualification you must successfully complete 13 units of competency.
|Unit Code||Unit Name||Unit Hours||Unit Consumables|
|HLTAID003||Provide first aid||18||$50.00|
|MARB027||Perform basic servicing and maintenance of main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems||40||$0.00|
|MARC037||Operate inboard and outboard motors||35||$0.00|
|MARC038||Operate main propulsion unit and auxiliary systems||30||$0.00|
|MARF027||Apply basic survival skills in the event of vessel abandonment||35||$0.00|
|MARF028||Follow procedures to minimise and fight fires on board a vessel||30||$200.00|
|MARF029||Meet work health and safety requirements||30||$0.00|
|MARF030||Survive at sea using survival craft||15||$20.00|
|MARH013||Plan and navigate a passage for a vessel up to 12 metres||50||$0.00|
|MARI003||Comply with regulations to ensure safe operation of a vessel up to 12 metres||40||$0.00|
|MARJ006||Follow environmental work practices||35||$0.00|
|MARK007||Handle a vessel up to 12 metres||80||$0.00|
|MARN008||Apply seamanship skills aboard a vessel up to 12 metres||55||$0.00|
A combination of practical, and theory assessments will be undertaken. The assessments may consist of written projects, quizzes, and practical observations.
The process for on-line assessment will be as follows –
Prior to attending a practical assessment
Once you have applied for your chosen course, you will receive a thank you email from South West TAFE with a few steps to help process your enrolment.
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If you have experience or prior qualifications, you may be eligible to apply for recognition of prior learning and gain credits. You will be asked to provide any relevant Statement of Attainment to support identified credits.
Here's an outline of fees and costs associated with your course.
Your fees each year can be made up of 3 different elements. Everyone has different circumstances that can affect what you pay and how much you pay. :
There are 4 different rates of tuition fees. Only one will apply to you (depending on your eligibility and circumstances).
The fees listed below are indicative only. The student tuition fees as published are subject to change given individual circumstances at enrolment. Funding made available to eligible individuals by State and Commonwealth Governments. If funding is utilised, this may affect future opportunities to access additional funding in the future.
|Course fees by student type||Indicative Course Fee|
|Government subsidised rate (if eligible)||$2,955.00|
|Full fee rate (if not eligible for govt subsidy)||$6,560.00|
Some courses require specific resources or materials necessary for your study eg: tools of the trade, excursions, etc. Final costs will be determined upon enrolment.
|Additional course fees||Indicative Course Fee|
|Course consumable/materials (approximate)||$270.00|
Once we have processed your enrolment form, you will receive an email with your invoice.
Payments will need to be arranged within five(5) business days of receiving the email containing your invoice.
We also offer a range of scholarships each year which you may be eligible to apply for to assist with course fees.
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